Age Group/Development Program

Developmental Policy

  • We want IM’ers not I AM’ers
  • IM’ers are multi-stroke swimmers that strive to be their best at all 4 strokes.  These swimmers are not afraid of their “weak” events.  They  typically  demonstrate  a  growth mindset and accept failures as a learning experience.
  • I AM’ers are single or double stroke swimmers that fear their weak events, ask not to swim them at meets, and often avoid working hard on them at practice.  These swimmers typically  demonstrate a fixed mindset where failure leads to a negative outlook…and often quitting!

We are interested in long-term success, not overnight stardom. We are not pushing athletes to win NOW and at all costs

Training Dynamic

Age Group Swimming

  • “How will your swimming look at age 18?”
  • Not expected to perform/train like senior swimmers
  • Age appropriate: “10 year old's need to be 10 years old”
  • Highly instructional/skill based
  • Focus on learning, not being perfect

Attendance

  • Age Group Swimming (14 and under) We recommend your child partake in various activities and develop a wide variety of skills.
  • If you are going to be gone or will be missing practice, please let the coaches know ahead of time. 

Required Gear for all Development Groups

SMST Dev Groups Gear - Google Docs


PreComp

Coach: Jeff Nicolaysen

Days/week: 2 practices offered each week

Congratulations! Your child has been invited to begin an incredible swimming journey. The Pre Comp group on the Marlins is one of ten Marlins dynamic training groups. This is a fun, dynamic, energetic entry into one of the top USA Swimming clubs in the US.  Practice times and number of swimmers in each group is based on the needs of the entire team.

Entry requirements: Ability to swim freestyle with some side breathing and ability to swim on back

Skills taught: Freestyle kicking, backstroke swimming, freestyle swimming, backstroke swimming

Gear needed for practice each day

  • Kickboard
  • Floating fins 
  • Cap
  • Goggles
  • Water bottle
  • Competitive style swim suit

Meets: Athletes in Pre Comp training group will not attend swim meets

Athletes in Pre Comp training group will regularly be evaluated for promotion to Sierra Marlins Explorer training group


Explorer

Coach: Paige Newman

Grade: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd (3rd)

Daily Training: 5 days/week

Practice Location: Vista Del Lago

Practice Times Located here

Attendance: Strongly encouraged to attend at least 3 times per week

Entry to Explorer: 25 freestyle with strong kick and some side breathing, 25 backstroke, a desire to listen and learn

Skills Coached:

  • Level I
    • Long axis kicking (freestyle and backstroke)
    • Long axis drills to build freestyle and backstroke
    • Streamline and turns
  • Level II
    • Continue long axis development
    • Short axis kicking (breaststroke and butterfly) and short axis stroke drills
    • Dive

Gear for Explorer Group

  • Marlins cap
  • Competition swim suit – endurance fabric encouraged for practices
  • Athletic clothing/shoes for dry land
  • Kickboard
  • Long floating fins
  • Swim strap
  • Breaststroke fins (at coach direction)

Meets

  • Athletes in Explorer will swim short course meets
  • Meet attendance is not required for this group

Annual promotion consideration

  • Grades K, 1 will only be considered for promotion to Discovery in September.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery of skills.

Quarterly promotion consideration 

  • 2nd and 3rd graders may be considered for promotion to Discovery three times annually.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery to skills.

Discovery

Coach: Savannah Sellers

Grade: 2nd, 3rd (4th)

Daily Training: 5 days/week 

Practice Location: Vista Del Lago High School

Practice Times Located here

Attendance: Strongly encouraged to attend at least 3 times per week

Entry to Discovery: 50 freestyle with strong kick and proper side breathing, 50 backstroke, 25 breaststroke kick with proper (legal) technique, 25 breaststroke swim, 25 butterfly.  Ability to kick 10 x 50 freestyle on 1:30 interval

Skills Coached:

  • Skills from Explorer group will be performed faster and with precision
  • Kicking for all strokes – intervals and speed will be increased
  • Drills for all strokes with emphasis on precision while increasing speed
  • Distance per stroke will be emphasized for all strokes
  • Competitive turns will be coached
  • Swimming sets will be introduced while stroke integrity is maintained

Gear for Discovery Group

  • Marlins cap
  • Water bottle
  • Competition swim suit – endurance fabric encouraged for practices
  • Athletic clothing/shoes for dry land
  • Kickboard
  • Long floating fins
  • Swim strap
  • Catch paddle
  • Breaststroke fins (at coach direction)

Meets

  • Athletes in Discovery will swim short course meets and long course meets at coach discretion
  • Meet attendance is strongly encouraged but not required

Annual promotion consideration

  • 3rd graders may be considered for annual promotion to Imagination in September.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery of skills.

Quarterly promotion consideration 

  • 4th and 5th graders may be considered for promotion to Imagination three times annually.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery to skills.

Imagination

Coach: Greta Kinsey

Grades: (2nd) 3rd, 4th, 5th (6th)

Daily Training: 5 days/week

Practice Location: Vista Del Lago High School

Practice Times Located here

Attendance: Strongly encouraged to attend at least 4 times per week

Entry to Imagination

  • Legal 200 individual medley, Ability to swim all strokes 10 x 50 on 1:20 interval

Skills Coached:

  • Skills from Discovery group will be performed faster and with precision
  • Kicking for all strokes – intervals and speed will be increased
  • Drills for all strokes with emphasis on precision while increasing speed
  • Distance per stroke will be emphasized for all strokes
  • Competitive turns will be used with all sets in practice
  • Swimming sets will be expanded while stroke integrity is maintained.

Gear for Imagination Group

  • Marlins cap
  • Water bottle
  • Competition swim suit – endurance fabric encouraged for practices
  • Athletic clothing/shoes for dry land
  • Kickboard
  • Long floating fins
  • Front swimmer’s snorkel
  • Swim strap
  • Catch paddle
  • Breaststroke fins (at coach direction)

Annual promotion consideration

  • 4th graders may be considered for annual promotion to Integrity in September.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery of skills.

Quarterly promotion consideration 

  • 5th, 6th  graders may be considered for promotion to Integrity three times annually.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery to skills.

Integrity

Coach: Kathleen Kinsey

Grades: 5th, 6th  (7th, 8th)

Daily Training: 5 days/week

Practice Location: Vista Del Lago High School

Practice Times Located here

Attendance: Strongly encouraged to attend 5 times per week

Entry to Integrity

  • Legal 200 individual medley, Ability to swim all strokes 10 x 50 on 1:10 interval, Ability to swim 10 x 100 on 1:40 interval with turns and stroke integrity

Skills Coached:

  • Skills from Imagination group will be performed faster and with precision
  • Kicking for all strokes – intervals and speed will be increased
  • Drills for all strokes with emphasis on precision while increasing speed
  • Distance per stroke will be emphasized for all strokes
  • Competitive turns will be used with all sets in practice
  • Swimming sets will be expanded while stroke integrity is maintained.

Gear for Integrity Group:

  • Marlins cap
  • Water Bottle
  • Competition swim suit – endurance fabric encouraged for practices
  • Athletic clothing/shoes for dry land
  • Kickboard
  • Long floating fins
  • Front swimmer’s snorkel
  • Swim strap
  • Catch paddle
  • Breaststroke fins (at coach direction)

Annual promotion consideration

  • 6th graders may be considered for annual promotion to Pre-Senior in September.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery of skills.

Quarterly promotion consideration 

  • 7th and 8th graders may be considered for promotion to Pre-Seniors three times annually.  Promotions are based on attendance and mastery of skills.

Age Group Fit

Coach: Jeff Nicolaysen

Grades: 6th, 7th and 8th

Daily Training: 5 days/week

Practice Location: Vista Del Lago High School

Attendance: Strongly encouraged to attend 4 times per week

Entry to Age Group Fit

  • Some swimming experience on a team. Ability to swim all 4 competitive strokes. Ability to swim legal 100 individual medley, ability to swim 10 x 100 freestyle on interval
  • This group is ideal for busy teens who cannot maintain the rigorous practice schedule required for competitive senior swimming or swimmers that have not achieved the time standards necessary for the Marlins Senior program. Swimmers may attend meets if desired, but meet attendance is not mandatory.

Skills Coached:

  • Kicking for all strokes
  • Drills for all strokes with emphasis on precision while increasing speed
  • Distance per stroke will be emphasized for all strokes
  • Competitive turns will be used with all sets in practice
  • Swimming sets will be expanded while stroke integrity is maintained.

Gear for Age Group Fit:

  • Marlins cap
  • Water Bottle
  • Competition swim suit – endurance fabric encouraged for practices
  • Athletic clothing/shoes for dry land
  • Kickboard
  • Long floating fins
  • Front swimmer’s snorkel
  • Swim strap
  • Catch paddle
  • Breaststroke fins (at coach direction)

Quarterly promotion consideration

  • Swimmers with greater than 75% attendance and those meeting the entry requirements for Integrity or Pre-Senior (7th and 8th only) may be considered for promotion three times annually.
  • All swimmers will promote to Senior Fit when they enter 9th grade

 

Sierra Marlins Development Groups Meet Schedule January-July 2022
         
Dates Meet Course Location Who attends
Jan 28-30 SMST Winter Splash SCY Folsom All SMST Groups
Feb 25-27 Last Chance Qualifier SCY Solano EXP, DIS, AGF, IMA, INT
Mar 11-13 SNS Short Course Champs (JO) SCY Elk Grove All qualified swimmers - team champs
Mar 24-27 SWAGR SCY Clovis All qualified swimmers
Apr 2-3 Age Group Open SCY Finale SCY Vacaville All NON-JO swimmers
Apr 8-10 SMST Spring Splash LCM Folsom AGF, IMA, INT (DIS and EXP by invitation only)
Apr 7-10 Far Western Championsips SCY Morgan Hill Qualifiers with SMST Director approval
Apr 23 Woodland Distance Meet LCM Woodland AGF, IMA, INT
May 7-8 DART Davis Age Group SCY Davis all NON-JO swimmers all groups
May 20-22 Woodland Spring Classic LCM Woodland AGF, IMA, INT
Jun 24-26 Last Chance Qualifier LCM Woodland AGF, IMA, INT (Mandatory JO prep meet)
Jul 21-24 Bill Rose Classic SNS Champ LCM Natomas All Qualified Swimmers Mandatory team meet
Jul 28-31 Far Western Championsips LCM Concord Qualifiers with SMST Director approval