Pacific Swimming

TEAM INFO

SRVA is a year round competitive swim team that competes in Pacific Swimming LSC.  SRVA offers 2 swim programs, Year Round and Seasonal Swim Programs.  Our mission is to develop the character traits, technical skills, and intense desire necessary for maximum realization of each individual’s potential.
 
YEAR ROUND SWIM PROGRAM
Our year round groups swim from September through July.

Novice Groups 2 - 4

Emphasis on Competitive Fundamentals such as stroke, turn and start technique for future competitive swimmers. These groups are the very beginning level s of a competitive swimming career.  Thess group, patiently, builds the foundation for a long productive swimming career.  Meets suggested.  SRVA hosted meets strongly suggested.  3 or 4 practices per week recommended.  Athlete entering Novice 2 must be able to swim a full lap of free and back to qualify.  Athletes entering Novice 3 & 4 must be legal in all four strokes to qualify.

Ideal Age Range:  6 - 10 years old
Practice Time Frame:  30 - 45 min. per session, 4 - 5 days per week


Age Group Development

Our Age-Group Development group represents our swimmers of tomorrow.  In this group, we first emphasize teaching the proper stroke technique in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.  Starts, turns, finishes, and reading the pace clock are also taught.

Age Group 1:  Emphasis is still on competitive fundamentals such as stroke, turn and start technique but there is an introduction to cardiovascular and strength training in this group.  Meets are strongly suggested for this group.  Swimming is starting to change from a daily practice to a seasonal training system.  This is the first stage of regular competitive swimming participation.  The sport now has a long term plan, seasonal plan and daily plan for the athletes.  These are all blended for optimal progress rates.  Athlete must be able to do all four stroke legal in competition to qualify for this group.

Ideal Age Range:  8 - 10 years old
Practice Time Frame:  60 min. per session, 5 days per week

Age Group 2:  Cardiovascular and strength training now begins as a large focus.  Previously learned swim techniques are reinforced within a planned training program. Swimming in this group is focused on a seasonal competitive plan.  A two season plan (Short Course, Long Course) is used for this group with training and competition schedules planned so that the fastest swimming happens at the end of each season.  To qualify for this group, the athlete must be able to do good turns and streamlines and have great stroke technique in practice.  Also, they have to have the maturity that will allow them to succeed in this group.  The athlete entering this group needs to be able to enhance the training group and be of a level, physically and emotionally, that the group will enhance them.

Ideal Age Range:  9 - 11 years old
Practice Time Frame:  60 min. per session, 5 days per week

Age Group 3:  This group is for full time, goal driven athletes.  Attendance (90%) and meets are required.  Swimmers learn how to be a part of a training group.  They learn to pursue their individual goals in a team setting.  This is for young age group athletes that have decided that competitive swimming is their number one sport and/or activity.  Emphasis is on technique and conditioning.  Training plans target an end of season goal competition.  Swimmers in this group should have individual goals defined in cooperation with coach.  To qualify for this group, the athlete must be able to show great technique in meets and practice.  Also, they have the maturity that will allow them to succeed in this group.  The athlete entering this group needs to be able to enhance the group and be of a level, physically and emotionally, that the group will enhance them. Also, the athlete and their parents need to be willing to adhere to the attendance requirements of the group.

Ideal Age Range:  10 - 12 years old
Practice Time Frame:  90 min. per session, 5 days per week


Pre-Senior Group

The swimmers are now Junior High aged and aerobic base training increases dramatically based on their physiological needs.  Practice attendance, meet attendance and TEAM training with TEAM goals as well as individual goals are now required.  80% attendance required to be in this group but better attendance expected to reach optimal results.  Emphasis is on technique and conditioning.  Training plans target an end of season goal competition. Practice for 7th graders is 5 weekday afternoons and Saturday morning. For the 8th graders, it is the same plus Monday and Wednesday mornings.  Meets on schedule required.  To qualify for this group, the athlete must have the maturity to be able to succeed in this group and must have the ability to en hance others in the group.  Also, the athlete and their parents must be willing to adhere to the attendance requirements of the group.

Ideal Age Range:  7th and 8th Grades
Practice Time Frame:  120 min. per session, 6 days per week, 8 sessions per week


Senior Group

This training group is for High School athletes and older.  Practice attendance, meet attendance, and TEAM training with TEAM goals are still required.  However, this group is starting to look at taking each athlete to the farthest possible levels that they can reach.  Training will sometimes have an individual emphasis when warranted.  Stroke technique and racing technique will be molded to the individual’s strengths.  This group is about individual training in a group setting.  World Class skills are taught and used when the individual is ready.  To qualify for this group, the athlete must be physically and mentally mature enough to enhance the group with their addition to the group.  Also, the athlete and their parents need to be willing to adhere to the attendance requirements.

Attendance:  80% to be in training group, 90% to be on Travel Team.
Meets:  Typically one per month.
Ideal Age Range:  High School and College
Practice Time Frame:  1.5-3 hours per session, 6 days per week, 9 sessions per week


Junior Development and Varsity

The emphasis is on technique, conditioning, camaraderie, discipline without the pressure of highly competitive athletics.  Swimmers in these training groups will have the opportunity to put in the work necessary to prepare for a transition to the Pre-Senior/Senior Groups if desired.  To qualify for these groups, the athlete must be able to perform all four strokes legally and be mature enough to practice in a group setting when at the pool.  The athletes in these groups must be able to practice in a fashion that allows all swimmers present to pursue their individual goals.

Ideal Age Range:  Junior Development is for 11 - 12 years old
Ideal Age Range:  Varsity is for 13 - 17 years old

Practice Time Frame:  90 min. per session, 5 days per week

 
SEASONAL SWIM PROGRAMS
SRVA offers 3 types of seasonal programs.  Information for these programs are updated seasonally as it becomes available.

Intro Program

This group is a transition group from swim lessons to the main competitive team. Swimmers in this group learn the proper competitive skills they will need on the team from members of the SRVA Coaching Staff.  The Intro Program is run in two groups: 10 years old & Under and 11 years old & Over.  Swimmers are evaluated throughout the session and moved onto the competitive team when they have improved enough.


Fall Rec Swim Program

SRVA offers a comprehensive Fall Program for any Rec swimmer interested in continuing their season into the fall.  Swimmers are placed in SRVA competitive year round program to practice with our year round, competitive swimmers.  Swimmers will develop their swimming fundamentals from SRVA's experienced coaching staff.

Fall Rec swimmers will have the opportunity to swim in three swim meets alongside their SRVA teammates.  Swim meets in Pacific Swimming have a priority registration system, all swimmers participating in our Fall Program will get priority registration for swim meets.  For information please contact Head Coach Richard Thornton: (925) 833-2407 or rtinthewater@gmail.com


High School Get in Shape Training Program

SRVA offers a Get in Shape Training Program specifically designed for high school swimmers who want to get a jump on their high school season.