TSM Training Philosophy

 

Capacity Race Pace Training

Every group at Team Santa Monica is set up to develop athletes for long term success. Through skills development and building capacity (best effort for a period of time), we develop athletes who will be able to participate at the highest levels of our sport, including swimming in college.

 
 

 

Our model utilizes long-term athlete development concepts to promote sustained physical activity, participation in sport through college, Olympic and Paralympic success. TSM’s training philosophy is one that has shown success on the National and International stage.

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TSM Group Placement Philosophy

 

Group placement in NO WAY communicates a coach’s belief about a swimmer’s future success or value. Upward group movement is not meant to be a reward, but rather a next step in development. The TSM Coaching Staff views all swimmers as outstanding young people; we categorically reject inaccurate status labels that can be attached to groups. Some of TSM's best swimmers have spent considerable time in developmental groups gaining the experience that would make them successful in our highest level training groups when they get older.

 

Many factors influence group placement:

Some can easily be explained or enumerated, while others may be influenced by coaching instinct or experience. Clearly communicating our team wide philosophy for group placement will enable a better appreciation of the decisions that determine group placement. First, a swimmer’s group placement only indicates a floor – not a ceiling! Each group has minimum time standards for placement (the floor) but does not have a limit on any swimmer’s achievements (the ceiling). Swimmers in Age Group are sometimes faster than Senior swimmers; some Senior Performance swimmers could have achieved higher time standards than some National Prep swimmers. Overlap always exists.

 

Some of the important factors driving group placement are the following:

 

  • Training ability and technique. (Does your swimmer practice at the same level they race, make the technical changes asked by the coach?)
  • Leadership. (Are the swimmer’s actions positively influencing others in the group?)
  • Commitment. (Practice attendance, meet participation, priority of the sport)
  • Maturity. (Chronological age, physiological age, ability to deal with change, and emotional development)
  • Meet results. (as these translate to meet qualifications and training needs)
  • Group size. (how many swimmers can each group take in order to keep number of swimmers per lane manageable)

 

 

The following is provided by the coaching staff to give parents and swimmers a general understanding of some factors coaches take into consideration when making group placement decisions. This is NOT a checklist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age Group Program

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Please click HERE for Motivational Time Standards.

Please click HERE for the required equipment list for all groups.

Seals

Age: Pre High School

 

Group Description: In this group swimmers refine the skills developed as part of a learn-to-swim or pre-competitive program, and are introduced to competitive training principles. In this group swimmers will be working on improving their stroke technique, learning about swimming rules, and attaining National B time standards.

Group Prerequisites: Must be able to legally swim a 100IM, perform open and flip turns, and perform a shallow dive.

Practice Attendance: 6 practices per week offered. 2 practices/week is required.

Meet Attendance: Optional. Swimmers interested in moving to Age Group 1 will need to attend a minimum of one meet per month.

Next Group: Depending on the swimmer's age, the swimmer could move to either Age Group 1 or Senior Development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age Group 1

Age: Pre High School

Group Description: In this group swimmers will be introduced to interval training with a continued emphasis on developing competitive training principles, stroke technique, and skills development. The AG1 swimmers develop a love for the sport of swimming and enjoy attending swim practices and swim meets. In this group swimmers will be working towards improving their technique, capacity, and attaining National BB time standards.

Group Prerequisites:   

1. Met the previous group's requirements.                                                           

2. Completed their age group's IMR events                                            

3. Achieved a National B time in 3 events, including an IM event                                                       

4. Ability to commit to and handle the workload and requirements of this group.  

                            

Practice Attendance: 6 practices per week offered. 3 practices/week is required.

Meet Attendance Requirements: Attendance of all swim meets on the schedule, including championship relays.

Next Group: Depending on the swimmer's age and practice & meet performance, the swimmer could move to either Age Group 2 or the Senior Program.

 

 

 

 

Age Group 2

Age: Pre High School

Group Description: In this group swimmers will increase their aerobic base development, with an emphasis on skills development and stroke technique. The AG2 swimmers display an interest in swimming as their sport,

and enjoy attending practices, improving their skills, and competing. In this group, swimmers will work towards improving their technique and capacity, and attaining their National A time standards.

 

Group Prerequisites:

1. Met the previous group's requirements.                                                           

2. Completed the 10 & U IMX events                                            

3. Achieved a National BB time in 3 events, including an IM event                                                      

4. Ability to commit to and handle the workload and requirements of this group.                                          

Practice Attendance: 6 practices per week offered. 4 practices/week is required.

Meet Attendance Requirements: Attendance of all swim meets on the schedule, including championship relays.

Next Group: Depending on the swimmer's age, the swimmer could move to either Age Group 3 or Senior Prep.

 

 

 

 

Age Group 3

Age: Pre High School

Group Description: In this group, swimmers will be introduced to Capacity Race Pace Training, with an emphasis on skills development. The AG3 athletes must display a passion for the sport of swimming, training, and competition. Swimmers will work towards improving their technique and capacity, and attaining Senior Development time standards.

Group Prerequisites:

1. Met the previous group's requirements.                                                           

2. Completed their age group's IMX events                                            

3. Achieved a National A time in 3 events, including an IM event                                                      

4. Ability to commit to and handle the workload and requirements of this group.

Practice Attendance: 8 practices per week offered. 6 practices/week is required.

Meet Attendance Requirements: Attendance of all swim meets on the schedule, including championship relays.

Next Group: Senior Program (AG3 swimmers do not qualify to move directly to the National Group)

 

 

 

 

Senior Program

Please click HERE for Motivational Time Standards.

Please click HERE for the required equipment list for all groups.

 

 

Senior Development

Age: High School

Group Description: This group is designed for high school age swimmers who enjoy swimming as a sport and would like to improve their skills and stamina. In this group, swimmers will work on obtaining the skills and capacity necessary to move up to Senior Prep.

 

Group Prerequisites: Ability to legally swim a 200IM from dive.

Practice Attendance: 6 practices per week offered. 3 practices/week is required.

Meet Attendance: Optional. Swimmers interested in moving to Senior Prep will need to attend one meet per month.

Next Group: Senior Prep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Prep

Age: High School

Group Description: In this group our emphasis will be on Capacity Race Pace Training, while continuing the skills development as an important part of the program. The Senior Prep athletes have displayed the ability to train and/or compete at the National A level, and are working towards attaining their Senior Development time standards and beyond.

Group Prerequisites:

1. Met the previous group's requirements.                                                           

2. Ability to train and/or compete at the National A level and beyond                                                             

3. Ability to commit to, and handle, the workload and requirements of this group.                                         

Practice Attendance: 8 practices per week offered. 5 practices/week is required.

Meet Attendance Requirements: Attendance to one meet every two months, and all championship meets, including relays.

Next Group: Senior Performance

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Performance

Age: 13 and older

Group Description: In this group our emphasis will be on Capacity Race Pace Training, while continuing the

skill development as an important part of the program. The Senior Performance athletes have displayed the ability to train and/or compete at the Senior Development level, and are working towards attaining their Sectional time standards and beyond. Senior Performance athletes are committed to swimming and are interested in collegiate swimming.

Group Prerequisites:

1. Met the previous group's requirements.                                                           

2. Ability to train and/or compete at the Senior Development Level and beyond                                             

3. Ability to commit to and handle the workload and requirements of this group.                                            

Practice Attendance: 10 practices per week offered;must attend at least 6/week, and all dryland/gym sessions offered.

Meet Attendance Requirements: Attendance of one swim meet per month, all championship meets, including  relays.

Next Group: National Prep

 

 

 

National Prep

Age: 13 and older

Group Description: In this group our emphasis will be on Capacity Race Pace Training, while continuing the skill development as an important part of the program. The National Prep athletes have displayed the ability to train and/or compete at Sectionals level, and are working towards attaining their Futures/Junior National time standards. National Prep athletes are committed to swimming as their main sport and are preparing for collegiate swimming.

Group Prerequisites:   

1. Met the previous group's requirements.                                                           

2. Ability to train and/or compete at Sectionals Level and beyond                                            

3. Ability to commit to and handle the workload and requirements of this group.                                             

Practice Attendance: 10 practices per week offered; must attend at least 7/week, and all dryland/gym sessions offered.

Meet Attendance Requirements: Attendance of all swim meets on the schedule, including championship relays.

Next Group: National
 

 

 

 

National

Age: 13 and older

Group Description: In this group our emphasis will be more on Capacity Race Pace Training, and preparing athletes to be able to swim for NCAA D1 schools. Swimmers generally compete in local BRW meets, Senior Invites, and National Level meets. Skill development is an ongoing and important part of the program. Our purpose is to develop a cohesive training group that will allow dedicated swimmers to reach National and

International prominence.

Group Prerequisites:

1. Met the previous group's requirements.                  

2. Ability to train and/or compete at Futures Level and beyond                        

3. Ability to commit to and handle the workload and requirements of this group.                                        

Practice Attendance: 10 practices per week offered; must attend at least 8/week, and all dryland/gym sessions offered.

Meet Attendance Requirements: Attendance of all swim meets on the schedule, including championship relays.