Stafford Aquatics Swim Team (STAT Swimming)

STAT Practice Groups and Equipment

STAT currently consists of a variety of group programs, which provides a natural and sensible progression through which the swimmer moves as he/she grows and matures. This structure is designed to encourage and enhance a swimmer’s enthusiasm for the sport and to meet the needs of swimmers at all levels of ability. Swimmers are moved from one group to another based on agreement of the coaches, the swimmer and the parents. The coach giving the swimmer and the coach training the swimmer must agree that the swimmer is ready to handle the advanced workout.

NOVICE 1

Ages 5 and up; Should attend practice 2-3 days per week.

Entry level group designed to teach all four strokes in a safe and fun environment.; Must be able to swim at least one lap of the pool, unassisted.

Required Equipment - Fins, Goggles, and Equipment Bag

NOVICE 2

Novice II - Ages 8 & Up; Should attend 3-4 practices per week.

Designed for swimmers who can demonstrate all four strokes and have had minimum meet experience. Swimmers in this group should be able to listen well and follow instructions in a group environment. Emphasis is on legal execution and technical improvement of all four strokes, proper starts and turns.

Required Equipment - Fins, Goggles, Snorkel, and Equipment Bag

AGE GROUP

Ages 10 & Up; Should attend at least 4-5 practices per week

Designed for those swimmers who have competitive meet experience, can demonstrate all four strokes effectively and consistently, and demonstrate proper starts and turns. Swimmers in this group will experience more in-depth training to help improve their overall endurance as well as the fundamentals of proper stroke technique in preparation for the Junior Group.

Required Equipment - Fins, Goggles, Snorkel, Paddles, and Equipment Bag

JUNIORS

Ages 11 & Up; Should attend at least 5-6 practices per week during short course season (September-End of the school year), and 7-8 per week during long course season (June-July)

Designed for advanced swimmers who demonstrate the ability to swim all strokes and have competitive experience. Swimmers will work to improve overall endurance, power, speed and will continue to improve on their stroke mechanics. Places more emphasis on ability to grasp all basic skills, and working more on mental toughness, racing strategies. Junior swimmers should attend meets on a regular basis.

Required Equipment - Tempo Trainer (New for 2020-2021), Fins, Goggles, Snorkel, Paddles, DragSox, Tempo Trainer, and Equipment Bag

SENIORS

Ages 13&Up Should attend 5-6 practices per week during short course season (September - End of the school year) and 9-10 practices per week during long course season (June -July). Meeting attendance and Saturday practices are mandatory!

Designed for athletes 13 years and older, who can perform quality swimming of all strokes at high volumes. Swimmers should demonstrate consistency on basic skills, learned in prior groups or from prior experience. Senior swimming requires a major commitment and dedication to the sport. Senior group places a huge emphasis on training basic endurance, power, and speed while maintaining proper stroke mechanics, goal setting, race strategy and mental training.

Required Equipment - Fins, Goggles, Snorkel, Paddles, DragSoxArena Flex Paddle, Tempo Trainer, and Equipment Bag.

 

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT BY GROUP

Novice 1

Goggles, Swim Fins, Equipment Mesh Bag

Novice 2

Goggles, Swim Fins, Equipment Mesh Bag, Training Swim Snorkel

Age Group

Goggles, Swim Fins, Equipment Mesh Bag, Swim Team Snorkel, Hard Swim Paddles

Juniors

Goggles, Swim Fins, Equipment Mesh Bag, Swim Team Snorkel, Hard Swim Paddles, Tempo Trainer, Drag Sox, 

Seniors

Goggles, Swim Fins, Equipment Mesh Bag, Swim Team Snorkel, Hard Swim Paddles, Tempo Trainer, Drag Sox, Arena Flex Paddles

 

The items in Green need to be purchased when the swimmer advances up a group level.