The Gold Travel Team training group is a highly competitive, national level training group for swimmers 13 years old and older. The emphasis of the Gold training group is to polish the details of the physical and mental aspects of the sport. Gold swimmers will focus on increased volume of aerobic and anaerobic training while pushing themselves out of their comfort zone mastering stroke mechanics and technique to optimize their greatest potential for success. A strong emphasis will be placed on goal setting and the mental preparation for national level championship style meets.

Evaluation Guidelines and Requirements for Entry into Gold Training Group

  • Good listening skills
  • Strong kick (underwater dolphin) and aerobic base
  • Positive attitude and great sportsmanship
  • Commitment to the sport of swimming
  • Invitation from Head Travel Team Coach
  • Y National Q times
  • USA Swimming membership is required

Practices Per Week & Length

  • All practice offered each week including double practices (morning and afternoon/evening)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes per practice typically
  • Optional Dry Land training strongly encouraged

Group Outcomes (As Outlined in the DSMY Athlete Progression Model)

Course Emphasis,

Water Skills &

Dry Land Training


  • Short course (25 yard) and long course (50 meter) emphasis
  • Intro to high-end/challenging endurance and anaerobic training sets, race strategy: race pacing and splitting
  • Basic stretching, basic core, basic agility/speed, strength training, yoga
Character Development
  • Lead with core values
  • Honest communication
  • Self awareness
  • Make mature decisions away from the pool
  • Healthy choices
  • Priority on academics
Meets and Competition
  • 3 YMCA meets (fall/winter season)

  • Y/USA Swim State

  • Y Regionals/Nationals or USA Zones

  • All events
  • Track IMX score
Group Goals
  • Focus on all strokes and distances
  • Compete and score at Y State, Y Regionals, ISI Age Group & Senior Championship meets
  • Compete and score at Y Nationals
  • Prepare athletes for success in collegiate swimming
Volunteering for Hosted Meets Guidelines
  • Required to help with home meets; variety of positions:
  • YMCA Level 2 OR AO official,
  • USA Swim Stroke & Turn official,
  • Volunteer coordinator

Location Offered