This is a competitive swimming training group for swimmers 10-14 years old. While focused on the continuation of development, the preparation for success in championship style of meets is introduced. With the swimmers aerobic training base foundation, the Blue training group will emphasis race strategy and execution, advanced stroke mechanics and mental focus and preparation while increasing the overall training workload.

Evaluation Guidelines and Requirements for Entry into Blue Training Group

  • Good listening skills
  • Strong kick and aerobic base
  • Legal in all four strokes
  • Ability to read the pace clock
  • Ability to complete the following sets with proficient technique in streamlines, turns, kicking:

    8 X 100 free on 1:45

    8 X 100 kick on 2:15

    6 x 100 IM on 2:00

    500 free faster than: 7:15

    200 IM faster than: 3:15

Practices Per Week & Length

  • 4-5 practices per week
  • 1 hour 30 minutes per practice

Blue Equipment Needed

Your own: Suit, cap, goggles, water bottle, towel, kickboard, pull buoy, fins, snorkel (your choice/preference)

Optional: hand paddles (your choice/preference)

Group Outcomes (as outlined in the DSMY athlete progression model)

Course Emphasis,

Water Skills &

Dry Land Training


  • Short course (25 yard) emphasis
  • Stroke technique emphasis
  • Legal strokes and turns
  • Aerobic endurance and intro to anaerobic training
  • Introduction to race strategy, test sets, build/descend/negative split sets
  • Basic stretching
  • Basic core
  • Basic speed/agility
Character Development
  • Display core values
  • Positive team culture, sportsmanship
  • Goal setting
  • Community service
  • Ownership and accountability
Meets and Competition
  • 3 YMCA meets (fall/winter season)

  • 2 USA Swimming meet

  • YMCA State Meet (1st weekend of March)

  • Relays and 1000 free, 200 back/breast, Track IMX score

Group Goals
  • Focus on all strokes while increasing the distances
  • Strive to achieve motivational time standards/Q times for Y & ISI championship meets and invitational meets with qualifying times
  • Progression to Bronze practice site or Travel Team training group
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

Locations Offered