This is a competitive swimming training group focused on the continuation of development and fun for swimmers 9-12 years old. Swimmers will be asked to expand their horizons by trying new events as they continue to advance their technique, build an aerobic base and take their training base to the next level.

Evaluation Guidelines and Requirements for Entry into Purple Training Group

  • Good listening skills
  • Strong kick
  • Legal in all four strokes
  • Ability to complete the following sets with proficient technique in streamlines, turns, kicking:
    • 6x50 free on 1:15
    • 6x50 kick on 1:30
    • 12 x 25 on :50 (4 fly, 4 back, 4 breast)


Practices Per Week & Length

  • 3-5 practices per week
  • 75 minutes per practice

Equipment Needed

Your own: suit, cap, goggles, water bottle, towel, kickboard, pull buoy, and fins.

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

Course Emphasis,

Water Skills &

Dry Land Training


  • Short course (25 yard) emphasis
  • Stroke technique based
  • Legal strokes and turns
  • Aerobic training based
  • Introduction to interval reading of the pace clock
  • Basic stretching
  • Basic core
Character Development
  • Display core values
  • Help create positive team culture, sportsmanship
  • Intro to: goal setting, giving back, ownership and accountability
Meets and Competition
  • 3 YMCA meets (fall/winter season)

  • 1 USA Swimming meet

  • YMCA State Meet (1st weekend of March)

  • Relays and 200/500 free, 200 IM, 100s of stroke

Group Goals
  • Continuation of the development process
  • Introduce motivational time standards/Q times for championship meets
  • Progression to Blue training group
Volunteering for Hosted Meets Guidelines
  • Required to help with home meets; variety of positions:
  • YMCA Level 1 OR AO official,
  • meet marshal (safety)
  • announcer,
  • meet setup/break down,
  • awards,
  • program sales,
  • volunteer coordinator

Locations Offered