Silver: “Age group highly competitive” (practice at: Chapel Hill, Durham, Finley, Ingram, Kerr, NC State, Taylor)

This is the highest competitive training group at the age group sites. This group is designed for swimmers ages 11-14 to train them for YMCA and USA Swimming state, regional and national levels of competition. Acceptance into this group is based on specific site space and needs as determined by the YOTA Swim Team Site Director.

The emphasis of the group will be on developing aerobic capacity through increased swimming volume, intensity, and kicking.  Development of progressive stroke technique, race strategies, creating proper nutrition habits, individual goal setting and understanding of the importance of proper mental preparation. Training will also include a specifically designed dry land conditioning program.

At this point swimming is becoming one of your main activities thereby meet and practice attendance is becoming more important to include the summer months. Continue to develop strong work ethic for preparation required for potential placement in the senior groups.

*This group practices up to six times per week for 120 minutes.

*Note: practice times represent the highest number of opportunities per week. The duration (in minutes) is an average and can vary from site to site with regards to if it includes drylands.

Things to remember with the age group program:

  • Group moves are a coaching decision.
  • The staff has nothing to gain by retaining or moving your athlete to a group.
  • Each individual develops at a different rate. A child’s current group placement is not a determination of the long term success of your child.
  • Try not to compare your child with others at your site or another site.

Some factors associated with group movement:

Attendance, work ethic, attitude, training ability, and performance.

As well as: actual age, physical maturation and cognitive capacity.

Locations Offered

  • A.E. Finley YMCA
  • Cary YMCA
  • Chapel Hill YMCA
  • Downtown Durham YMCA
  • Kerr YMCA
  • NC State University