YOTA Prep: “Developmental” (practice at: Chapel Hill, Durham, Finley, Kerr, & Taylor)

The YOTA prep program provides a great bridge between swim lessons and swim team for 12-year-olds and under. It's the ideal opportunity for swimmers who want to continue their swimming development.

Our goal is to help build self-confidence and a love for swimming. In addition, individuals may qualify for one of the competitive age groups (Green, White, Purple, and Silver) at the YOTA Swim Team Site Director’s discretion.

Coaches will focus on improving stroke technique and efficiency, teaching proper starts and turns, and building endurance in a swim team practice environment. Swimmers will learn how to interact and grow in a team environment and structure. Progress is measured based on techniques and their ability to develop.

All swimmers must schedule an assessment to ensure they are swimming at a level appropriate for entry at each site. As the minimum standard each swimmer must be able to complete at least 25 yards on their front or back in order to be considered for the YOTA prep program. 

As space is limited in this program, invitations will be on a competitive basis.

*This group practices up to two times per week for 60 minutes at eight week cycles.

*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 done at the discretion of the site coach.
  • 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.