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

This is a group for ages 9 - 11 and is designed to build upon technical skills in all four competitive strokes, while also developing a strong aerobic foundation and learning about training disciplines. Skills will be taught with an emphasis on fun and teamwork to ensure that all athletes develop a long-term love for the sport.

Athletes will also focus on starts, turns, underwater streamline, underwater kicking and conditioning work. Swimmers will also participate in some basic dryland conditioning emphasizing core body strength. Volume and intensity of both kicking and swimming will increase throughout the season. Acceptance into this group is based on specific site space and needs as determined by the YOTA Swim Team Site Director.

*This group practices up to four times per week for 75 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