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Flashes Programs

14 and under swimmers: 

We have two practice groups for Developmental, Noivce, Racer and Elite, based on age.  The groups are 10&Under and 11-14 with descriptions below. 

 

Developmental:  10&Under / 11-14 

This program is designed to introduce swimmers into the sport of competitive swimming while allowing maximum opportunity to participate in other activities. Emphasis is placed on teaching fundamentals of the four competitive strokes by means of drills and games that make swimming fun. Participation in meets is appropriate, but not required. A swimmer must be able to swim the length of the pool rhythmic breathing freestyle or backstroke to enter into this group. 

 

Novice:  10&Under / 11-14

This program is designed for young swimmers who can legally perform all competitive strokes (sometimes breast and fly can slide) and are ready for more advanced stroke technique. This is the first step toward the realization of what year-round swimming is all about and includes a level of commitment as well as the introduction of more advanced skills.  Increased emphasis is placed on teaching competitive starts and turns, and introducing the basics of training competitively. Swimmers will be taught pace clock management and how to understand and execute swimming sets. Participation in all meet types is encouraged. Participation in other activities is still encouraged.

 

Racer:  10&Under / 11-14

Swimmers begin to build a work ethic with continued development of strokes and water skills. Participation in all meet types is encouraged. Swimmers typically participate year-round with a higher level of commitment, goal setting, the beginnings of mental training, as well as the introduction of more advanced skills.  If you play other sports, you should still include swimming during this time. It is recommended swimmers attend a minimum of 4-5 practices a week.  

 

Elite:  10&Under / 11-14

For swimmers in this program, emphasis will be on the competitive nature of the sport. The Elite groups are geared towards athletes ready to push towards high levels of competitive swimming.  Skill training is still important and will be incorporated into the different training sets. Dry-land is a very important part of training at this level. Commitment and self-motivation are very important. Practice is offered six days a week with one-and-three quarter hours of swimming and thirty minutes of dry-land. Swimmers are expected to attend 4-5 days a week.

 

High School aged swimmers: 

We have two groups for high school aged swimmers.  Athletes continue to learn and be taught progressively, but emphasis is placed on taking ownership of their individual goals and the path to achievement. Senior division swimmers compete at the local, state, regional, and national level. Competing at the highest level meet for which they are qualified is a priority.

Flashes 1:

This group is for the swimmer with the necessary ability and desire to train and compete on a regional and national level and to prepare athletes to succeed at the high school and college level.  Athletes are 14 years old and above (high school students). They will work to do whatever it takes to become the best they can be. Athletes will focus on fitness and technique. 

 

Flashes 2:

This group is for high school aged swimmers working to work on team building, skill progression, and continued development to improve strokes and speed.  Athletes are 14 years old and above (high school students).  Athletes will focus on fitness and technique.

 

All swimmer placements are at the discretion of the Coaching staff.  Commitment to the Team, work ethic, sportsmanship, maturity, and swimming ability are all considered by the Coaching staff.