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GUPPIES

The Guppies group is designed for children 7 years of age and younger. These swimmers are at the beginning stages of swimming. Swimmers in this group are water safe and are able to swim 25 yards without stopping. However, they lack technical skills to complete all 4 strokes. This group has the smallest roster number on the team with a maximum of 8 swimmers and will require the coach to teach from within the water most practices.

SILVER

The Silver Group is designed for ambitious 9-10 year old swimmers who have a minimum of B times with a goal to achieve Junior Olympic qualifying times. This is our most competitive group for swimmers under 10 years of age. The focus in Silver Group is to continue to improve stroke technique in all 4 strokes while developing an aerobic base and speed work. Dry land is introduced in this group twice per week for approximately 20 minutes focusing on core exercises.

SENIOR DEVELOPMENTAL

Senior l group is designed for swimmers in high school who may or may not have goals to be highly competitive. Focus will be on aerobic training and continuous stroke technique, speed work with dryland exercises.

DOLPHINS

The Dolphin Group is the next step after completing the requirements for move-up from the Guppies group. Swimmers in this group can swim Backstroke and Freestyle (with lateral breathing) for 25 yards without stopping. Breaststroke and Butterfly are introduced in this group, as well as competitive race starts and flip turns.

WHITE

The White group is designed for swimmers 11 - 15 years of age who are still considered novice swimmers. These swimmers may or may not choose to compete. Stroke technique is the main focus, with introduction to speed work and aerobic training. Dryland exercises will be included in White group.

PRE-NATIONAL

This group is for the most competitive and ambitious 11-12 year-olds and highly competitive 13- 14 year-olds with full commitment to the sport. Swimmers in this group must have achieved JO cut times, with the aim for AA-AAAA times, Senior Champ cut times, and Sectional cut times. Swimmers are expected to have all proper equipment, exhibit leadership skills, be self-governing, and eager to compete. These swimmers aim to move up to the National Group. Every aspect of swimming is coached at this level, including drill work, speed work interval training, goal setting, race strategy, etc. 100% commitment is required.

BRONZE

The Bronze group is designed for swimmers 7-9 years of age who are able to swim all 4 strokes, as well as, preform a race start and a flip turn. Swimmers will focus on stroke technique and develop their enthusiasm for swimming while learning the skills they will need to transition to the next group. The goal will not only be on the swimming portion but also learning skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming such as working with teammates, following directions, listening to coaches, more advanced drills and learning to read the pace clock.

GOLD

This is our most competitive and ambitious 12 & under group. 100% commitment is required to be part of this group. Swimmers in this group aim for JO cut times, as well as motivational A- AAAA cut times. Swimmers practice 6 days a week for two hours a day with additional hours during the summer. Speed work and aerobic capacity becomes more important in this group while still continue stroke work with more advanced drills. Dryland exercises is included 3 times per week in this group.

NATIONAL

National Group is designed for the top swimmers on our team. Swimmers in this group spend 18-20 hours per week practicing with additional hours during the summer. Practices in this group are very demanding and will include all aspects of swimming. Dry land is done at least 3 times per week and consists of core exercises, weight training, stretch cords, and cardio. Swimmers in this group will compete at the highest level of local and National meets and may travel to away meets and training camps. On certain days, this group will be divided in to smaller groups to work on specific strokes based on individual needs.

 

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