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Swim team

Swim team training groups

To prepare and support swimmers in skill development and competition, training for the Dad’s Club Swim Team is organized by age level and ability, as well as speed, maturity, attitude, endurance and level of commitment to the team and sport. Following evaluation, our expert coaching staff places Swim Team candidates within a group. Changes and advancement are at the discretion of our coaches and staff, and decisions are finalized by the Head Age Group Coach and Head Coach.

swim team training

Age group programs

(14 and under)

White Training Group

The White group is comprised of entry-level novice swimmers ages 6-10. Emphasis is placed on developing the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes. Practices combine in-the-water and dry land drills, games and exercises, which allow swimmers to learn total-body coordination to help their stroke mechanics. Practices are geared to create an enjoyable atmosphere for instruction.

Practices and meets:
  • Practices are offered two times a week for 45 minutes each session.
  • Meets average one per month and are held on weekends.
Age:

minimum of 6 years old

Requirements:
  • swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke without stopping
  • wear competitive suit, cap and goggles
equipment:
  • kickboard
  • fins
  • cap
  • goggles
Blue Training Group

The Blue group is comprised of swimmers ages 7-12 who can perform freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers must also have a legal breaststroke kick and an understanding of butterfly. Emphasis in the Blue group is on stroke mechanics, sportsmanship and the rules of competitive swimming. This group begins to learn basic training techniques for speed and endurance, while continuing to use both dry land and water training.

Practices and meets:
  • Practices are offered three times a week for one hour each session.
  • Meets average one per month and are held on weekends.
Age:

minimum of 7 years old

Requirements:
  • freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke kick
  • wear competitive suit, cap and goggles
equipment:
  • kickboard
  • fins
  • cap
  • goggles
Bronze Training Group

The Bronze group is comprised of moderate to advanced swimmers ages 8-10. The focus of this group is the continued development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules, with an increase in training. This group introduces mental training and team building. Success of each individual swimmer is based on an increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort.

Practices and meets:
  • Swimmers in this group attend both local and state-level meets.
  • Practices are offered five times a week for one hour and 30 minutes each session.
Age:

8-10 years old

Requirements:
  • swim all four competitive strokes legally
  • must be able to make 10 x 50 freestyle on 1:00 and 6 x 50 kick on 1:20
  • swim meet attendance expected
  • wear competitive suit, cap and goggles
equipment:
  • fins
  • kickboard
  • pull buoy
  • paddles
  • snorkel
Silver Training Group

The Silver groups are comprised of swimmers ages 11-14 and are broken into three sub-groups: Silver 1, Silver 2 and Silver 3. The focus of these groups is to continue the progression of stroke mechanics with an increased emphasis on training. This group continues with dry land exercises, but increases time spent in the water. Silver group swimmers are striving to maximize their age group abilities.

Practices and meets:
  • Swimmers in this group attend local and regional meets.
  • Practices are offered five times a week, from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes each session.
Age:

11-14 years old

Requirements:
  • swim all four competitive strokes legally with good stroke mechanics
  • practice sets 10 x 100 free yards on 1:30 or 5 x 200 IM on 3:30
equipment:
  • fins
  • kickboard
  • pull buoy
  • paddles
  • snorkel
Gold Training Group

The Gold group is comprised of some of our most skilled and experienced age-group swimmers ages 12 to 14. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training effort. Swimmers are introduced to advanced team building and mental and physical training concepts. Goal setting and race strategies are also developed in this group. Workouts are designed to improve endurance, speed and stroke technique.

Practices and meets:
  • Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state level meets.
  • Practices are offered six times a week.
Age:

12-14 years old

Requirements:
  • one-year commitment
  • swim all four competitive strokes legally with good stroke mechanics
  • super sportsmanship, attitude and work ethic- swim meet attendance
  • minimum of 80% practice attendance
equipment:
  • fins
  • kickboard
  • pull buoy
  • paddles
  • snorkel
  • team suit
  • water every day
Qualifying for the Gold Group:

To be considered for the Gold group, swimmers must achieve both the designated time standards and practice requirements. Legal times will also be required in the 100 of each stroke, 200IM and 400/500free. Designated time standards include:

  1. 12 yr. (11yr girls) swimmers will need a minimum of 3 A times. 13-14 yr. swimmers will need a minimum of 1 A time and 2 BB times.
  2. Swimmers must complete all three of the following sets during the same practice:
    - 8x100 free on 1:30 yards/ 1:40 meters
    - 8x100 kick on 2:05 yards/2:20 meters
    - 5x200 IM on 3:10 yards/3:30 meters
  3. Swimmers must have a legal time in each of the following events:
    - 400/500 free
    - 200 IM
    - 100 back
    - 100 breast
    - 100 fly

The requirements above only serve as the first step in being considered for the Gold group. When a swimmer is considered for potential move-up into the Gold group, the coach will set up a meeting with the swimmer and parents to discuss additional factors, including commitment, attendance, attitude and work ethic.

senior programs

Senior Training Group

The Senior group is comprised of swimmers age 14 and up. Swimmers in this group are striving to perform well at the high school and Gulf level. Swimmers are introduced to advanced team building and mental and physical training concepts, and they learn how to maximize these skills. Goal setting and race strategies are also developed in this group. Workouts are designed to improve endurance, speed and stroke technique.

Practices and meets:
  • Swimmers in this group attend local and regional competitions.
  • Practices are offered six times a week.
Age:

minimum age is 14 years old (All 14-year-old swimmers considered must be in high school and aging up before the first championship meet of the season.)

Requirements:
  • swim all four competitive strokes legally
  • good sportsmanship, attitude and work ethic
  • practice sets required:
    - 8x100 free on 1:30 yards/ 1:40 meters
    - 8x100 kick on 2:05 yards/2:20 meters
    - 5x200 IM on 3:15 yards/3:35 meters
equipment:
  • fins
  • kickboard
  • pull buoy
  • snorkel
  • paddles
  • team suit
  • water every day
National Prep Training Group

This National Prep group is comprised of swimmers ages 15-18. Swimmers in this group are striving to achieve multiple sectional time standards. Swimmers are introduced to more advanced mental and physical training concepts, and they learn how to maximize these skills. Goal setting and race strategies also continue to be developed. Workouts are designed to improve endurance, speed and stroke technique.

Practices and meets:
  • Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state meets.
  • Practices are offered eight times a week.
Age:

15 and over

Requirements:
  • great sportsmanship, attitude, work ethic and a goal-oriented mindset
  • swim meet attendance
  • minimum of 80% practice attendance
  • swimmers must have a minimum of two 15-year-old AA time standards
  • One year commitment
equipment:
  • fins
  • kickboard
  • pull buoy
  • snorkel
  • paddles
  • team suit
  • water every day

The requirements above only serve as the first step in being considered for the National Prep Group. When a swimmer is considered for potential move-up into the National Prep group, the coach will set up a meeting with the swimmer and parents to discuss additional factors, including commitment, attendance, attitude and work ethic.

National Training Group

This National group is comprised of swimmers at the highest ability level from age 14 to college. This group maximizes mental, physical and team building skills. Goal setting and race strategies continue to be developed. Endurance, speed and perfection of stroke technique are expected at this level. Total commitment to all aspects of swimming is expected in this group.

Practices and meets:
  • All swimmers in this group must strive to contend at state, national and international competitions.
  • Practices are offered eight times a week.
Age:

15 and over; 14 yr. with NCSA Jr. National and Futures cuts may be considered.

Requirements:
  • one-year commitment
  • great sportsmanship, attitude, work ethic and a goal-oriented mindset
  • swim meet attendance
  • minimum of 80% practice attendance
  • three sectional time standards for consideration
equipment:
  • fins
  • kickboard
  • pull buoy
  • snorkel
  • paddles
  • team suit
  • water every day

The requirements above only serve as the first step in being considered for the National Group. When a swimmer is considered for potential move-up into the National group, the coach will set up a meeting with the swimmer and parents to discuss additional factors, including commitment, attendance, attitude and work ethic.

White (Ages 6–10)
White (Ages 6–10)
Blue (Ages 7–12)
Blue (Ages 7–12)
Bronze (Ages 8–10)
Bronze (Ages 8–10)
Silver (Ages 11-14)
Silver (Ages 11-14)
Gold (Ages 12–14)
Gold (Ages 12–14)
Senior (Ages 14–18)
Senior (Ages 14–18)
National Prep (Ages 15–18)
National Prep (Ages 15–18)
National (Ages 15–College)
National (Ages 15–College)