GREEN: Youth in this entry level will begin to establish their long term development model with a focus on building a strong foundation of competitive swimming. This will include the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), diving and racing starts, flip turns and open turns, stroke technique, and team spirit. Green swimmers are encouraged to attend 2 – 3 practices per week.
PRE-REQUISITES: Youth must be able to swim 25 yards of both freestyle and backstroke and be familiar with breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers must also have excellent listening skills.
BRONZE: Swimmers in this level must be legal in all four competitive strokes and show proficiency in both starts and turns. Long term development will focus on stroke development, understanding the pace clock, and set development. Swimmers are expected to showcase the YMCA’s core values (caring, honesty, respect, responsibility) at all times and will work on establishing seasonal goals.
SILVER: Swimmers in this level will continue their long term development with a shift from stroke development to endurance training. Athletes will gain an understanding of racing strategy and proper nutrition and will begin to establish and work towards long term goals.
GOLD: Athletes in this level have well established long term development principles and have decided to make a full time commitment to the sport of swimming. These swimmers are training to compete at the highest levels of competition in both YMCA and USA Swimming.
HIGH SCHOOL: This level consists of youth in middle school and high school. We welcome new swimmers of all abilities in this training group and encourage them to join for an opportunity to develop their swimming skills and to help them achieve their goals. Swimmers at this level strive to qualify for local and regional championship meets. Practices will include dryland training. This group practices 3 – 5 times per week.