GREEN LEVEL | Monday – Thursday, 4:30 – 5:15pm
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. This group is typically filled with 8 and unders who are first year swimmers. Signing up for this level covers 3-1 hour practices per week.
PRE-REQUISITES: If your child is between the ages 6-8, the head coach can evaluate your swimmer, to see if they are ready. Swimmers will be evaluated by the following; are they deep water ready, are they able to swim 25 yards of both freestyle and backstroke and are they familiar with breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers must also have excellent listening skills.
BRONZE LEVEL | Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 5:30pm;
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. This group is typically filled with 13 and unders. Signing up for this level covers 4-1 hour practices per week.
PRE-REQUISITES: Youth must be able to swim 100 yards continuous.
SILVER LEVEL | Monday – Friday, 5:30 – 7:00pm; Dryland, 5:00 – 5:30pm
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. Typically they have achieved at least one ‘A’ time. Signing up for this level covers 4-1.5 hour practices per week.
PRE-REQUISITES: Swimmers must be able to, dive properly from the block, complete a flip turn, complete 100 yards of each stroke legally, swim a set of 8 X 100 yards freestyle on 1:40 interval, as well as a set of 4 X 200 yard IM on a 3:30 interval.
GOLD LEVEL | Monday – Friday, 5:30 – 7:00pm; Dryland, 5:00 – 5:30pm
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. Typically they have achieved at least one ‘AA’ time. Signing up for this level covers 5-1.5 hour practices per week.
HIGH SCHOOL | Monday – Friday, 5:30 – 7:00pm; Dryland, 5:00 – 5:30pm
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, but typically only before and after the high school swim season. (**Only available in Winter Season)
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