Age Group Programs
DEVELOPMENTAL (recommended for 8 & under) 9 month program Sept - May
The emphasis in this category is teaching and repeating proper fundamentals and techniques. Proficiency in starts, turns, and the four competitive strokes is stressed. To be eligible for this level swimmers must be capable of swimming the length of the pool (25 yards) using freestyle (with some side breathing) and backstroke without stopping or assistance. Additionally, swimmers should be familiar with, but not need be proficient in breaststroke and/or butterfly.
Practice time: 1.5-2 hours per week during the week
AGE GROUP II (recommended for 10 & under) 9 month program Sept - May
There is a continued emphasis in teaching and repeating proper fundamentals and techniques. Age Group II offers a bridge between fundamentals and more structured training with an introduction to pace clock use and shorter distance sets. To be eligible for this level, swimmers must be proficient in freestyle, backstroke for a distance of 50 yards and either breaststroke or butterfly for distances of at least 25 yards.
Practice time: 1 hour practice twice a week during the week.
AGE GROUP III (recommended for 9-12 years old) 9 month program Sept - May
This group allows a slightly intensified practice environment for a very experienced young swimmer or a rapidly advancing athlete. Fundamentals remain the priority emphasis. To be eligible for this level, swimmers must be legal in three of the four competitive strokes for a minimum of 50 yards or more and legal in the fourth stroke for a minimum of 25 yards.
Practice time: 1 hour practice three times per week at most sites.