The Jr. Racers Squad is for beginning swimmers typically between the ages of 4 and 7. Swimmers will learn basic skills, become familiar with swimming equipment, learn swimming terms, learn all 4 swimming strokes, and basic clock management. This group focuses on basic swimming skills and learning how to do things correctly and legally, while making swimming enjoyable and fun. Although swimmers in this group are encouraged to compete, it is not a necessity. This group does not focus on the training aspects of swimming, but instead focuses on good swimming stroke development, along with swimming for enjoyment.
The Age Group Squad is for swimmers with some experience in the water between the ages of 7-14. Swimmers in this group, learn to refine their basic skills while starting to work on the training aspects of swimming. Swimmers are encouraged to swim on a more regular basis and begin attending swim meets (i.e. 2-3 per season). Swimmers in this group will learn to start testing their limits during practice while still focusing on good swimming skills including but not limited to: starts, turns, drills, clock management, good technique in all 4 strokes, and pacing during a workout/races. As always this group also focuses on swimming for the enjoyment of sport, competition, and recreation.
Age Group II
The Age Group II squad is for swimmers that have a few seasons of swimming under their belt and are ages 8-14. Swimmers in this training squad are offered more days of training and are encouraged to attend more regular basis (3-5 times per week) and attend more meets per season (3-5). There will be increased learning in the basic technical aspects of swimming. Athletes in this squad are more than highly encouraged to attend the state meet if they qualify. The swimmers will be held to a higher level of expectation but are still encouraged to participate in other activities to maintain a well rounded and over all general athleticism
Senior Prep is for ages 11 – 14 who are our advanced Age Group swimmers. This group will continue to fine tune stroke technique, turns and starts as well as develop an understanding of basic training principles and racing strategies. The swimmers in Senior Prep will be exposed to interval training and begin learning the basic technical aspects of swimming. Regular competition is required (4+meets a year) and participation in any championship meets for which you are qualified is strongly recommended.
The Senior II Squad s for swimmers with some experience in the water for ages 13 and over. Swimmers in this squad learn to refine their skills; however training becomes a large emphasis within this group. Swimmers in this group are HIGHLY encouraged to attend at least 4 swim meets during each the Long Course and Short Course Seasons. They are also encouraged to attend practice on a regular basis (i.e. 5-7 times per week). Participation in championship meets for which they are qualified is required and swimmers should be available for the duration of the meet for relay availability if they are qualified to be on a relay. Swimmers in this group will begin testing the limits of their bodies with sets that focus on a variety of threshold training techniques (both aerobic and anaerobic), sprint training, kicking, training, and meet preparation). Swimmers in this group are also expected to learn how to self manage and self regulate during a workout and be self motivated to complete the workout even without a coach hovering over them.
The Senior I squad is for swimmers ages 13 and over. One AAAA in at least 3 events, USA Swimming National Top 10 Ranking, 1 Sectional qualifying time standard, or 1 Junior National thru Olympic Trial qualifying time. Training becomes a large emphasis within the squad while maintaining strong technique . Swimmers in this group should attend at least 4 swim meets during the regular swimming season including the SD State Meet, and 1 post season swimming meet if qualified. Swimmers in this group typically practice 7-9 days per week and highly encouraged to swim doubles during the short course and long course season. Swimmers in this group will test the limits of their minds and body, be very competitive (within reason) during practice and at swim meets. Swimmers in this group are also expected to already understand how to self manage and self regulate during a work out and be self motivated to complete the workout even without a coach hovering over them.