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Learn To Swim (Blue)
Open to all beginning swimmers, the LTS Blue Group is designed to provide the basic instruction needed for a swimmer to swim independently in the water, and to begin introduction of strokes. The LTS Blue Group practices on Sunday mornings for 45 minutes per session. There are three sessions to choose from. Swimmers will be ready to move to the LTS Black Group when they can do each of the following:
- swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke without stopping
- do the kick element of breaststroke and butterfly
- do a flip in the water (in preparation of doing a flip turn)
- jump off of the starting block
Learn To Swim (Black)
New swimmers with the above stated skills, or graduates of the LTS Blue Group program will swim in the LTS Black Group. The LTS Black Group practices twice (2) each week (Sat-Sun) for one hour each session. In this group, further refinement of stroke techniques occur, and the beginning elements of training and repetition are introduced. A swimmer will be ready to move to Developmental (final decision on move ups is done by the coaching staff) when they have mastered the following:
- the swimmer can complete 50 yards of free, back, and breast legally and without stopping
- they will be able to maintain a legal butterfly kick, with an understanding of the fly arm motion
- they will be able to do a freestyle flip turn, and will be able to do a starting dive off of the blocks
Our introductory competitive training group, the Developmental Group practices three days per week (Tues-Thurs-Sat) for one hour each session. Developmental swimmers are encouraged to participate in a minimum of two (2) meets per short course season. The emphasis in this group is on proper stroke mechanics and technique. The concepts of training intervals and sets are also introduced. In order for a swimmer in the Developmental Group to move up to the Novice Group (final decision on move ups is done by the coaching staff), the following skills are required:
- Swimmer should be able to swim 100 yards of free, back, and IM legally
- Swimmers should also be able to swim at least 50 yards of fly and breast legally
- Swimmers should also be able to do a meet procedure start (track or flat)
- Swimmers should be able to use the pace clock during training sets
Open to new and returning swimmers that have mastered all of the above stated skills, the Novice Group is open to swimmers in the 8&U, 9-10, or 11-12 age groups. The Novice Group practices four (4) days per week (Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat) for one hour each session. All Novice swimmers are encouraged to participate in a minimum of three (3) short course meets per season. The emphasis in this group is on proper stroke mechanics and technique. The concepts of interval training are further developed, with use of the pace clock being very important. Swimmers will be ready to move up to the Junior Group (final decision on move ups is done by the coaching staff) when they are able to do the following:
- Complete a legal 100 yard swim in each stroke, along with a legal 200 free and 200 IM
- The swimmer will also show the ability to swim 500 yards without stopping
- Swimmers ready to move up will also present the need for more endurance base
- Swimmer will be able to work the pace clock for all interval training
Open to all new and returning swimmers, ages 9 to 13 (placement at the discretion of the coaching staff). Junior swimmers are expected to participate in 6 practices per week (Monday – Saturday). The Junior Group continues to focus on each swimmer’s development through stroke technique refinement, while introducing a varied training regimen necessary to compete at the championship level. All Junior swimmers are strongly encouraged to compete in at least five (5) meets per short course season and complete the necessary events to achieve an IMR or IMX score (see tab above for complete details).
Open to all new and returning swimmers 14 and over, and select swimmers that are 13 years of age that have achieved Zone or Sectional times (placement at the discretion of the coaching staff). Senior swimmers are expected to participate in 6 practices per week (Monday – Saturday). The Senior Group focuses on advanced stroke mechanics and technique refinement, while targeting aerobic and anaerobic energy systems through varied training methods that prepare swimmers to compete in local, regional, and national championship level meets. All Senior swimmers are strongly encouraged to compete in at least six (6) meets per short course season, and MUST swim ALL the necessary events to achieve an IMR and an IMX score during the short course season (see tab above for complete details).