This group is the Breakers beginning competition group. Swimmers must be able to comply with the technical requirements of all four strokes plus perform starts properly and safely. The focus in this group is on improving technique while training the various energy systems to improve speed and endurance. Athletes in this group will be exposed to the use of a pace clock as a training tool. These swimmers will compete in all YMCA swim meets as well as YMCA Championships.
Practices: Monday Through Friday (one hour each)
Prerequisites: Ability to swim 100 yards (4 laps) of freestyle and 50 yards (2 laps) each of “legal” butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.
Swimmers in this group have developed a strong foundation in all four competitive strokes. Training is geared towards progression to the senior group while improving the skills, training habits, and personal goals that they have developed.
Practices: Monday Through Friday (one-and-a-half hours each)
Prerequisites: Ability to perform the 200-yard individual medley plus 100 yards each of butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.
Swimmers in this group have developed strong fundamental skills, demonstrated a desire to reach their competitive potential, and are ready to develop a more extensive training base. Individual medley and distance events are encouraged in an effort to develop versatility. Skills include advanced stroke technique, racing starts and turns, race strategies, and goal setting. Solid practice habits are reinforced and more complex training sets are introduced.
Practices: Monday Through Friday (one-and-a-quarter hours each)
Prerequisites: Ability to perform 200 yards (8 laps) of freestyle with flip turns, 100 yards (4 laps) each of backstroke and the individual medley, and 50 yards (2 laps) each of butterfly and breaststroke.
This group is for swimmers who have made a serious commitment to swimming. While technique will continue to be stressed, the training will be focused on developing core components of strength, power, and speed. In addition, this group’s training will be enhanced by “dryland” training (out-of-pool strength training sessions). Higher levels of competitions will be introduced.
Practices: Monday through Friday (two hours each) preceded by 30-minute dryland sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
This entry-level program is designed to introduce athletes between the ages of 5 and 8 years old to the sport of swimming and to provide a transition to the sport from swimming lessons. It is expected that swimmers will be able to swim proper freestyle and backstroke. The focus of this program will be on butterfly, breaststroke and swim practice etiquette.
Practices: Tuesday and Thursday (one hour each)
Prerequisites: Ability to swim 25 yards (1 lap) each of proper freestyle with lateral (i.e., rotary) breathing and backstroke.
This program is the next step in preparing athletes for competitive swimming. The focus is on improving stroke technique in all four strokes and teaching proper starts and turns. Athletes in this group will have the opportunity to participate in intramural meets and home meets late in the season.
Practices: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (one hour each)
Prerequisites: Ability to swim 50 yards (2 laps) each of quality freestyle and backstroke plus 25 yards (1 lap) each of “legal” butterfly and breaststroke. Additionally, swimmers must have a familiarity with, and an ability to comply with, swim practice etiquette.