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01. Farmington Valley YMCA Tsunamis - Breakers Developmental Team - Recommended ages 5-8

This is an introductory group that teaches basic competitive skills in all four competitive strokes, starts and turns.  Skills will be taught with an emphasis on fun.  Recommended ages 5-8.

Pre-requisites: Swimmers should be able to continuously swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, current GHYMCA membership.  Please contact the YMCA to set up an evaluation/swim test if you are unsure about your child’s swimming ability.

Practice Attendance: For regular improvement, swimmers are encouraged to attend each practice.

Meet Attendance:
Swimmers are encouraged to swim at the team’s home swim meets (usually a total of four Saturday meets during the Fall/Winter season and two Friday late afternoon meets in the Summer season).
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02. Farmington Valley YMCA Tsunamis - Riptides Developmental Team - Recommended ages 5-10

The Riptide group is designed to help swimmers continue to refine the major skill components of each start, stroke, turn and finish as well as develop swimming endurance.  Pool sessions will include a series of start, stroke, turns & finish progressions, kicking, and basic timed endurance swims. In addition swimmers will participate in a basic dry-land/stretching program designed to build general body strength, enhance technique and improve overall flexibility.

Prerequisites: Each swimmer must have the ability to continuously swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.  Each swimmer should also have a working knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers must demonstrate the emotional maturity needed to follow practice sessions.  Program is for ages 5-10, including all previous age 8 & under YMCA Yankee Cluster/Winter Invite Swimmers and all 9/10 yr. old beginning competitive swimmers.
 
Practice Attendance: For regular improvement, swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 2 of the 3 practices offered per week.

Meet Attendance:Swimmers are encouraged to attend YMCA meets throughout the season based on the recommendation of the group coach.
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03. Farmington Valley YMCA Tsunamis - Seismics 1 - Recommended ages 8-12

The Seismics I group is designed to provide swimmers with the physical and technical fitness necessary to compete at the YMCA Yankee Cluster/YMCA Winter Invite and USA Regional Levels.  Pool sessions will continue to emphasize advanced series of start, stroke, turn & finish progressions, as well as beginning to introduce the differences between workout sets, sprint sets, quality kick sets, and race rehearsal.  In addition to an extensive in-water program, the Seismics I Level will offer a dry-land training program designed to build general and specific swimming strength, enhance technique, reduce injuries and improve overall flexibility.

Prerequisites: Each swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards (2 lengths) freestyle and backstroke without stopping and swim butterfly and breaststroke for a minimum of 25 yards, GHYMCA membership. Swimmers must demonstrate the emotional maturity needed to follow practice sessions. Participants under the age of 10 or with no previous competitive swimming experience should be evaluated before joining. Program is for ages 8-12, including age 8 & under YMCA New England Championship swimmers, 9/10 yr. old YMCA Yankee Cluster/YMCA Winter Invite/USA Regionals Swimmers, and all 11/12 yr. old beginning competitive swimmers.

Practice Attendance: For regular improvement, swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 3 of the 4 practices offered per week.
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04. Farmington Valley YMCA Tsunamis - Seismics 2 - Recommended ages 9-15

The Seismics II Level will provide swimmers with the physical and technical fitness necessary to compete at the YMCA Yankee Cluster /YMCA Winter Invite/YMCA New England and USA Regional /Age Group levels. Additional competitive skills are introduced, including training etiquette, advanced stroke mechanics, training and race strategies, goal setting, proper nutrition, and mental preparation. Pool sessions will include low, medium and high intensity endurance training, technical-sprint sets, quality kick sets, race rehearsal and advanced start, stroke, turn and finish progressions. Yardage and intensity will vary depending on time of year. In addition to an extensive in-water program, the Seismics II Level will offer an advanced dry-land training program designed to build general and specific swimming strength, enhance technique, reduce injuries and improve overall flexibility.

Prerequisites: Each swimmer must be able to swim 100 yards (4 lengths) of freestyle and backstroke without rest or stopping and swim butterfly and breaststroke correctly for a minimum of 50 yards, GHYMCA membership. Swimmers must demonstrate the emotional maturity needed to follow practice sessions. Swimmer must be able to sustain a pace to improve endurance in practice.  Program is for ages 9-15, including 9/10 yr. old YMCA YMCA New England and USA Age Group Swimmers, 11/12 yr. old YMCA Yankee Cluster/YMCA Winter Invite Swimmers and USA Regional Swimmers, and 13/Over beginning competitive swimmers. Participants under the age of 10 or with no previous competitive swimming experience should be evaluated before joining.

Practice Attendance: For regular improvement, swimmers should attend at least 4 of the 5 practices offered per week.
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05. Farmington Valley YMCA Tsunamis - Rogues - Recommended ages 11-18

The Rogues Level will provide swimmers with a two-fold focus - to provide swimmers with the physical and technical fitness necessary to compete at the YMCA New England/YMCA National Level, USA Age Group, USA Senior and beyond. Practices will be split up into different groups according to ability.  Pool sessions will include low, medium and high intensity endurance training, technical-sprint sets, quality kick sets, race rehearsal and advanced start, stroke, turn and finish progressions. Yardage and intensity will vary depending on time of year.  In addition to an extensive in-water program, the Rogues Level will offer an advanced dry-land training program designed to build general and specific swimming strength, enhance technique, reduce injuries and improve overall flexibility.

Prerequisites:
Each swimmer must be able to swim 100-200 yards of the 4 competitive strokes correctly with turns, GHYMCA membership. Swimmers must demonstrate the emotional maturity needed to follow rigorous practice sessions as well as the desire to grow as an athlete and individual. Program is for ages 11 to 18, including 11/12 yr. old YMCA New England or USA Age Group Swimmers and 13/Over YMCA Winter Invite, YMCA New England or USA Age Group Swimmers.   Participants under the age of 12 or with no previous competitive swimming experience should be evaluated before joining.

Practice Attendance:
Swimmers are expected to attend 4 of the 5 practices offered per week.
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06. Farmington Valley YMCA Tsunamis - High School

High School
High School swimmers can join the Rogues practice group at a reduced rate to get in shape before or stay in shape after their high school seasons.  Swimmers are able to participate in all practices with the Rogues and any competitions that are available.  Swimmers will have an advanced dry-land training program designed to build general and specific swimming strength, enhance technique, reduce injuries and improve overall flexibility.  Pool sessions will include low, medium and high intensity endurance training, technical-sprint sets, quality kick sets, race rehearsal and advanced start, stroke, turn and finish progressions.
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08. CT Swimming/USA Swimming

This program is for swimmers that would like to broaden their experiences by participating in a program that will create more competition and more opportunities to swim at invitational and championship meets throughout the season.  In addition to regular YMCA dual meets, swimmers will participate in meets in various pools throughout CT.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in Sectional and National level meets.  Swimmers that are participating must be serious about continuing their development as a swimmer.

Prerequisites: For participants registered in the Seismics I/II or Rogues levels and with approval of the head coach.

Practice Attendance: Each USA Swimmer is expected to be at 4 out of the 5 practices each week.  

Meet Attendance: USA Swimmers will participate in most YMCA meets as well as USA Meets.

**Program Fee does not include yearly USA Swimming registration fee for athletes.  It does not nclude meet entry fees that will need to be paid when signing up for meets. Please note: Registration Closes on September 14th for the Short Course (Fall/Winter) Season.
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