COMPETITIVE LEVELS

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RED | 12 & Under | 1.5 Hours

Red group is comprised of competitive age group swimmers. This group is focused on swimmers who are interested in learning the competitive spirit of swimming. Red group uses intervals, pacing, technique endurance, teamwork and stroke efficacy to further improve and develop all four competitive strokes. Red group also emphasizes proper starts, turns and finishes. This group is for swimmers who are looking to commit to 3 or 4 practices per week as well as 4 swim meets per season. Swimmers in this group range from JO level swimmers to newly competitive swimmers who have B/C times. Focus is also on the rules of each of the strokes and emphasize practicing the strokes correctly in practice. Diving and flip turns are also covered.

Requirements:

  • Ability to execute legal starts, turns and strokes
  • Must compete in at least 4 meets per season including JO’s and/or JO Maxx
  • Must attend a minimum of 3 practices per week
  • Must be able to complete 6 x 100’s on the 2:00 interval

 

BLUE | 13 & Under | 2 Hours

Blue group is designed for 12 & under A/B swimmers who have experience in competitive swimming. This group is comprised of very competitive and highly skilled swimmers. This group is made up of mostly Junior Olympic younger swimmers with A-AAAA times. These swimmers should swim 4-6 practices per week. This group aspires to qualify and win at Junior Olympics, Far Westerns and Western Zones. At this level swimmers continue to work on stroke mechanics with an emphasis on learning how to train at a high level in order to achieve their full potential.

Requirements:

  • 8/9 year old girls-10 & Under BB times
  • 10 year old girls-J.O times and can make 8 x 100’s freestyle on 1:30
  • 8/9 year old boys-10&Under BB times
  • 10/year old boys-J.O times and can make 8 x 100’s freestyle on 1:30
  • 11year old girls-BB times and can make 8 x 100’s freestyle on 1:25
  • 11year old boys-BB times and can make 8 x 100’s freestyle on 1:25
  • 12 year old girls-A times and can make 8 100’s on 1:25
  • 12 year old boys-A times and make 8 x 100’s on 1:25

 

 

BRONZE 1 | 12 & Over | 1 Hr

Bronze 1 is our entry level competitive group for swimmers with minimal swimming experience. Workouts are technique based and stress the fundamentals of swimming correct starts, turns, reading the clock and working on endurance. Athletes are encouraged to attend all workouts offered, to maximize improvement. Athletes can start competing in our monthly novice meets when they are ready and then transition to sanctioned meets as stroke technique and times improve. Once they start competing in meets regularly, they should look to be moved into the Bronze Competitive Group.

Requirements:

  • Can swim butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle
  • Encourage at least 2-3 workouts per week
  • Can swim 100 yards consecutively


BRONZE COMPETITIVE | 12 & Over | 1Hr 45 Min

Bronze Competitive is a group for swimmers who are committed to achieving Junior Olympic and A time standards. Workouts are offered 5 days a week and are designed to develop technique as well as teach competitive racing strategies Bronze Competitive swimmers know how to read a clock, execute a set and swim a minimum of 4,000 yards each practice. Athletes are encouraged to make all workouts but at least 3 practices are required. Bronze Competitive is tailored to smoothly transition athletes to Silver when they are ready, and most are on their high school JV teams during swimming season. Athletes in Bronze Competitive also understand the importance of swimming in meets to execute race strategy and performance.

Requirements:

  • 5 x 100’s Free on 1:45 or 10 x 100’s free on 1:50
  • Attend a minimum of 3 workouts per week
  • Ability to execute all legal starts, turns and strokes
  • Be able to read the clock and understand and calculate intervals
  • Coaches recommendation, either from previous group or after 1 trial practice

SILVER | 13 & Over | 2 Hrs

Silver is a strong competitive group for high school age athletes. Workouts are offered 6 days a week and athletes are expected to attend all. Workouts are 2 hours long and there are options for additional workouts and dry-land training if desired. Athletes in this group are usually on their high school varsity or JV teams and compete locally in competitive meets year-round. Some Silver athletes are very strong swimmers but have other commitments not allowing them to make the full schedule of Silver Elite or Gold.

Requirements:

  • 5 x 100’s Free on 1:20 or 10 x 100’s Free on 1:25
  • Attend a minimum of 4 workouts per week
  • Ability to execute all legal starts, turns and strokes
  • Be able to read the clock and understand and calculate intervals
  • Coaches recommendation, either from previous group or after 1 trial practice

SILVER ELITE | 13 & Over | 2 Hrs + Dryland

Silver Elite is an advanced group within Silver. Silver Elite athletes are expected to commit to a more demanding schedule of 6-7 workouts a week, dryland and more. They will train with the Silver Group and at times will extend their practices specifically for them. This group is based on commitment level, attendance and is a bridge between the Silver group and Gold group. Silver Elite uses interval, pacing, technique, teamwork and stroke efficiency to further improve and develop all competitive stroke. Most of these athletes are part of their high school varsity teams and are qualified for some of the higher-level local and regional swim meets.

Requirements:

  • 5 x 100’s Free on 1:15 or 10 x 100’s Free on 1:20
  • Attend a minimum of 5 workouts per week including at least 1 dryland
  • Attend a minimum of 1 morning workout per month
  • Swimmers in Silver Elite will not deactivate during high-school season
  • Attend all meets in the group calendar or required by coach


GOLD | 13 & Over | 2-3 Hrs plus Dry-land

Gold group is for athletes with the highest level of commitment to swimming. This group represents swimmers with Sectional and National level goals. Many athletes from this group will  earn scholarships and swim in college. Swimmers have or are working towards regional meets such as Zones, Sectionals and Far Westerns and are looking forward to National and International competitions such as Junior and Senior Nationals, US Open and Olympic Trials. Swimmers are challenged with morning workouts, dry-land sessions and a competitive meet schedule.  Athletes are selected for this group from the top swimmers in Silver Elite as well as exceptional younger talents from Blue. Before a swimmer is selected for this elite group they should be ready to commit to the physical, mental and time demands as well as have a proven competitive track record.

Requirements:

  • Attend all practices every day as well as dry-land and strength training sessions.
  • Have already demonstrated training consistency for a couple years as well as maturity as an athlete.
  • Can train consistently at 1:10 and faster intervals for boys and 1:15 and faster intervals for girls.
  • Consideration is only give to swimmers with multiple AA times or higher in primary events.
  • The top 30-40 athletes at Pacific Swim are invited to train in the gold group.

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