Coach Tiffany Wright
Red Group: ages-8 and up.
This group moves the swimmers that have learned how to perform the competitive events at practice and swim meets to become more proficient as swimmers in all the strokes and events. Swimmers must be legal in all four strokes and have a legal IM to be in this group.
Much of what we do in Red is a fun introduction to more advanced skills and training techniques. Using games and introductory interval training we focus on: correct technique, stroke length, body line, position in the water, comfort and confidence in the water, starts, turns, and finishes.
Through practice we have fun with our friends while we build an aerobic base, gain strength and coordination in and out of the water, build self- confidence, and prepare for swim meets.
The age range varies in this group, 8 and up, so the coach will be organized to accommodate. Skills, speed, maturity levels, commitment and experience in competitive swimming develop differently in boys and girls and in the age ranges. All these factors are taken into consideration as we create the optimal swimming environment.
There are practices held Monday-Friday for 1 ½ hours. Practice yardage ranges from 2000 yards and less at the beginning of the season and may peak at some practices at 3700 yards.
Attendance of at least four practices a week is encouraged to maximize improvement. However, at this level, participation in other sports is encouraged. Sports such as, but not limited to, dance, basketball, football, and soccer.
Swim meets attended by this group, will have silver time standard. For the top Red swimmers there will be some meets available with Gold time standards, PNS Champ standards, and Regional standard (see “time standards” tab).
Training Focus and Goals in Red Group for advancement
· Be a team player; maintain a positive attitude, encourage teammates, sit with teammates at swim meets, participate in team cheers, and wear team gear at swim meets
· Gain swim meet experience in all events
· Begin to understand and use stroke technique as a vital tool for speed and efficiency
· Learn how to use the pace clock and use send offs
· Follow instruction given by coach and provide feedback at appropriate times
· Gain fitness and skill comparable to those in Blue
· Regularly maintain 5 days a week of practice
· Maintain club work session responsibilities
Performance Measures; short course yards
· 10x25 breast stroke on :30
· 10x25 butterfly on :30
· 10x25 back stroke on :30
· 500 free under 7:30
· 400IM under 8:30
· 10x50 kick on 1:15 (2x50 fly, 2x50 back, 2x50 breast, 2x50free, 2x50 choice)
· 100 butterfly under 1:40
· 100 back stroke under 1:40
· 100 breast stroke under 1:45
* 100 freestyle under 1:20
*200 freestyle under 3:00
*200 IM under 3:10
This guide is designed to give an idea of what is expected of the Red group and a criterion for advancement. The coaches at Evergreen Swim Club will work tirelessly within this template to ensure that each swimmer is getting the best training available to suit his or her goals and needs. Some swimmers may not meet every criterion for advancement. However, based on many factors such as fitness level, age, maturity, group cohesion and attendance, coaches may place swimmers in a more or less advanced group if it is more beneficial to the swimmer.