Swim Groups

Pups

Pups are our younger (usually under 8) and new to swimming swimmers.  They practice up to 3 days per week, for one hour each practice. The minimum requirements for admission into the program are the ability to get across one length of the pool (25m), comfort in the deep end and the maturity to consistently follow instructions for one hour. The focus of the program is teaching the fundamentals of swimming, while introducing aspects of speed swimming such as dives and turns. They will work on extended surface support, coordination of body movements, rhythmic breathing, consistent kicking (flutter, dolphin, emerging whip), and listening skills.  There will be fun themes every week including “games with aims”, with each swimmer encouraged to work towards individualized goals. The coaches will discuss with parents each swimmer’s progress throughout the season. Pups are encouraged to participate in meets, especially our home meet, when the coaches feel they are ready, although it is not mandatory.

Goals:
• Have fun and enjoy swimming
• Technique development is the main focus of the Pups.

  • Progressing towards legally swimming the four competitive strokes.
    • Learn the racing starts from or beside the starting block.  
    • Learn the different types of racing turns.
    • Learn how to swim in a training lane

Rays

Rays are our older (usually 8 and up) and more experienced swimmers who practice up to five days per week. They are grouped according to, but not limited to, age, swimming ability, dedication and attendance.

White: Swimmers in this group swim up to five days per week for 1.25 hours each practice including 15 minutes of dry-land training. Swimmers at this level should take personal responsibility for their preparation for practice.

They continue to work on the fundamentals of all four strokes as well as developing their dives and turns.  Coaches will meet with parents and swimmers to go over individualized goal-setting programs.  It is recommended that each swimmer attend a minimum of 3 practices per week. These swimmers are encouraged to maintain consistent attendance and learn the meaning of commitment and hard work. Participation in meets is encouraged, especially our home meet and regionals, but not mandatory.

Swimmers are asked to come on time and participate regularly. Parents and/or swimmers should notify the coach before practice if leaving early, and should communicate with the coach in advance about any extended absences or vacations.

Goals:

This group is for younger swimmers transitioning from the developmental levels of the team to a higher level competitive swimming in a more casual environment. Swimmers in this group will continue to work on technique, but will also focus on aerobic conditioning and speed work.

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Red: Swimmers in this group swim up to five days per week for 1.25 hours each practice including 15 minutes of dry-land training. These swimmers demonstrate a strong work ethic, high attendance and will be continuing to develop their strokes, starts and turns.  Swimmers will begin to understand that technique is the most important factor in being a successful competitive swimmer. For serious and competitive swimmers who attend at least 3 practices per week. The coach will be meeting with parents and swimmers to develop individualized goal-setting programs.  These swimmers are dedicated to competitive swimming and should plan to swim in as many meets as possible. 

Swimmers are asked to come on time and participate regularly. Parents and/or swimmers should notify the coach before practice if leaving early, and should communicate with the coach in advance about any extended absences or vacations. 

Goals:

• Have fun & enjoy swimming.

  • To swim all four competitive strokes legally.
    • Use racing starts from beside or from the block.
    • Swimmers will develop legal open turns and flip turns.
    • Learn how to use the pace clock and how to maintain training intervals.
    • Foster a positive attitude towards competition.

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Green: Swimmers in this group swim up to five days per week from 1.25 to 2.25 hours per practice, which includes 15 minute of dry-land training as well as extended dry-land training sessions later in the season.  Swimmers at this level should take personal responsibility for their preparation for practice. Swimmers are expected to attend at least 3 practices per week. At this level of the team swimmers are encouraged to maintain consistent attendance and learn the meaning of commitment and hard work.

This group can include more competitive younger Ray swimmers, older developmental swimmers as well as older new to Stingrays swimmers.  Swimmers in this group will be continuing to work on all aspects of speed swimming, including developing endurance. Older swimmers in this group are strongly encouraged to participate in our Junior Coaching Program. The coach will be meeting with parents and swimmers to develop individualized goal-setting programs. Participation in at least 4 meets is recommended but not mandatory.

Swimmers are asked to come on time and participate regularly. Parents and/or swimmers should notify the coach before practice if leaving early, and should communicate with the coach in advance about any extended absences or vacations.

Goals:

  • Develop a love for the sport
  • Become a fit swimmer; increased strength and endurance
  • Develop a positive attitude as well as mental toughness
    • Develop endurance for higher level training.
    • Further development of stroke technique for competitive swimming success.
    • Master competitive starts, transitions and turns.

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Black: Swimmers in this group swim up to five days per week for 1.25 to 2.25 hours per practice, as well as extended dry-land training events later in the season. Swimmers will be prepared mentally & physically to start the practice on time in their assigned lanes, focused, ready to follow instructions and work hard. Swimmers in this group must take personal responsibility for getting ready for practice.

This group is for swimmers who are committed to competitive swimming. They will be working on all aspects of speed swimming, including endurance. These swimmers are expected to maintain a very high level of dedication and attendance. Older swimmers in this group are strongly encouraged to participate in our Junior Coaching Program. The coach will be meeting with parents and swimmers to develop individualized goal-setting programs. Swimmers in this group must be open to constructive criticism and direction from coach. Participation in the majority of meets is expected.

Swimmers are asked to be on time and participate regularly. If you are late please make a noticeable effort to get into practice mode. Parents and/or swimmers should notify the coach before practice if leaving early, and should communicate with the coach in advance about any extended absences or vacations.

Goals:

• Develop a deeper love for the sport
• Become a very strong – very fit – fast swimmer.
• Continue to develop mental toughness
• Develop endurance for higher level training.
• Refine stroke technique for competitive swimming success.
• Master competitive starts, transitions and turns.

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Swimmers may move from one group to another on the discretion of the Head Coach, based on, but not restricted to, swimming development and suitability within their assigned group.  The Head Coach will meet with the assistant coaches on May 30 and July 4 to discuss group composition.  If you have any concerns regarding groups, you must direct them to the Parent/Coach Liaison, who will in turn speak to the Head Coach. They will arrange a time to discuss your concerns with you, however we regret we cannot accept requests for group assignments.

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Practices begin on Monday, May 2nd at the Chilliwack Rotary Pool.  Please bring running shoes and a water bottle to practice as there are daily dry-land warm ups as well as activities outside of the pool deck, including drills on the track, cross fit training, etc.  Ray swimmers should be ready for dry-land training 15 minutes prior to their scheduled practice time.