MPSC-Patriots: Practice Group Info

Thursday, August 16
RED Practice Group

 Red 

The Red group consists of most 8&under swimmers, brand new swimmers (fresh from lessons) regardless of age, and 9-14 year olds who are not yet strong enough (stroke/endurance wise) for the higher level practices

Minimum requirement is for a swimmer to be able to swim at least one length of the pool without stopping in freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke.

Practices focus on a combination of stoke technique and acquisition and swimmer development. Endurance sets for this group rarely go past sets of 200 meters. Diving and flip turns are taught and encouraged. Technique is stressed most highly. At the same time, this is a low stress group, gives swimmers a taste of what they need to want/work for but is not overwhelming for the bulk of the children. Current swimmers age from 5 to 13 years

Ages

5-14 

Commitment

2X per week is recommended. Swimmers in this group should be committed to having fun while learning to the best swimmers they can be, using the tools provided.  This requires a desire to learn and a willingness to be coached 

Mandatory:

There is no mandatory practice commitment, however pool time is limited and all efforts should be made to maximize the opportunity

Practice

Mon: 6:15pm-6:45pm & Tues-Thurs  6:00pm-6:45pm

Equipment:

Coaches will advise what & when needed

Coach               

Kathleen Barry & Danielle Campbell 

Practice fee
$50 per month per swimmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



WHITE Practice Group

 White

The White group is the basic age-group group. Swimmers aged 8-14 who are comfortable in the water and may have 1-5 years of competitive experience but are still at an early developmental stage. Skill acquisition, stroke technique and endurance are stressed.  Introduction to racing strategies. Introduction to goal setting. Nutrition recommendations are passed.  Sets will range from 500 meters for warm-ups to repeat sets of 200 meters. Technique is stressed highly as it is the building block for continuing up the ladder of competitive success.

Dryland is typically introduced at this level. Dryland is 15-30 minutes of basic body weight exercises to include push-ups, sit-ups, running, jumping jacks, lunges, squats, etc. Dryland builds strength and compliments the swimming program. Swimmers should arrive at practice with swim suits on and shorts/sweats and sneakers for dryland. Most of the time, if it is not raining/snowing, dryland training can be done on the track -- swimmers should have jackets/gloves during winter season

Ages

8-14     

Commitment

3x per week is recommended commitment. Swimmers in this group should be committed to becoming the best swimmers they can be, using the tools provided.  This requires a desire to learn and a willingness to be coached 

Mandatory:

There is no mandatory practice commitment, however pool time is limited and all efforts should be made to maximize the opportunity

Practice

Mon-Tues-Thurs  6:30pm-7:30pm

Dryland:

to be announced

Equipment:

swim fins, paddles, mesh bag (some equipment at pool, ask)

Coach

Kathleen Barry

Practice fee
$52.50 per month per swimmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Blue Group (Senior/Senior Development)

Swimmers in this group are highly-motivated swimmers working towards the common goal of excellence in the sport of swimming.  Practices are designed to be challenging and fun, building on abilities already demonstrated. Technique is paramount and various swim tools are utilized to help swimmers understand or perform certain technique drills. Swimmers are expected to be on time to practices and in the water.  

Fast swimming is required -- half-efforts don't count.

Ages:

Coach's discretion

Competency:

10 x 100m Fr @ 1:45; 5 x 200m IM @ 3:30; coaches invitation

Practices:

Mon-Tues-Thurs: 7:00pm-8:30pm; Wed-Fri: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Commitment:

Swimmers in this group should be committed to perfect attendance, both in the pool and at dryland workouts.  Swimmers should be committed to perfecting their strokes and to being coached

Mandatory:

Practice; 80% of offered practices.  Meets: at least 6 meets per season (does not have to be both days)

Dryland:

As scheduling permits

Journal:

Swimmers in this group may be expected to maintain and turn in a swim journal each week

Equipment:

Swim fins, paddles, mesh bag, kickboard, pull bouy, drag, centermount snorkle (some equipment available at the pool, ask before you purchase)

Coach:

Marc Czaja

Practice fee
$65 per month per swimmer
                           
Practice will start on time and swimmers are expected to be in the water NLT 7:05 -- swimmers not in the water by 7:10 will not be allowed to practice in the water but will do dryland exercises for the whole practice period.