Group Descriptions

Senior

This group is designed for those athletes wishing to swim in college and possess a desire to set Sectional and National meet qualifications as their primary goals. Emphasis will be on continued skill development and race strategy, seasonal planning, and increased training loads. This group is designed for athletes who are committed to swimming as their primary sport. Practices are offered 5-6 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered (and required) during the long course season. The coaches will be planning an optional travel trip at the conclusion of the high school season. Travel expenses and meet fees for this experience are not included in group fees. Minimum age – 14


Senior/NPG Group Requirements:
Attendance - Dedication to training is a key element to success and a demonstrated commitment to the sport, team, and group are necessary for members of this group. Swimmers in this group must maintain a minimum of 90% practice attendance. With 5-6 practices offered on a weekly basis, this allows one missed practice for each two-week period. NPG is by invitation only and has an additional two practices each week.


Training Requirements - eligibility for this group is based on commitment level and desire and ability to train at increased levels. The following are minimum training standards for this group. ● Legally swim the four competitive strokes and 400 Individual Medley ● Complete 10 x 100 freestyle kick on 1:50 interval ● Complete 10 x 100 freestyle swim on 1:20 interval ● Complete 8 x 100 stroke on assigned intervals (backstroke - 1:30, breaststroke - 1:45, butterfly - 1:40) ● Complete timed 2000 yard freestyle swim in under 27 minutes (1:21/100 average)

Junior

This group is designed for those athletes with competitive experience who are either in high school and not yet ready for Senior training* or those age-group athletes who are competing at the Zone level and are preparing for transition to the Senior Training Group. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, advanced race strategy, goal-setting, and an introduction to increased training loads. This group is designed for athletes who enjoy competitive swimming and fitness but are not yet ready to dedicate themselves to swimming as their primary sport or need more time for a demanding academic schedule. Practices are offered 5-6 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered during the long course season. Minimum age – 12, recommended age 13-15.


Junior Group Requirements:
Attendance - Dedication to training is a key element to success and improvement. Swimmers in this group must maintain a minimum of 80% practice attendance. With six (6) practices offered on a weekly basis, this allows one missed practice each week.

Training Requirements - eligibility for this group is based on commitment level and desire to see progressive improvement. The following are minimum training standards for this group. ● Legally swim the four competitive strokes and 400 Individual Medley ● Complete 10 x 100 freestyle kick on 2:00 interval ● Complete 10 x 100 freestyle swim on 1:30 interval ● Complete 6 x 100 of stroke on assigned intervals (backstroke- 1:40, breaststroke - 2:00, butterfly - 1:50) ● Complete timed 1000 yard freestyle swim with bilateral breathing in under 14 minutes (1:24/100) * High school swimmers with a desire to “move up” to senior must maintain an 80% Junior attendance record and progress toward Senior training requirements. Move up opportunity Thanksgiving week.

Scarlet

Our Scarlet program is our competitive program for swimmers age 9-15. Swimmers will attend a minimum of two to three meet days per month. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, introduction to race strategy, advancing stroke technique, positive self-talk, taking responsibility for own progress, fitness, and an introduction to training modules. It is acceptable for swimmers in this group to participate in other sports. Multi-sport athletes will have attendance requirements waived during the fall season only.  The program is divided into four training groups that are based primarily on age as we believe working within peer groups is an important part of childhood development. New this year, we will offer a three day a week program to help transition older swimmers from Silver or lessons to competitive swim team.  Lead Coach Laurie Karr.


Entry minimums (groups within this program may have more demanding prerequisites) – can swim 100 yards of each of the four competitive strokes within USA Swimming stroke rules, can swim a 200 Individual Medley, can swim 500 yards continuously.  

 

Scarlet Gold, Age 12-15

The scarlet Gold group is open to Scarlet 2 members by invitation only.  Swimmers in this group add more conditioning and training in and out if the water.  This group is an excellent progression into our Junior group and Senior program. Goals of achieving JO, Zones and Sectional time standards are discussed frequently within the members of this group. Swimming in High School and beyond is also emphasized. Practices will be offered 6 days a week during the school year with additional practices offered during the summer.  80% attendance is required.


Scarlet 2, Ages 10-13

This group will continue to develop the skills learned in Scarlet 1 with a greater emphasis on training for competitive success. Practices will be offered five days a week with a minimum attendance requirement of 70%. This group will emphasize achieving National BB and faster time standards, including Zones and JO’S. 


Scarlet 1, age 9-11

This group will continue to develop skills learned in Silver Competition. Practices will be offered five days a week with a minimum attendance requirement of 65%.  Attendance averages will be checked monthly.


NEW! Scarlet 3, Age 11-14

This is a new group for swimmers that want a greater challenge and more competitive opportunities than Silver Recreation group but are not ready for more than three Scarlet practices a week.  This is open to swimmers that are new to the Scarlet program. There is no attendance requirement in this group. This group will offer sessions of training throughout the year (Fall Session 1: September 4 – October 27, Fall Session 2: October 28 – December 20, Winter Session: January 3 -February 28, Spring Session: April 14 – May 30 (no practice Easter Sunday) & Summer May 31-July 15).


EXIT SKILLS – our goal is to promote swimmers from Scarlet to our Senior program by the summer prior to entering High School.  Swimmers will work on improving their skills at meets and practices with the following exit skills as part of their goals:  Legally compete in the 4/500 Free, 400 IM & 200 of each stroke; complete 10 x 100 freestyle kick on 2:00; complete 10 x 100 freestyle swim on 1:30; complete 6 x 100 of stroke on assigned intervals; complete timed 2000 yard freestyle swim with bilateral breathing in under 28 minutes; read the pace clock; able to actively listen and ask questions to gain understanding; makes a habit of paying attention to details; properly applies stroke drill to complete stroke technique.

Silver

Silver 2
This is a recreational swim practice group for swimmers that are interested in swimming but do not wish to attend competitions. Additionally, this is a great place for older swimmers to start that have never competed. This group will meet three times a week for one to one and half hours of swimming and/or conditioning. The group will emphasize stroke development and conditioning. Competing in practice will take on a smaller role. Recommended for ages 11-14, minimum age 9.


Silver 2 Group Requirements
Attendance – Consistent attendance is a key element to success and improvement. Swimmers in this group should maintain a minimum of 66% practice attendance (2 practice each week).
Prior swimming knowledge – our Silver group expects that swimmers have had some prior  swim experience. Swimmers should be able to compete 25-50 yards of each of the four competitive strokes legally. An ability to read a pace clock is not required, but very helpful. Swimmers should have the ability to quickly follow instructions and a desire to work with teammates and coaches to become a better swimmer.


Silver 1
This group is designed for those athletes with little or no competitive experience and are interested in exploring swimming competitively at a higher level. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, learning to control speed, introducing age appropriate stroke techniques, learning to work cooperatively with teammates and learning how to swim a training set. This group is designed for athletes who enjoy swimming and fitness but are not yet ready to dedicate themselves to swimming as their primary sport. Practices are offered 3-4 days per week during the winter season. Additional practices will be offered during the long course season. Minimum age – 5, Recommended for ages 8-under.

Silver 1 Group Requirements
Attendance – Consistent attendance is a key element to success and improvement. Swimmers in this group should maintain a minimum of two practices per week.
Prior swimming knowledge – our Silver group at MC Fitness expects most of our swimmers will have no prior competitive experience. Swimmers should know some basic skills from swim lessons: rotary breathing, swimming one length of the pool free and back, breaststroke kick and dolphin kick. Being able to swim each of the four strokes legally prior to joining this group is very beneficial. Swimmers should be able to quickly follow instructions.

Intro to Swim Team

 This is our introductory group for swimmers that are interested in swimming but aren’t sure if they are ready. This group offers two 45-minute practices per week with a focus on stroke development, swimming language and practice rules/etiquette. The spring session will be April 19-May 31 (no practice on May 27) and will be offered Sundays from 5:00-5:45 and Thursdays from 6:45-7:30. Total fee is $125 (new swimmers must also pay a an additional $75 registration fee). 

High School

We offer customized training programs for swimmers that would like to focus solely on the high school swim season.  Swimmers in this group typically train with their high school team from November through February and simply want some extra work in the 'off season.'


High School swimmers have several options at Buckeye:
Option 1: Join the Senior program which is a year-round commitment to the program, with attendance requirements. Senior Program requirements are outlined on the next page.
Option 2: Join the Junior program which is also a year round commitment to the program, but has a slightly relaxed attendance policy. Junior Program requirements are outlined on page 4.
Option 3: Fall High School Prep Program. This year will offer a High School Prep program from mid-August to the conclusion of the Senior Meet in November. This is a 12 week program. Participants attend all offered Scarlet or Junior practices (pick one group please) with no attendance requirement.

Swim Team Group Progressions

This chart is intended to help swimmers and parent navigate the expected progression through the groups at Buckeye. We are showing a typical progression and an accelerated progression. All move ups are considered on an individual basis with physical maturity, and prior experience as part of that consideration. It is very typical to see a girl moved up before a boy, as girls mature earlier than boys.