This is our entry level group – athletes should be able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards as a basic requirement. The emphasis is on developing comfort in the water, basic foundational knowledge of buoyancy and body position, and to develop the 4 IM strokes technique.
From the Mini-Marlins group, athletes move into this group. Athletes in this group focus mainly on further developing the four legal competitive strokes, having fun, and perfecting start and turn techniques, along with a basic introduction to training concepts and a major emphasis on athlete education.
From the Novice group, athletes move into this group. Athletes in this group are usually at least 10 years old and have met the Junior Group advancement criterion. This group is exposed to endurance training for the first time while trying to prepare for the 200-500 Freestyle and 200-400 Individual Medley races. Competing at swim meets is highly encouraged at a rate of about 1-2 times per month. An added emphasis is placed on collecting test set data and exposure to sports science education.
Minimum age for entry into these groups is 13 years old. Athletes entering the Senior group must display a strong desire to perform at the highest level they are capable of. Athletes are educated on the process of becoming an “elite” athlete in the sport of swimming. Aerobic endurance development is prioritized, with some specialization as a function of age.