Swim Groups
PracticeSchedule

Swim Groups

The Team Sopris program offers three practice levels: Developmental, Age Group and Junior/Senior.  Within the Age Group practice level, the swimmers are divided into 2 groups to accommodate swimmers at different levels.  Developmental is the beginning level of our program, and the proficiency of the swimmers increases at each level, with corresponding increases in the practice time and intensity.  A pre-competitive group is also available as an introduction to competitive swimming and a high school conditioning group is available for swimmings wanting to prepare for high school swimming. On joining the team, your swimmer will be evaluated by the head coach and placed in his/her appropriate practice group. 

DEVELOPMENTAL (Ages 6-12)

Developmental This group provides a solid foundation for entry-level swimmerswho are able to swim 25 yards of two of the four competitive strokes and use free breathing to the side. The emphasis in all sessions is on stroke technique and overall skill development of the four competitive strokes, along with starts, turns and finishes. The flexible commitment and training routine allows for a swimmer's participation in other sports or activities. Five weekly practices are offered, and it is recommended swimmers attend at least 3. 

Developmental required equipment:

  • Team Suit
  • Team Cap  
  • Team Shirt
  • Zoomers 

 

 

AGE GROUP (Ages 9-12)

Age Group 1
Age group 1 swimmers will be legal in all four strokes and demonstrate a desire to work to improve. At this level we will continue to emphasize the proper technique for all four strokes as well as putting together a training program meant to assist swimmers in obtaining their goals. Practice sessions will continue to include technique work while adding training sets to improve various physical capacities. This practice group may do up to 3000 meters/practice, and dryland training will assume a more prominent role as well. Six weekly practices are offered, and it is recommended that swimmers attend at least 4. 


Age Group 2
Age Group 2 swimmers have completed 50s in all four strokes legally as well as a 200 im. At this level we will continue to emphasize the proper technique for all four strokes as well as putting together a training program meant to assist swimmers in obtaining their goals. Practice sessions will continue to emphasize technique work while adding training sets to improve various physical capacities with an emphasis on longer repeats and longer setss that will target improvement in aerobic capacity. This practice group may do up to 4,000 meters per day. Six weekly practices are offered, and it is recommended that swimmers attend at least 5. 

Age Group required equipment:

  • Team Suit
  • Team Cap 
  • Team Shirt 
  • Zoomers
  • Snorkel
  • Pull Buoy
  • Small Paddles

JUNIOR/SENIOR

Junior

This group is designed for those swimmers who are making the transition from age group to senior-level swimming. These swimmers have shown the ability to perform all strokes consistently within practices, possess a positive attitude, and excellent practice-management skills. They devote 50% of their training sessions to conditioning and the remaining 50% of their practice time toward continued refinement of stroke techniques and turns. This practice group can expect to swim 3,500 to 6,000 meters per day. Six weekly practices are offered, and it is recommended that swimmers attend at least 5. 


Senior
Swimmers at this level have committed to the pursuit of excellence in swimming. They compete regularly, work hard consistently, communicate with the coach, and take ownership of their efforts. They may devote up to 75% of their training sessions to conditioning and the remaining 25% of their practice time toward continued refinement of stroke techniques and turns. Double practices are introduced at this level, and swimmers can expect to swim 4,000 to 8,000 meters per day. Nine weekly practices are offered, and swimmers are expected to attend at least 7.  

Junior/Senior required Equipment:

  • Team Suit
  • Team Cap
  • Team Shirt
  • Zoomers 
  • Paddles (Stroke Maker or Speedo Power Paddle) 
  • Pull Buoy
  • Snorkel
  • Tempo trainer

OTHER GROUPS

High School Conditioning Group

This group targets high-school-aged swimmers who want to get prepared for high school swimming. It is designed to meet the needs of those athletes who cannot make the attendance, commitment, and/or training requirements of the Jr/Sr group. USA Swimming membership is required if the swimmer plans to compete. Practices are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30-10:30 am. Click HERE for more information.

Last Updated: June 11, 2017