Swim Group Definitions

Ogo Swim Group Definitions

Group 1:

To teach basic skills in water as well as on deck. Introduction to core development through deck assisted FUN drills, as well as in the water. Body position emphasized such as floats and confidence in the water. Low intensity practices and high repetition skill development. Movement to develop coordinated motor control (agility, balance, spatial awareness).

Fundamentals- LOW

Skills:

Kick 25m’s

- Flutter Kick on front (board-less)
- Flutter Kick on back (board-less)
- Straight legs
- Fast enough kick to hold body up without use of board

Arms

- Fr Side Kick position achieved on deck
- Bk Side Kick position achieved on wall
- Freestyle- nose down
- Backstroke- nose up

Dive

- Dive from edge or bulkhead, head first, 2 foot.

Turn

- N/A although somersaults in water should be achievable

Streamline

- Underwater two foot push-off in streamline position
- Eyes down
- Hands together
- Float in streamline

Endurance

- 25m kick no stopping,
- Full 45 min practice

Maturity

- Can follow direction of coach
- Knowledgeable or at least aware of clock
- Follows lane etiquette rules
- Can swim the full practice without getting out or getting cold
- Active listener/ learner
- Aware of all strokes, but not proficient.


Group 2:

Proficient enough in body position and kick skills to learn the basics of all competitive strokes. Diving is fully introduced, as are flip turns and two hand touch turns (at wall only). Rules and disqualification standards are explained and understood. Still working on basic movement skills, such as agility and balance, more core strength is introduced throughout activation.

Fundamentals- HIGH

Skills:

Kick 25m’s

- Flutter Kick on front in streamline
- Flutter Kick on back in streamline
- Straight legs, high hip kicks.
- Dolphin kick 25m
o Core is used
o Head is still
o Rhythmic
o Legs together
- Breaststroke kick is introduced on land and on wall

Arms

- Fr Side Kick position achieved 50m
- Bk Side Kick position achieved 50m
- Freestyle- nose down with appropriate breath timing
- Backstroke- nose up still head position

Dive

- Dive from block, 2 foot start.
- Head/finger entry
- Streamline out of dive
- Back start introduced

Turn

- Somersaults
- Flip –turns to foot placement
- 2 foot pushes on back
- Rotated streamline to front out of turn

Streamline

- Underwater two foot push-off in streamline position
- Eyes down
- Hands together
- Float in streamline
- Dolphin kick to 5m
- Flutter kick to 5m
- Push-off on back

Endurance

- 50m kick no stopping
- 50 side kick no stopping
- Full practice

Maturity

- Can follow direction of coach
- Knowledgeable of clock and can go on basic pace times
- Follows lane etiquette rules
- Can swim the full practice without getting out or getting cold
- Active listener/ learner
- Aware of all strokes, but not proficient.
- Can streamline/ perform turns without direct reminders from coach.


Group 3:

Advancing skills in all competitive strokes, IM is introduced, streamlines turns and dives are regularly performed. More of a training, yet still fun practice atmosphere. Ideas of teamwork, competition, positive sport ethic and attitude are developed.

PRE-competitive LOW

Skills:

Kick 50m’s

- Flutter Kick on front in streamline
- Flutter Kick on back in streamline
- Dolphin kick on front in streamline
o Core is used
o Head is still
o Rhythmic
o Legs together
- Breaststroke kick is introduced in water

Arms

- Fr Side Kick position achieved 50m
- Bk Side Kick position achieved 50m
- Freestyle- nose down with appropriate breath timing
- Backstroke- nose up still head position
- Shoulder driven freestyle arm technique and catch drills are performed
- Rolling backstroke arm/ shoulder
- Small breaststroke pulls
- Two arms out of water at same time for fly
- Head in the water before hand entry for fly
- Free/Back/Breast stroke timing is "put together"

Dive

- Dive from block, 2 foot start progressing to track start
- Head/finger entry
- Streamline out of dive 5m minimum
- Back start, hips out of the water

Turn

- Flip turns
o Freestyle into and out of the wall
o Backstroke with stroke count in and out of wall
o Backstroke to Freestyle
o Freestyle to Backstroke
- Touch turns are introduced during stroke

Streamline

- Underwater two foot push-off in streamline position
- Eyes down
- Hands together
- Float in streamline
- Dolphin kick to 5m
- Flutter kick to 5m
- Push-off on back
- Freestyle breakout into stroke

Endurance

- 100m kick no stopping
- 50 side kick no stopping
- 50 freestyle swim
- 50 backstroke swim
- Full practice

Maturity

- Can follow direction of coach
- Knowledgeable of clock
- Can lead lane on pace times without being started by coach
- Follows lane etiquette rules
- Can swim the full practice without getting out or getting cold
- Active listener/ learner
- Aware of all strokes, and IM Order.
- Can streamline/ perform turns without direct reminders from coach.


Group 4:

Knows and competes in all strokes, a high effort and dedication is shown in all practices. Developing stroke efficiency and skills for all strokes. Intensity level increasing, as is practice length and amount of meters swum. Critical thinking and body awareness is shown in all swimmers. All streamlines / correct kicks and turns are performed without coach’s constant reminders.

Precompetitive- HIGH

Skills:

Kick 75-100m’s

- Flutter Kick on front in streamline
- Flutter Kick on back in streamline
- Dolphin kick on front and back in streamline
- Dolphin Kick on side
- Breaststroke Kick on front and back in streamline

Arms

- Freestyle- appropriate breath timing
- Backstroke- Head position still with good roll and catch
- Shoulder driven freestyle arm technique and catch drills are performed
- Small breaststroke pulls
- Two arms out of water at same time for fly 25m
- Head in the water before hand entry for fly 25m
- All stroke timing is proficient

Dive

- Dive from block, track start
- Head/finger entry
- Streamline out of dive 8m minimum
- Back start, hips out of the water
- Streamline on back out of start 5 m

Turn

- Flip turns
o Freestyle into and out of the wall
o Backstroke with stroke count in and out of wall
o Backstroke to Freestyle
o Freestyle to Backstroke
- Touch turns are introduced during stroke
- Bucket turns are introduced

Streamline

- Dolphin kick to 5m
- Flutter kick to 5m
- Push-off on back
- Freestyle breakout into stroke no breathing 2 strokes
- Backstroke breakout into stroke
- Underwater pull out for breaststroke
- Fly breakout without breath is performed

Endurance

- 100m kick no stopping,
- 50 side kick no stopping
- 100 freestyle swim
- 100 backstroke swim
- 25 breast stroke
- 25 butterfly
- Full practice

Maturity

- Can follow direction of coach
- Knowledgeable of clock
- Can lead lane on pace times without being started by coach
- Follows lane etiquette rules
- Active listener/ learner
- Aware of all strokes, and IM Order.
- Can streamline/ perform turns without direct reminders from coach.
- Can be a leader


Group 5:

Starting to understand the training principles of the sport. Understands that hard work in practice equals benefits in races and competition. Developed a team like mentality and personal drive to be the best they can be. Works hard in higher intensity and mentally challenging practices. Attends most swim practices and dryland sessions. High attendance at swim meets, and club events.

Learning to Train- LOW

Skills:

Kick up to 150m’s

- Flutter Kick on front in streamline
- Flutter Kick on back in streamline
- Dolphin kick on front and back in streamline
- Dolphin Kick on side
- Breaststroke Kick on front and back in streamline
- Underwater kick
o Dolphin kick 12.5+m
o Flutter kick 12.5+m

Arms

- Shoulder driven freestyle technique,
o Full catch
o Proper width
o Finishes stroke
o No crossover
o High stroke efficiency with sprint turnover
- Shoulder driven backstroke technique
o Full catch
o Wide entry
o Full finish
o Correct hand placement
- Breaststroke
o Downward/low head position
o Full catch at front
o Small catch
o Accelerating entry/ recovery
- Butterfly
o Straight arm recovery
o Pinky up recovery
o Proficient at kick pull breath timing
o Head in the water before hand entry

Dive

- Dive from block, track start
- Relay starts two feet at front
- Streamline out of dive 10m minimum
- Back start, hips out of the water
- Streamline on back out of start 10 m

Turn

- Flip turns
o Freestyle into and out of the wall
o Backstroke with stroke count in and out of wall
o Backstroke to Freestyle
o Freestyle to Backstroke
- Touch turns
- Bucket turns are introduced
- All IM turns are used

Streamline

- Dolphin kick to 7m
- Push-off on back to 7m
- Freestyle breakout into stroke no breathing 2 strokes
- Backstroke breakout into stroke
- Underwater pull out for breaststroke
- Fly breakout without breath is performed

Endurance

- 200m kick no stopping
- 100 side kick no stopping
- 150 freestyle swim
- 150 backstroke swim
- 50 breast stroke
- 50 butterfly

Maturity

- Can follow direction of coach
- Knowledgeable of clock
- Can lead lane on any pace time
- Follows lane etiquette rules
- Active listener/ learner
- Can streamline/ perform turns without direct reminders from coach.
- Can be a leader
- High attendance is mandatory


Group 6:

Understands the training principles of the sport. Practices and demonstrates teamwork and work ethic on a regular basis. Swimmers are good role models for the youngest groups in the club. Attends most if not all swim meets and club events. Has maturity to train at an increased level of intensity. The swimmer strives to compete and train, while also adding to a fun and competitive atmosphere in the club. High attendance (over 90%) for both swim practices and dryland.

Learning to Train- HIGH

Skills: Similar to group 5 but performing at a higher intensity level.

Kick up to 200+m’s

- Flutter Kick on front in streamline
- Flutter Kick on back in streamline
- Dolphin kick on front and back in streamline
- Dolphin Kick on side
- Breaststroke Kick on front and back in streamline
- Underwater kick
o Dolphin kick 12.5+m
o Flutter kick 12.5+m

Arms

- Shoulder driven freestyle technique,
o Full catch
o Proper width
o Finishes stroke
o No crossover
o High stroke efficiency with sprint turnover
- Shoulder driven backstroke technique,
o Full catch
o Wide entry
o Full finish
o Correct hand placement
- Breaststroke
o Downward/low head position
o Full catch at front
o Small catch
o Accelerating entry/ recovery
- Butterfly
o Straight arm recovery
o Pinky up recovery
o Proficient at kick pull breath timing
o Head in the water before hand entry

Dive

- Dive from block, track start
- Relay starts two feet at front
- Streamline out of dive 10m minimum
- Back start, hips out of the water
- Streamline on back out of start 10 m

Turn

- Flip turns
o Freestyle into and out of the wall
o Backstroke with stroke count in and out of wall
o Backstroke to Freestyle
o Freestyle to Backstroke
- Touch turns
- Bucket turns are introduced
- All IM turns are used

Streamline

- Dolphin kick to 7m
- Push-off on back to 7m
- Freestyle breakout into stroke no breathing 2 strokes
- Backstroke breakout into stroke
- Underwater pull out for breaststroke
- Fly breakout without breath is performed

Endurance

- 200+m kick no stopping
- 100+ side kick no stopping
- 200+ freestyle swim
- 200+ backstroke swim
- 100+ breast stroke
- 100 butterfly

Maturity

- Can follow direction of coach
- Knowledgeable of clock
- Can lead lane on any pace time
- Follows lane etiquette rules
- Active listener/ learner
- Can streamline/ perform turns without direct reminders from coach
- Can be a leader and role model to younger swimmers
- High attendance is mandatory
- High attendance is ideal


Group 7:

Adding intensity to the skills developed previously. A group of swimmers catered to taper for high performance at regionals. Dedication to the season is a must, high attendance for all practices/ dryland/ swim meets (90%+). Helps out with younger groups and is a positive role model. Demonstrates to the club the meaning behind hard work and sportsmanship.

Training to compete – LOW


Group 8:

The highest intensity of training in the club. A group of swimmers catered to taper for high performance at provincials. High dedication and attendance (close to 100%) for all practices/ dryland/ swim meets. Again demonstrating an attitude of sportsmanship and hard work. Helps volunteer Jr. Coach the youngest groups in the club.

Training to compete- HIGH

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