Practices will still be divided into three groups, broken up by a combination of ability and age. Practices will run the following times:
Group A: 3:15 - 4:30 pm | 7:30 - 8:45 am
Group B: 4:30 - 5:30 pm | 8:45 - 9:45 am
Group C: 5:30 - 6:15 pm | 9:45 - 10:30 am
Group A: Only swimmers 11 and up will be eligible. Swimmers in this group should be able to complete a 100 freestyle under 1:45 and a (mostly legal) 100 IM in 2:00. A working knowledge of all strokes is necessary, though a few minor complications can be looked past. This group will focus primarily on interval training, with the latter groups focusing on stroke techniques.
Group B: All age groups are eligible for this group, as it is meant mostly for stroke development. This will mostly be swimmers who need to work on their swimming stamina and maybe can't do interval training yet. Some exceptional 8-unders will be eligible for this group, as long as they can functionally complete all of the strokes, and would do ok with a bit of distance mixed in.
Group C: A majority of group C swimmers will be 8-unders who are not ready for the distances of group B. However, any new swimmers who don't quite have the grasp of the strokes yet will be placed in group C until they are comfortable enough with stroke mechanics to complete the distances required for group B.
Please note that this is being done for the safety and benefit of all swimmers. Putting them at the ability level they're suited for will make sure that every swimmer gets the most out of every practice.
Please be advised that the groupings are mainly broken up by age at this early point in the season and swimmers could be moved to different groups within the first week or so.
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