SPA Team Levels
SPA uses a “progressive” age group program designed to develop children physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer’s physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and love for the sport. In later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge must be introduced to the training program. In this respect, “too much too soon” is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential in senior swimming than in the reverse situation.
In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals. At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she, will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer’s physical, mental, and emotional development.
Senior I team: The Senior I team consists of college and high school swimmers and some other swimmers who exhibit a high level of swimming and workout ability. These swimmers are expected to be mature, responsible, dependable, and have year-round commitment to the club. As our more advances swimmers increase their commitment to swimming, we insist they maintain good academic standing.
Senior II Team: Senior II swimmers are well versed in technique and strategy. They are also a full-fledged training group. Generally, they have the skill level commensurate with Florida Age Group Championships time standards. Most of the swimmers in the Senior II group are between the ages of 10-17 years old. Workouts for this group are offered six days a week and last two hours a day.
Age Group: These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills. They spend their time equally between stroke technique and training skills and processes. Age Group swimmers are offered practices six days a week where workouts are one and a half hours a day.
Novice and Junior Teams: The majority of the time is spent working on refining stroke mechanics. These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills and will be introduced to some training skills and processes. Novice and Junior Team swimmers swim Monday through Friday for one hour each day during fall, winter and spring sessions.