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ISSAQUAH SWIM TEAM TRAINING GROUP STRUCTURE, PLACEMENT
AND QUALIFYING CRITERIA

 

The Issaquah Swim Team offers a progressive age group program designed to develop the athlete technically, physically and mentally in a systematic, safe and fun fashion. Emphasis at all levels of the program will be placed on healthy training activities that help the swimmer progress through their career injury free.  At the early levels technique is the top priority and as each athlete matures more emphasis is placed on maintaining technique and efficiency while progressively developing the athlete's physiological and psychological capacities. At each level of our program we continually try to evaluate and adapt to the multitude of factors that impact the growth and development of young athletes.

Qualifying Sockeye swimmers who are willing to abide by the IST Code of Conduct and training requirements will be placed in the appropriate training group based on tryout performances and/or training and competitive capabilities.

All Sockeye swimmers satisfying the prerequisites and/or achieving the automatic performance standard for a particular group will be invited to join that group on a provisional basis.

Prerequisites for group advancement include: a positive attitude, a desire to advance within the IST program, and a willingness to upgrade commitment levels as required in respect to workload and attendance.

Swimmers will be routinely moved onto the National Squad Team in September/March of each year and into the other groups in April and September of each year. Swimmers can potentially move at any time within the Sockeye Surge and Sockeye program. The following information is subject to revision as deemed appropriate by the coaching staff.

The progression from one training group to another is solely the coaching staff's decision and is based on many variables. Such prioritized variables include: Knowledge of the IST curriculum, Stroke Technique, Competitive Times, Meet Attendance, Work Ethic during practices, Coachability, and Attendance.

SOCKEYE SURGE

BLUE, WHITE, RED

AGE RANGE: 7-12

TARGET AGE: BLUE: 7-9; WHITE: 10-12; RED: 9-12

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 3-4 Workouts per week

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS:  The swimmer will be selected and invited to join the Sockeye Surge program by the respective Steelhead Coach after the swimmer proves effective in all four competitive strokes and shows a desire to become part of a competitive team.

DESCRIPTION:  Entry level competitive group designed to teach the core facets of the Issaquah Swim Team Philosophy and curriculum as well as the critical aspects of becoming a competitive swimmer.  The Sockeye Surge program introduces team building skills such as group games, group socials and group challenge activities.  Emphasis will be placed on stroke technique and learning skills that will enable the healthy physical development of the swimmer as they progress through their swimming career.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:
Continue to develop competitive swimming fundamentals including aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability and the core values of being a part of Issaquah Swim Team. Starts, Turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will be introduced as essential pieces of fast swimming.  To earn PNS Silver Times in all four competitive strokes in the swimmers respective age group.

Sockeye Surge Swimmers are expected to attend 75% of workouts to achieve both retention and progression within the Issaquah Swim Team curriculum.  Sockeye Surge Swimmers are expected to attend at least 4 Swim Meets in the SCY season and 2 Swim Meet in the LCM Season including all IST hosted Meets as well as all qualified Championship Meets.

 
 

SOCKEYES

SOCKEYE A, SOCKEYE B, SOCKEYE C

AGE RANGE: 9-14

TARGET AGE: SOCKEYE A: 11-12; SOCKEYE B: 13-14; SOCKEYE C: 9-10

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 4 Workouts per week

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: The Swimmer will be selected to move into the Sockeye program by the respective Sockeye Surge coach as well as the Head Age Group Coach.  Candidates for these groups must have mature competitive strokes and ample swim meet experience. Swimmers must have proven competitive races in the 100IM, 200FR and the willingness to strive for competing in 200IM, 500FR.

DESCRIPTIONs own personal knowledge of the sport.  The Sockeye program specifically targets young athletes who are willing to explore additional training activities. This training group is designed to allow athletes an opportunity to mature physically and emotionally within their peer and/or ability groups.  The Sockeye groups will continue to foster team building skills into sessions.  The Sockeye program swimmer will continue to learn the core facets of the Issaquah Swim Team Philosophy and curriculum.  Goal setting as well as drylands skill in the water through healthy activities.  Efficiency in technique will be taught as a primary attribute to fast swimming.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:  Continue to refine all four competitive strokes and add depth to knowledge of competitive swimming including aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability, aquatic abilities. Starts, turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will become more prevalent. To earn PNS gold times in at least 3 of the competitive strokes in their respective age group.

Sockeye Swimmers are expected to attend 75% of workouts in order to retain conditioning and to progress through the Issaquah Swim Team curriculum.  Sockeye Swimmers are expected to attend at least 5 Swim Meets in the SCY season and 2 Swim Meet in the LCM Season including all IST hosted Meets as well as all qualified Championship Meets

 

REGIONALS:

AGE RANGE: 9-11

TARGET AGE: 10-11

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 5-6 Workouts per week

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: The Swimmer will be selected to move into the Regional Squad by the respective Sockeye Surge coach as well as the Head Age Group Coach.  Swimmers must have proven competitive races in the 200IM, 200FR, 500FR and have demonstrated the ability and willingness to compete in the 400IMs of BK, BR.  Automatic qualification is considered two11-12 PNS standards in the swimmers respective gender.

DESCRIPTIONs own personal knowledge of the sport on a higher level.  The Regional Squad specifically targets the athlete that wishes to utilize and incorporate more advanced training techniques.  The Regional Squad swimmer will begin to apply the core facets of the Issaquah Swim Team Philosophy and curriculum.  The Regional Squad introduces mental training as well as more advanced dryland activities.  The success of each individual is based on increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort.  Goal setting will be applied throughout the year. 

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:Continue to refine all four competitive strokes in more dense training sessions.  Strong focus on efficiency in the water and adding to their knowledge of competitive swimming including aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability and the core values of being a part of Issaquah Swim Team .  Starts, Turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will be prioritized.  Swimmers in this group will also identify and practice new activities with peer swimmers that promote team spirit, by recognizing and praising each other.  Regional Swimmers will recognize and learn the primary aspects of what is necessary to compete at a high age group level.  Athletes will become more familiar with safe and healthy training activities that foster injury prevention as the swimmer progresses through their career.  Swimmers will recognize and understand that efficiency in the water is essential to fast swimming.  To earn Age Group Regional times in their respective age group.

Regional Swimmers are expected to attend 80% of workouts in order to retain conditioning and to progress through the Issaquah Swim Team curriculum.  It is understood that any break in training prior to the swimmers championship meet is not creating the most optimal preparation for competitive goal achievement.  Regional Swimmers will begin to understand the level of trust and relationships that are conducive to high end age group swimming.  Regional Swimmers are expected to attend all Squad assigned competitions in addition to all qualified Championship meets.

 

JUNIOR HIGH

AGE RANGE: 11-14

TARGET AGE: 12-14

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 5-6 Workouts per week

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: The Swimmer will be selected to move into the Junior High Squad by the respective Sockeye Surge/Regional coach as well as the Head Age Group Coach. Swimmers must have proven competitive races in the 200IM, 200FR, 500FR and have demonstrated the ability and willingness to compete in the 400IMs of BK, BR, FLY.  Automatic qualification is considered PNS Gold Time standards for 11-12 Girls in all four competitive strokes for either gendered swimmer.

DESCRIPTION:  The Junior High Squad is geared towards athletes that wish to advance all aquatic skills in preparation for elite age group swimming.  Dryland will become a part of the training regime in the Junior High Squad.  This training squad is designed to allow athletes an opportunity to mature physically and emotionally within their peer group. The Junior High Squad swimmer will have strong knowledge of the basic principles of the Issaquah Swim Team philosophy and curriculum.  The success of each individual is based on increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort.  Goal setting will be applied throughout the year.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:  Continue to refine all four competitive strokes in more dense, physical training sessions, add to their knowledge of competitive swimming including aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability, aquatic abilities. Starts, turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will continue to be prioritized.  Athletes will become more familiar with safe and healthy training activities that foster injury prevention as the swimmer progresses through their career.  Swimmers will recognize and understand that efficiency in the water is essential to fast swimming.  To earn PNS Champs times in their respective age group.

Junior High Swimmers are expected to attend 80% of workouts in order to retain conditioning and to progress through the Issaquah Swim Team curriculum.  Junior High Swimmers are expected to attend at least 5 Swim Meets in the SCY season and 3 Swim Meet in the LCM Season including all IST hosted Meets as well as all qualified Championship Meets.  Junior High Swimmers will gain skills that allow positive and progressive actions in preparation for goal achievement.

 

JUNIORS

AGE RANGE: 10-14

TARGET AGE:11-14

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 6-7 Workouts per week

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: The Swimmer will be selected to move into the Junior Squad by the respective Regional/Junior High Squad coach as well as the Head Age Group Coach.  The Junior Squad Swimmer is working towards entry into the Junior National Squad, The Senior Squad, PNS, and Age Group Regional Competitions.Swimmers must have proven competitive races in the 400IM, 500FR, 200BK, 200BR and have demonstrated the ability and willingness to compete in all competitive events offered.  Automatic qualification standard is considered two 12 Year Old Female Age Group Regional standards for either gendered swimmer.

DESCRIPTION: The Junior Squad is geared towards athletes that wish to make swimming a high priority in their lives.  The Junior Squad specifically targets the athlete that has goals to perform on the most elite age group level.  The Junior Squad utilizes mental, physical and physiological training.  Dryland will be a part of the training regime in the Junior Squad.  The Junior Squad swimmer will have strong knowledge of the basic principles of the Issaquah Swim Team philosophy and curriculum.  The Junior Squad understands the success of each individual is based on increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort.  Goal setting will be applied throughout the year.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:Continue to refine and advance all four competitive strokes in more intense training sessions.  Junior Swimmers will be expected to be competent in aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability and the core values of being a part of Issaquah Swim Team .  Starts, Turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will be executed.  Be familiar with and apply the primary aspects of what is necessary to compete at a elite age group level.  Athletes will continue to develop safe and healthy training activities that foster injury prevention as the swimmer progresses through their career. To execute efficiency in the water in all facets of training and racing.  To earn Age Group Regional time standards in their respective age group.

Junior swimmers are expected to attend 80% of workouts to achieve both retention and progression within the Issaquah Swim Team curriculum.It is understood that any break in training prior to the swimmers championship meet is not creating the most optimal preparation for competitive goal achievement.  Junior swimmers will understand the level of trust and relationships that are conducive to elite age group swimming.  Junior Swimmers will learn to accept and give feedback with their coach in a beneficial manner to produce higher level training.  Junior swimmers are expected to attend all listed competitions for their squad including all qualified Championship meets.

 

SENIOR PREP

AGE RANGE: 14-18

TARGET AGE: 15-18

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 5-6 Workouts per week

ENTRY QUALIFICATION: The Swimmer will be selected to move into the Senior Prep Squad by the respective Sockeye/JR High/Junior coach as well as the Head Age Group Coach. Candidates for the Senior Prep Squad must have mature competitive strokes and ample swim meet experience. Swimmers must have proven competitive races in the 100IM, 200FR and the willingness to strive for competing in 200IM, 500FR and all 200's of each stroke.

DESCRIPTION:  Senior Prep Squad is designed as a stepping stone into higher end senior swimming. The Senior Prep Squad is for 14 – 18 years of age, who do not meet the minimum criteria for the Senior Squad, are first time year-round swimmers or are swimmers that wish to supplement their High School Training. Regular attendance at practices is highly recommended, especially for those who seek to gain entrance into the Senior Squad. Swimmers in Senior Prep Squad are committed to improving their level of ability and fitness. The goal is that all swimmers will be able to perform at a high level on their high school teams and gain entry into the Senior Squad. This training squad is designed to allow athletes an opportunity to mature physically and emotionally within their peer group. The success of each individual is based on increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort.  Goal setting will be applied throughout the year.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:  Continue to refine all four competitive strokes in more dense, physical training sessions, add to their knowledge of competitive swimming including aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability, aquatic abilities. Starts, turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will continue to be prioritized.  Swimmers will recognize and understand that efficiency in the water is essential to fast swimming.  To earn Gold times in their respective age group in all four competitive strokes.

Senior Prep Swimmers are expected to attend 80% of workouts to achieve both retention and progression within the Issaquah Swim Team curriculum.  Senior Prep Swimmers are expected to attend at least 4 Swim Meets in the SCY season and 2 Swim Meet in the LCM Season including all IST hosted Meets as well as all qualified Championship Meets.

 

SENIORS

AGE RANGE: 14- UP in High School

TARGET AGE: 15-18

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 7-8 Workouts per week: includes morning training

 

ENTRY QUALIFICATION: The Swimmer will be selected to move into the Senior Squad by the respective Junior National/Junior/Junior High/Senior Prep coach as well as the Head coach. Swimmers must have proven competitive times in all competitive races.  Automatic qualification is considered 14 Year old Girls Winter PNS Time standards in all four competitive strokes for either gendered swimmer.

DESCRIPTION:  The Senior Squad is geared towards athletes that wish to apply all aquatic skills in preparation for continued progression in Senior swimming.  The Senior Squad Swimmer is working towards entry into the National Squad, PNS, Age Group Regional and Senior Sectional Competitions. This training squad is designed to allow athletes an opportunity to continue to mature physically and emotionally within their peer group. The Senior Squad swimmer will have thorough knowledge of the principles of the Issaquah Swim Team philosophy and curriculum.  The Senior Squad utilizes mental, physical and physiological training.  Dryland will be a part of the training regime in the Senior Squad.  The Senior Squad Swimmer understands the success of each individual is based on increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort.  Goal setting will be applied throughout the year.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:  Develop and apply training mechanisms based on self awareness and to refine all four competitive strokes in more dense, physical training sessions.  To add to their knowledge of competitive swimming including aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachabilitys aquatic abilities. Starts, turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will continue to be prioritized.  Athletes will become more familiar with safe and healthy training activities that foster injury prevention as the swimmer progresses through their career.  Swimmers will recognize and understand that efficiency in the water is essential to fast swimming.  To earn PNS Champs, Age Group Regional in their respective age group and Senior Sectional Time standards. To continue their swimming career in the collegiate realm.

Senior Squad swimmers are recommended to attend 100% of workouts and are expected to attend 90% of workouts to achieve their goals. It is understood that any break in training prior to the swimmers championship meet is not creating the most optimal preparation for competitive goal achievement.  Senior Squad swimmers will understand the level of trust and relationships that are conducive to progress within the Senior Swimming echelon.  Senior Squad Swimmers will learn to accept and give feedback with their coach in a beneficial manner to produce higher level training.  Senior Squad swimmers are expected to attend all listed competitions for their squad including all qualified Championship meets.

 

JUNIOR NATIONALS

AGE RANGE: 12-16

TARGET AGE: 13-15

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 7-8 Workouts per week: includes morning training

DESCRIPTION: This advanced competitive group is working in preparation for the National Training group, Senior Training Group, Senior Sectional and Junior National competitions. The Junior National Squad is geared towards athletes that wish to make swimming a high priority in their lives.  The Junior  National Squad specifically targets the athlete that has goals to perform on the most elite age group level and bridging the path to elite senior swimming.  The Junior National Squad utilizes mental, physical and physiological training.  Dryland will be a part of the training regime in the Junior National Squad.  The Junior National Squad swimmer will have strong knowledge of the basic principles of the Issaquah Swim Team philosophy and curriculum.  The Junior National Squad swimmer understands the success of each individual is based on increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort.  Goal setting will be applied throughout the year.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:Continue to develop and refine all four competitive strokes in more intense training sessions.  Junior National Swimmers will be expected to be competent and skilled in efficient application of  aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability and the core values of being a part of Issaquah Swim Team .  Starts, Turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will be executed.  Be familiar with and apply the primary aspects of what is necessary to compete at the high end senior level.  Athletes will continue to develop safe and healthy training activities that foster injury prevention as the swimmer progresses through their career. To execute efficiency in the water in all facets of training and racing.  To earn Senior Sectional time standards.

ENTRY QUALIFICATION: The Swimmer will be selected to move into the Junior National Squad by the respective Junior/Junior High coach as well as the Head coach. Swimmers must have proven competitive times in all competitive races.  Automatic qualification is considered 13 Year old Boys Age Group Regional Time standards in all four competitive strokes for either gendered swimmer.

Junior National swimmers are recommended to attend 100% of workouts and are expected to attend 90% of workouts to achieve their goals. It is understood that any break in training prior to the swimmers championship meet is not creating the most optimal preparation for competitive goal achievement.  Junior National swimmers will understand the level of trust and relationships that are conducive to progressing from elite age group swimming to Elite Senior swimming.  Junior National Swimmers will learn to accept and give feedback with their coach in a beneficial manner to produce higher level training.  Junior National swimmers are expected to attend all listed competitions for their squad including all qualified Championship meets. Entrance into and removal from Junior National and squad is the sole discretion of the Junior National Squad coach and head coach and is weighed heavily on competitive achievement and commitment to the training group.

 

NATIONALS

AGE RANGE: 14-UP in High School

TYPICAL SCHEDULE: 9 Workouts per week: includes morning training

DESCRIPTION: This elite training squad is made up of swimmers wishing to compete on the National Level. Only the best swimmers with regards to time standards and previous commitment are selected to be members. The best training with the best, all with common goals, work ethic, and desire to be good team members while striving to reach the next level.  Swimmers must show a high level of dedication,  time management, and leadership in and out of the pool with the goal being able to compete at the highest national levels of swimming.  Technique, endurance, speed, and dry land training are done with an intensity and versatility that can allow you to reach that goal.  The National Squad utilizes mental, physical and physiological training.  Dryland will be a part of the training regime in the National Squad.  The National Squad swimmer will have excellent knowledge of the principles of the Issaquah Swim Team philosophy and curriculum.  The National Squad swimmer understands the success of each individual is based on commitment level in attendance and practice effort.  Goal setting will be applied throughout the year. The National Squad Swimmer has made IST swimming their highest level extracurricular activity.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:National Swimmers will be expected to be students of the sport and highly skilled in efficient application of  aquatic postures, body awareness, aquatic rhythms, listening skills, coachability and the core values of being a part of Issaquah Swim Team .  Starts, Turns, and efficient use of the body in the aquatic environment will be executed.  To execute efficiency in the water in all facets of training and racing.  To earn Junior National/National Time standards. To continue their swimming career in the collegiate realm.

ENTRY QUALIFICATION: Entrance or removal into the National Squad will be decided solely by the Head Coach.  Competitive times, workout ability and commitment are weighed heavily in qualification.  Automatic consideration is considered 4 Senior Sectional Standards within two strokes. 

National swimmers are recommended to attend 100% of workouts and are expected to attend 90% of workouts to achieve their goals. It is understood that any break in training prior to the swimmers championship meet is not creating the most optimal preparation for competitive goal achievement.  National swimmers will understand the level of trust and relationships that are conducive to competing in Elite Senior swimming.  National Swimmers will accept and give feedback with their coach in a beneficial manner to produce higher level training.  National swimmers are expected to attend all listed competitions for their squad including all qualified Championship meets.