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Summer Swim Team Practice Programs
The Parks and Recreation Swim Team coaches are excited to welcome new and returning members of the Glastonbury Swim Family back to the pool!
Four separate programming options are available. These 7-week programs are structured as an opportunity to get competitive swimmers back in the water to start their conditioning and also an opportunity for those who have already been practicing to hone their skills and develop new strategies to take their swimming to the next level. Regardless of the practice group you choose, your swimmer will come away from this program with the confidence, skill, and passion necessary for a successful swimming career!
All programs will start June 21 and run through August 6. (No practice July 5)
1. USRPT (Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training) Practice Group: 7:00 - 8:00 AM, M-F, Addison Pool ONLY
(Open to individuals ages 12 and up with a mandatory 2-3 years of competitive swimming experience (who are currently practicing on a regular basis with an established team). Swimmers are expected to be able to complete 1.25 hours of continuous, HIGH-INTENSITY practice with minimal breaks and be able to tread water 60 seconds. Practices will be speed-driven and are not intended to build endurance in the sport; this should already be established. No meets - practice only. For more information on USRPT and to help determine if this is the correct program for you, take a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyh4A7BUibA
2. Race Strategy Practice Group: 8:15-9:15 AM, M-F, Addison Pool ONLY
(Open to individuals ages 12 and up with a mandatory 2-3 years of competitive swimming experience. Swimmers are expected to be able to complete 1.25 hours of continuous practice with minimal breaks and be able to tread water 60 seconds. Practices will be geared towards developing a game plan for specific events focusing on race strategy such as: pacing, using underwater to your advantage, “second half” swimming, etc. No meets - practice only.
3. Summer Practice Group: 8:00 - 9:00 AM, M-F, GHS Pool ONLY
(Open to individuals ages 10 and up with a recommended 2-3 years of competitive swimming experience). Swimmers are expected to be able to complete 1.25 hours of continuous practice with minimal breaks and be able to tread water 60 seconds. Focus will be primarily on establishing and maintaining a steady endurance level throughout the 7-week season. Those who have been conditioning and exercising regularly are strongly urged to register for this group. No meets - practice only.
4. (RE)Introduction to Competitive Swimming: 4:00-5:00 p.m. M-F, GHS Pool ONLY
(Open to individuals ages 7-12 (age range flexible on a case-by-case basis) with little-to-no competitive swimming experience). A technique-based program for those who are looking for an introduction to competitive swimming (or re-introduction if 2019/2020 was the first experience with swim team). Emphasis will be placed on proper stroke technique and turn execution with ample time spent out of the water for instruction. Some endurance-based aspects will be included later on in the season. Practices will begin or end with 15 minutes of dryland training to emphasize the importance of stretching and help encourage muscle development. It is recommended that participants have completed up to level 4 of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program or equivalent. Swimmers should be able to maintain a 1-hour, moderate-level workout in a 25-yard pool and tread water for 30 seconds. No meets - practice only. Provided participants attend a majority of the practices, completion of this program will excuse participants from the required pre-season screening for the fall program.