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White Training Group

While training groups may be assigned primarily upon age and ability, other factors may be used to help determine final placement.

These are "Level 1 and Level 2" swimmers according to USA Swimming Areas of Development.

  • Must be able to swim 50 meters in freestyle and backstroke with good basic technique and proper breathing from a push.
  • Can complete 45 minutes of practice
  • Understands that s/he is part of a team and has respect for his/her teammates.  Works to help and encourage their teammates.  Understands the importance of learning all four strokes, and is willing to do their best in practice and at meets. 
  • Swimmer understands the importance of giving the coach their undivided attention, listens to the coach and tries to make the appropriate changes
  • The Swimmer understands the team rules,and the consequences of breaking the rules, shows respect for the facilities and equipment.
  • The swimmer is ready to start practice on time and with all equipment (and also puts equipment away).
  • No prior competitive experience is required

Generally speaking, these swimmers are 10 and under and will practice three to four times a week.

Required Equipment:

  • Practice Suit (1-2)
  • Team/Competition Suit (not worn for practice)
  • Goggles (2)
  • Water Bottle
  • Mesh Bag
  • Long fins
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Green Training Group

The Green Training Group is usually comprised of swimmers ages 9 and up, and is designed for more advanced younger swimmers, and older swimmers who are dedicated to working quickly to improve their strokes.

Swimmers ages 9-10 should be able to complete all four competitive strokes, 400, and 200 Free, 100 IM and 200 IM, as well as all competitive turns and starts.  They must be willing to work hard, pay close attention to the coach, with a determination to improve, and have learned how to use the pace clock.  They are level 2 and developing 3 swimmers according to USA Swimming Developmental Guidelines, and can complete the following practice sets with good technique:

  • 6 x 50 Free
  • 6 x 50 Back
  • 6 x 50 Breast
  • 6 x 50 Fly
  • 6 x 100 Kick
  • 1 x 200 IM (with all turns & UW work)
  • 400 Free (and will train for 800 Free)

Green 11 & up swimmers are also level 2 and developing level 3 swimmers, according to USA Swimming Development Guidelines and should be able to achieve the same practice set as listed above.  11 & 12 year olds may still be learning either breaststroke or butterfly, but are nearly legal.  They must also possess a strong determination for mastering all four strokes quickly.

This group will start with about 80% on technique and 20% on conditioning, and move toward a 50%-50% ratio over the course of the year. Swimmers will be grouped based upon ability for each set of drill work to ensure everyone gets the most from their time in the pool.

All swimmers in this group must:

  • Understand and demonstrate good sportsmanship (congratulates competition, does not throw fits when goals aren't achieved, or talk badly about competition or teammates), and takes pride in being part of the team.
  • Treat teammates, parents, coaches, and gym staff the way they want to be treated.
  • Talk to the coaches before and after each race, understands the role of failure and the importance of learning from one's mistakes.
  • During practice, the swimmer leaves on time for all sets, starts and finishes at the wall, swim the sets in the prescribed manner, swims the entire set (doesn't walk on the bottom of the pool, "lose" equipment, counts accurately, go to the bathroom in the middle of difficult sets, complain about the difficulty of a set).

Goals of this group: Show significant improvement of both freestyle and backstroke technique and times, with a goal of being able to swim a 800 Free, and gaining the ability to swim a 400IM by the end of the season.

Practice:   The Green group practices 3-4 times a week.

Required Equipment:

  • Practice Suit (2-3)
  • Team/Competition Suit (not worn for practice)
  • Goggles (2)
  • Team Cap (2); Practice Cap (1-2)
  • Water Bottle
  • Mesh Bag
  • Long Fins
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Black Training Group

The Black group is comprised of 7th-12th grade swimmers.  Swimmers in this training group are level 3 or higher, according to USA Swimming's Areas of Development. Swimmers are offered 7 practices a week, and may choose 5 -- only one of which may be a Monday or Friday a.m. practice, as these are considered supplemental. Monday and Friday mornings are limited to 16 swimmers. If swimmers are dual athletes, they will need to set up a practice schedule with the coach. Swimmers must be legal in all 4 strokes, without significant stroke flaws.  Swimmers in this group have or are pursuing "BB" times or better in multiple events, according to EFSL standards, and can complete a 200IM, a 400IM, 400 Free, 800 Free and 1500 Free (or approval from the Lead High School Coach or Head Coach).

 All swimmers in the Black Group must:

  • Demonstrate a high level of sportsmanship (respects competitors, and gets along with teammates and friends, regardless of ability level).  Works to learn the names of their competitors;
  • Attends recommended meets and understands the importance of warm-up and cool down;
  • Meet the established attendance requirements;
  • Challenges him/herself to perform at the utmost of his or her ability in practice;
  • Ability to balance school and practice;
  • Understands the benefits and uses of positive self-talk, and monitors negative self-talk;
  • Understands the importance of concentration in practice and meets, and can regularly recognize a faulty focus, and bring self back to proper focus;
  • Understands and takes responsibility for attendance, performance, and habits in practice;
  • Is able to accept constructive criticism from the coach, and that criticism is a critique of skills, not of them as an individual;
  • Effectively communicate his or her commitment to parents, coach and teammates;
  • Understands the need to sacrifice self interest for team goals;
  • Understands the importance of goal setting, sets goals for the entire season;
  • Understands the importance of visualization and imagery to enhance performance and works to utilize these techniques.

Swimmers will be grouped based upon ability/times for each set  to ensure everyone gets the most from their time in the pool.

Practice:

The Black Group will have practices Monday-Friday as a part of the regular training schedule. In addition two morning practices are available (Monday and Friday). Please ensure your swimmer has a snack to eat after school and after practice. One of the biggest hindrances to effective training of older swimmers is poor nutrition prior to and immediately following practice (within 15 minutes from the conclusion of practice).

Required Equipment:

  • Practice Suit (3-4)
  • Team/Competition Suit (1)
  • Goggles (2)
  • Team Cap (2); Practice Cap (1-2)
  • Water Bottle (with water!)
  • Mesh Equipment Bag
  • Log Book; Pacing Chart
  • Snorkel
  • Finis Edge (or other silicone medium fin)
  • Long Fins
  • Tempo Trainer
  • 8-12 oz of suitable electrolyte replacement drink (Gatorade, Coconut water, Banana-based juice) for in-water training of 90-120 minutes.  A quick snack to consume before swim practice is also recommended (bananas, 1/2 a Cliff Bar or similar snack are excellent).
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The Naples Tigers Sharks swim team is a member of the European Forces Swim League (EFSL) which is comprised of swim teams from the U.S. and NATO communities. EFSL remains committed to supporting the youth of our communities through healthy competition and good sportsmanship.

Interested swimmers in the Naples international military community can swim with the Naples Tiger Sharks! Dependents of US or NATO card holders are eligible per NPS By-Laws.

The Naples Tiger Sharks is a private, non-profit organization..

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