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1.  Swimmers will sign up for practice time slots with the head coach in order of registration received, subject to lane availability in each practice time.  Tuesdays and Thursdays we are extremely limited by lane space.

2.  All swimmers are expected to practice at least 3 times each week.  If you are not able to make at least 3 practices each week, please speak to the head coach regarding the special circumstances (for example, dual athletes).  Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.

3.  Make-up practices are subject to space available, and generally may only be made up within the same group practice times (for example, a White group swimmer who normally swims Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday may only make up a practice on a Thursday or Friday during the same group time).  Arrangements must be made at least 24 hours in advance -- with the approval from the head coach. All make-up practices are considered one-time exceptions.

Some Green and Black swimmers, subject to space available, may make up practices at other times. In general, this will not include either morning or Saturday practices, due to lane restrictions. These arrangements must be made at least 24 hours in advance with approval from the head coach and/or lead high school coach (If Black group B). Exceptions may be made in unusual circumstances, and are subject to space available. As swimmers progress, and assuming space is available, older or more advanced Green swimmers may be offered additional training opportunities.

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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 times a week Monday, Wednesday, OR Friday, and either Tuesday OR Thursday.

Required Equipment:

  • Practice Suit (1-2)
  • Team/Competition Suit (not worn for practice)
  • Goggles (2)
  • Water Bottle
  • Mesh Bag
  • long fins
  • Snorkel
  • Goal Sheets
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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 4x a week, selecting from the 5 scheduled practices (Monday, Wednesday AND Friday, plus either Tuesday OR Thursday). Please ensure your swimmer brings a snack for after practice!

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
  • Snorkel
  • Long Fins
  • Log Book (Jr) or Goal Sheets
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Black Training Group

The Black Training Group is comprised of 7th-12th grade swimmers, and further divided into levels A, B and C.  Swimmers in this training group are level 3 or higher, according to USA Swimming's Areas of Development.  Please note, swimmers are able to move up or down from a training group with the coaches' and parents' approval.

Group A

This is the highest training group, and is for those high school aged swimmers who want to achieve A times or better, desire to swim in college, and for whom swimming is their primary sport. Swimmers in this group will be expected to attend an average of 12 scheduled practices over 2 weeks, complete all dry land sessions, as well as complete their log books. They must have at least 1 A time (or coach's discretion), be legal in all four competitive strokes, and are expected to compete at all Championship meets.  Additionally, swimmers must be able to complete practice sets of:

  • 6 x 200 IM on 4:00
  • 8 x 100 Kick on 2:20
  • 15 x 100 Free on 1:30

And competitive times of:

  • 100 Free 1:15
  • 200 Free 2:40
  • 400 Free  on 5:20
  • 800 Free on 10:40
  • 1500 Free on 20:00
  • 100 Back 1:25
  • 100 Breast 1:35
  • 100 Fly 1:25
  • 200 IM 3:00

Swimmers must opt-into this training group, and parents and swimmers will be asked to sign a training contract to ensure all parties understand the requirements.  This group will begin with a ratio of 80% technique 20% conditioning and quickly move toward 40% technique 60% conditioning across all practices (morning practices will be technique heavy, with evening practices focused more upon heavy conditioning, allowing for necessary recovery time).

Group B

This is the main "Black" training group for high school swimmers, and some exceptional 11-12 year old swimmers. Swimmers are offered 8 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, Friday and Saturday mornings are limited to 16 swimmers. If swimmers are dual athletes, they will need to set up a practice schedule with the coach. Swimmers in the B group 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).

This training group will begin with 80% technique and 20% conditioning and quickly move toward 50% technique and 50% conditioning, with a final ratio of about 30% technique and 70% conditioning across all practices.

Group C

This is our introductory Black training group. These are advanced 11-12 year olds, who qualified for Long Distance and/or have B or better times in multiple events, as well as the intermediate high school swimmers who have the basics of all four strokes, but still need quite a bit of technique and aerobic conditioning work. They may choose 4 practices only from the evening sessions (Attend a minimum of 7 practices over 2 weeks).   This group will begin with 80% technique and 20% conditioning and move toward a 40% technique 60% conditioning which will be the general pattern throughout the season.  

 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, and Saturday as a part of the regular training schedule. Dryland is mandatory on Tuesdays and Thursdays due to lane and time constraints on these evenings.  Dryland will be offered Monday and Wednesday and will supplement work in the pool (with a focus on building strength and explosive power or Flexibility).  Swimmers (A and B Group only) attending morning practices will have dryland workouts available to follow on their own, and from a variety of posted online choices.  Please ensure your swimmer has a snack to eat after school and after practice, as well as a snack for between dryland and their pool time.  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 after dryland and/or during in-water training of 90-120 minutes.  A quick snack to consume after dryland and 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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