Practice Groups & Schedules

2024 Spring/Summer Season

We understand that swimmers at different age groups and swim levels will have different needs. This is why our Swim Team practices are divided into 4 different groups and also why it is important for swimmers to attend the correct practice times for the group they are enrolled in. With each group advancement comes an increased practice requirement and team commitment. Coaches may ask swimmers to attend one practice of an advance group to help promote and encourage development.

Swimmers moving into higher groups is at the discretion of the Head Coach and only the Head Coach. Swimmers need to be physically and emotionally ready for the move into the next group. The Practice group requirements also need to be met. Lastly, it needs to also be a good fit for the group the swimmer is moving into.


Tuesday/Thursday, 4:15- 5:15pm
Swimmers in this entry level group will begin to establish their long-term development model with a focus on building a strong foundation of competitive swimming. This will include the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly), diving and racing starts, flip turns and open turns, stroke technique, and team spirit. This group is typically filled with ages 8 and under who are first year swimmers. Signing up for this group covers two (2) 1-hour practices per week.

Prerequisites: If your child is between the ages 6-8, the Head Coach can evaluate your swimmer to see if they are ready. Swimmers will be evaluated by the following: are they deep water ready, are they able to swim 25 yards of both freestyle and backstroke, and are they familiar with breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers must also have excellent listening skills.


Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 4:15 – 5:15pm
Swimmers in this group must be legal in all four competitive strokes and show proficiency in both starts and turns. Long-term development will focus on stroke development, understanding the pace clock, and set development. Swimmers are expected to showcase the YMCA’s core values (caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and kindness) at all times and will work on establishing seasonal goals. This group is typically filled with ages 13 and under. Signing up for this group covers three (3) 1-hour practices per week.

Prerequisites: Swimmer must be able to swim 100 yards continuous, and swim a legal 100-yard IM.


Monday – Friday, 5:15 – 6:45pm
Swimmers in this group will continue their long-term development with a shift from stroke development to endurance training. Athletes will gain an understanding of racing strategy and proper nutrition and will begin to establish and work towards long-term goals. Signing up for this level covers five (5) 1.5-hour practices per week. Silver swimmers are expected to attend a minimum of 4 practices a week, and are encouraged to attend 5 practices a week.

Equipment: Snorkel and Water Bottle

Prerequisites: Swimmers must be able to dive properly from the block, complete a flip turn, complete 100 yards of each stroke legally, swim a set of 10 x 100 yards on 1:30 interval, and swim a 200 IM legally.


Monday – Friday, 5:15 – 7:00pm
This is the highest level competitive group that Barracudas has to offer. Swimmers in this group have goals they’d like to achieve in swimming, and we do our best to help them achieve their set goals. These swimmers are training to compete at the highest levels of competition in both YMCA and USA Swimming. Signing up for this group covers five (5) 1.75-hour practices a week. Gold Swimmers are expected to be at practice 5 days a week.

Equipment: Snorkel and Water Bottle

Prerequisites: Swimmers have achieved an “AA” time, are able to do 10 x 100 yards freestyle on 1:15 interval.


Only available in Winter Season
There is a reduced price for swimmers who are doing winter sports that will not allow them to be at every Gold or Silver practice. This option is only available during the Fall/Winter Season of swimming.


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