Late Spring, May 30 through June 15
Practices will begin Tuesday, May 29, for these age groups: 11-18 year olds from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and 7-10 year olds from 6:00-7:00 pm. Daily practices are held each weekday through June 15. These practices are only for those that can swim across the pool in the lap lanes without struggling.
Little Lazer Evaluations (4-7yr olds) will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 4:30pm. (See Little Lazers below for more information)
Summer, June 18- July 29
Go to lincolniapark.org for more details!
Beginning Monday, June 18, swimmers may attend morning practices. Regular practices continue through July 28; Little Lazers practices go thru July 26 with a Mini Meet at the end of the season, date TBD.
Morning practices are held Monday through Friday by age group. These practices, since the pool is closed, provide the most focused instruction and team building time.
8:30-9:30 am - 10 and under
9:30-10:30 am - 11 and up
10:45-11:15 am- Little Lazers (Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday only)
AFTERNOON PRACTICE IS FULL. SORRY.
Morning practice is the primary practice time and we highly recommend that you try to make these practices. Only swimmers that are unable to attend the morning practices and registered for afternoon will be permitted at the afternoon practices. These practices for the Lazers on TWR from 5:30 - 7:00pm (11&up 5:30-7:00; 10&under 6:00-7:00pm) have to be requested as we have limited coaching and space as the pool is open to the membership. Also, many afternoon practices are stormed out - another great reason to make the morning practice. Little Lazers will have afternoon practice T,W,R 5:30-6:00pm - limited space available.
Practice sessions focus on conditioning, stroke mechanics, starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers are encouraged to set personal goals and then supported as they work to achieve them. Building team camaraderie and good sportsmanship are also important goals.
Training Groups are formed by age, not speed or stamina. This promotes team unity and proper age-related activities.
NOTE: Your child's age as of June 1st determines their Age Group for the summer.
For children (generally ages 4-7) who:
- are comfortable in the water
- will put their face in the water
- maybe go under water
- will follow instructions to try new things.
- are not quite ready for the rigor of swim team
- are interested in learning the strokes and “being on the team”.
Little Lazers are also encouraged to come to our home meets and participate in the Lollipop Kickboard Race. They practice for 30-minute sessions. Goals are to refine their stroke so they can swim the length of the pool without touching the sides and breathing correctly. We also work on swimming the backstroke successfully. Children learn how to float, use a kickboard, and take a few breaths without stopping. Goals vary for each child, but ultimately we strive to get them swimming the freestyle stroke up to a length of the pool.
Goals for Little Lazers
Other Age Groups
8 & Under
These children (generally aged 7-8) have some experience with all strokes and are working on doing them legally. We teach them about the swimming rules and sportsmanship and what getting a Personal Best means. They swim 25m (one length of the pool) in the meets. We celebrate their accomplishments. Our goal is to focus on getting them to swim each stroke legally. This is a very developmental sport, so try is the operative word.
9 & 10
These swimmers graduate to swimming 50m (2 lengths of the pool), and it is quite an accomplishment. Beyond continuing to work on technique, we add flips and turns to their repertoire. We increase the laps they swim to build up endurance and encourage goal setting and personal bests. We continue to discuss the rules of swimming and sportsmanship.
11 & 12
These swimmers are now usually experienced 50m swimmers. At this age, we start to refine their stroke and breathing to make it more efficient and hopefully faster. We make the main word for these swimmers--TECHNIQUE. Coaches will often pull them from their lane to do specific drills that will propel them to their next level.
13 & 14
These swimmers often have the most unrealized potential of every group. Sometimes with this age group, practice is seen as optional by the swimmer. Missing practice leads to not improving and makes meets much harder. Please encourage your athlete to prioritize swimming! Coaches are standing ready to help them swim their best, but they have to come!
15 & 18
Most often, these races are the rallying cry for our team. All the swimmers gather around to watch the big kids splash through the water with uncanny ease and few strokes. These swimmers are often the leaders on the team and are called on often to assist the coaches with tasks.
USA Swimming 101
THE FOUR STROKES
The four competitive swimming strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. The combination of all four strokes is called individual medley.
In freestyle events, the competitor may swim any stroke. The stroke most commonly used is sometimes called the crawl, which is characterized by the alternate stroking of the arms over the surface of the water surface and an alternating (up-and-down) flutter kick.
Backstroke consists of an alternating motion of the arms with a flutter kick while on the back. On turns, swimmers may rotate to the stomach and perform a flip turn and some part of the swimmer must touch the wall. The swimmer must finish on the back.
The breaststroke requires simultaneous movements of the arms on the same horizontal plane. The hands are pressed out from in front of the breast in a heart shaped pattern and recovered under or on the surface of the water. The kick is a simultaneous somewhat circular motion similar to the action of a frog. On turns and at the finish, the swimmer must touch the wall with both hands simultaneously at, above or below the water surface.
Some consider the butterfly to be the most beautiful of the strokes. It features a simultaneous recovery of the arms over the water combined with an undulating dolphin kick. In the kick, the swimmer must keep both legs together and may not flutter, scissors or use the breaststroke kick. Both hands must touch the wall simultaneously on the turns and the finish.
The individual medley, commonly referred to as the IM, features all four strokes. In the IM, the swimmer begins with the butterfly, then changes after one-fourth of the race to backstroke, then breaststroke and finally freestyle.