Team Category: Swim
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Team Category: Swim
Three Village Swim Club is a nationally recognized swim program located on Long Island.
The 2nd week of September TVSC will hold Team Try-outs for new swimmers. Try-out dates will be posted on our web site and in local newspapers. Also flyers about TVSC try-outs will be handed out in school. New swimmers can try-out on a later date too (contact Coach Mark by email), but it is possible that the team roster is completely filled by that time.
Interested families should go to the Ward Melville HS Pool with their child anytime during the posted try-out dates and time. During try-outs, each child will be asked to swim to the best of their ability and are evaluated by one of TVSC Coaches. A week after completion of the try-outs, each swimmer will be contacted about placement into an appropriate training group.
Most new swimmers will start in the Dolphin development team for a few sessions before moving up to one of Novice teams.
In the water your body is weightless and this requires a whole new set of skills to master: how to move your body efficiently and coordinated through the water. Young children pick up these skills the quickest, especially when they have a pool in the backyard or spend the whole summer at the beach. It will take a lot longer and a lot more effort to master “zero gravity” skills and coordination in the water for older children and adults, especially if they had limited exposure to playing in the water when younger.
So, the best age to start with competitive swimming between 6 and 8 years old, but some have succeeded starting at an older age. Beginning “older” swimmers may have to start training with younger swimmers in one of Novice teams or need to take private lessons to learn the basic swimming strokes and skills, before joining the more competitive Junior or Senior teams.
We encourage that our younger swimmers participate in other sports too, like soccer in the fall, basketball in winter, etc. Many young TVSC swimmers do play other sports, and while it may affect swimming performance somewhat, participating in more than one sport when young develops children into better athletes. Swimming aids endurance and stamina required for other land sports and the other sports help the athlete to become more aware of their body – become more coordinated. At age 13 to 14 we would like athletes to choose a main sport, and for many it will be competitive swimming.
TVSC offers six different training groups further described below.
| The Dolpin Team is a developmental team and meets one day a week, one 30 minute session, usually on Sunday mornings in the Ward Melville High School pool on Old Town Road in East Setauket.
This program is for boys and girls 5 years and older who know how to swim, who like to swim, who want to become better swimmers and who want to learn all four competitive strokes and starts and turns.
When swimmers have sufficiently mastered all skills, they can move up into the Three Village Swim Club Novice program.
The Dolphin Team is led by one of TVSC coaches assisted by many TVSC Senior swimmers who are in the water with the young swimmers for more individualized practice.
There are two Dolphin Team sessions per year. The first session is from October to December and the second session is from February to April.
|Novice BB Team|
|This program is for the very young swimmers, about 6 to 8, who have mastered the skill sets of the Dolphin team, “graduated” and are ready for more time in the water, but are not fully ready for Novice B team. This team practices twice a week year-round on Tuesday and Thursday night from 5-6 PM at the Scraggy Hill pool in Port Jefferson. Teaching technique and proper fundamentals of swimming and fun are the main emphasis for this group, rather than swimming yardage. When ready, swimmers will be entered in their first local 8-and-Under swim meets. They may compete in two or three meets a year.|
|Novice B Team|
| The Novice B team is for boys and girls 7 to 9 years old.
This team meets 3 days a week for one hour. On Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 PM they swim at Scraggy Hill Elementary School pool in Port Jefferson and on Sunday morning they practice from 7-8 AM at the Ward Melville High School pool. Technique and teaching the proper fundamentals of swimming and fun are still the main emphasis for this group, rather than swimming yardage. When swimmers are ready, they will be entered in (local) swim meets, meets on Long Island. When ready, swimmers will be gradually moved to Novice A team, starting with one practice a week, at any time of the season.
|Novice A Team|
| The Novice A team is for boys and girls 7 to 12 years old.
This team meets 4 days a week for one hour. On Monday and Friday they swim from 5-6 PM at Scraggy Hill Elementary School pool in Port Jefferson and on Wednesday from 5-6 PM and Sunday morning from 7-8 AM at the Ward Melville High School pool. Still stroke technique and fundamentals are the main emphasis for this team, but they are also prepared for competition and are entered in about 8 to 10 meets per year. When ready, swimmers will be gradually moved to Junior team, starting with one practice a week, at any time of the season.
| The Junior 1 team trains 5 days a week (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat) and is for swimmers in 5th and 6th grade (9 to 11 years old). Technique is still emphasized however more cardiovascular training is introduced.
The Junior 2 team trains 6 days a week and is for swimmers in 7th and 8th grade (11-13 years old). Technique is still emphasized however more cardiovascular training is introduced.
Junior swimmers also do 45 minutes of dryland training twice a week indoors or outdoors depending on weather. During dryland the team works on flexibility and core body strength and also learns about goal setting, meet preparation, mental preparation, nutrition and all other aspects of becoming a well-rounded competitive athlete. br>
|The Senior team is coached by Head Coach Mark Anderson and is for athletes 13 and older. They train up to 9 times a week, including 3 doubles (workouts in the morning and in afternoon). Three to four evening practice sessions start with 1 hour dryland/strength training followed by 2 hours of swim practice. The morning practices are from 6-7 AM. Cardiovascular training is stressed and training becomes more intense. Athletes continue to learn about race strategies and all other aspects of becoming a successful athlete. Senior swimmers compete in up to 15 meets a year.|