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    Introduction

    Mini Team Swimmers will be instructed on:

    Body position, Kicking, Correct arm strokes, Swimming techniques

    Mini Team Policy/Procedure

    The Mini Team will be organized each season into several groups of equal ability by the coaching staff. There will be no official coach evaluations. Please review the information below and select group you feel best reflects your swimmer's ability. The coaches will adjust the groups accordingly once practice starts.

    The only prerequisite is a willingness to put your head under the water. Practices will be 30 minutes in length depending upon the ability group. During the season, the coaching staff will continue to assess skills. Mini Team swimmers who demonstrate readiness will be provided the opportunity to advance to the 8 & under practice if they choose.

    All 7 & 8 years old who are able to swim across the pool are welcome to attend the 8 & under practice that starts on May 29th. The coaches will place swimmers in either the Mini Team or the 8 & under practice.

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    Levels

    Level 1:  Child must leave parent willingly, be comfortable in the water, follow directions and function well in a group. Child should be willing to enter and exit the water safely, blow bubbles through mouth and nose, submerge face in water and float with assistance. Level 1 focuses on elementary freestyle and will use kick boards. 

    Level 2:  Child must leave parent willingly, be comfortable in the water, follow directions and function well in a group. Child should be able to blow bubbles through mouth and nose, submerge face under water and stay in float position for at least three seconds. Level 2 focuses on freestyle and back stroke. Kick boards may be used. 

    Level 3:  Child must leave parent willingly, be comfortable in the water, follow directions and function well in a group. Child should be willing to try to swim the length of the pool without assistance, hold breath under water for at least three seconds, tread water, swim freestyle and back stroke. Level 3 focuses on getting ready for breast stroke.

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    Lollipop Meet

    -All swimmers must be participating in their swim team’s “minis” program. Swimmers who attend 8U practices are not eligible to participate in the lollipop meet.

    -Any swimmer who has competed in an NSVL meet is not eligible.

    -Swimmers may participate in their league’s B meets however, once they have participated in a B meet they are no longer able to do that stroke in the lollipop meet. If the swimmer swam in a B meet and continues to come to mini team practice, that swimmer is able to swim only in the events not swum in a B meet.

    -Swimmers who have swum in a B meet are not eligible to participate in the kickboard events.

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