Registration for 2023-2024 is now closed.

Reach out to Cheryl with questions at [email protected]

 

 

If you are new to Vortex this coming year, please plan to attend an evaluation

August 1st, 2024 9:30-10:30am at Village Green Pool or

August 6th, 2024 7:15-8:00pm at Raintree Athletic Club

**ONLY ATTEND 1**

 

Registration for 2024-2025 will be open August 1st for RETURNING MEMBERS

Registration for  2024-2025 will be open August 8th for NEW MEMBERS

 

 

 

Vortex offers 8 group options:    Lightning    Thunder  Hail  Cyclone  Storm   Age Group    Prep    Elite    Peak  

 

Team Vortex Swim Club coaching staff makes the decisions on group placement of the swimmer based on the swimmer's daily practice habits and season-long progress. These are guidelines that the coaches use to place athletes in the appropriate practice group. All group assignments are subject to change throughout the swim season per coaches’ discretion and our group placement policy that can be found here - https://www.teamunify.com/team/cotvsc/page/swimmer-info/group-placement-policy

Below are the expectations and standards for each group.


Lightning 

Technique:  Must be able to complete 25 yards (one length of the pool) for both free and back without touching the bottom or grabbing the lane line.

Attendance:  2x / week minimum

Practice:  Lightning is our introductory swim group. We work to develop a love for the sport of swimming.  We work on all 4 competitive strokes. Swimming 25’s with correct rest to work proper technique.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Water Bottle

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts

Kickboard - smaller

Fins - Speedo Switchblade


Thunder

Technique:  Must be able to swim 50s of Free and Back, 25s of Breast or Fly and have endurance to swim 1000 yards for a workout.

Attendance:  2x / week minimum

Practice:  Thunder is a developmental swim group. We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as starts and turns. We also work on increasing speed and endurance. We learn proper technique and skills necessary to move to Hail and Storm groups. 

Competition Expectations:  Meets are not required but they are encouraged. 

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Water Bottle

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts

Kickboard - smaller

Fins - Speedo Switchblade


Hail

Technique:  Must be able to complete 50 yards or all strokes legally and the endurance to swim 1000+ yards for workouts.

Attendance:  3x / week minimum

Practice:  Hail is the top of our developmental swim groups.  We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as turns and starts from the blocks. We complete several 25, 50, and 100’s during the workout. We also do a dryland workout with this group working core, coordination, mobility, and strength.

Competition Expectations:  Meet participation is encouraged in this group. The District Championships meets are the end of season meets for this group.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Water Bottle

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

Speedo Switchblade

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

 

Optional items:

Nose Plug


Cyclone

Technique:  Must be able to complete 100 yards of all strokes legally and the endurance to swim 1500+ yards for workouts.

Attendance:  3x / week minimum

Practice:  This is the top of our developmental swim groups.  We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as turns and starts from the blocks. We complete several 50, 100, and 200’s during the workout. We also do a dryland workout with this group working core, coordination, mobility, and strength.

Competition Expectations:  Meet participation is highly encouraged for this group. The District Championship meet is the end of season meet for this group.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Water Bottle

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

Speedo Switchblade

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

 

Optional items:

Nose Plug

 
 

Storm

Technique:  Must have 4 legal strokes that can be swam for 50’s and 100’s and the endurance to swim 2000+ yards for a workout. 

Attendance:  4x / week minimum

Training:  6 in water and dryland practices a week

Practice:  Storm is an age group level swim team that meets 6 times a week. We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as starts and turns. We work on specific goals for each meet in the season such as specific technique, challenging events and achieving age group state times.

Set Examples:  6x 100's on 2:20, 10x 25's kick on :45

Competition Expectations:  2-3 meets a season, Districts are highly recommended.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - Just a bit larger than the hands (stroke Maker, Finis) 

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

Speedo Switchblade

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

 

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts


Age Group

Technique:  This group has achieved age group state times. Swimmers have goals to swim in finals at the end of season championship meets.

Attendance:  75%

Training:  6 in water and dryland practices a week

Practice:  This is the top age group swim team. It is preparing swimmers for the elite level groups. This group meets 6 times a week. We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as starts and turns. We work on specific goals for each meet in the season and work towards championship meets.

Set Examples:  6x 100's on 2:00, 10x 25's kick on :40

Competition Expectations:  Meet participation is required to maintain group status. Swimmers are encouraged to compete in the highest qualifying meet as well as the District Championships.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - Just a bit larger than the hands (stroke Maker, Finis) 

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

Speedo Switchblade

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Fulcrum

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts

 


Elite Prep  High School Age Swimmers

Attendance:  Consistent attendance is required to maintain group status.

Training:  6 swimming / dryland practices a week

Competition Expectations:  Meet participation is highly encouraged.   

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - larger than the size of the hand - 

        Finis AGILITY PADDLES

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

DMC Elite Fins

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts

 


 

Elite  

Ages 13 & up 

Attendance:  85%

Training: 6 swimming / dryland practices a week

Performance:  Must compete in both short and long course seasons.  Must meet attendance requirements to maintain group status.  Swimmer must complete an assessment that involves a written self assessment and a meeting with the coach and be approved to move groups.

Competition Expectations:  Must compete in the highest qualifying team meet. Meet participation is required to maintain group status.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - larger than the size of the hand - 

Kickboard - smaller 

Fins - Must be one of:

DMC Elite Fins

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Fulcrum

Various other Paddles

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts

 

 

 


 

Peak    

Senior Travel Group, Ages 13 & up

Attendance:  Attendance is required for this group

Training:  6 x Swim / Dryland practices, 3 Weight Trainings a week 

Performance:  Must have Senior State Qualifying times

Competition Expectations:  Must compete in 4 corners Sectionals Meet in March and the highest qualifying team Championship meets. Meet participation is required to maintain group status.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - all swimmers regardless of hair length

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - larger than the size of the hand - 

Kickboard - smaller

Power bags - need 2 sets for arms and legs - 1 x PB-25 and 1 x PB-40

Fins - Must be one of:

DMC Elite Fins

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

 

Power Bags on Swimmers Best

Power Bags on SwimOutlet

Power Bags on Amazon

 

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Fulcrum

Various other Paddles

Workout clothes - Shoes (closed toe), shorts - used for Dryland workouts