Training Levels

The EDGE has five main training groups throughout the year: Gold I, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pewter.

A new swimmer's training level is determined by an assessment with a team coach. Assessments can be scheduled at anytime of the year. Contact [email protected]. Training level placements and training level decisions are determined solely by the coaching staff.

The EDGE Swim Clubs levels are USA Swimming Olympic structured development programs. Swimmers should be process driven with a desire to achieve New England and USA swimming competitive success. Training at the EDGE Swim Club involves progressive aerobic conditioning, dynamic biomechanical instruction, race-pace training, training of all four competitive strokes, and varied dryland sessions. In addition, select level programs will receive psychological conditioning and training and nutrition counseling. In addition to performance in the pool, swimmers are expected to be exemplary role models for the whole team.


 

Gold - Overview

Head Coach: Nicola Anderson, [email protected]

Gold

Swimmers in our Gold program are expected to embody the EDGE values of hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome. Gold is for swimmers typically ages 13 and older who are interested in training a minimun of 5 times per week.  

  • Requirements:

    • Generally age 13 or older

    • Focus on process over outcome. Minimum 5 practices a week.

    • Display great discipline, focus, and leadership skills

    • Able to swim for 45 minutes straight without stopping and can repeat 400 IM, 200 Fly, 200 Bk, 200 Breast, and 500 Free's. Average practices are between 4500 and 8000 yards

Gold I

Swimmers in the Gold I programs are committed to training at a National level. Gold I is typically for swimmers ages 13 and older who are commited to training 7 practices a week. General Requirements:

    • Swimming is the highest extracurricular priority.

    • An ability and commitment to swim at the highest level and achieve success at sectional, junior national, national, and collegiate levels.

    • Able to swim either 30 x 100 on 115 Fr, or 30 x 100 on 125 IM.

 

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Silver - Overview

Lead Coach: Jim Austin, jaustin@edgevt.com

Silver 

Typically for swimmers ages 11 and older who are interested in becoming more committed to the sport of swimming and who train 4 or more times per week. Swimmers will learn and develop advanced racing skills and strategies in all four strokes. Swimmers will improve their discipline, focus, and leadership skills as they progress.  Silver swimmers are encouraged to swim at local meets. 

  • General Requirements:

    • Age 11 or older

    • Display EDGE values such as hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome

  • Performance Ability Requirements:

    • Perform all four competitive strokes without disqualification.

    • Ability to complete 20 x 100 on 150 Fr or 20 x 100 IM on 2

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Bronze - Overview

The EDGE Swim Club Bronze groups is a guided programs that focuses on introducing athletes to the wonderful sport of swimming to pursue their goals in the sport.  They are committed to learning all four competitive strokes, turns, starts, and racing skills. Technique is the primary focus.

Bronze - Requirements

Fun and challenging training program for young athletes with swim team experience. The focus is on improving technique, racing skills, endurance, and training capacity.  Expected to swim a minimum of 3 practices per week.

Bronze - Spring 2024 Practice Options:

We understand that our swimmers are participating in multiple sports, but we would like to provide our swimmers with the opportunity to stay in the water and train for the summer season. With this, we will be offering 2 pricing options: 1. A fee for an unlimited amount of practices each week and 2. A fee for at max 2 practices per week.

Bronze- Summer 2024 Practice Option:

The EDGE Swim Club will not be participating in the Champlain Valley Swim League (CVSL) in 2024. However, we understand that summer morning practices can be challenging for some families and that summer practices are weather-dependent. As a result, we will be offering a Mon/Wed/Fri afternoon practice option from 4:15-5:15pm each of these days. This is guaranteed time for our swimmers to be in the water and work on their skills and technique. This will be a fixed fee for June and July for 3 practices a week. **It is not required to attend all 3 practices.

  • General Requirements:

  • Able to swim 12 laps in a row without stopping and comfortable swimming all 4 strokes.


 

Pewter - Overview

Our Pewter athletes partake in several team activities.  Pewter swimmers will be gradually introduced to interval training, goal-setting, sportsmanship, and leadership to lay the foundation for future success both in and out of the pool.

Pewter - Requirements

Fun beginner-novice level program for swimmers typically ages 6 and older. Swimmers will improve basics and develop skills in four strokes and learn racing starts and turns. Pewter level swimmers are encouraged to swim at meets. 

Pewter - Spring 2024 Practice Options:

We understand that our swimmers are participating in multiple sports, but we would like to provide our swimmers with the opportunity to stay in the water and train for the summer season. With this, we will be offering 2 pricing options: 1. A fee for an unlimited amount of practices each week and 2. A fee for at max 2 practices per week.

Pewter - Summer 2024 Practice Option:

The EDGE Swim Club will not be participating in the Champlain Valley Swim League (CVSL) in 2024. However, we understand that summer morning practices can be challenging for some families and that summer practices are weather-dependent. As a result, we will be offering a Mon/Wed/Fri afternoon practice option from 4:15-5pm each of these days. This is guaranteed time for our swimmers to be in the water and work on their skills and technique. This will be a fixed fee for June and July for 3 practices a week. **It is not required to attend all 3 practices.

  • General Requirements:

    • Ages 6 and up.

    • Able to swim 4 laps in a row without stopping.

    • Comfortable swimming freestyle and backstroke with a knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly.


 

Monthly Dues: Starting April 1, we will offer 2 times per week pricing for Pewter and Bronze training Groups 

Training Group

Weekly Unlimited Member

2 times per week Member

Weekly Unlimited Non-Member

2 times per week Non- Member

Pewter

$195

$125

$230

$150

Bronze

$230

$150

$260

$175

Silver

$280

 

$315

 

Gold

$315

 

$350

 

Gold 1

$330

 

$365

 

June and July 2024 Dues:

Training Group

Weekly Unlimited Member

2 Month fixed rate Member

Weekly Unlimited Non-Member

2 Month fixed rate Non-Member

Pewter

 

$275

 

$325

Bronze

 

$325

 

$365

Silver

$280

 

$315

 

Gold

$315

 

$350

 

Gold 1

$330

 

$365

 

 

Advancing Through the Levels

Training level changes are determined by the coaching staff.

Time, Ability, & Potential
Current training must be at or near the standard for each group. Performance is only one of several considerations. 

Training Ability
Ability to swim through the workout including the sets and intervals, as well as kicking sets and underwater training. The ability to train with focus and discipline.

Technique
Stroke technique should be efficient. 


Maturity
Maturity, includes responsibility, discipline, accountability, and integrity. A swimmer
moving up should be a positive influence on the group.

Attendance
Attendance should be higher than the minimum standard for their training group.


Additional Notes on Training Level Placement
This document serves as a guide for swimmers and families.

We may place an athlete into any group if we believe it is in the best interest of that athlete's development, regardless of meeting any other move up criteria. 


 

 

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