Breakers Practice Groups

8 & Under

Emphasis: Our 8 & Under's will learn about swimming in a fun and supportive environment.  Practices offered weekly ­ 3 using Ridgewood YMCA

Age Group II Ages 9-10

Emphasis: Skill development and more challenging practices still in a fun and supportive environment.  Practices offered weekly ­ 4 using Ridgewood YMCA, Bergen Community College, Garfield Boys Club.  Practice attendance expectation 75%

Age Group I Ages ­ 11-13

Emphasis: Skill development and a continued increase in practice intensity.
Practices offered weekly ­ 5 using Ridgewood YMCA, Bergen Community College, Garfield Boys Club.  Practice attendance expectation ­ 75%

Junior Ages 13 & Up

Emphasis: Refinement of swimming skills and more demanding water and dryland training.  Practices offered weekly ­ 5 using Ridgewood YMCA, Bergen Community College, Garfield Boys Club.  Practice attendance expectation ­ 80%

Senior Ages 13 & Up

Emphasis: Special attention is given to challenging practices and skill development. Afternoon practice is required and the morning practice requirement is 2 of 3 weekday morning practices. Swimmers will also participate in dryland and weight training.
Practices offered weekly ­ 9 using Ridgewood YMCA, Bergen Community College, Garfield Boys Club.  Practice attendance expectation ­ 85%

Practice Attendance

In each of our practice groups, the number of practices offered is designed to be appropriate for swimmers at their stage of development. We do understand that, from time to time, not every swimmer will be able to attend every practice. However, for a swimmer to improve, it is very important that the swimmer attends practice in sufficient amount and works diligently. Though there is no magical amount of practice attendance that will guarantee success, it is widely understood that the more a swimmer practices diligently then the better the opportunity for the swimmer to swim closer to their potential. The practice expectations are designed to inform the swimmer and parent how often the coaches feel a swimmer in that practice group should attend practice to get the minimum from the group’s practice plan.

Practice Objectives

Each practice group is designed to prepare the swimmer for the longest Freestyle event and Individual Medley event that the swimmer will face in competition. To meet the objective the swimmer will be exposed to a combination of stroke work, aerobic development and race training to best prepare the swimmer for competition.

Meets ­

The Breakers participate in YMCA dual meets and USA Swimming invitational meets. Using both types of meets, our goal is to provide each swimmer with the best competitive opportunities to test their skills and achieve success in swimming. Swimmers who do not attend meets as scheduled are missing the very important part of the sport of competitive swimming.

Summer Practice ­

The Breakers program is based upon developing skills and conditioning on a year round basis. The skills and conditioning that our swimmers acquire during the winter is often lost if the swimmer does not continue to practice their skills and work on their conditioning through the summer season. As such, the Breakers believe that it is important for the best development of each swimmer that summer swimming is an important part a swimmer’s development.  

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