The various swimming organizations use time standards to organize
competitions (invitationals and championships) to motivate and lead swimmer
gradually to faster swimming. This allows kids (or masters) to swim against
swimmers similar to themselves in times, age, experience. After they meet the
next time standard â€“ they move into a faster pond of swimmers. These
standards are based upon database of swimmers based upon age, gender,
distance and stroke. Below is an example of a time standards chart I use to
motivate recreational swimmers forward â€¦.
New swimmers will need some background to get to the RED level â€“ if their
time is slower than the RED time â€“ they are considered a GREEN swimmer in
that event. After RED they can set their sights on White, Then Blue â€“ etc. Blue
level age groupers are tfastest swimmers at the local rec meets here locally â€“
approximately 12% of the swimmers.
The GREEN, RED, WHITE and BLUE levels are recreational time standards â€“
the SILVER and GOLD are the national time standards of the bigger year-round
teams. Any time below a SILVER time is also called a BRONZE TIME.
In short â€“ itâ€™s good to know that there is more to swimming than your
personal pond. And that knowledge can help us motivate our swimmers to the
next level of their potential. I will be talking to swimmers about time standards
and goal setting during our lessons together.
A personal note: Iâ€™ve coached swimmers who were extremely gifted, skilled
and rewarded for their swimming, yet never got close to their potentials. Iâ€™ve
also coached swimmers who rarely placed first, but were very close to being the
best that they could be. I feel best about the latter type of swimmer.
Virtual swimmers recieve swim logs and lamentated time standards as part of
their lesson engagements.