There is no minimum age required to join Young Masters. The prerequisites are freestyle with side-breathing, backstroke, and breaststroke kick (all of which are taught in the LTS program). The major goals of our practices from week to week are improving competitive skills, such as racing starts, flips, and touch turns. Overall this group focuses on improving technique and conditioning through drills and exercises. Attend whichever practice or practices work best with your schedule. You can attend whenever you like, as often as you like.
Although not required, Young Masters compete in scheduled swim meets about every six weeks throughout the swim season (September–June). Each Young Master is registered through USA Swimming, which provides insurance while the athlete is at practice, as well as membership and access to swim meets held in our area. Membership in USA Swimming is mandatory. USA Swimming membership is annual. There is flexibility on how often you attend practices and whether or not you attend meets. Our objective is to introduce the sport. That said, those who show up regularly are more likely to improve and to do well at swim meets.