The Barracudas offer year round swimming programs:
Like all sports, swimming has rules unique to the sport. The following descriptions give a general overview of the basics to help you understand the focus our coaches need while they work with your swimmer.
The four competitive swimming strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. The combination of the four strokes is know as individual medley. The swimming pools utilized during swim meets are 25 metres long and have 6 or 8 lanes. Deck officials watch the swimmers to ensure that they are doing the strokes correctly and that they are not getting an unfair advantage by starting early. If a swimmer is disqualified during a meet they will not have an official time for the race. Disqualifications are very common for swimmers of all ages and abilities but especially for new swimmers.
The individual medley is commonly referred to as the I.M. and features all four competitive strokes. The order of strokes is: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. The I.M. is swum in 200 and 400 metre distances.
4 swimmers participate taking turns swimming a particular distance (50, 100 and sometimes 200 metres)
All four strokes are swum by four different swimmers. No swimmer may swim more than one leg of the relay. The order of strokes is: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. Each swimmer will swim 50 or 100 metres.
Many races are won or lost in starts and turns. At the beginning of a race, the swimmer is whistled onto the starting block by the Referee. Once the swimmers are settled the started calls them to the starting position by blowing the whistle again and saying “Take your marks.” Once the starter is satisfied that all swimmers are holding still, the race is started by an electronic tone.
In all events, the swimmer must touch the wall but in freestyle and backstroke the swimmer may perform a flip turn as they reach the wall, touching only with the feet. In breaststroke and butterfly the swimmer must touch the wall with both hands simultaneously on the turns and finish.