The Baylor Swim Club offers the finest year-round USA Swimming age group and senior swimming programs in the Greater Chattanooga area. We have created a program that caters to swimmers of all ages and abilities. In addition to ensuring proper technique and conditioning, our program’s emphasis on the development of self-esteem, sportsmanship and teamwork prepares the swimmer for success in both sport and life.
The Baylor Swim Club is open to all residents of Chattanooga and surrounding areas. The Baylor Swim Club offers a practice group for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. Swimmers are placed in groups by the coaching staff after a stroke technique assessment session.
New Swimmer Evaluation Placement & Registration
Baylor Swim Club is open to all residents of the Greater Chattanooga area, and you can join at any time during the year. All new swimmers will be required to attend the evaluation placement either Tuesday or Wednesday (August 21 or 22) from 5:00-6:00 PM at the Baylor School Natatorium to determine proper practice group placement. Swimmers will be evaluated based on skill level, stroke development, and age. Anyone not attending the evaluations will be placed in the lowest group until coaches have had enough practices to evaluate which group they are best suited for.
All new swimmers joining the club after August 22nd who have no previous competitive swimming experience with our club may be evaluated on the following dates: October 22, December 17, and February 19. All evaluations will be held at the Baylor School Natatorium at 5:30 PM. Please email if you plan on attending a session. If you have any further questions please email Laura Pitman or call the Baylor Swimming office at 423-267-8506 x267.
The Baylor Swim Club is open to all residents of Chattanooga and surrounding areas.
The Baylor Swim Club offers a practice group for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. Swimmers are placed in groups by the coaching staff after a stroke technique assessment session.
Please email if you are interested in participating in an evaluation group placement.
About Our Group Levels
Our program group levels offer competitive swimming to all ages and skill levels, from the age of 5 to 19. The Group Levels are a step by step progression through the program. It begins with the Developmental program and ends with the Senior group. Moving swimmers up through the levels is the sole responsibility of the coach staff. We are very proud to have specific experienced coaches running each group. Click here for Coach’s Bios.
Our developmental program is the beginning level of our program, and it runs in eight week sessions. This is the level in which we hope to create a lifelong love of the sport of swimming. The swimmers in this group are exposed to the four competitive strokes and learning proper technique. They are also introduced to USA Swim meets. Within the developmental program there are three groups – red, white, and grey. Parents select from the two practices or three practices a week option, and the coaches assign the swimmers to the appropriate group. Entrance Criteria: To enter the developmental program, a swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with rhythmic breathing and 25 yards of backstroke. Swimming lessons are available for swimmers not able to meet this criteria.
This is the introductory group in our swim program. It is designed for the new or younger swimmers entering the swim team arena. This group focuses on stroke development and starts.
In the white group, swimmers will continue to work on stroke technique and proper starts. This level adds the turns used in competitive swimming including the free and backstroke turns. Some aerobic training is begun as the season progresses.
The grey group is the top developmental group. Start, turn, and stroke techniques are still emphasized. Aerobic training is increased along with the teaching of racing strategies. This group prepares the swimmer for entry into the age group program.
At this time swimmers are introduced to the basic training environment. The focus is on technique while introducing race strategy and basic interval training. The continuing improvement on stroke technique, starts, and turns are a focus every single day in practice. Dry land includes basic calisthenics and flexibility. Swimmers are encouraged to attend 3-4 practices a week.
- Must attend practice a minimum of 2-3 times per week, understanding that the AG swimmer may still be participating in other sports;
- Can swim a legal 100 IM, and all four strokes legally;
- Successfully swim a set 500-800 yards in length holding proper streamlines, stroke technique, and breathing patterns (Kick Set Minimum: 8×50 Free kick on 1:30; Swim Set Minimum: AG -8 x 100 Free @1:50-2:20, 100IM and 200 Free should be staple events to train)
This is the final step your child will take in Age group swimming. Swimmers will need to focus on conditioning and training consistently. At this level refining technique is the number one priority while endurance training is introduced into the program. Dry land training consists of flexibility exercises and calisthenics. Classroom seminars on stroke technique are offered. This higher level of training prepares Junior swimmers for the transition to the Senior program. Swimmers in this group are must attend a minimum of 4-5 practices each week.
- Must attend practice a minimum of 4-5 times per week, understanding that a Junior swimmer may still be participating in other sports;
- ”BB” 11-14 swimmer or close (can make within the season)
- Must swim year round September – July
- Can train on slowest intervals listed for Junior group; (Kick Set Minimum: 5×100 Free kick @ 2:10; 8×50 Free kick on 1:10; Swim Set Minimum: 7×100 Free @ 1:40-1:50; 7×100 IM @ 1:40-2:00.
This group is made up of high school students, grades 9-12 that do not attend the Baylor School. They focus on training for the highest level of United States Swimming competition. Skill development, speed and endurance training as well as strength training through dry land exercises are all a part of the practice plan for this group. Swimmers in this group must attend a minimum of 4-5 practices each week. Nine Practices a week are offered.
- Has achieved a 14 year old “A” time in at least two different strokes;
- Has the ability to swim 5 x 200 free on 2:40 (on 2:50 meters);
- Has the ability to kick 10 x 100 free kick on 2:00- short course; 3) Has the ability to swim 5 x 200 IM on 4:00- short course.
Senior / Varsity
This group is made up of Baylor School students, grades 9-12. They focus on training for the highest level of United States Swimming competition. Skill development, speed and endurance training as well as strength training through dry land exercises are all a part of the practice plan for this group. Nine Practices a week are offered. The coaching staff will communicate to the individual swimmer as to how many practices they should attend, and 100% practice attendance is expected.