Year-Round Training in Division 3

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      swimUK
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      I’m pretty new to the collegiate swimming scene, just looking at this as an opportunity for my daughter. She is only a freshman now, not super talented, but works hard and may become good enough to score some points in Div. 3. We’re US citizens currently in London on work assignment. Looking at the season calendar in Div. 3, I realized that the season is only from November to Feb-March. My question is – what happens the rest of the year?? Are the teams training at all, or are they kind of “disbanded” until the next season? I can’t imagine there isn’t some sort of program in the interim. Does coach provide a training schedule, or there are some organized sessions in the spring/summer? I know that this year, my daughter had 6 weeks summer break, and in September she felt terrible and lost a lot of fitness. Only now she is getting back to her last year form. Except the summer, her club in London has practices and meets all year round. If anyone can shed some light on the collegiate training, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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      @swimUK wrote:

      I’m pretty new to the collegiate swimming scene, just looking at this as an opportunity for my daughter. She is only a freshman now, not super talented, but works hard and may become good enough to score some points in Div. 3. We’re US citizens currently in London on work assignment. Looking at the season calendar in Div. 3, I realized that the season is only from November to Feb-March. My question is – what happens the rest of the year?? Are the teams training at all, or are they kind of “disbanded” until the next season? I can’t imagine there isn’t some sort of program in the interim. Does coach provide a training schedule, or there are some organized sessions in the spring/summer? I know that this year, my daughter had 6 weeks summer break, and in September she felt terrible and lost a lot of fitness. Only now she is getting back to her last year form. Except the summer, her club in London has practices and meets all year round. If anyone can shed some light on the collegiate training, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

      In the NCAA (at all levels) there are only so many weeks that a coach is allowed to have official team practices. In DIII it is 19 weeks (correct me guys), and in DI it is 21, I believe. There can also only be 20 hours per week required practices. It is up to the individual train in over breaks. At big DI programs, it is expected (but cannot be required) that you train with the club team at the college (say, Longhorn aquatics if you swim for Texas, etc), but no colleges can have team practices or competition outside of the allotted weeks. Basically, if you daughter wants to swim over the summer, she needs to join a club team somewhere and swim, or swim on her own. The coach can probably write her practices (is that legal?), and can definitely guide her to a club team and give lots of good advice on this subject as I’m sure he’ll be excited that she is wanting to train hard!

      Oh, and I think a four to six week break is probably a good idea once a year.

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      Psimon3
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      @RhymeAndReason wrote:

      In DIII it is 19 weeks (correct me guys), and in DI it is 21, I believe. There can also only be 20 hours per week required practices. It is up to the individual train in over breaks. At big DI programs, it is expected (but cannot be required) that you train with the club team at the college (say, Longhorn aquatics if you swim for Texas, etc), but no colleges can have team practices or competition outside of the allotted weeks.

      At D1, the program are allotted 144 practice days (excluding holidays) from their last regular season competition (usually conference for Mid-Majors, NCAA’s for the major programs. Also, D1 schools can require up to 8 hours of out of season conditioning (spring training). At the D1 program i work with 95% of the athletes we coach request more time (weights in the morning Friday/Saturday workouts.) As long as they are optional (and they are), we can provide the workouts for them. As for the summer, if the swimmers want to stay and training, they can so long as they request the workouts. coaches cannot require it.

      I believe that the D3 level (its been a few years), coaches cannot work with their athletes at all outside of their season. I am not sure on that.

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