The 10 & Under Wonder?


Several years ago, USA Swimming looked at 10 & Unders who were ranked in the Top 16 and followed the likelihood that they would still be ranked once they were in high school.  This is what we found:


Ranked Top 16 as a:

10 & Under               Still Ranked as 17-18                    11%

11-12                        Still Ranked as 17-18                    21%

13-14                        Still Ranked as 17-18                    36%

15-16                        Still Ranked as 17-18                    48%


Moral of the Story:  A 10 & Under can survive and thrive...but 50% of the top swimmers develop AFTER Junior Year in High School. If you have age-group athlete, make sure you emphasize fun, participation in a variety of sports and activities, including unstructured play and skill development and that there is a long-term progression plan.  Discourage early specialization in one sport or one event. 


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