WEST Coast Aquatics Group Structure

Practice Group
White

(Spring/Summer 2008)
Dryland Requirement
Stretching Practice Session Duration 60 Minutes

Age
8 & under

Number of Practices Offered 5 per week

Minimum Number of Practices Suggested to Be Successful at Group Level 40% (2 to 3 per week)

Meet Requirement 3 Short Course Season

Entry level swim team group. Stroke fundamentals are developed through drills and fun activities in the water. Swimmers will learn competitive racing starts, turns, butterfly, breaststroke and other skills. Swimmers must be able to swim at least 25 yards of freestyle and 25 yards of backstroke to enter this group. Green 8 to 10 5 per week 50% (3 to 4 per week) 3 Short Course Season Stretching 60 Minutes

Beginner level developmental group. Stroke fundamentals are developed through drills and fun activities in the water. Swimmers in this group develop and enhance technique and skills in all 4 competitive stokes. Requirements for entry into the Green group are the ability to swim a legal 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke as well as having the basic fundamentals of butterfly. Red 9 to 12 6 per week 65% (3 to 5 per week) 3 Short Course Season 2 Long course Season Core training & Group Bonding Focused (30 min.) 70 minutes

Advanced beginner level developmental group. Swimmers in this group develop and enhance technique and skills in all 4 competitive strokes. Though the majority of practice time is spent on technique and having fun, the concept of "training" to be competitive is introduced. Requirements for entry into the Red group are the ability to swim a legal 25 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle. Blue 10 to 13 6 per week 70% (about 4.2 per week) All meets qualified for as Core training and increased fitness directed by coach level focused (30 min.) 90 minutes

This transitional group concentrates on developing the necessary discipline and focus needed to be successful in competitive swimming. Swimmers in this group have demonstrated proper technique and skills needed to advance to higher levels of training. Minimum requirements to enter this group are: demonstrate abilility to adapt to stroke corrections, 200 IM with proper stroke technique and turns, 500 freestyle, the ability to swim 8x 100 freestyle @ 1:45* and the ability to have fun while training hard. Entry into this group by invitation from the coach only. Age Group A 11 to 13 6 per week Minimum of 78% (5 per week) All meets qualified for as Core & explosive training focused Attendance Required including Saturday directed by coach (60 min.) Sessions 105 minutes

The highest level age group. Swimmers will work towards higher levels of training and performance in this group. Swimmers will develop the skills needed to train at higher intensities while maintaining focus on proper stroke technique and skills. Entry into this group is by invitation only with minimum requirements: demonstrate abilility to adapt to stroke corrections,400 IM, 500 free, 200 of all 4 strokes and the ability to swim 15x 100 freestyle @ 1:25, 5x 200 IM @ 3:10*. Bronze 13 & older 6 per week 70% (4.2/wk or more depending upon goals) 3 Short Course Season Core training and increased fitness 2 Long course Season level focused (60 min.) 90 minutes

Senior developmental group for those swimmers not ready for the training levels and expectations of the Silver and Gold groups. Requirements for entry into this group is completion of a legal 200 IM and 300 Freestyle. 6 (8) per week (high school) Minimum of 80% Attendance Required All meets qualified for as Core & explosive training focused including Saturday Sessions (& Morning directed by coach (60 min.) sessions for HS students)

Silver

12 & older

120 minutes

The highest level age groupers as well as qualified high schoolers will work towards higher levels of training and performance in this group. Swimmers will develop the skills needed to train at higher intensities while maintaining focus on proper stroke technique and skills. Entry into this group is by invitation only with minimum requirements: demonstrate abilility to adapt to stroke corrections,400 IM, 500 free, 200 of all 4 strokes and the ability to swim 18x 100 freestyle @ 1:20, 6x 200 IM @ 3:00*. Gold 13 & older 9 to 11 per week 90% Required including Saturday & morning sessions All meets qualified for as Core & explosive training focused directed by coach (60 min.) 120 min. plus

Our highest level training group. Swimmers in this group have demonstrated the requisite drive, focus and ability to be successful in training, school and performance at top levels. Major goals for this group are: Scholastic All American, Senior Sectionals and National competition. Entrance into the Gold group is by invitation from the head coach only with swimmers demonstrating the ability to do the following: 30x 100 freestyle @ 1:20, 8x 200 IM @ 2:40 and 5x 100 fly @ 1:30*.
*Test sets must be completed with requisite technique, skills, breathing patterns, etc. All group placements are at the discretion of the coaches based on many factors, the minimum of which are included in this sheet. Dryland requirement is in addition to water session time. All information set forth here is subject to change based on the composition of swimmers in each group and the team in general while maintaining focus on team goals and mission. 03/18/08