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Announcement Regarding the AmberJax Elite

 

At the end of every swim season we look back at the season and conduct a program wide assessment.  We are convinced that our model for seasonal training is a blue print for success in the pool.   There are variables, (each swimmer is different in many ways), yet capacity training(Aerobic Base Training)is an important factor for all “elite” swimmers in every category.   There are so many components that we offer swimmers at our facilities, from swim sets that are focused to the many dry-land opportunities along with varied competition experiences.  While our success has been consistant in our first 5 years we think we have the talent in the pool right now to take the AmberJax to the next level.  Talent is just half the battle, every season we see time and again swimmers who have the talent but just won’t take the next step in their commitment to be great.  We think the time is now for the AmberJax to “go all in” like never before. 

We are happy to announce a new AmberJax training initiative!   “AmberJax Elite” is a training standard that will be available for all swimmers in the Gold or Senior group levels and is intended to enhance the training of those swimmers whose ultimate goals include Junior Nationals and Olympic Trials. We are going to run four sessions of AmberJaxElite per year:
1) Summer June 1 – the swimmers championship meet in July or August,


2) High School Season Typically start the second Monday in August through High School States.


3) Short Course Season Nov 15 through the swimmers championship in spring

4) Spring Long Course Season from mid-March to June 1. Starting April 2nd this yr.

 

This group is not for all swimmers, but we encourage anyone interested to try. The emphasis will be on work ethic, dedication and concentration on improving technique. The qualifications for these groups are outlined below but specifically, AmberJaxElite will not cost more than the current Gold or Senior group fees. Elite will be an enhanced training experience for those swimmers who are able to show a high level of dedication. Swimmers not in the AmberJaxElite will continue the same training that they currently enjoy.

 

Gold Elite

All Seasons other than summer:

  • 5 of the 6 available practices per week
    • Any missed practices can be made up. For example, if you are going to be traveling for a few days, you need to do extra practices leading up to it.
    • Or you may get a travel sheet from your coach to be signed by a coach from the city you’re visiting.
  • Attend all meets on the schedule
    • Please discuss scheduling conflicts for any meets with the coach at the beginning of each season.
  • Attend the weekly AmberJaxElite meeting on Saturdays from 10 to 10:30

 

Summer Season

  • 7 of the 9 available practices per week
  • Attend the weekly Tuesday meeting from 2:30 to 3:30pm

 

Senior Elite

All Seasons other than summer:

  • 7 of the 9 available practices per week
    • Any missed practices can be made up. For example, if you are going to be traveling for a few days, you need to do extra practices leading up to it.
  • Attend all meets on the schedule
    • Please discuss scheduling conflicts for any meets with the coach at the beginning of each season.
  • Attend the weekly Tuesday meeting from 5:30 to 6:00pm

Summer Season

  • 8 of the 10 available practices per week
  • Attend the weekly Tuesday meeting from 2:30 to 3:30pm

 

In theory everyone should say, AmberJaxElite I want to be a part of that!  In practice it’s going to take a lot more than words to stay on the AmberJaxElite.  We also know that everyone’s commitment to our sport may not be the same and we understand and respect people’s decision.  Will this AmberJaxElite affect my swimmers experience if they choose not to participate?  We sure hope so!  As we train together and swimmers see what it takes and the success thatAmberJaxElite have each season, that it will inspire the whole group to push harder and everyone will see the results.  The swim experience for all swimmers should be enhanced by this program and we can’t wait to watch it happen.

 

What can you do to lose your AmberJaxElite status?

  1. Be told by a coach to get into the pool, Get in the pool on time!
  2. Take sets off, turn in the middle of the pool
  3. Skip dry-land at any practice
  4. Miss meets without clearing it with your coach. Meets are important, Racing is important.
  5. Leave your equipment or trash on the deck.
  6. Miss the attendance requirements.  Illness and injury will be handles on a case by case basis, but don’t count on exceptions.
  7. Show poor sportsmanship at practice or meets.  Be respectful of your coaches and team mates.
  8. Lack of effort, you know what we’re looking for!

We would love for every member of the Senior & Gold groups start AmberJaxElite next week and make it till the end on the season.  Realistically staying in to the end should be, and will be, both difficult and rewarding.  Being a part of the AmberJaxElite should be a goal and if accomplished the reward will be not only faster swimming at Championship Meets but a triumph to be revered and rewarded.

 

I’m sure there will be many questions; please feel free to contact your Coach for questions.