The LASC competitive groups follow a structured path that takes swimmers from the novice level through to high school. Each group is based on a two year progression which increases the frequency of training and duration as the swimmers mature and improve. Not every child progresses at the same rate and we recognize that when we recommend group placement. If you have questions about your swimmers group placement, please contact their group coach or Peter.
You can view the groups as a Teeter Totter, with Teaching on one side and Training on the other. In OW the Teeter Totter is balanced to the Teaching side, as swimmers progress from group to group the balance shifts towards training side.
For some good swimming related Long Term Athlete Development (ADM) literature check Swimming Canada's website.
Olympic Way - Cole Midtdal/Sarah Broen/Adam Stromberg
- Progression from Jr. Horns and development of more advanced stroke technique, diving and turns.
- About 8 swim meets per year, with an introduction primarily through home competitions and the Junior Swim Circuit.
- Families and swimmers are introduced to Swim Club Culture!
- 3-4 practices per week
- Primary ages 8-11
Junior Provincial - Alexandra Hunter
Continued technical improvement (it really never ends!) with increased aerobic development and speed. Swimmers are working towards qualifying for and competing at Alberta Age Group Trials.
8+ swim meets per year, with the focus towards competing at Southern Alberta Provincials .
4-5 practices per week
Primary ages 10-12
Provincial - Coach Kara Declark
- This group is where the Teeter-Totter balance changes and the focus begins to move from teaching to training.
- Swimmers compete at 10+ meets per year working towards competing at Alberta Championships
- 5-6 practices per week
- Primary ages 11-13
Junior National - Coach Ryan Thornley
- Swimmers continue transition towards a training based program and prepare for the move to the Senior or National groups
- 10+ swim meets per year working towards competing at Alberta Championships and out of province competition
- 6-7 practices per week
- Primary ages 12-14
Senior - Coach Cole Midtdal
- Swimmers bridging to the National group or not wanting the performance commitment of the National group
- Training times are a combination of overlap with National group - 3x/week + dryland, the Jr. National Group - 2x/week and as standalone group
- Up to 6-7 practices per week
- Swimmers may compete at 10+ meets per year working towards Alberta Championships and Western Canadian Champs
- Primary ages 14-17
National - Coach Peter Schori
This group trains along side the Pronghorns program and is focused on competing at the Canadian Junior and Senior National level. Swimmers are expected to be committed to these goals.
14+ swim meets per year with domestic travel and training camp opportunities.
7+ practices per week
Primary ages 14+
Performance and commitment level required