The primary focus of this group is to build off of the foundation established in our Developmental level. A training component is added to practice sessions as the athletes continue to develop their techniques in the four competitive strokes. A very large emphasis is placed on training these swimmers in all four strokes as well as developing strong kicks. While competition begins to play a more active role in this level, the primary goal is to continue to develop solid technique and training habits. Athletes will start to develop a relationship between the effort put in during training and the results seen at meets.
The Age Group training program operates throughout the year from September to August. While ability determines placement, athletes in this group are typically between the ages of 9 and 14. The practice schedule for this level usually includes 4 to 5 one and a half hour practices per week including some dry-land training. Athletes beginning this level are encouraged to attend 3 practices per week and to progress to 5 practices as the experience level increases.
Age Group 2 (AG2)
At certain times during the year, the Age Group training program may break off in to two training programs to meet the individual needs of the swimmers. Our AG2 program features a higher level of training geared towards the developmental needs the come in to play as the swimmer begins to reach their teenage years. While the focus of the level continues to be on developing quality techniques within the water, these improvements are pressed into muscle memory through a more stressful training regimen. As such, the AG2 program is designed for 12 and older swimmers in the Age Group level that have begun to achieve at least a Silver standard time designation. Additionally, these swimmers agree to accept a higher commitment level when it comes to their attendance and effort at practice. AG2 Parent/Athlete Letter
Information from USA Swimming Regarding Age Group Swimmers and their development within the sport. More information can be found by heading to www.usaswimming.org.