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Group Descriptions

GROUP ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

After considering all the criteria below, it is the Coach's decision whether to move or not to move a swimmer from one group to another. This decision is based on what the coach feels is in the best interest of the individual athlete. The criteria listed below are basic parameters that the Westside Aquaducks Coaching staff will consider when choosing the best training group for an athlete.

AG1/2 Group Criteria

AG1

  • Swimmer must be able to complete 25 yards of uninterrupted freestyle with comfortable side breathing.

AG2

  • 50 Yards of uninterrupted freestyle with head in neutral position throughout
  • 50 yards of backstroke with head in neutral position and proper use of backstroke flags
  • 50 yards of breaststroke using a two hand touch and stroking with a glide
  • 25 yards of butterfly with fins
  • Race start from the pool's edge, following USA Swimming whistle commands
  • Attempts flip turns, both front and back
  • Understands group send-off and starts in the proper group
  • Attends 2-3 practices per week
  • Has attended a Westside Intersquad meet

Group Description

The AG1/2 combined group will focus on skills primarily, with an introduction to simple training sets.  Practice times will range from 60 minutes (AG1) to 75 minutes (AG2).  Swimmers will move from the shorter workout to the longer one as the coach sees that the endurance and technique are there to support it.  Swimmers should also meet all of the AG2 criteria from above.  This group will participate in swim meets and will be the primary attenders at the spring novice series, as listed on the team events schedule, as well as all other C/B/A+ meets that the coach feels are appropriate.

Workout Days/Times are available on our team calendar and the practice schedules page.

Suggested gear is available for purchase in our team shop!
 

AG3/4 Group Criteria

AG3

  • 50 Yards of uninterrupted freestyle with head in neutral position throughout
  • 50 yards of backstroke with head in neutral position and proper use of backstroke flags
  • 50 yards of breaststroke using a two hand touch and stroking with a glide
  • 25 yards of butterfly with fins
  • Race start from the pool's edge, following USA Swimming whistle commands
  • Attempts flip turns, both front and back
  • Understands group send-off and starts in the proper group
  • Attends 2-3 practices per week
  • Has attended a Westside Intersquad meet

 

AG4

  • All AG3 requirements listed above
  • Use of a breaststroke pull-down
  • 25 yards of legal butterfly
  • Flip turns are fluid and legal
  • Understands and uses the 5 second group send off
  • Has attended a USA Swimming competition
  • Attends 3-4 practices per week

Group Description

The AG3/4 group will still focus predominantly on technique, but will also introduce more endurance work, as well as race strategy and pacing.  Clockwork is introduced in this group.  Swimmers in AG3/4 are expected to attend the team C/B/A+ meets on the team's events calendar and will be encouraged to race in a wide variety of events.  AG3 swimmers will train for 75 minutes  AG4 swimmers will have one practice each week that will extend to 90 minutes, preparing them for the eventual move to the Purple group.

Workout Days/Times are available on our team calendar and the practice schedules page.

Suggested gear is available for purchase in our team shop!
 

Purple Group Criteria

  • All four strokes are swum legally
  • Swimmer participates in USA meets regularly
  • Completion of a 200 IM in a USA swim competition
  • Use of basic clock intervals (1:00, :55, :50…)
  • Swimmer must display leadership qualities that include, but are not limited to, comfort in leading a lane
  • Shows respectful listening skills (attentive to set details and intervals
  • Ability to be be responsible and independent in a workout
  • 5 x 100 freestyle on 2:00
  • Attends 3-4 practices per week

Group Description

Purple swimmers will still be actively engaged in improving their technical skills and their stroke mechanics.  Introduced in this group will be racing skills and endurance work that will allow them to excel in the longer, more tactical races that are introduced in the 11-12 age group and above.  Purple swimmers will be expected to attend the team C/B/A+ meets on the events calendar as well as any championship meets that are qualified for.  Purples will swim 5x week for 90 minutes each session.

Workout Days/Times are available on our team calendar and the practice schedules page.

Suggested gear is available for purchase in our team shop!
 

Fitness Group

                                                                                                                                                             Group Description

The primary goal of the Fitness group is to promote wellness and fitness, while developing strokes and advancing skills.  This group will not enter meets.  Fitness swimmers will practice 3x week for 90 minutes. 


Silver Group Criteria

  • Completion of a 400 IM in a USA competition without a disqualification
  • 6 x 100 freestyle on 1:30
  • Swimmer will acknowledge the conflict created with multiple sport commitments and should be working towards selecting a sport to fully commit to
  • No seasonal swimming. This is a training group preparing athletes for upper level competition
  • Attends monthly 2-day USA competitions
  • Attends a minimum of 4 practices per week
  • In the opinion of the coach, has the emotional and physical maturity to handle the commitment and work load demanded in this group.

Group Description

This high level training group will swim 5x week for 120 minutes and will be introduced to dryland training, including running, stretching, circuit training, and medicine ball training.  Silver swimmers will be expected to attend the team C/B/A+ meets on the events calendar as well as any championship meets qualified for .

Workout Days/Times are available on our team calendar and the practice schedules page.

Suggested gear is available for purchase in our team shop!
 

Senior Group Criteria

  • Involvement in USA Swimming for a minimum of 1 year prior to group entry
  • Entry into and attendance at team and group meets
  • Integrity and leadership in practices and at competitions
  • 8 x 100 freestyle on 1:20
  • Agreement to attend a minimum of 85% of all practices; both swimming and dry land

Group Description

The Senior group is our highest level training group, demanding the most dedication and effort. At this level, swimmers technique should only need fine tuning.  The goals for Senior swimmers should include qualification for championship meets and swimmers will have their eyes on collegiate swimming.  Practices range from once to twice a day, 6 days/week.  Training will include swimming, weightlifting, circuit training, running, and medicine ball.  Senior swimmers will be expected to attend selected team C/B/A+ meets, Senior circuit meets, and all championship meets that are qualified for.

Workout Days/Times are available on our team calendar and the practice schedules page.

Suggested gear is available for purchase in our team shop!