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Albany Armada Aquatics 

Albany Armada Aquatics (AAA) is a year-round competitive USA Swimming club team, serving 150-200 youth athletes.  Swimmers are instructed in each of the competitive strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and IM, as well as their respective starts, turns, and finishes.  The coaching staff acknowledges and embraces the different development phases of the individual athlete, and works to progressively adapt training to best meet the needs of the athlete as he/she progresses through Age Group swimming to young adulthood.  Armada programs offer a positive competitive environment, which place a high value on fun, friendship, and long term growth of the individual and the team. 

Swimmers are assigned to a practice group by the coaching staff based not only on their skill level and age, but also their speed, both physical and mental maturity, and their goals in swimming.  Regular, year-round attendance is encouraged in all groups, and participation in scheduled competition is strongly encouraged for most groups.  Swimmers will move though the levels of the team at the own rate, and promotion from one group to the next is based on age, progress of skills, increase of speed, as well as maturity and dedication to the sport. 

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***Waiting List: We are currently at capacity in most swim groups and there is a waiting list to join the team. You are still welcome to tryout, but please be advised, your swimmer will likely be placed on the waiting list.***

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Practice Schedules

Practice Groups:

Mini Blue

Age: Ideally 5-10 years old

Practice Days: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, for 45 minutes

Description: This group is designed for elementary school aged children who are still learning the basics of the competitive strokes.  Emphasis will be put on building self-esteem, learning to practice in a group, and forming proper stroke technique habits.  Making new friends and having Fun are an important part of growing the child’s love of the sport.

  • This group is 90% technique and 10% endurance training.
  • Swimmers must be able to comfortably complete 1 length of the pool doing freestyle and backstroke.  Swimmers should also be able to perform a basic breaststroke and dolphin kick.

Swimmer Expectations: This group does not have a minimum attendance requirement, but swimmers should attend as often as possible.  Attending consistently is key to progressing.  Swim meets/competitions are not required in this group, but are encouraged once the swimmer has an understanding of the rules of the sport.

Equipment: Swimmers need to have a pair of Fins at practice each day. Recommended Fins

 

Blue Group

Age: Ideally 7-12 years old

Practice Days: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, for 45 minutes

Description: This group is designed for elementary school and some junior high school aged children who can swim all four competitive strokes with a basic level of competency (legal racing technique). Emphasis will be put on improving balance and efficiency of all four competitive strokes, as well as the corresponding starts and turns.  Working with teammates and having Fun are still a part of the curriculum. Goal setting concepts are introduced at this level.

  • This group is 80% technique and 20% endurance training.
  • Swimmers must be able to comfortably complete 50 yards of both freestyle and backstroke, and 25 yards of breaststroke and butterfly.  Swimmers should also be able to perform a standing dive in a streamline position.

Swimmer Expectations: This group does not have an attendance requirement, but swimmers should try to attend three practices a week.  Swimmers should plan to attend swim meets/competitions regularly, not to exceed one meet a month.

Equipment: Swimmers need to have a pair of Fins at practice each day. Recommended Fins

 

Yellow Group

Age: 8-13 years old

Practice Days: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, for 1 Hour

Description: This group is designed for some elementary school ages and junior high school aged children who can demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of stroke technique and racing skills. The primary emphasis of this group is to give the swimmers detailed stroke technique improvements, and begin moderate volume endurance training. Swimmers will learn that training and competing with teammates is fun and rewarding. Formalized goal setting exercises will be introduced.

  • This group is 70% technique and 30% endurance training.
  • Swimmers should have at least one USA Swimming B time standard, and be able to swim repeat 100’s of freestyle, as well as repeat 50’s of backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Swimmer Expectations:  Attendance is not mandatory at every practice, but swimmers should be attending as often as possible.  Swimmers should plan to attend swim meets/competitions regularly, and be entering the focus event of each meet as the season progresses.  Swimmers are expected to complete goal setting activities and know goal times for practice purposes.

Equipment: Swimmers need to have a pair of Fins and a Water Bottle at practice each day. Recommended Fins

 

Junior Group

Age: 10-13 years old

Practice Days: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, for 1 hour 15 minutes, with Dryland on Wednesday

Description: This group is designed primarily for some junior high school aged athletes who are dedicated to swimming and are beginning to attend some morning practices.  The focus in this group is to continue developing detailed stroke technique habits, strength and endurance, self-confidence, and the athlete’s ownership over their swimming. Swimmers will learn that training and competing with teammates is fun and rewarding. Formalized goal setting exercises will be introduced.  Having fun and bonding with teammates is crucial to the athletes learning to push through being tired.

  • This group is 50% technique and 50% endurance training.
  • Swimmers should have at least 1 USA Swimming BB time standard and 5 B time standard events.  Interval set for this group include: 10 x 100 Free on 1:45, 2 x 200 IM on 3:00

Swimmer Expectations:  Swimmers must attend a minimum of 4 of 6 practices a week. Swimmers should to attend all schedule meets, and be entering the focus event of each meet as the season progresses.  Swimmers are expected to complete goal setting activities and have goal times and splits on hand at practice.

Equipment: Swimmers need to have a pair of Fins, Paddles and a Water Bottle at practice each day. Recommended Fins

 

Navy Group

Age: 14-18 years old

Practice Days: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, for 1 hour 15 minutes, with Saturday mornings and Dryland on Monday and Friday

Description: This group is for high school aged athletes who are dedicated to swimming, but do not yet have the qualifications to swim in the Gold Group.  This group will focus on perfecting stroke habits, building speed and efficiency, being self-aware while working on technique and speed, and learning to push through pain and fatigue to reach their goals. Swimmers will learn to manage time, responsibilities, and school, while holding themselves and their teammates to a high standard of excellence. Swimmers should be actively participating in goal setting activities.

  • This group is 50% technique and 50% endurance training.
  • Swimmers do not need to have B time standards, but must have competed in either USA Swimming meets, summer rec league competition, or high school competition. Swimmers must be able to swim repeat 100’s of freestyle, as well as repeat 50’s of backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Swimmer Expectations:  Swimmers must attend a minimum of 3 of 6 practices a week. Swimmers should plan to attend schedule meets, and be entering the focus event of each meet as the season progresses.  Swimmers are expected to complete goal setting activities and know goal times for practice purposes.

Equipment: Swimmers need to have a pair of Fins, and a Water Bottle at practice each day. Recommended Fins

 

Gold Group

Age: 14-18 years old

Practice Days: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, for 1 hour 15 minutes, with Saturday mornings and Dryland on Monday and Friday

Description: This group is for our fastest high school aged athletes who have chosen swimming as their sport and are focused on achieving the highest level they can in USA Swimming. This group focuses on perfecting stroke technique habits, maximizing speed and power, and being self-aware of technique while swimming at threshold.  Swimmers will learn to manage time, responsibilities, and school, while holding themselves and their teammates to a high standard of excellence. Swimmers should be actively participating in goal setting activities.

  • This group is 40% technique and 60% endurance training.
  • Swimmers should have at least 1 USA Swimming BB time standard and 5 B time standard events.  Interval set for this group include: 10 x 100 Free on 1:45, 2 x 200 IM on 3:00

Swimmer Expectations:  Swimmers must attend a minimum of 6 of 8 practices a week. Swimmers should to attend all schedule meets, and be entering the focus event of each meet as the season progresses.  Swimmers are expected to complete goal setting activities and have goal times and splits on hand at practice.

Equipment: Each swimmer needs to have a pair of Fins, Paddles and a Water Bottle at practice each day. Recommended Equipment