Level Groups

New Hartford Aquatics Age-Group Levels

New Hartford Aquatics offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of NHA to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

White

Our White and Blue groups are our developmental levels. Swimmers are placed in these groups based on their evaluations during registration. Swimmers who have been placed into the White group must progress into the Blue group before moving up to Red or Junior. 

  • To progress out of our white group into blue, swimmers must be able to be competent and legal in all four recognized USA strokes.

Blue

Our White and Blue groups are our developmental levels. Swimmers are placed in these groups based on their evaluations during registration. Swimmers who have been placed into the White group must progress into the Blue group before moving up to Red or Junior. 

  • Swimmers attention span and focus must be such that they can be promoted to Red group which requires greater practice time, sets, and attention to the clock and circle-swimming.
  • Our developmental swimmers need to be physically strong enough, in terms of endurance, to be able to move up to the Red group and be able to complete a typical Red group practice.
  • The developmental training groups are critical towards creating a solid foundation for each and every swimmer. It is up to the coaches’ discretion when he/she believes the swimmer should move to Red. The coach must be convinced that moving the swimmer to Red group would be beneficial and not detrimental to said swimmer’s technique, focus and/or enjoyment of the sport.

Red

Our red group is our club's intermediate group. It is our most diverse group and has at times two to three lanes of our six-lane pool. At this level, swimmers will continue to develop their stroke technique and endurance. To move up to Junior, swimmers must make a commitment to be at practice no less than 3 days a week.

  • Continue to develop start, flip-turn and stroke technique 
  • Maintaining solid technique, drill progression, and focus.

Junior

The criteria for remaining in Juniors and to be considered to move up to Seniors is based on the following progressive steps

  • Being able to utilize the clock for interval training
  • Making a commitment to be at practice no less than four days a week
  • Attend dryland workouts
  • Having the ability to finish successfully, increasingly difficult practices as the season progresses
  • Showing up on time, ready to swim, not getting out of the water for non-emergency issues, having impeccable lane etiquette and respect for coaches and training partners
  • Maintaining solid technique, drill progression, and focus.
  • Juniors, based on the above mentioned criteria are promoted to a more developed lane with harder intervals and greater swimmer responsibility if they are able to commit to more practices per week and increased practice intensity.

Senior

This group requires a five-practice per week commitment (with an exception for Varsity Swimmers during their scholastic training period)

  • Senior Swimmers must be able to hold an intense interval, lead a lane, respect the lane leader, coaches’ instructions and demonstrate the highest level of endurance and technique ability
  • These swimmers can, at any point, be placed back to Juniors if they’re unable to make the required practice, do not demonstrate leadership skills, get sloppy with technique, and/or fail to show up for practice five times a week, or are late to practice.
  • If they are unable to make the intervals set forth by the coach they can also be placed into a Junior lane to ensure that they are training at a more appropriate intensity.
  • The highest level Senior lane is held to the highest standard and most intense practices. It is a privilege to be in this lane, and swimmers know that, revere that lane, are to push themselves to their greatest ability, execute each drill perfectly, go off the clock, be prepared to conduct their own practice if a coach is pre-occupied with a swimmer conflict, an injury or some other emergency issue.

 

While the above mentioned progression steps are what coaches use to best guide training groups, placement of swimmers is always at the discretion of the coaching staff. Because of limited lane-space, the coaching staff understands that the groups are fluid, and use their discretion at each practice, to mold swimmers into the best training group/lane available to ensure that they have the most productive workout.