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AquaHawgs Group Structure

AquaHawgs Group Structure

2017-2018 Practice Groups

Swimmers will be moved into groups two times per year:   after short course season is completed (end of March) or after long course season is completed (end of August).  However, if a swimmer progresses at a rapid rate s/he may be moved up earlier at the discretion of the coaches.  Each swimmer move is carefully planned and discussed by coaches. In addition to stated group requirements (below), consideration will be given to:

  • the ability of the swimmer to be successful in each group
  • swimmer maturity
  • training level within the current group
  • meet attendance
  • and practice attendance. 

All swimmers will be placed into groups that will facilitate the best growth and success possible within our competitive swimming program.  Final placement is solely at the discretion of the coaching staff.


ROOKIE HAWGS (3 – 45 MINUTE PRACTICES)

The Rookie Group is our entry-level group for ages 6-13.

The goal of this group is for each swimmer to learn all of the aspects of competitive swimming including the four competitive strokes (Fly, Back, Breast, and Freestyle), racing starts and turns, and the fundamentals of swimming.

In addition to fundamentals and stroke technique, this group will also develop a love for the sport of swimming and learn to HAVE FUN! 

If a swimmer progresses at a rapid rate while in The Rookie Group, s/he may be asked to join the HAWGS prior to the normal move up date.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

We encourage all Rookie Hawgs to attend developmental meets hosted by RAC AquaHawgs. Meet attendance will be based on coach recommendation and swimmer/parent readiness. 

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

Swimming test required (25 legal freestyle, 25 legal backstroke.) 

*Minimum age of 5, must turn 6 during the year


HAWGS (4 – 1-hour workouts plus 2 – 30-minute dryland sessions)

The Hawgs Group is for swimmers ages 8-14 who are able to perform the 4 competitive strokes correctly and are preparing for the next level of swimming including workouts, dryland training, and competition.

In this group, swimmers will expand their knowledge of competitive swimming while refining their technical skills.  This group is designed to focus 70% on swimming technique and kicking.

More emphasis will be put on endurance and swimmers will be expected to complete workouts and dryland as well an intensive stroke work.

Swimmers will be working on achieving time standards for the ASI North Regional Championships and preparing for the next progression level.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

Swimmers in the Hawgs Group are encouraged to attend competitions throughout the year and will be striving to achieve championship times.  We encourage swimmers in this group to attend all RAC AquaHawgs hosted meets.

GROUP REQUIREMENTS: There are always exceptions to every rule. Ultimately the coaching staff will make decisions for readiness of each swimmer based on guidelines set forth by Lead Coach. 

Swimmers must be able to:

  • Swim 25 yards all four competitive strokes legally (according to the rules of USA Swimming)
  • Perform a racing start off the blocks
  • Do freestyle flip turns
  • Swim a 100 IM without stopping
  • Swim a 100 freestyle without stopping

*Minimum age of 8 


JUNIOR HAWGS  (5 – 1 ¼ workouts + 3 – 30-minute drylands)

The Junior Hawg Group is for swimmers ages 10-16 who are increasing their commitment to the sport through attendance at practice as well as meets both locally and out of town.

Swimmers in this group will be aiming to increase their daily yardage while maintaining good stroke technique.  The emphasis in this group is on mastering technique in each stroke, turns, starts and other swimming fundamentals while increasing endurance through training.  This group is designed to focus 60% on swimming technique and kicking.

Swimmers will be working to excel at The ASI Championship Meet and preparing for progression to the next level.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

Junior Hawgs are encouraged to attend most local meets they are eligible for, including the highest level championship meet qualified for.  We would also like swimmers in this group to travel to at least 1 out of town meet a year.

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

  • Ability to swim 2,000 yards per practice
  • 11 & Older swimmers must meet “BB” standards for 10 & under for group cohesiveness. 
  • They must meet time standards in 2 of 3 events:              
    • 200 IM                  3:17.29 Girls                       3:16.92 Boys
    • 200 Free              2:58.29 Girls                       2:50.19 Boys
    • 500 Free              7:39.49 Girls                       7:32.59 Boys

(May also have BB time standard in 3 events of 50 or 100, however, must be at least 2 different strokes.)

*Minimum age of 9 


WILD HAWGS (6 – 1 ½  hour workouts + 4 – 30-minute drylands)

This group is the elite group for swimmers ages 9-14 and requires a high level of commitment to the sport. 

Focus in the group is on advanced technique, training and preparing for the senior groups while achieving the highest level of competition.   Swimmers in this group are working toward qualifying for the Zone Championships.

In addition to these focus areas, swimmers must demonstrate a positive influence on their teammates and training partners, as well as show consistent improvement in this area during daily practice, in order to maintain membership in the Wild Hawgs!

If a swimmer in this group is not demonstrating the qualities expected of them, they may be asked to move out of the group.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

We encourage swimmers in this group to attend local meets.  In addition, we encourage them to attend the highest level championship meet qualified for.  We would also like the swimmers in this group to attend as many travel meets as possible.

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

  • ·Swimmers in this group have already achieved ASI Championship Time Standards (based on SC times).
  • ·Sound technique of ALL FOUR STROKES and basic swimming mechanics (streamline, turns, kick) 
  • ·They are strongly encouraged to attend 5 of the 6 offered workouts per week
  • ·Each Swimmer owns required practice equipment (snorkel, paddles, fins, pull buoy, kickboard) 

*minimum age of 9


SENIOR 2

This group is for swimmers who are ages 13 or older that do not meet the requirements of the SENIOR 1 Group or who wish to have more flexibility in their training/commitment level.

Swimmers in this group are ready for more advanced training with an eye on development towards the top levels of the Senior program and the sport of swimming.

While a strong focus is still kept on stroke/skill development, swimmers in this group should already have a solid grasp of the technique needed to succeed at the higher levels of swimming.

The primary focus of this group is to give the swimmers the skills they need to train in our top Senior group and to qualify for the highest levels of championship swim meets.

 COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

75% meet attendance is encouraged of all meets scheduled, including the highest level championship meet qualified for. 

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

  • Attend 5 - 6 practices per week is encouraged to see improvement
  • Have a strong desire to achieve ASI State Championship time standards
  • Owns required practice equipment (snorkel, paddles, fins, pull buoy, kickboard)
  • Swimmers in this group will be expected to be able to perform the following to be in this group:
    • 10x100 Free @ 1:20
    • 5x200 IM @ 3:15
    • 10x50 Kick @ :55

*Minimum Age of 13 


SENIOR 1

The Senior 1 Group requires the highest level of commitment from athletes. Practice attendance is strongly encouraged! 

All swimmers must have a superior work ethic. While training in this group swimmers must be a positive influence on their teammates and training partners.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

90 - 100% meet attendance of all meets scheduled is encouraged, including the highest level championship meet qualified for. 

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

  • At least 2 Sectional Championship time standards or 7 ASI SC State Championship time standards
  • Attend at least 85% of all offered practices is a MUST 
  • Owns required practice equipment (snorkel, paddles, fins, pull buoy, kickboard)

*Minimum age of 13 


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