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2021-2022 Membership Information

Ford Aquatics Training Groups
The Ford Aquatics team is comprised of several different Training Groups. Each group listed below has unique objectives and training programs based on ability. Here, you can read about each level and establish goals to prepare yourself for the next level of training.

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Ford Fusion

The Fusion group is designed for young athletes that have graduated from swim lessons and can perform the basics of freestyle and backstroke. This group focuses on developing all four strokes in a small group setting. Graduation from the Fusion group readies young athletes for the Explorer group in the future.

Entry level criteria in this group is swimming unassisted 1 lap freestyle and 1 lap backstroke. Young athletes must be able to float on their backs for safety purposes. Swimmer must be ready to have a level of enthusiasm to participate in a 30 minute practice.


Practice Schedule


There are four 30 minute practics offered each week. 

Expectations


Athletes are highly encouraged to attend meets

Training Ratio: 100% Technique

Required Equipment
(Items can be found at Champion Pool & Spa Supply or online at SwimWest)

·       Goggles

·       Fins

·       Kick board

·       Water Bottle

Monthly Tuition:
$100

Ford Explorer

The Explorer group is designed for young athletes that can perform the basics of all four strokes. This group focuses on advancing technique in all four strokes, as well as the fundamentals such as starts and turns that are needed for further progression in the sport. This group aims to ready swimmers for the Raptor and Mustang groups in the future.

Entry level criteria for this group is swimming unassisted 2 laps freestyle, 2 laps backstroke, 1 lap butterfly, and 1 lap breaststroke. Swimmer must be ready to bring enthusiasm to a 45 minute practice each day.

Practice Schedule

There are four 45 minute practices per week

Expectations

Meet attendance is strongly encouraged

Training Ratio: 90% Technique, 10% Work

Required Equipment
(Items can be found at Champion Pool & Spa Supply or online at SwimWest)

·       Goggles

·       Fins

·       Kick board

·       Water Bottle

Monthly Tuition:

$120

Ford Raptor

The Raptor group is designed for young athletes who have excelled in the Explorer group or who have previous swimming experience in a competitive setting. Athletes will focus on building on fundamental technique in all four strokes, and further knowledge of strokes and turns. Raptor swimmers also participate in dry-land exercises in addition to their in-water practices. Prospective athletes must be evaluated for placement in this group.

Entry level criteria for this group is understanding all four strokes, flip turns, and open turns and must have the ability to swim a 100 IM (individual medley) and 100 freestyle with flipturns.

Practice Schedule

There are five 60 minute practices and 2 30 minute dryland sessions. Athletes should maintain 75% attendance.

Expectations

Athletes are expected to compete in every qualified meet on the team schedule and travel to their highest qualified season-ending championship meet.

Training Ratio: 25% Work, 75% Technique

Required Equipment
(Items can be found at Champion Pool & Spa Supply or online at SwimWest)

·       Goggles

·       Fins

·       Kick board

·       Water Bottle

Monthly Tuition:

$140

Ford Mustang

The Mustang group is our highest performing and most dedicated group of athletes ages 11-14. Swimmers in this group should be aiming to qualify for state in multiple events, have specific long-term goals in the sport, and embrace their role as leaders in the Age Group program.

Athletes learn how to train and prepare for senior level swimming in this group. Placement in this group is for swimmers who should be able to participate in 90-120 minute practices.

Practice Schedule

There are 5 practices offered a week and athletes are expected to maintain 80% attendance. Depending on age, there will be optional AM workouts for this group. Athletes will also be expected to complete an additional dryland program. 

Expectations

Athletes are expected to compete in every qualified meet on the team schedule and travel to their highest qualified season-ending championship meet.  Athletes in this group should be prepared to make the jump to Edge or Expedition directly from this group. 

Training Ratio: 50-75% Work, 25-50% Technique

Required Equipment
(Items can be found at Champion Pool & Spa Supply or online at SwimWest)

·       Goggles

·       Fins

·       Center-mount snorkel

·       Kick board

·       Pull Buoy

·       Water Bottle

·       Mesh equipment bag

·       Hand-paddles

Monthly Tuition:

$160

Ford Edge

The Edge group is our intermediate training group for 13 & up athletes on the cusp of achieving Sectional and state qualifying times and 13 & up athletes looking to improve their performance and fitness at the club level.  

Athletes aim to compete at the State and Sectional level. Placement in this group is for swimmers 13 & over who should be able to swim all four strokes and have competitive swim team experience.

Practice Schedule

There are 8 practices offered a week and athletes are expected to maintain 80% attendance. 2 morning workouts are recommended. Athletes will also be expected to complete an additional dryland program. 

Expectations

Athletes are expected to compete in every qualified meet on the team schedule and travel to their highest qualified season-ending championship meet. Athletes must show a desire to make improvement and performance a priority in their lives. All Edge swimmers must take responsibility for their own progress and hold themselves to a higher standard. Athletes in this program are taking the steps towards higher level competition in USA Swimming while looking to excel during their HS swim season.

Training Ratio: 80% Work, 20% Technique

Required Equipment
(Items can be found at Champion Pool & Spa Supply or online at SwimWest)

·       Goggles

·       Fins

·       Center-mount snorkel

·       Kick board

·       Pull Buoy

·       Water Bottle

·       Mesh equipment bag

·       Hand-paddles

Monthly Tuition:

$200

Ford Expedition

The Expedition group is our highest level program and is constructed for athletes aspiring to swim and compete at the national level. Athletes in this program understand and demonstrate the dedication and commitment necessary to achieve their goals and show the willingness to put swimming at the top of their priority list. All members of Expedition are also expected to attend all team meets and act with the utmost integrity and leadership every day.

Athletes seek to achieve and compete at the highest levels of USA Swimming, from Sectionals to Nationals to Olympic Trials. Placement in this group is strictly at the Head Coach's discretion. The Head Coach will consider practice attendance, focus at practice, performance and team chemistry as a guide for placement.  For more information, please contact Head Coach Emma Munsch at [email protected].

Practice Schedule

There are 8 practices offered a week and athletes are expected to maintain 90% attendance. Athletes will also be expected to complete an additional dryland program.

Expectations

Athletes are expected to compete in every qualified meet on the team schedule and travel to their highest qualified season-ending championship meet.  Athletes in this group are training for the US Olympic Trials, Nationals, Junior Nationals and Sectional Meets. 

Training Ratio: 80% Work, 20% Technique

Required Equipment
(Items can be found at Champion Pool & Spa Supply or online at SwimWest)

·       Goggles

·       Fins

·       Center-mount snorkel

·       Kick board

·       Pull Buoy

·       Water Bottle

·       Mesh equipment bag

·       Hand-paddles

·       DragSox

Monthly Tuition:

$215

 

Location

Hillenbrand Aquatics Center 

E Enke Dr, Tucson, AZ 85719


Competitive Team Registration

2021-2022 Membership Information (Club Handbook)

Instructions for TeamUnify Set-up

 


Contact Us

Email Head Coach Emma Munsch

Email Head Master's Coach Jim Stites (Adult Swimmers)

 

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