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Age Group

Training Group Structure & Qualifying Criteria


Black Group

Admittance: The swimmer will be selected by the PSC Head Age Group Coach and other PSC coaches.

Group Dynamic: This group is comprised of our top 11 to 14 year old athletes. The group serves to prepare swimmers for JO's, Age Group State, Sectionals and above. There is an emphasis placed on understanding goal setting and linking training performance to those goals. Though stroke efficiency should be achieved from earlier training groups, there is still a great deal of individualized stroke instruction given to each athlete. 

The group has 8 workouts offered per week, but attendance for each swimmer is set individually based on the swimmers readiness.


Red Group

Admittance: The swimmer will be selected by the PSC Red Group Coach and other PSC coaches.

Group Dynamic: The Red Group is primarily athletes ages 11-14 dedicated to improving stroke technique, training capacity and racing skills. Athletes will begin developing a commitment to excellence in the sport of swimming. Athlete are introduced to a dynamic training program that includes both pool and dryland training. The goal is to successfully prepare athletes to compete at JO's, Age Group State, Far Westerns and above.

This group is offered 6 workouts per week. Athletes are committed to competing at a season-ending championship meet for the team.


White I Group

Admittance: The swimmer will be selected by the PSC Head Developmental Coach and other PSC coaches.

Group Dynamic: The White I Group is our top 10&Under training group. Swimmers in this group attend swim meets regularly with a focus on competing at JO's, Age Group State, and above. It is recommended that the swimmers attend at least 4 practices of the 6 practices offered per week.  

Group Focus: Building of endurance with ongoing stroke work; continuation of learning how to race; accountability; sportsmanship and introduction to dryland training.


White II Group

Admittance: The swimmer will be selected by the PSC White II Coach and other PSC coaches.

Group Dynamic: This group is comprised of athletes ages 11-14. Swimmers in this group are focused on improving stroke fundamentals while introducing the training elements of swimming to improve fitness and create efficiency. Swimmers in this group have goals to achieve JO and Age Group State qualifying times. Though no attendance requirements are given for this group, swimmers should try to make at least 3 practices per week to achieve their goals. 


Rising Stars

Admittance: The swimmer will be selected by the PSC Head Developmental Coach and other PSC coaches.

Group Dynamic: The Rising Stars Group is primarily athletes ages 10&Under. The swimmers in the group are focused on achieving mastery of the fundamental skills needed to perform a legal 50 in all four competitive strokes. Swimmers will continue stroke development to build endurance and racing skills (starts, turns, finishes) to legally compete in 100's of Stroke/IM and 200 Free and 200 IM. Swimmers in the group are encouraged to attend meets regularly with a goal of achieving JO or Age Group State qualifying times.

Group Focus: Technique, racing skills, teamwork, accountability and having fun!

*The PSC Head Developmental Coach will evaluate each individual during a tryout PRIOR to placing an athlete in the Rising Stars Group.


Starfish Group

Admittance: The swimmer must be evaluated prior to being placed on the team by the PSC Head Developmental Coach.

Group Dynamic: The ages of the swimmers in this group may be as young as 6 and as old as 10. Swimmers must be 6 years of age by the start of short course season in August.  The swimmer must demonstrate the ability to swim 50 yards of Freestyle and 50 yards Backstroke legally with a working knowledge and ability to swim two (2) 25's of both Breaststroke and Butterfly and can perform a racing dive. The swimmer must demonstrate the ability to keep up with the current Star Fish Group. The swimmer must have the emotional maturity to be independent of parent(s) &/or caretaker throughout the time allotted for the practice. We recommend 2-3 practices per week due to the on-going learning stroke progressions, the swimmer should maintain weekly attendance throughout the duration of the season for optimal development and improvement. 

Group Focus: Learning and development of the four (4) competitive strokes; handling self in a group (team) setting; swim practice training and training situations with the focus of building team pride.


Pre-Starfish Group

Group Dynamic: The aim of this group is to develop the basic stroke fundamentals and to build a solid stroke technique foundation.  Focusing on kicking and using innovative drill progressions, the swimmers acquire the skills necessary for efficient swimming and are ready to take the steps toward competitive swimming in all four strokes.