Athletes move into this group from Youth Group or competitive from other programs upon satisfying the Youth/Provincial Development to Provincial Group moving criteria. This program is intended for the swimmers who have a goal of pursuing their swimming career as far as possible. The practice duration, direction, structure and difficulty will be designed to meet this goal.
• Provincial Group practice is offered seven times per week. Additional practices may be added for some swimmers at coach’s discretion. Additional practices don’t count towards attendance requirements.
•This program is intended to provide both a stepping stone for 13 and over athletes who intend to be successful in the RHAC National program and also provide a demanding and comprehensive training program for those athletes who cannot meet the attendance and/or training requirement of the RHAC National program.
• Provincial Group swimmers are expected to attend 90% of workouts and communicate with the Provincial Group coach about their training schedule.
• Note on training: Once swimmers are fully grown and are promoted as far as the Provincial program, they are required to train more and to train ‘better’ than they did when they were younger to continue to improve (swim faster).
- Practice will consist of both dry-land and swimming workouts.
The Provincial group is a developmental group for athletes who have the desire to one day become high performance swimmers. Provincial athletes are part of the 'train to train' phase of the Long Term Athlete Development model. Performance at practice is more valued than performance at meets so that the athletes can develop properly.
Coaches make practices that appeal to both the Provincial and National groups regularly to help grow Provincial athletes under the model of the National swimmers. The coaching staff spends more time on work ethic during practice with Provincial athletes to instill in them the fundamentals of training that are expected in the National group.
Athletes in the provincial group are expected to be open to coaching, and show a desire to learn. While their performance is not held to the same standard of National athletes, Provincial swimmers are still expected to try their best at every practice with the goal of improving competitively. In addition to attending as many practices as possible to try for 100 percent attendance, Provincial athletes need to actively try to develop to become National group athletes.
1. Swimmer learns to accept the responsibility for his/her performance.
2. Swimmer learns coping strategies to deal with peer pressure.
3. Swimmer understands and performs personal race strategies.
4. Swimmer demonstrates an ability to balance school, a social life, swimming and family.
5. Swimmer can effectively communicate her/his commitment to her/his parent, coach and teammates.
6. Swimmer knows the team goals and will take an active part in developing specific and attainable practice group goals.
7. Swimmer understands the relationship between his/her personal commitment level and results.
- Strive to be competitive with any other Provincial 1 group swimmer or National swimmer.
- Prepare athletes for both competency at Jr. Provincial and AGE Group National meets, and for movement into National group (if so desired).
- To consistently improve commitment level and training/racing ability from season to season.
- Increase stroke technique in all for strokes.
- Actively improve distance per stroke.
- Learn leadership skills.
- Attendance should improve, not decline as the athlete matures.
- Training attitudes should be more productive and supportive as the athlete gets older.
- Athletes must conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to actions needed to promote and support the goals of the team.
- Attend all meets prescribed by coaching staff unless Provincial coach agrees to absence.
- Athletes must compete in and wear RHAC attire - during all practices and competitions.
- Display ability to train appropriately for the athlete's experience and stated goals.