RHAC Mission Statement
The Richmond Hill Aquatic Club is a competitive swim club with a development model that ends at the Olympic level. All groups are progressions to the Senior level where swimmers are expected to perform above an age group level. RHAC aims to develop swimmers to perform to their potential. The Club philosophy of growing Novice swimmers into Olympians follows the LTAD model provided by Swimming Canada, and uses an ever-expanding pool of knowledge by trained coaches to offer swimmers the best program possible.
All swimmers in RHAC must have the desire to improve and eventually enter the Senior group so that they can compete at the Senior National level. Swimmers need to have an open mind and be willing to learn within the RHAC program. Swimmers must adhere to the program of the particular group to which they belong entirely.
Coaching staff promises to offer the best and most intensive program possible, and will always go above and beyond the call of duty to see swimmers improve, under the condition that the swimmers want to improve within the program. Coaches volunteer extra time to those who show additional desire to improve. Coaching staff always puts in a reciprocal amount of effort that the athlete demonstrates, and always offers the opportunity for swimmers to advance, given their desire to do so.
Senior Group - Objective
The Senior group is the highest performing group in RHAC. Its primary purpose is to develop athletes to race and win beyond age group meets. The Senior group works towards making Olympic qualifiers, World Championship Qualifiers and Canadian National Champions.
Coaching staff spends additional time to develop athletes technically, mentally and physically through advanced training methods, services and equipment not offered to any other group.
Athletes in the Senior group are expected to perform to the highest standards. They are expected to work towards their short and long term goals on a daily basis, and be role models for the remainder of the club. Senior athletes must have the desire to improve and strive for the highest level of competition.
National Group - Objective
The National group is the second highest performing group in RHAC. Its primary purpose is to develop athletes to race and win beyond age group meets. The National group works towards making Senior National Qualifiers.
Coaching staff spends additional time to develop athletes technically, mentally and physically through advanced training methods.
Athletes in the National group are expected to perform to the highest standards. They are expected to work towards their short and long term goals on a daily basis, and be role models for the remainder of the club. National athletes must have the desire to improve and strive for the highest level of competition.
Provincial 1 Group - Objective
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.
Provincial 2 Group - Objective
Provincial 2 is a group that introduces athletes aged over 12 to training and competitive swimming. As a development group before the Provincial level, Provincial 2 introduces the 'Learn to Train' model to athletes. They are taught the importance of a regular training regime and introduced to a demanding program.
Coaches work on keeping a fun but competitive environment with the athletes in an effort to motivate them to improve. They spend a lot of time instructing swimmers on the values of competition; they teach athletes the methods which allow them to be successful in the Provincial group.
Swimmers are expected to attend practices and attentively try to apply the instruction given by coaching staff. The instruction in Provincial Development differs from that in the National and Provincial groups as it focuses a lot on the elementary aspects of how to begin to compete effectively. Swimmers have the responsibility to try implementing the aforementioned strategies in order to move up to the Provincial group.
Youth Group - Objective
The Youth group offers a highly competitive program for swimmers under the age of 14. Athletes are exposed to a program that will directly prepare them for the challenges in the Provincial and National group. This occurs through a high volume of swimming, difficult practices, high expectation at meets, and discipline. Many Youth swimmers qualify for Age Group Provincial and National time standards. Similar to the Provincial 2 group, but at a younger age, swimmers learn the importance of practice and self-discipline. They are taught to appreciate competition, and see merit in high performance athletics.
Coaches work on all aspects of athletics with Youth swimmers, and develop stroke technique, mental and physical strength, behaviour, and attitude.
Athletes are expected to attend all practices, regardless of age, and participate actively in the program offered to them so that they can improve. Athletes that have the immediate desire to swim competitively and follow all the instructions of the coaches, as well as complete all the prerequisites may move up into the Senior or National group to further their swimming career. Athletes that have not developed as far under the competitive model but still wish to one day swim to their full potential in the Senior group, and understand the Provincial and National Mission Statements, may move up to the Provincial 2 Group.
Select Group - Objective
The Select group is a continuation to the introductory competitive program. Athletes learn the basics of stroke technique and are made familiar with racing.
Coaches spend time having fun with swimmers while developing important skills needed for the future of the sport.
Athletes are expected to want to swim. They are expected to attend morning practices in addition to afternoon ones to prepare for the workload in later groups.
Novice Group - Objective
The Novice group is the first and most basic level of competitive swimming that RHAC offers. Athletes are taught how to commit to practices long term, and at shown the very beginnings of swimming and racing.
Coaches treat Novice swimmers as the earliest athletes on the LTAD. Many aspects of the Novice group involve learning to swim effectively. Other skills such as learning to use a pace clock are also taught.
Coaching staff focuses on early child development models in sport with Novice. They teach and coach so that athletes develop appropriately within the group.
Athletes are expected to be excited for practice and listen attentively to the coach.