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TEAM STRUCTURE

The following descriptions briefly outline the training groups of Crimson Tide Aquatics.  The coaching staff determines placement within the program and advancement through the different levels.  We have a very experienced and trained staff that knows what is best for each individual swimmer. 

White/Pre Team
These are the introductory groups for the novice competitive swimmer.  Stroke fundamentals and enjoyment for the sport are emphasized.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend practice 2-3 times per week for an hour each time.  Competition is not necessary, but going to some local meets would be both beneficial and fun.  The White group practices out of the University and also the Faucett location.

Crimson
This group both refines and builds upon the fundamentals introduced in the White group while introducing more advanced drills and efficiency techniques. The emphasis of this group still is on stroke mechanics; with the addition of basic interval training and continued aerobic development. Basic stretching routines will be introduced to increase coordination and balance. Swimmers are encouraged to attend 4 practices per week and also participate in local swim meets.

Junior
This group is designed for committed and motivated young athletes desiring to work and progress towards the highest National Age Groups standards. Attendance of at least 80% is highly encouraged and expected.  Both aerobic training and continued stroke instruction are used to prepare the swimmers for senior level swimming in the future.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend all local and away meets.

Senior I
Swimmers need to be at least 13 yrs. of age (or by approval of Head Coach) and able to train on a sufficient level comparable to the other athletes in that group.  Swimmers in this group have the ability to train consistently in a highly intense training environment. The objective of this group is to enjoy the sport and be able to compete if they so desire at the Southeastern level.

Senior II
Swimmers at this stage have made a commitment to the sport and are ready for a higher level of training and competition (morning workouts).  Swimmers in this group have the ability to train consistently in a highly intense training environment, and have committed to every workout offered. The objective of this group is to qualify and compete in both regional and then national level meets.  Swimmers are expected to attend all practice sessions that are offered for the week along with attending all local and away meets that are possible.  Standards for entering this group are strict and entry is by invitation of Head Coach.