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Age Group (AG)

Requirements

  • At least one “RAC AG” Cut for Freestyle, one “RAC AG” for any given IM and one “RAC AG” for any given major stroke.

  • 10 x 50 (1) Swim (1) Kick @ 1:10

  • 8 x 50 @1:00 FR holding 50 secs or less

  • 8 x 100s @ 2:00 FR holding 1:50 secs or less

  • 6 x 100s IM @ 2:20

  • 66.5% attendance or higher (at least 4 practices a week). Coach retains discretion of accepting absences, which do not count against the attendance figure. Swimmers are expected to communicate with their Primary Coach about other activities in their schedule.

  • Be active in club events (Squad outings, Banquet, Memorial Day Parade, Swim-a-Thon, etc.)

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

RAC’s AG program is designed with the intention of providing the curriculum and atmosphere necessary for success at CT Long Course and Short Course Regional Championships CT AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS AG offers a highly competitive program for swimmers 13 and under.

About Age Group

  • AG offers 6 pool sessions

  • 3 dry land sessions per week on average.

  • Swimmers are exposed to a program that will directly prepare them for the challenges of the Age Group Elite and Senior level RAC programs.

  • Coaches will engage the swimmers to  evolve their technique, learn how to train, gain a deeper understanding of competitive swimming, acquire mental and physical strength, as well as shape the proper  behavior and attitude necessary for success at high levels.  

 

Objectives:

  • To continue to refine competitive swimming skills while introducing basic training sets, race preparation, and endurance training.

  • To be in a position to take ownership over their swimming.  This will require swimmers to have a skill set including, knowing their best times, knowing their splits from a race, understanding the purpose and schedule of meets, in charge of picking their own events and honest communication between the athlete and the coach.

  • To be able to swim legal 200 IM and 400/500 freestyle.

  • Swim an efficiency set of 8 x 200s IM

  • Learn how to conduct themselves with honor and selflessness at all competitions regardless of circumstances.

  • Display history of above requirements BEFORE being moving into our Senior Programs

Parent Involvement

 

During this stage of a swimmer's development, it is very important for parents to understand their role.  To give your child the best possible experience while also giving them the best chance for long term success in the sport, please refer to the following,

Parent Role In Age Group

  • Major responsibilities for the parent include

    • getting your child to practice 15 minutes prior to the start of practice

    • making sure they are getting proper nutrition before and after practices and meets

    • constant praise of effort (not talent)

    • exhibiting good role model behavior

    • Not critiquing your child’s technique and/or race

  • The parent must play a key role in fostering the professional relationship between the athlete and coach.  Encouraging the athlete to speak to the coach about anything before parent involvement is needed

  • Stay current and up to date on the various meets, activities, events and changes happening within the club

    • Our weekly newsletter is our one stop shop for everything RAC related.  Please read this newsletter weekly to help you and your swimmer stay current with the team.

  • Meet events will be selected by the primary coach with input from the athlete.  Any concerns or questions about a specific event and/or explanation should be addressed with the primary coach.

Note on training

Once swimmers are fully grown and are promoted as far as the Age Group/Senior program, they are required to train more frequently and more consistently than they did when they were younger to continue to improve (swim faster). Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all practices as skills and progressions are built in from one practice session to another. Decisions on movement will be taken depending on achievement of performance criteria, age and physiological stage of individuals concerned as well as training attitude. Ultimately all decisions and reviews will be made at the Coaching Staff’s discretion.


Age Group Elite (AGE)

 

About Age Group Elite (AGE):

 

Age Group Elite training squad is offered to swimmers who have represented RAC at the Connecticut Age Group Championship meet and made final. The

 intention of this training squad is providing the curriculum and atmosphere necessary for a continuous success at CT Age Group Championship, Age Group Eastern Zones Championships and travel meets.  AGE offers a highly competitive program for swimmers 14 and under. Swimmers are exposed to a program that will directly prepare them for the challenges of the Senior and National RAC programs. Swimmers learn the importance of practice and self-discipline. They are taught to appreciate competition, and see merit in high performance athletics.  

 

Practices offered:

 
  • AGE offers 6 pool sessions and 3 dry land sessions per week on average.

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

 

Requirements to remain on this training squad:

 
  • Represent RAC in a championship meet every year.

  • 83% attendance or higher.

  • Be active in club events (squat outings, Banquet, Memorial Day Parade, Swim-A-Thon, etc.)

 

Objectives:

 
  • 30 x 100 Freestyle @ 1:30

  • 400 Flutter Kick <7:30

  • Swim an efficiency set of 8 x 200 IM @ 3:45.

  • To be able to swim legal 200’s of stroke and a 400 Individual Medley.

  • To be able to qualify/final at Eastern Age Group Zones.

  • To continue to refine competitive swimming skills while introducing advanced training sets, race preparation and endurance training.

  • Maintains proper technique under increased training loads.

 

Coach retains discretion of accepting absences, which do not count against the attendance figure. Swimmers are expected to communicate with their Primary Coach about other activities in their schedule.

 

Notes on training:

 

Once swimmers are fully grown and are promoted a far as the Elite/National program, they are required to train more frequently and more consistently than they did when they were younger to continue to improve (swim faster). Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all practices, as skills and progressions are built in from one practice session to another. Decision on movement will be taken depending on achievement of performance criteria; age and physiological stage of individuals concerned as well as training attitude. Ultimately all decision will be made by the coaching staff.