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DESERT THUNDER AQUATICS
TRAINING PROGRAM
 

AGE GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM

 

Blue Group


 

Admittance- Must be 9+ years and know how to swim all 4 strokes legally. Swimmer will be asked to complete and evaluation with JD1 coach.

 

Group format- This is a 9 & up age group for swimmers who are just getting into competitive swimming. They will learn how to perform all strokes/turn, dive mechanics, and underwater swimming. They have the option to compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets.

 

 

Attendance-  3 practices offered per week.

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Group


 

Admittance- Must have achieved 3 or more 10 & Under B time standards. Age of group is 9 & up. Swimmer must be committed to attending meets, the practice requirement, and attending the end of season championship meet at the highest level attained.

 

Group format- This group is a 9 & up age group designed to develop and improve an already solid foundation in all four strokes and prepare swimmers for competition. Swimmers will be challenged to combine stroke technique, speed training, and mental discipline to create a level of fitness appropriate and sustainable for competition. This will be done all while promoting a sense of accomplishment in personal goal setting and dedication to the sport.

 

Attendance- 3 practices per week is the minimum. Practices are offered 5 days per week.

 

**The Gold Group Coach reserves the right to make exceptions for the good of the individual and group development. 

 

 

 

 

 

White Group


 

Admittance- Ages 4-8. Must know free/back/fly. Swimmer will be asked to complete an evaluation with White Group Coach. Committed to attendance of the end of season Championship Meet.

 

Group Format- The group is designed to help the swimmers achieve a solid foundation in all strokes, as well as   be introduced to the team environment. Consistent technique work is the main focus. Swimmers will also work on race specific training, as well as heavy emphasis on starts/turns/dives. The goal of the group is to grow a passion that will carry this into a lifelong sport.

 

Attendance- Practices are offered 3 times per week. 2+ is recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Championship Team



  Admittance- Must have a 10 & Under State time standard achieved. Swimmer must also be committed to practice requirement, and attending highest level of Championship Meet achieved.

Group format- This group is designed to prepare swimmers for highest levels of Age Group swimming. There is a huge focus on mental preparedness/goal setting, and how those factors affect performance. Swimmers will work on race-specific fitness, stroke/start/turn shaping, race strategy dependent on season, and test sets to help develop speed with consistent stroke counts. 

Attendance- Practice minimum is 4 times per week. 6 practices per week is recommended.   

 **The Jr. Championship Coach reserves the right to make exceptions for the good of the individual and group development.***
         
 
       

 

Pre-Senior Championship Team



     * Swimmers are committed to season-ending meet respective to their level of qualification.
     * 80% attendance rate required.
     * Swimmer should miss no more than one week of training on site within each season.  If a swimmer does travel they are expected to arrange pool time and train while traveling.
     * Training Model:
          - race-specific fitness
          - stroke, start, and turn shaping
          - race strategy development specific to the season they are in
          - test sets to help development speed maintenance with consistent stroke counts
          - swimmers are required to attend practice with a Pre-Senior level training pace chart
          - implementation of Tempo Trainer and Tow Cord training tools to consistently train swimmers at 95-110% of their maximum swimming velocity.

 

 

 

 

 

SENIOR TRAINING PROGRAM

Senior Team


 

For the developing Senior/ high school athlete. Goals are mainly pointed at improvement and readiness for high school swim season. Swimmers not committed to attending a season ending meet.

   * Training model is designed for long-term development of race-specific fitness, stroke shaping, and race strategy so they are prepared for the day they commit to being a member of our Championship Team.

 

 

 

 

National Training Group

 


 

Swimmers are committed to season-ending meet respective to their level of qualification.

* 80% attendance rate required.

* Swimmer should miss no more than one week of training on site within each season.  If a swimmer does travel they are expected to arrange pool time and train while traveling.

* Training Model:          -

*race-specific fitness - stroke, start, and turn shaping

*race strategy development specific to the season they are in.

*test sets to help development speed maintenance with consistent stroke count

*swimmers are required to attend practice with a Senior level training pace chart

*implementation of Tempo Trainer and Tow Cord training tools to consistently train swimmers at 95-110% of their maximum swimming velocity.