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Junior Bolts

Ages:  5-9 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Thursday 3:45-4:30pm

Basic Requirements: Swimmers in this group must be able to swim at least 25 yards of each of the four competitive strokes (freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly).

Meet Participation:  Meets are not mandatory, but highly recommended.

The Junior Bolts group is the most basic group at TBAC Westchase.  Swimmers must be able to swim at least 25 yards of each stroke.  This group is meant to teach drills and skills that will help to set a foundation for their future as a swimmer.

Junior Bolts practices will be mainly instruction based and move at the pace of the overall group.  The goal is to help build swimmers confidence about their strokes with the hopes of eventually participating in swim meets.

Once swimmers have mastered the necessary skills and are able to handle a higher paced practice they will be considered for move up into the Novice Group.


Novice Group

Ages:  6-10 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Thursday 3:45-4:45pm; Friday 4:15-5:30pm

Basic Requirements: Swimmers in this group must be proficient in all four strokes.  Legal 50s of freestyle and backstroke and legal 25s of breaststroke and butterfly are required.

Meet Participation:  Meets are highly encouraged in this group.  Coach recommendation should be considered when choosing meets.

The Novice Group is the top level of our Developmental Program at TBAC Westchase.  Swimmers in this group understand basic drills and techniques and are beginning to understand racing skills and strategies to aid them in competition.  

The Novice Group practices will begin to introduce clock reading and basic set design which the swimmer will use throughout their time as a competitive swimmer.  Swimmers at this level are expected to show an valued interest in the sport.

Once swimmers have mastered the necessary skills and are able to handle a higher paced practice they will be considered for move up into the Bronze Group.


Bronze Group

Age: 7-10 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Friday 4:15-5:30pm

Basic Requirements: Swimmers must demonstrate superior technique in all four strokes for participation at this level.  Performance standards are also considered in this group and swimmers are looking to attain "BB" and "A" level times based on the USA Motivational Time Standards.

Meet Participation: Swimmers in this group must attend at least one meet per month.

The Bronze Group is designed for TBAC Westchase’s most advanced elementary school swimmers.  This group is focused on increasing technical abilities and working toward understand racing strategies to improve meet performance.  Swimmers in this group have goals to become competitive long term swimmers who can handle a workout that will challenge them technically and physically while still having fun. 

The Bronze Group is the introduction to the competitive swimming track. Swimmers must come to practice each day with the desire to improve and understand that in order to find success they must follow instruction and participate in the entire workout.  Swimmers who are unable to complete workouts or who don’t show enough focus will be removed from the group. 

Swimmers who demonstrate these qualities and who show consistent improvement and interest in swimming will be considered for the Silver Group.  Middle school athletes are not permitted in the Bronze Group.  


Silver Group

Ages: 10-14 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Friday 6:00-7:45pm

Basic Requirements: Swimmers in this group have a sophisticated understanding of technique and also understand that consistent training is important to find success at this level.  Swimmers should have the skill level, performance standards and endurance to participate in this group.

Meet Participation: Swimmers in this group must attend at least one meet per month.

The Silver Group is designed for middle school and advanced elementary school swimmers.  The group will encompass ongoing stroke technique work while integrating an advanced training schedule.  Swimmers in this group may have different goals based on their overall view of the sport; some swimmers will have goals of achieving performance time standards and others will still find success at the fitness and social level. 

Regardless of their goals, swimmers have the desire to attend practice and to better themselves in swimming.  Swimmers who do not demonstrate an independent drive to be successful with be removed from the group and will reevaluate their goals with the coaching staff. 

Silver Group swimmers will either advance into the Gold Group for further training and development or move into the Senior Group once they are at the high school level.  


Gold Group

Ages: 10-14 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Friday 5:15-7:30pm; Saturday 7:00-10:00am

Basic Requirements: Swimmers in this group are seeking "A" times or State Level Age Group performance standards and understand the dedication and commitment that comes with these goals.  

Meet Participation: Swimmers must attend at least one meet per month and should attend the Championship Meet each season.

The Gold Group is designed for TBAC Westchase’s most elite middle school athletes.  Swimmers in this group have made a full commitment to the sport and understand that in order to become successful they must balance their training, their academic responsibilities and their family life.  These athletes always demonstrate Championship behavior in and out of the pool while setting examples for younger athletes on the team. 

Gold Group swimmers must adhere to strict practice and meet participation guidelines.  Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in removal from the group.  While the group will have social aspects, swimmers in this group understand that in order to find success them must dedicate themselves to the training schedule with the hopes of achieving performance time standards and representing the team on a state level.  Swimmers in this group are working toward advancing to the National Development Group.  


Senior Group

Ages: 14-18 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Friday 4:30-6:00pm

Basic Requirements: Swimmers in this group are looking for a social and competitive atmosphere where they can achieve the technical and physical goals needed to aid their FHSAA High School swimming experience.  Swimmers should be able to swim all four strokes and be able to handle a vigorous workout.

Meet Requirements: Swimmers are not required to attend USA swimming meets in this group, but participation is highly recommended.

The Senior Group is for swimmers who are interested in staying in shape and competitive for their high school programs during the off season.  Senior swimmers are not required to attend meets and do not have a specific attendance requirement and workouts are designed to elevate skill level and provide a challenging workout in order to improve their performance during the FHSAA high school season.  Specific workout out plans and goals are not created as swimmers in this group look for a program that is more social and fitness oriented.


Senior Elite Group

Ages: 14-18 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30pm; Saturday 7:00-10:00am

Basic Requirements: Swimmers in this group come from a competitive background in swimming and can handle an advanced senior workload.  

Meet Requirements: Swimmers in this group are expected to attend meets on a regular basis as they work toward achieving state level time standards.  

The Senior Elite Group is for swimmers who are interested in being competitive contributors for their high school programs and for swimmers looking to achieve state level time standards.  Senior Elite swimmers are expected to attend meets and  should attend at least 4-6 practices per week. Workouts are designed to elevate skill level and provide a challenging workout in order to improve their performance during the FHSAA high school season.  Specific workout out plans and goals are not created as swimmers in this group look for a program that is more social and fitness oriented.


National Development Group

Ages: 13-18 years old

Practice Days & Times: Monday-Friday 4:30-7:00pm; Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-6:00am; Saturday, 7:00-11:00am

Basic Requirements: Swimmers in this group are looking at achieve state and national level time standards with long term goals for collegiate scholarship swimming.  Swimmers in this group must be invited by the Head Coach.

Meets Participation: Swimmers are on an individualized plan created with the coach.

The National Development Group is the most elite level in the TBAC Westchase program and is for swimmers who are 100% committed to the sport.  Swimmers in this group follow a strict practice and meet schedule and work with the coach to create a season plan that will aid the swimmers in executing their goals.  In this subgroup, goals include achieving state and national level time standards and continuously making forward progress in technique and performance with aspirations for collegiate swimming.  Athletes understand that in order to be successful at this level they will need to perform inside and outside of the pool with the highest level of responsibility, hard work, leadership and respect and truly demonstrate Championship behavior.