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Policy of Group Move Ups Through the Age Group Program

Moving up in practice groups is not seasonal or even yearly.  Swimmers will spend multiple seasons/years in the same practice group.  Group advancement will be decided upon by the group coach and Head Age Group Coach.  Move Ups are typically done in August and March.
Practice requirements, meet requirements, and previous season(s) championship meet requirements need to have been met in the swimmer's current group in order to be considered for a Move Up.
Coaches will look at the ability of the swimmer versus the next groups practice requirements, maturity level and age of the swimmer compared to the next practice group, as well as space for additional swimmers in the next practice group.  All Move Ups are at the discretion of the coaching staff.

Some of the factors that weigh into training group placement:

  • Effort and behavior at practice
  • Psychological maturity level
  • Physical maturity level
  • Physiological needs
  • Technical readiness
  • Tactical readiness
  • Competitive maturity
  • Level of commitment to practice and meets
  • Independence and self reliance
  • Age
  • Coachability

The long term development of the swimmer is the number one priority! We strive to advance a swimmers training and competitive career through consistent practice and competition.

The process builds upon a prerequisite skill set that must be in place before advancement is pursued. This allows the coaching staff the ability to maintain training group integrity and allow a thoughtful athlete driven advancement curve that ensures long term athlete development.

An athlete moving up or not, has no implication of the long term success of that athlete.

   

GOLD PLUS PERFORMANCE LADDER

Location: All practices unless notified are scheduled at the Julington Creek Aquatic Complex. The average age is 12-14 or 6th- 8th grade.

Equipment

  • Loggerhead team cap
  • Short Blade Fins (Speedo)
  • Snorkel (Speedo)
  • Mesh Bag (Sp;eedo)
  • Refillable Water bottle (Plastic disposable water bottles are not permitted)
  • Paddles (Speedo IM Tech)

 

 Practice Checklist

  • Passionate Swimming
  • 25 Underwater dolphin kick under :15 (Front,Side Back)
  • 5:00 vertical kick
  • Under 1:15 base in 1000 yards freestyle test set
  • Under 6:00 4x200 test set
  • 10x100 blast kick @1:40
  • Understanding of advanced stroke theory (boomer progressions) and advanced technical evaluation.
  • 90% attendance

 

Performance

  • Goal setting notebook and journal
  • Quantum Tool box curriculum
  • IMAX EXTREME improvement and ranking
  • Championship focus (prelims and finals)
  • Best times in both (prelims and finals)
  • Finals at junior Olympics
  • Progress from A-AA/AA-AAA/AAA-AAAA  using USA Swimming motivational time standards
  • Qualify for zone team
  • 10 Ten National age group rankings
  • Qualify for sectionals and multiple events

 

Transition Testing

  • 1000 freestyle for time under 12:00
  • 4x200 avg under 5:00
  • 10x100 @ 1:30
  • 24x100 @1:20 freestyle (scy)
  • 10x500 @6:15 freestyle (scy)
  • Compete a 400 IM under 5:25 (scy)


GOLD PERFORMANCE LADDER

Equipment

  • Loggerhead team cap
  • Short Blade Fins (Speedo)
  • Snorkel (Speedo)
  • Mesh Bag (Speedo)
  • Refillable Water bottle (Plastic disposable water bottles are not permitted)
  • Paddles (Speedo IM Tech)
  • Speedo Team Suit for meets

Practice Checklist

  • Love swimming
  • 25 underwater dolphin kick (back, side and stomach)
  • 3:00 vertical kicking
  • 1000 yards freestyle test set
  • 4x200 test set (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle)
  • 10X100 blast kick test set
  • Understanding of stroke theory and drill progressions
  • 80% practice attendance

Performance Checklist

  • Goal setting notebook and journal
  • Integrate Quantum tool box
  • Attain IMAX score
  • Improvement of IMAX score
  • Compete in all distance freestyle events
  • Progress from BB-A using USA swimming motivational time standards
  • FLAGs Qualification time standards

Transition Testing

  • Must rank within 50% of all test sets of Gold Plus 

 

SILVER Group Performance Ladder

 

Required Equipment

Loggerhead Team Cap

Refillable Water Bottle (plastic disposable water bottles not allowed)

Short Blade Fins (Speedo)

Snorkel  (Speedo)

Speedo Team Suit for meets

 

Early Silver
All practices are at the Julington Creek Recreation Center.

Please see the Practice Schedule under the "Groups" tab on the homepage of our website.

Late Silver
All practices are at the Julington Creek Recreation Center. Please see the Practice Schedule under the "Groups" tab on the homepage of our website.

Practice Checklist

  • Love swimming
  • 15 meters underwater dolphin kick (front,side,back)
  • 2:30 vertical kick
  • 500 yards freestyle with bilateral breathing
  • 100 yards butterfly complete in practice
  • 100 yards backstroke complete in practice
  • 100 yards breaststroke complete in practice
  • 200 individual medley
  • Intermediate starts and transitions

Performance Checklist

  • Goal setting notebook and daily journal
  • Attain IMX ready score
  • Progress from B-BB times using USA Swimming motivational times chart
  • Junior Olympic time standards
  • Strive to improve IMAX score and national ranking
  • Compete in at least one meet per month

Transition Testing

  • 8 x 75 @ 1:15 Freestyle
  • 8 x 75 @ 1:30 Flutter Kick
  • 200 IM under 3:15

Equipment

Short Blade Fins (Speedo)

Snorkel  (Speedo)

Speedo Team Suit for meets

 

 

 

 
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