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2017-2018 Katy Aquatics' Group Structure
 
 
Katy Aquatics' group structure is designed to group athletes of similar age and ability together. This is a progressive program designed to challenge the athletes and give them the opportunity to achieve their individual goals.
 
Novice
Age:
10 & Under
The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age. Novice I for 8 & Unders and Novice II for 9-10 year olds
Description:
This is our entry level group.
We offer Monday, Wednesday or Tuesday, Friday
Prerequisites:
25 yards of uninterrupted Freestyle with proper breathing and body position and 25 yards of backstroke with proper body position.
Goals:
Learn body and head position, streamlining, breathing patterns, start and turns for all 4 strokes reading the pace clock, learn to swim with teammates, develop listening skills, and having fun. Swim a 100 IM legally. Push off streamline to flags with dolphin kick.
Practices:
2-60 minute sessions per week offered
Competition
Recommendation: 4 one day intrasquad meets in Katy during the year
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$105
 
Intro to Age Group
 
Age:
12 & Under
The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11-12 athletes.
Description:
This is our first level 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and get introduced to training sets. 
We offer Monday, Wednesday & Friday and occasionally Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday options
Prerequisites:
Swimmer must be able to complete the goals of the novice group to move into this group. Coach's approval.
Goals:
Complete training sets 6 X 50 of each stroke and Dive Certification. Compete and complete a 200 IM legally.
Practices:
3-60 minute sessions per week offered; athletes should plan to regularly attend at least 2 practices a week to see steady improvement
Competition:
Recommendation: 4 one day intrasquad meets in Katy during the year
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$115
 
Intro to Age Group II
Age:
12 & Under
The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11-12 athletes.
Description:
This is our first level 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and get introduced to training sets. 
We offer Monday, Wednesday & Friday and occasionally Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday options
Prerequisites:
Swimmer must be able to complete the goals of the Intro to Age Group to move into this group.  Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=2:10; IM avg per 100=2:20; Kick avg per 100=2:30. Has legal 200 IM. Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently.  Coach's approval.
Goals:
Complete training sets 6 X 50 of each stroke and Dive Certification. Compete and complete a 200 IM legally.
Practices:
3-60 minute sessions per week offered; athletes should plan to regularly attend at least 2 practices a week to see steady improvement
Competition:
Recommendation: 4 one day intrasquad meets in Katy during the year
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$115
 
Age Group l:
Age:
12 & Under
The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11-12 athletes.
Description:
This is our 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and to begin extended training sets with speed development.
We offer this group on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Prerequisites:
Swimmer must be able to complete the goals of the Intro to Age Group to move into this group.  Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:55; IM avg per 100=2:05; Kick avg per 100=2:15 Swim 3X200 IM legally. Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently. Achieve 10 & Under "B' time.  Coach's approval.
Competition:
Recommendation: 4 one day intrasquad meets in Katy during the year plus qualified championships
Goals:
Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently. Achieve 10 & Under "B' time. Learn to swim with teammates, develop listening skills and, learn to enjoy challenging training sets.
Practices:
4 - 60 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; recommend 3 practices per week
Locations
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$140
 
Age Group ll:
Age:
12 & Under
The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11-12 athletes.
Description:
This is our 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and to continue to build upon extended training sets with speed development.
We offer this group on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:45; IM avg per 100=1:55; Kick avg per 100=2:05
Legal 3X200 IM and at least One 10 & Under "B" time, with good body position, breathing technique, good turns with great streamlining, ability to listen and take direction, proficient in reading pace clock. Coach's approval.
Goals:
Commit to increased practice schedule, Achieve 11-12 "B" time
Practices:
5 - 75 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; recommend 4 or 5 practices per week.
Competition:
Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$155
 
Advanced Age Group
Age:
11-12
Description:
Final stage of our 12 & Under developmental group before reaching one of the higher levels of our program.  We offer this group 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:35; IM avg per 100=1:45; Kick avg per 100=1:55
11 -12 "B" time. Swim 4X200 IM legally. Coach's approval.
Goals:
Achieve 11-12 BB time. Race legally in every distance and every stroke available over the duration of both the short course and the long course season. Enjoy longer training sets with an aerobic conditioning emphasis. Develop ability to kick fast. Refine racing skills.
Practices:
6-90 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; recommend 4 or 5 practices days per week
Competition:
Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$170
 
Bronze:
Age:
10 & Under
Description:
This is our youngest training group for swimmers approaching the higher commitment levels in swimming. We offer this group 5 times a week, Monday-Friday.
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:35; IM avg per 100=1:45; Kick avg per 100=1:55
Two 10 & Under "BB" times. Maintain 65% attendance, Racing history in every available event. Coach's approval.
Goals:
Refine stroke technique and racing skills. Learn to enjoy racing, and high level  of training. Achieve 11-12 "BB" times. Maintain 65% attendance, Qualify for and compete at TAGS. Compete legally in every distance and every stroke available over the duration of both the short and long course season.
Practices:
5-90 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; We recommend they attend 4 out of 5 practices per week.
Competition:
Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$160
 
Silver:
Age:
11-12
Description:
Higher commitment level training group for swimmers 12 & Under.
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:25; IM avg per 100=1:35; Kick avg per 100=1:50
Maintain 75% attendance, Committed to the current season's Championship Meets. Racing history in every available event. Demonstrated commitment to swimming from both parents and the swimmer.  Coach's approval. Three 11-12 "BB" times.
Goals:
Develop aerobic and anaerobic ability through longer and more intense practices. Develop more advanced racing skills. Learn to enjoy training and competition. Qualify and Final at TAGS. Achieve 13-14 "A" times and above times . Maintain 80% attendance.
Practices:
6-105 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week. Swimmers in 7th grade 1 morning per week. We recommend they attend 5 out of 6 practices per week.
Competition:
Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$185
 
Junior Development:
Age:
13 -18
Description:
Developmental group for swimmers 13 - 18 that are new to competitive swimming. 
Prerequisites:            
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:50; IM avg per 100=2:10; Kick avg per 100=2:20
Legal 200 IM. 13 & 14 B Time. Maintain 60% attendance. Coaches Approval
Goals:
Refine stroke technique and racing skills, improve aerobic and anaerobic training ability.
Practices:
4 - 90 minute swimming plus, recommend 2 practices per week.
Competition:
Recommendation: 3 short course plus championships, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$140
   
Senior Development l:
Age:
13 -18
Description:
This our second level developmental group for swimmers 13 - 18. We offer this group 6 times a week
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following: Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:40; IM avg per 100=1:50; Kick avg per 100=2:00
Legal 200 IM. 13 & 14 B Time. Maintain 60% attendance. Coaches Approval
Goals:
Refine stroke technique and racing skills, improve aerobic and anaerobic training ability. 13 & 14 BB time.
Practices:
6 - 90 minute swimming plus 3 - 15 minutes dryland per week, recommend 4 or 5 practices per week.
Competition:
Recommendation: 3 short course plus championships, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$170
 
Senior Development ll:
Age:
13 -18
Description:
Developmental group for swimmers 13 - 18 who are seeking to achieve a higher commitment level in swimming in this age group.
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:35; IM avg per 100=1:45; Kick avg per 100=1:55
13-14 "BB" time. Coach's approval.
Goals:
Achieve two 13-14 "A" times or 15-16 BB times. Develop excellent training ability and habits, race in every available event for both the short course and long course season. Improve stroke technique. Compete in every available event both short course and long course.
Practices:
6-105 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week, recommend 5 practices per week.
Competition:
Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$185
 
Gold:
Age:
13-14
Description:
Training group for swimmers with high level goals and intensity. This group introduces regular "doubles" training (morning & evening)
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:17.5; IM avg per 100=1:25; Kick avg per 100=1:35
Two 13-14 "BB" times. Maintain 80% attendance, Racing history in every available event for both short course and long course seasons. Demonstrate commitment to Elite level training and racing by both the swimmer and parents. Coach's approval.
Goals:
Achieve 15-16 "A" times, TAGS times, Sr. Sectional and/or Junior National times.
Practices:
7 to 8-120 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week. 2 morning practices per week.
Competition:
Recommendation: 1 meet per month plus Highest Qualified Championship Meet.
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$205
 
Senior l:
Age:
15 & Over or HS
Description:
Developmental High School Group
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:25; IM avg per 100=1:35; Kick avg per 100=1:45
3 X 200 IM Legally, 15-16 BB time, maintain 70% attendance. Coach's approval.
Goals:
Achieve 15-16 "A" times, 80% attendance, multiple Gulf Championship qualifying times.
Practices:
8-115 minutes swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week (Dryland - This group may or may not have dryland, depending on the time of the year).
Competition Req:
3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$195
 
Senior ll:
Age:
15 & Over or HS
Description:
Highest level of Senior program for swimmers 15 & Over prior to entering the High Performance training group.
Prerequisites:
Swimmer entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:17.5; IM avg per 100=1:25; Kick avg per 100=1:35
15-16 "A" time, maintain 75% attendance.
Goals:
Achieve Senior Sectional time. 85% attendance, Compete in every available event for both the short course and long course season. Coach's approval.
Practices:
6 to 9-120 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland.
Competition Req:
3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$205
 
High Performance
Age:
15 & Over or HS
Description:
Katy Aquatics highest level training and competition group. Focus in training is to qualify and compete at National and International level competitions. This group requires "Commitment Without Exception".
Prerequisites:
Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:
Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:08; IM avg per 100=1:17; Kick avg per 100=1:25
. Maintain 85% attendance. Doubles training (outside of HS season) Racing history in every available event for both short course and long course seasons. Demonstrate commitment to Elite level training and racing by both the swimmer and parents. 
One Sectional Time and 2 Bonus times. Coach's Approval
Goals:
Continue swimming career at the collegiate level
Qualify and/or final at National level competitions and above. Compete in every available stroke and distance both short course and long course.
Practices:
 6 to 9 - 120-150 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week.
Competition Req:
1 Meet per month plus champs meets
Locations:
TBD
Monthly Fee:
$215
 
 
Clarifications
Practice group assignments will be made by the coaching staff. The “Prerequisites” are simply that. They are things the staff will consider when making the assignments. Training ability, performance, maturity, commitment of both the athlete and the parents, and social group will all be taken into account. Be assured that the coaching staff considers every athlete very carefully and the staff considers this task as one of the most important and difficult tasks they are charged with. This task consumes hours and hours of thought and debate.
 
Practice group assignments are for entire seasons. We will make practice group placements at the end of March for April placements and the end of August for September placements. Every group has a season training plan and the athlete will be best served by staying with the group through the end of the period. If an athlete is moved mid-season, the increased training demands could be very detrimental to the rest of the season.
 
Even if the athlete makes all the standards for consideration, the athlete may not be invited to move up to the next practice group. Conversely, the coaches may invite an athlete that has not made all the standards to move into a higher group. This could be for a variety of reasons including but not limited to physical, mental, or psychological maturity, commitment of the athletes and parents, social group etc. Ultimately it is the sole discretion of the coaching staff where to place an athlete. If you have a question as to why your athlete was placed in a certain group please ask the coach and we will certainly discuss it with you.