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Group Descriptions and Requirements

 

Highland Park Aquatics Club (HPAC) is devoted to helping each swimmer develop to their full potential. As a result, HPAC offers 6 swim groups that accommodate our varying swimmers as they work to improve their stroke technique, endurance, and race strategies. Additionally, HPAC is committed to helping swimmers find a long-term love for the sport.

It should be noted that placement of any swimmer is at the complete discretion of the HPAC coaching staff. The tasks outlined below are simply minimum requirements for consideration for each group. In addition to the minimum requirements, coaches will consider practice attendance, meet participation, social skills, attitude, and leadership when placing swimmers.

All HPAC swimmers are required to compete in end of the season Championship meets in which they have qualified (ISI Regionals, ISI State, and other National level meets).

 

Age Group Program

The HPAC Age Group Program is designed for both new and experienced swimmers ages 14 and younger. The 4 practice groups that make up the Age Group Program are the Little Giants, Mighty Giants, Giants, and Giants Elite. 

 

Little Giants

Requirements:

  • Swim 25 yards of freestyle without stopping while demonstrating rhythmic breathing (ear in the water)
  • Swim 25 yards of backstroke without stopping while demonstrating a good horizontal body position
  • Be comfortable swimming in deep water (10+ Feet)

Description:

Our Little Giants are either new to a swim team or working to progress to the next level. The Little Giants group consists of swimmers from age 6-12. The group is primarily focused on developing correct stroke technique. Swimmers will continue to develop their freestyle and backstroke and learn the essential components of breaststroke and butterfly. The concept of racing starts and competitive turns will be introduced. Practice will last 45 minutes and will be offered four to five times per week. Little Giants are encouraged to attend swim meets.

 

Mighty Giants

Requirements: 

  • Ability to complete a legal 100 IM and a legal 50 of each stroke
  • Demonstrated basic aerobic endurance during a tryout or in the Little Giants group

Description:

The Mighty Giants group consists of swimmers from age 9-12. Further stroke technique development will be the primary emphasis of all Mighty Giant swimmers. Additionally, swimmers will begin competitive training. They will be introduced to the use of a pace clock and to the concept of swimming “sets”. Mighty Giants will be offered five to six hour long practices per week. Mighty Giant swimmers should be competing in meets as often as possible.

 

Giants

Requirements:

  • Ability to complete a legal 200 IM and a legal 100 of each stroke
  • Demonstrated strong aerobic endurance during a tryout or in the Mighty Giants group
  • Demonstrated a connection between practice & swim meet performance

Description:

Giant swimmers have demonstrated the ability and willingness to begin more advanced competitive training with the specific goal of swim meet performance improvement. A coach driven goal of the Giants group is to work towards qualifying for and performing well at the ISI Regionals meet. The Giants group consists of swimmers from age 9-14. Stroke technique is now a foundation for a Giant swimmer and they will begin to train energy systems that are essential in becoming great competitive swimmers. Giants will be offered five to six, 90 minute long practices per week. Giant swimmers should be competing in meets as often as possible.

 

Giants Elite

Requirements:

  • Ability to complete a legal 400 IM and a legal 200 of each stroke
  • Qualified for at least 2 regional events or are age 13-14 and have consistently demonstrated the ability to train at the Giants Elite level
  • Swimmers who have consistently demonstrated the ability to train at the Giants Elite level
  • Practice attendance requirement of 4.5 practices per week (on average) ***

Consistently demonstrated a high level of ability to meet challenges in the sport of swimming *** Exceptions: Some exceptions may be approved on a case by case, speak with Coach Jory. This will be completely at the coach’s discretion.

​Description:

A coach driven goal of the Giants Elite group is to work towards qualifying for and performing well at the ISI Age Group Champs meet. The group will have a large emphasis on goal setting and striving for achievement. The Giants Elite group consists of swimmers from age 11-14. Five to six 105 minute practices will be offered per week. In addition, three 30 minute dryland sessions will be offered per week. 

 

Senior Program

The HPAC Senior Program is comprised of 2 groups: Senior and Senior Elite. It is designed to meet the various goals and abilities of our 14 & Older swimmers.

 

Senior

Requirements:

  • Swimmers must be of High School Age: 14+ (some 13 year olds may be placed in the Senior program).
  • There is a recommended practice attendance of 4-5 practices per week (on average) during the the school year, and 5-6 practices per week (on average) during the Summer season ***
  • Consistently demonstrated a high level of ability to meet challenges in the sport of swimming

*** Practice Attendance Suggestion is in line with working towards moving to the Senior Elite group and/or performing well at the high school level.

Description:

Swimmers who have performed at a high level in our Giants or Giants Elite Group and can perform all 4 strokes with proficiency may be moved to the Senior Group. In addition, all swimmers who have competed in at least one season on their HS team will automatically be eligible for the Senior Team. A coach driven goal for the Senior Group will be to qualify and perform well at ISI Regional and ISI State meets. The group will further prepare swimmers for the Senior Elite Group and to compete at a higher level on the high school team. In addition to an increased focus on training, swimmers will constantly be working on further development of their stroke techniques while improving upon the energy systems needed for high level competitive swimming. Five to six 120 minute training sessions will be held per week. In addition, three 30 minute dryland sessions will be offered per week.

 

Senior Elite:

Requirements:

  • Qualified for at least 1 ISI State event or 4 ISI Regional events
  • Swimmers need to be able to perform the following 2 sets: 12 x 100 Free @ 1:20 and 8 x 100 IM @ 1:30 while maintaining proper swimming technique
  • Practice attendance requirement of 5.5 practices per week (on average) during the school year and 7 practices per week (on average) during the Summer season ***
  • Consistently demonstrated a high level of ability to meet challenges in the sport of swimming
  • Consistently demonstrated hard work ethic
  • Consistently demonstrated the ability to work toward set & communicated goals

*** Exceptions: Some exceptions may be approved on a case by case, speak with Coach Jory. This will be completely at the Coach’s discretion.

Description:

The Senior Elite Group is the highest level of training on HPAC. A coach driven goal of the Senior Elite Group is to qualify for and perform well at ISI State, Speedo Sectionals, Jr Nationals, Sr Nationals and High School State meets. Six to seven 135 minute practices will be offered per week in the during the school year and eight to nine 135 practices will be offered in the summer. In addition, three 30 minute dryland sessions will be offered per week.