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Practice Groups

HOSC Group Descriptions and Participation Expectations

The Hornet Swim Club (HOSC) offers a comprehensive program of instruction and training in competitive swimming for youth ages five and older. Swimmers are placed in groups based on the swimmer‘s age, but in some cases a swimmer may train with a higher group. Stroke refinement is a major emphasis of the Hornet Swim Club throughout every level of the team.

Hornet Swim Club requires the following from its swimmers and their families:

1.     A positive attitude and appropriate conduct

2.     Regular practice attendance as noted below

3.     Meet attendance as noted below

4.     Parent participation, particularly at home meets, and in other roles as needed to support the team.

Although some equipment is available at the pools, the coaches strongly recommend that all swimmers have a mesh bag and equipment as appropriate for their group.  Click here for the list. Team suits and equipment can be ordered from Urban Tri-Gear located on Ogden Ave in Westmont.

Jr. Hornet Non-Competitive Team

The Jr. Hornet is an introductory training group that teaches the mechanics of an efficient and effective competitive swim stroke.  The group provides a swim-team-style practice working on refinement of the 4 competitive strokes, endurance building, and other skills such as starts and turns.  These programs are not competitive.  Practices are offered 2-3 times per week for 1 hour.

Once the swimmer has developed these 4 strokes and built endurance, the swimmer may transition to the appropriate practice group with competitive swim team or may continue to pursue technique development and fitness training within the Jr. Hornet group. This is an excellent program for children who wish to improve their swimming skills, while gaining the benefit and experience of a team environment.

 

8 and Under

This group is for swimmers aged 8 & under. The focus for this group is to refine existing strokes, to develop the kick for all four competitive strokes, to introduce the arm fundamentals of the strokes, to develop diving skills, and of course, to have fun! 9-year-old swimmers will be allowed to swim in this group only if they have not demonstrated proper form for all 4 strokes: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke.

The 8 & unders practice for 1 hour each day, 4-5 days per week. However, swimmers should aim to attend only 3-4 per week. 

Any swimmers turning 9 prior to April 1 will be placed in the Bronze Group.

 

Bronze (Formerly 8-11 Group)

This group is for swimmers ages 9-10.  The Bronze group continues to refine strokes and will have structured training sets designed to improve their conditioning, speed, and confidence. For an 8-year-old to be eligible for this group, the athlete must be able to swim all 4 strokes legally and have at least two 9-year-old B cuts in different strokes or the 100 IM.

Practice will be offered 5-6 times per week for 60 minutes.  Swimmers should try to attend at least 3-4 practices per week. Dryland will also be offered for this group each per week.

Any swimmers turning 11 prior to April 1 will be placed in the Silver Group.

 

Silver (Formerly 10-13 Group)

This group is for swimmers ages 11-12. These swimmers demonstrate four legal strokes, are proficient in starts and turns, and like to compete. The focus is to build the endurance and speed necessary to complete the practice sets. They begin to focus on race strategy and mastery of the skills needed to compete in every event offered in competitive swimming. The Silver group will continue to refine strokes using detailed drills and advanced training techniques.

Practices are offered 5-6 times per week for 90 minutes, and swimmers should try to attend at least 4 practices per week.  Dryland will also be offered for this group for 30 minutes, 3 times per week. 

Any swimmers turning 13 prior to April 1 will be placed in the Senior Group.

 

Gold 

This group is for swimmers who normally would be in the Bronze or Silver practice groups but have achieved at least 1 Age Group State or 4+ Regional cuts in the previous season (long course or short course) and has goals of pursuing their swimming career as far as possible. Swimmers in this group must maintain a consistent practice attendance of 70% per month.  A stronger emphasis is placed on the conditioning of energy systems from previous groups. Swimmers will be introduced to goal development and continue to develop and refine race strategies. 

Practices are offered 5-6 times per week for 90 minutes.  Dryland will be offered for this group 3 times per week for 30 minutes. Failure to meet the attendance requirement will move the swimmer back to their appropriate group (either Bronze or Silver).   Swimmers will then have a 2-week window to increase their attendance percentage back to the Gold group requirement.  Failing to meet the attendance requirement a 2nd time will be moved back into their appropriate group for the remainder of the season (short course or long course).  Swimmers aging up while in the Gold group (from 9-10 to 11-12) can still remain in the Gold group even if they do not meet the time requirements at the time of aging up.

Swimmers moving out of the Gold Group will be required to spend at least 1 full season (short course or long course) in the Senior group before being eligible for the Senior Performance group.

To qualify for the Age Group Elite group, swimmers must be able to complete 2 of the following test sets:

10 & Under: 10 x 100s Freestyle on 1:40, 8 x 100s Kick on 2:05, 6 x 200 IM @ 3:20

11-12: 12x100s Freestyle on 1:25, 10 x 100s Kick on 1:55, 6 x 200 IM @ 3:10

 

Senior 

The Senior group is for swimmers ages 13 and older who are committed to year-round swimming and the rigorous training environment designed to achieve championship cuts. The Senior group will work to refine strokes using advanced drills specially designed for the experienced swimmer. Advanced training concepts will be introduced slowly throughout the season. Senior swimmers are encouraged to train for and compete in a wide variety of events to best prepare them for success in their collegiate years. Practices will focus on all aspects of training including distance, sprint, stroke, IM, and resistance. Practices will not only be physically challenging, but also mentally challenging.

Practices are offered 5-6 times per week for 120 minutes, and swimmers should try to attend four to five practices a week. Dryland will be offered for this group as well for 45 minutes, 4 times per week.  

 

Senior Performance

The Senior Performance group is designed to provide an atmosphere necessary for success at all levels of state and national competition. It is required that all members of this group attend a minimum of 75% of all practices. Swimmers not meeting the attendance requirement will be moved into the Senior group. Swimmers will then have a 2-week window to increase their attendance percentage back to the Senior Performance group requirement. Excused absences are permitted granted they are not being abused and must be worked out with the coaching staff.

Goals of the Senior Performance group are to work to qualify for Sr. Champs, Futures Championships, Junior Nationals, Senior National, and Olympic Trial Qualifying Standards. Elite group provides more specific training based on stroke and distance (distance, mid-distance, sprint, IM). It is expected that these swimmers swim at the highest level of competition that they qualify for.

Practices are offered 5-6 times per week for 120 minutes. Dryland will be offered for this group as well for 45 minutes, 4 times per week.  Senior swimmers must participate in one meet per month and attend ALL meets the Elite Program will be attending.

To qualify for the Elite group, swimmers must be able to complete 2 of the following test sets:

13-14s: 15 x 100s on 1:20, 10 x 100s Kick on 1:50, 8 x 200 IM @ 3:00

15-Over:  20 x 100s on 1:15, 10 x 100s Kick on 1:45, 8 x 200 IM @ 2:50

 

*Swimmers do not move to a different group mid-season (Long course and short course) unless directed to by the Head Coach.  The requirements must be met before each session has started to change groups.  Coaches hold the right to not place a swimmer in a group even though they have achieved the requirements of the next group.