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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.

Our team practices mainly at Hinsdale South High School and Downers South High School.

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 Swimmer's Edge online through a link in the Apparel section of our Parent Info portion of the website.

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.

9 and Under

This group is for swimmers aged 9 & 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 9 & unders practice for 1 hour each day, 4-5 days per week. However swimmers should aim to attend only 3-4 per week. 

8-11

This group is for swimmers aged 8-11.  The 8-11 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. 11 year olds may be allowed to continue to swim in this group only if they do not have more than two B cuts in different strokes. Practice will be offered 6 times per week for 60-75 minutes.  Swimmers should try to attend at least 4 practices per week. Dryland will also be offered for this group each per week.  This group will be required to attend at least one session at an away meet a month.

10-13

This group is for swimmers aged 10-13. 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 10-13 group will continue to refine strokes using detailed drills and advanced training techniques. 10 years old will only be allowed to swim in this group if they have achieved two A cuts in two different strokes or the 200 IM A cut. 13 years old may be allowed to continue to swim in this group only if they have not achieved at least two B cuts as a 13 year old swimmer. Practices are offered 5-6 times per week for between 75-90 minutes, and swimmers should try to attend at least 4-5 practices per week.  Dryland will also be offered for this group for 30 minutes, 2 times per week.  Swimmers in this group will be required to attend at least one meet a month.

12-14

This group is for swimmers approximately aged 12-14.  The 12-14 group continues to refine stroke techniques using detailed drills designed for the experienced swimmer. Swimmers will be introduced to different types of competitive training such as distance swimming, sprinting, and other specific training philosophies. The swimmers will continue to work on race strategy and mastery of the skills needed to compete in every event offered in competitive swimming.  12 years old will be allowed to swim in this group only if the swimmer has achieved at least 2 A cuts in different strokes or the 200 IM A cut.  14 year olds can only swim in this group if they are not in high school.  Practices are offered 5-6 times per week for 90-120 minutes and swimmers are encouraged to attend 4-6 offerings per week. Dryland will be offered for this group as well for 30-45 minutes, 3 times per week.  Swimmers in this group will be required to attend at least one full meet a month.

Senior

The Senior group is for swimmers who have mastered the 12-14, or an equivalent program, who are fully committed to 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. This group represents the highest level of training for swimmers in our club and will provide an enhanced training environment for swimmers, approximately ages 14+, who are interested in furthering their swimming career beyond state and high school level.  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 (2 hours 6 times per week, plus 3 dry land sessions each week) 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. All swimmers in this group will be required to attend all Hornet hosted meets, travel meets designated by the coaches, and at least one meet per month of each session.

Practices are offered 6 times per week for 120 minutes, and swimmers are expected to attend four to five practices a week. Dryland will be offered for this group as well for 35 minutes, 3 times per week.  Senior swimmers must participate in one meet per session.

*Swimmers not meeting group requirements may be asked to move down to the lower group that fits into their age bracket.  Also any swimmer not meeting group requirements may not be able to advance to the next group when they are eligible.

**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.