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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.

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. 

Mini Hornets

This group is for swimmers aged 9-11 and is a non-competitive group. 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 in order to help the swimmers transfer to the Bronze or Silver Group.

Requirements:

  • Swimmers joining this group must be able to successfully swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.  Pre-existing knowledge in breaststroke and butterfly is certainly helpful, but not required.

Practice Schedule

  • The Jr. Hornets practice for 45 minutes each practice, 3 days per week. 

Suggested Attendance
 

  • Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend all practice options.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Fins

 

Jr. Hornets

This group is for swimmers aged 12-14 and is a non-competitive group. 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 in order to help the swimmers transfer to the Silver or Senior Group.

Requirements:

  • Swimmers joining this group must be able to successfully swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.  Pre-existing knowledge in breaststroke and butterfly is certainly helpful, but not required.

Practice Schedule

  • The Jr. Hornets practice for 60 minutes each practice, 3 days per week. 

Suggested Attendance
 

  • Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend all practice options.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Fins

 

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.

Requirements:

  • Swimmers joining this group must be able to successfully swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.  Pre-existing knowledge in breaststroke and butterfly is certainly helpful, but not required.

Practice Schedule

  • The 8 & unders practice for 1 hour each practice, 4-5 days per week. 

Suggested Attendance

  • Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend 3-4 practices per week.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Fins

 

Bronze 

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.

Requirements:

  • Swimmers joining this group must be able to successfully swim 50 yards of all 4 strokes. 

Practice Schedule

  • The Bronze Group practices for 1 hour each practice, 4-5 days per week. Additional dryland training is offered throughout the fall season.

Suggested Attendance

  • Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend 3-4 practices per week.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Fins
  • Water Bottle

 

Silver 

This group is for swimmers ages 11-12 (and some 13-year-olds). 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.

Requirements:

  • Swimmers joining this group must be able to successfully swim 100 yards of all 4 strokes. 

Practice Schedule

  • The Silver Group practices for 75 minutes each practice, 4-5 days per week. Additional dryland training is offered throughout the fall season.

Suggested Attendance
 

  • Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend 3-4 practices per week.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Fins
  • Water Bottle
  • Pull Buoy

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.  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. 

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.

Requirements:

  • This group is by coach placement only.

Practice Schedule

  • The Gold Group practices for 75-90 minutes each practice, 5-6 days per week. Additional dryland training is offered throughout the fall season.

Suggested Attendance

  • Swimmers in this group are required to attend 60% of the practices per week.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Water Bottle
  • Pull Buoy

Senior

The Senior group is for swimmers ages 13 and older who are taking steps toward but not yet ready for the advanced training of the Sr. Performance group, or for those who wish to swim competitively but are not interested or able to undertake the advanced, rigorous training required for the Sr. Performance group.   

The Senior group continues refinement of strokes using drills specially designed for the experienced swimmer. Practices will focus on all aspects of training including distance, sprint, stroke, IM, and resistance.

Requirements:

  • Swimmers joining this group must be able to successfully swim 200 yards of all 4 strokes. 

Practice Schedule

  • The Senior Group practices for 105-120 minutes each practice, 5-6 days per week. Additional dryland training is offered throughout the fall season.

Suggested Attendance

  • Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend 4-5 practices per week. Dryland also strongly encouraged.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Fins
  • Water Bottle
  • Pull Buoy
  • Snorkel
  • Paddles

 

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 70% 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.

Requirements:

  • This group is by coach placement only.
  • Sets swimmers should be able to accomplish in this training group:
    • 13-14
      • 15 x 100 @ 1:25
      • 10 x 100 Kick @ 1:50
      • 5 x 200 IM @ 3:10
    • 15-18
      • 20 x 100 @ 1:20
      • 10 x 100 Kick @ 1:45
      • 6 x 200 IM @ 3:00

Practice Schedule

  • The Senior Performance Group practices for 105-120 minutes each practice, 5-6 days per week. Additional dryland training is offered throughout the season.

Suggested Attendance

  • Swimmers in this group are required to attend 70% of the practices per week. Dryland will also be part of the attendance requirement.

Equipment Needed

  • Kickboard
  • Fins
  • Water Bottle
  • Tempo Trainer
  • Team Jacket
  • Pull Buoy
  • Snorkel
  • Paddles

*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.