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Sharks & Minnows

All Ages Welcome; Swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards

The CGAC Pre-Competitive program, also known as 'Sharks & Minnows' is an introductory program, for children ages 5-12, that includes basic stroke instruction, turns, starts, and an introduction to racing. The purpose of the pre-competitive program is to introduce the techniques and skills necessary to be a part of the entry levels of our year-round competitive swim team.

Swimmers will work on stroke technique and drills designed to make their swimming easier and more efficient, while developing enthusiasm for the sport of swimming. Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many of the Mon-Wed practice sessions as possible, but attendance is not mandatory. All practices are coached by a certified United States Swimming coach. 

The pre-competitive team does not typically participate in competition, unless the coach and parent agree their swimming has reached a level for early novice competition. 

This is an excellent program for children who wish to improve their swimming skills, while gaining the benefit and experience of a team environment. 

For additional information, send an email to agcoach@cgacswim.org 

When can I move up to the Competitive CGAC Team?
Moving to the next level in CGAC's program involves several factors. A child's technical competence, physical stamina, mental preparedness, swim meet attendance and performance, as well as many other subjective factors, all play a role. Your coach is the individual best able to assess a swimmers readiness to make this next step. 

The purpose of the pre-competitive program is to introduce the techniques and skills necessary to be a part of the entry levels of our year-round competitive swim team, as well as teach the rules of competitive swimming and racing. 

Once a swimmer achieves strength and endurance in freestyle and backstroke, they may be considered for the CGAC Competitive team. These year round club swimmers will begin building competency in breaststroke, butterfly, flip-turns and starts. Knowledge of the basic rules of competitive swimming and pool safety is desired. 

Talk to your coach about your goals on a regular basis. He/she is the person who can help you make that jump to the next level!! 

All adjustments to the groups must go through the Head Age Group Coach. The Head Coach has the final word on all movements on the team.