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The Upper Dublin Aquatic Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Upper Dublin Aquatic Club here to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please email Director Kate Scheuer email@udac.us to request for more information.

Pre-Team

Beginning group for 8 & unders who have no competitive experience, but are beyond swim lessons. Emphasis will be placed on mastering all skills in the four competitive strokes, while preparing the swimmers for future competition. SAL Invitationals plus Middle Atlantic/USA Swimming mini-meets will be offered to those who are ready.

 

Minumum Expectations: must attend 2 practices a week, encouraged to compete in any SAL Invitational Meet and the UDAC USA MINI Meet


Team One

Next level group for those who have little or no competitive experience. Emphasis will be placed on mastering all skills in the four competitive strokes, as well as turns and starts. Members of this group will be encouraged to compete in most or all SAL dual meets and may participate in invitationals, as well as USA Swimming meets offered (including Middle Atlantic mini-meets).

Minimum Expectations: must attend 2 practices a week, 4 SAL dual Meets, and we strongly encourage swimmers to compete in a USA meet.


Team Two

First level full SAL-team group for those with some competitive experience. Swimmers must be legal in all four strokes. This competitive group will emphasize all strokes, turns, and conditioning.  Members of this group will be encouraged to compete in most or all SAL dual meets and may participate in invitationals, as well as USA Swimming meets offered (including Middle Atlantic mini-meets).

Minimum Expectations: must attend 2 practices a week, 4 SAL dual Meets, and we strongly encourage swimmers to try a USA meet.


Team Three

Higher level group for those with a significant amount of competitive experience. This group will emphasize all strokes and turns, with greater conditioning and use of pace clock.  Swimmers will be introduced to a greater range of races, as well as strategies employed for those races. These swimmers are expected to compete in every SAL dual meet, as well as at least two USA Swimming meets per season. Attendance at UDAC’s Rocktoberfest is required. The ultimate goal of this group is qualification for SAL “A” Champs and/or Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics. Participation in all Championship meets, upon qualification, is required.  Athletes must maintain at 75% attendance rate to be eligible to compete in Championship meets.

Minimum Expectations: must attend 3 practices a week (2 if doing a fall sport/activity), 4 SAL Dual Meets,  at least 1 USA meet.


Team Four

Training group for swimmers who are beyond the expectations of Team 3 and are serious about training and competition, but not quite ready for the level of training for Team 5. Athletes must be program registered Fall/Winter Jr. USA or Full Year Jr. USA.  Conditioning of each athlete is a major priority of this group, as well as dryland training at least 2X per week. Swimmers in the group will be expected to compete in all SAL meets, and most, if not all, USA Swimming meets offered during the season. The major goals for swimmers of this group will be qualifying for SAL “A” Champs as well as Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics. Participation in all Championship meets, upon qualification, is required.  Athletes must attend 3 of 5 practices a week and must maintain a 75% practice attendance to be eligible to compete in Championship meets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Minimum Expectations: must attend 3 weekday practices (2 weekday and Sunday if doing fall sport/activity), 4 SAL Dual Meets, 2 USA Meets

 


 

 

Team Five

Training group for high level age group swimmers with a significant amount of USA swimming experience, but not quite ready for the demands of Senior One. All athletes must be program registered Fall/Winter Jr. USA or Full Year Jr. USA.  The continued conditioning of each athlete is a major priority of this group, as well as dryland training at least 2X per week. Swimmers in this group will be expected to compete in all SAL meets, and most, if not all, USA Swimming meets offered during the season. There will be various goals for this group, such as: preparation for high school swimming, top-eight finish at SAL “A” Champs, qualifying/finaling at Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics. Participation in all Championship meets, upon qualification, is required.  Athletes must maintain at 75% attendance rate to be eligible to compete in Championship meets.

Minimum Expectations: must attend 4 practices a week, 4 SAL Dual meets, 3 USA Meets and compete in any USA Champ meet they qualify


Senior One

This group is for our most committed Junior level swimmers. Higher level training and conditioning are emphasized along with a focus on increasing muscular strength, flexibility, and aerobic capacity (training includes dryland, and some limited weight training). Swimmers’ goals in this group will be the achievement of the highest possible level of competition a Junior swimmer may reach, including, but not limited to National Age Group Rankings, Zone Team qualification, and Sectional Qualification. Swimmers in this group will be required to attend several USA Swimming meets per season and expected to compete in all SAL dual meets. Placement into this group is based on coach's invitation. Participation in all Championship meets, upon qualification, is required. Swimmer must make 5 out of the 6 practices offered. Should a swimmer fail to meet the expectations put forth by the coach, for a two week period, a meeting will take place between swimmer, coach, and parents.  Athletes must maintain a 75% attendance rate to be eligible to compete in Championship meets.

Minimum Expectations: must attend 4 practices a week, 4 SAL Dual meets, 3 USA meets, and compete in any USA Champ meet athlete qualifys

SENIOR USA: For high school swimmers who are seeking to make the jump to the next level of competition through a further commitment to training and competing in USA Swimming meets. All training in this group will be conducive to the highest possible goals for each swimmer, and includes both dryland and weight training. Goals include, but are not limited to: qualifying for the Sectional meet, Middle Atlantic Senior Meet, and PIAA District I Championships. Participation in all Championship meets, upon qualification, is expected, however athletes must maintain a 75% attendance rate to be eligible to compete in Championship meets.Swimmers are expected to attend a minimum of 7 out of 11 workouts offered to this group. Should a swimmer fail to meet the expectations put forth by the coach, for a two week period, a meeting will take place between swimmer, coach, and parents.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE: Our highest level group, for high school swimmers who have committed themselves to reaching the highest levels of USA Swimming and Pennsylvania State High School Swimming. The swimmer’s commitment will also extend to high standards of training in terms of both attendance and practice intensity. These goals include: Qualification for PIAA State Championship Meet, Junior and Senior National Qualifying times, and Olympic Trials qualification. Placement into this group is based on coach's invitation. Participation in all Championship meets, upon qualification, is required, however, athletes must maintain a 75% attendance rate to be eligible to compete in Championship meets.Swimmers must make 9 out of 11 workouts offered for this group. Failure to meet expectations for two weeks in a row will result in a meeting between swimmer, coach, and parents.


Note on Group Promotions: When deciding to promote a swimmer up a training group, coaches look at 4 things:

  1. Attendance - Your dedication to an activity is reflected in how often you do it.
  2. Practice performance - Does the athlete NEED to move in order to maintain their progress. The athlete has actually swum themselves out of their current group.
  3. Meet performance - Does the athlete need to move in order to continue their level of meet performance?  However, practice performance and attendance are most important because they reflect the day to day work of the athlete.  Meet performance does not always reflect practice performance.
  4. Maturity- is the athlete mentally ready to handle the move up in group, the increase workload in practice, the higher expectations of the new level?  The coaches want to be sure the athlete is not not only physically ready to move up, but also mentally ready for a successful move.

**It is at the coaches' discretion as to whether a swimmer is physically and emotionally prepared to move to the next group.

Each UDAC Training Group has recommended attendance expectations which have been developed from UDAC's decades of experience and successful results in competitive swimming & diving at all levels.  As with any sport or activity, progress is directly related to the amount of practice time and commitment to training. Those who faithfully fulfill workout expectations will develop the regimen essential for advancement to higher training groups, plus experience improved performance in competition. UDAC encourages swimming and diving participants to have outside interests with the realization that increased commitment and focus will become necessary to train and compete at higher levels as they mature and goals develop.

The purpose of the team goals and practice requirements/recommendations is to set a target that will be needed in order for the swimmers to progress in technique and aerobic ability and be able to progress from one practice group to the next. Should a swimmer consistently miss practice, it is possible that their conditioning could fall to a level that would require the swimmer to have to move down a group for a period of time to protect the safety of the swimmer and the practice integrity of the group. Practice attendance is mandatory - participants whose practice history does not reflect the expectations for their practice group could be dismissed from UDAC.

HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICE MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITY: High school-age athletes who are not able to attend an afternoon Senior USA Swimming practice can arrange in-advance with the UDAC Director to make-up their workout during that evening's Senior One practice (with UDAC junior swimmers).  This option has been offered primarily for occasional instances (e.g. doctor's appointment, after-school assistance) and only where the participant has demonstrated a solid history of regular attendance at morning  practices (in particular on the day-of) and all Saturday practices.  NOTE: all alternative practice arrangements outside a participant's scheduled training group practice requires the approval of the UDAC Director and the UDAC Head Coach.