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 PRACTICE GROUPS

Practice groups are assigned by the coaches after evaluations at the start of the season.  It is possible for groups to be changed over the course of the season as swimmer's advance and skills improve.  

Minis

The Minis team is for swimmers who are new to competitive swimming.  These swimmers should be comfortable in the water, familiar with basic water safety AND able to swim from the shallow to the deep end of the pool without stopping.  Swimmers in our Mini group are not expected to be legal in all four strokes, but are ready and willing to learn how to master stroke techniques.  The goal for the Mini swimmers is participation in at least two SAL Dual meets during the winter season.

Group A (Beginner to Intermediate)

This group is considered to be beginner SAL team swimmers who have had some competitive experience.  Swimmers in this group are expected to be legal in freestyle and will be focusing on becoming legal in the other three competitive strokes.  The emphasis of this competitive group will be on stroke development, turns and conditioning.  The goal of the group is to compete in all SAL dual meets and try league invitational meets.  Practices for this group are 1 hour practices, 6:00-7:00 pm.

Group B (Intermediate)

This group has had competitive experience, either with WCAC or another club.  The emphasis in this group will be on development of all strokes, turns, and a greater focus on conditioning and use of the pace clock.  Swimmers will be introduced to a greater range of races, as well as strategies employed for those races.  The goal of this group is to compete in every SAL dual meet and participate in SAL Championship meets.  Practices for this group are 1 hour practices, 6:00-7:00 pm.  

Group C (Intermediate to Advanced)

This group has had competitive experience, is looking for more challenging practice sets and ongoing exposure to competition through SAL Invitationals or US Meets.  Swimmers in this group will be expected to compete in all SAL dual meets and two US meets, if a member of the US Team.  The major goals for this group will be qualifying for SAL "A" champs.  Participation in championship meets, upon qualification is required.  Practices for this group are 1.5 hour practices, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Group D (Advanced)

This group has the most competitive swimming experience and is used to challenging practices.  The continued conditioning of each athlete is a major priority of this group along with ongoing stroke refinement and objective feedback on technique.  Swimmers in this group will be expected to compete in all SAL meets and US Meets, if a member of the US Team.  Other focus areas for this group include:  providing instructional models for younger swimmers, preparation for high school swimming, top eight finishes at SAL "A" Champs and achieving qualifying times for Junior Olympics, if a US Team member.  Participation in all Championship meets, upon qualification, is required.  Practices for this group are 1.5 hour practices, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Coaching Strategy & Plan

WCAC strives to provide the youth of our community the opportunity to reach their highest personal potential as both an individual and an athlete.  We understand that winning is much more than one's place in the finish of a race, and we are committed to helping our swimmers and divers develop their self-esteem and pride through both individual achievement and teamwork.

Group Promotions

The coaches may adjust swimmer group assignments during the season.  When deciding to change a swimmer's training group, the following will be considered:

  1. Attendance:  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?  Swimmers should actually "swim" themselves out of their current group.
  3. Meet Performance:  Does the athlete need to move in order to continue their level of meet performance?  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 a group, the increased workload in practice and the higher expectations of the new level?  The coaches want to be sure the athlete is not only physically ready to move up, but also mentally ready to ensure a successful move.