The Bulldog Aquatic Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Bulldog Aquatic Club to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared toward challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. While placement in a swim group is always at the coach's discretion, here is a description of our groups:
Puppy I: Program for swimmers 6-8 years old who can swim 25 yards of front crawl, 25 yards of backstroke, 25 yards of breast stroke, 25 yards of butterfly, can do a flip turn and want to become a competitive swimmer. Swimmers in the Puppy I program will learn breaststroke, butterfly, flip turns for freestyle/backstroke, open turns for breaststroke/butterfly, starts, and will be introduced to stroke drills in all four competitive strokes. The Puppy I group practices twice per week (Tuesday and Thursday) during Session I, II and III - from September - August.
Puppy II: Program for advanced-beginner swimmers who have been instructed on all 4 strokes but continue to develop stroke technique and endurance. The Puppy II group practices twice per week (Tuesday and Thursday) during all three Sessions.
Underdog: Program that helps prepare Puppies to move up to the Junior Dog group. Underdogs practice three times per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays with the Puppy II group and Fridays with the Jr. Dogs) during Session I and II from September - April. Swimmers in the Underdog group swim twice per week (Tuesday and Thursday) during the summer Session III from May -August.
Junior Dog: Program for intermediate swimmers able to handle 2-hour workouts, 3 days per week. Swimmers continue to learn the importance of good technique while building endurance. Junior Dogs practice three times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for two hours during all three Sessions.
Bulldog: Program for advanced swimmers, at least 10 years of age or having at least 2 State Qualifying times. Bulldogs must be able to do all 4 competitive strokes legally and must be able to handle the BAC dryland program (2 days per week). Must be able to handle 15 minute x 100's Freestyle on a 1:45 or faster interval. Bulldogs practice 6 days per week during all three Sessions. During the summer session, Bulldogs may also practice 6 mornings per week in a 50 meter outdoor pool.
Senior Bulldog: Program for advanced swimmers, at least 13 years of age or having 3 State Qualifying times. Senior Bulldogs must be able to do all 4 competitive strokes legally and must be able to handle the BAC dryland program (4 days per week). Must be able to handle 15 minute x 100's Freestyle on a 1:30 or faster interval. Senior Dogs practice 6 days per week during all three Sessions. During the summer session, Senior Bulldogs may also practice 6 mornings per week at a 50 meter outdoor pool in Livonia.
Starting in September 2016, BAC will offer three sessions each year. The first session starts September 1st, the second session starts January 1st, and the third session starts May 1st. We generally hold an evaluation at the beginning of each session for new swimmers interested in joining the team. These swimmers can be evaluated for group placement and see what practice and the team are like. If you are interested in joining our swim team, please contact our Membership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one month before the start of a session for more information or to schedule an evaluation for one of our swim groups. We generally do not add new members during the middle of a session.