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Practice Groups

Atlantis offers multiple training groups depending upon swimmer age, maturity, technique, fitness level and commitment.  Progression from group to group is based on swimmer evaluations and is ultimately a decision made by the coaching staff. Please see a more detailed explanation of specific group requirements and the Atlantis Evaluation Process, by going to the Member Resources tab and then selecting Swimmer Resources.

 

Group Descriptions: Atlantis training group levels are described below. Age ranges that are listed are typical but not exclusive. Practice session times are averages and may change due to pool and coach availability. In order to maintain coach-to-swimmer ratios, various sections of each group may be offered, with each section having its own assigned practice times and locations. Please note that swimmers may only attend practices at their assigned practice times and locations.

 

SPEEDSTERS

(9 years old & under - generally Grade 3 and below)

Designed for younger children interested in learning the very basic fundamentals of water and swimming. Practice sessions are offered up to 4 times per week and athletes are encouraged to attend at least twice each week. Swimmers in this group represent Atlantis Swimming at local swimming competitions.

BRONZE

(11 years old & under - generally elementary school-age children)

Designed for children with some swimming proficiency. Practice sessions are offered up to 4 times per week. Swimmers in this group represent Atlantis Swimming at local and state-level competitions.

 

SILVER

(11 years old & under - generally elementary school-age children)

Designed for children to improve swimming technique, general strength and fitness, and racing skills. Practice sessions are offered up to 5 times per week. Swimmers in this group represent Atlantis Swimming at local- and state-level competitions.

 

GOLD

(11-14 years old - generally middle school-age children)

Designed for middle school-aged children interested in furthering there swimming ability. Practice sessions are offered up to 6 times per week. Swimmers participating in the Gold group represent Atlantis at local, state, regional, national and international competitions.

 

SENIOR 

(14-18 years old - generally high school-age)

Designed for all teenagers; from those interested in improving swimming technique and general fitness up to those aspiring to compete at the highest levels. Senior Group typically represent Atlantis at local, state, regional and national-level competitions. Practices are offered up to 9-10 times per week.

 

MASTERS/COLLEGE 

(18+ years old - high school-graduates & older)

Designed for adults interested in improving swimming technique and general fitness. Masters are encouraged to set their personal goals and use the Atlantis program to facilitate their achievement. Practices are offered up to 9-10 times per week. Masters swimmers must become members of USMS.  College-student swimmers home for the summer can register for the College group, and their registration fee will be waived.  They will be charged the seasonal rate with USA Swimming instead of registering with USMS, and they will be eligible to swim in USA Swimming meets.

 

Training Sites and Schedules: Atlantis Swimming recognizes the importance of consistent training facilities and times, and works closely with schools to ensure Club access. However, changes to the general practice schedule will occur from time to time during the course of the year, particularly as seasons change for middle school and high school aquatic teams. Templates for each season are posted on the website under the Practice Schedules tab.  The Short Course Yards (SCY) season (September - March) and spring training (April - June) occur primarily at Groves High School, Birmingham Covington School, West Maple Elementary School and Ferndale High School. Summer long course training adds the City of Southfield Sports Arena.

The training site for each practice session is included on each weekly training schedule which is posted on the team website. In the event of last minute changes, the website will be updated as soon as possible and an email will be sent to members. Please note that swimmers may only attend practices at practice times and locations that have been assigned to their group section.