Practice Groups


  The Michigan Lakeshore Growth Track

              Group Descriptions & Prerequisites


The Littles! (typically ages 10 and younger)

Teaching MLA athletes entering the sport of competitive swimming a great foundation of skill development and technique in a style that can be fun and foster long-term growth in our sport.

Overview:  Swimmers will start understanding how to implement learned skills and technique into, "practice sets."  This will be useful to increase their skill-level at meets as well as for long-term development in the sport. 

Swimmers will compete at local, State, and Conference levels.


Red Group (typically ages 10-13 years old)

Learn to practice.  MLA athletes will progress from the fundamental skills & technique taught in The Littles division, and continue to build toward an advanced level of swimming.


White Group (typically ages 11-14 years old)

An advanced level for young swimmers that continues with a heavy emphasis on stroke development.  Athletes in this group will work towards preparation for making local Championships and beginning goal setting skills.


Blue Group (typically ages 13-16 years old)

An introduction to Senior level swimming on an age-appropriate scale.  Athletes in this group will work towards having competitive local Championships and achieving standards for Zone and Sectional teams. 


The Senior Group (typically ages 15-18 years old)

Age: Ages of 15-18 years old.  Exceptions are at the discretion of the MLA coaching staff.

Description:  New to MLA this 2019 Long Course season, this group is designed around swimmers with State finalist and/or Sectional meet ambitions.  This is the first level of specialization in their careers with practices geared around their main events.  During this level, swimmers will be taught how to take more ownership of the trajectory of their swim careers. 


High Performance Group 

Advancement into this group requires a coach's recommendation.

Age: Ages may vary, swimmers must have a minimum of Speedo Sectional times and a coach's recommendation.  Exceptions are at the discretion of the MLA coaching staff.

Description:  The HP Group is our National group at MLA.  Swimmers in this group are committed to reaching their top potential of National-Level senior swimming and have ambitions of collegiate and/or USA National swimming.  

Prerequisites: Entrance into MLA's HP group will be determined by swimming history, training speeds, competition results, and referral from the Head Coach.  High School swimmers will be required to join training immediately following their high school season.

​​Goals: Training will be focused on competing at the championship level including State Championships, Senior Sectionals, USA Swimming Jr. Nationals and Nationals.