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Group Descriptions
 
It is the decision of only the Coaches to determine the feasibility of making exceptions for swimmers/athletes without compromising the needs of the group and the overall goals of the SPA team.

Guidelines for the skills checklist and questions with movement:

  • As swimmers move through the skills AT THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL PACE, our coaching staff will make a recommendation as to when the swimmer should move up into the next highest level group.
  • Any disagreement between a swimmer/parent and the coaching staff as to a swimmer’s completion of these checklist guidelines should be resolved through a discussion between the parent of the swimmer, the swimmer, and the Coaching Staff.
  • If there is still further disagreement the parent/swimmer may request a discussion with the Head Coach and a member of the SPA Board.

AGE GROUP PROGRAM(S)

Bronze

Practice Available: 3-4 days per week, 1 hour

Description: This is our beginning competitive group that focuses on continuing proper competitive swimming technique. In our Bronze program the swimmer will continue to develop comfort in the water and continue to build and strengthen the essential foundation of the 4 competitive swimming strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly), Emphasis will also include dives/starts and legal turns for all 4 strokes. More importantly swimmers need to learn that swimming is FUN!!!

Objective: The objective of the Bronze group is to continue to familiarize swimmers with feel for the water while offering an environment that is introducing them to competitive swimming. Most swimmers in this group have never been a part of USA club swim team before and need the swim lesson type set up to foster good stroke development and technique.

Recommended:

- Attend 2 workouts a week.

- Compete in at least 1 meet.

Equipment:

Required: water bottle

Highly Recommend: kickboard, fins, mesh equipment bag

Silver

Practice Available: 4 -5 days per week, 1 hour 15 minutes

Description: With the knowledge of the basic fundamentals of swimming, the Silver Group will continue to focus on stroke technique, starts, and turn improvement.

- In addition, Silver swimmers will be exposed to various types of interval training, and basic race strategies.

- More importantly we will continue to foster the idea that SWIMMING IS FUN!!!!

Objective: The objective of the Silver Group is to:

- Teach the basic technical aspects of swimming so that the swimmer is prepared to perform in a race.

- Focus on improvement of technique on strokes, starts, and turns.

- Learn different training techniques in swimming.

- Allow swimmers to HAVE FUN in a variety of new ways while learning what it feels like to work hard!

Recommended:

-Attend 3 workouts per week.

-Compete in a few meets throughout the season.

-Compete in a Championship Meet.

Equipment:

Required: water bottle

Highly Recommend: kickboard, fins, snorkel, mesh equipment bag

Gold (9-13 years old)

Practice Available: 5-6 practices per week, 1 hour 30 minutes
Dry-land: 3 times a week, 20 minutes

Description: With the knowledge of the basic fundamentals of swimming, the Gold Group will continue to focus on stroke technique, starts, and turn improvement and a greater commitment to swimming.

- In addition, Gold swimmers will be exposed to various types of interval training, and basic race strategies.

- Highly encouraged to attend Saturday practices.

- Individual and group goal setting. 

- Swimmers are encouraged to complete the IMX challenge during the course of the season. This does not have to be done at 1 meet.

- More importantly we will continue to foster the idea that SWIMMING IS FUN!!!!

Objective: The objective of the Gold Group is to:

- Teach the basic technical aspects of swimming so that the swimmer is prepared to perform in a race.

- Focus on improvement of technique on strokes, starts, and turns.

- Getting up and racing during practice when necessary.

- Focus on the details while training with minimal reminders (i.e., turns on all the walls, tight streamlines, reading a pace clock).

- Learn different training techniques in swimming.

- Learn how to do basic dry land exercises.

- Allow swimmers to HAVE FUN while learning to push their physical limits at the same time!

Highly Recommended:

- Attend 4-5 workouts per week.

- Compete in a minimum of 4+ meets.

- Compete in a Championship Meet.

Equipment:

Required: water bottle

Highly Recommend: kickboard, pull buoy, fins, snorkel, mesh equipment bag

 

Platinum (11-14 years old)

Practice Available: 5-6 practices per week, 1.5 hours 
Dry-land: 3 times a week, 40 minutes

Description: While continuing to fine-tune stroke technique, turns and starts, the primary focus of the Platinum group is to develop an understanding of the basic parameters of training.

- These parameters include: expanding dry land exercises, understanding of a good race strategy for a number of different events, a willingness to get up and race any time anywhere for any reason.

Platinum swimmers are also highly encouraged to attend Saturday practices.

- Individual and group goal setting is a component of this group.

- A COMMITMENT to training regularly as well as attending meets becomes a requirement with the Platinum group.

Objectives: The objective of the Platinum Group program is to:

- Have multiple ASI cuts and are working towards competing in Zones and/or Sectionals

- Continue to improve and understand the basic aspects of training & technique and how these concepts are beneficial to performance.

- Teach good eating habits.

- Teach swimmers how to manage their time properly in order to be committed to swimming, education, and other areas of interest.

- Focus on improvement of technique on strokes, starts, and turns.

- Improve upon basic training techniques to more advanced training techniques.

- Allow swimmers to HAVE FUN in a variety of ways!!!!

Highly Recommended:

- Attend 4-5 workouts per week.

- Compete in a minimum of 5+ meets per season plus a season-ending championship meet including ASI Championships, Zones, or Speedo Sectionals.

REQUIRED:

- Attend a championship meet (ASI champs, Zones, Sectionals)

- (1+) AA in the 11-12 national age group time standards

- (2+) A in two different strokes in 11-12 national age group time standards

- 70% practice attendance

- Complete

            12x100 kick on 2:00 (50 flutter/choice) w/ board

            15x100 1:30 5x( 2x 100 free + 1x 100 IM)

Equipment:

Required: water bottle, pull-buoy, paddles, ankle band, alignment, kickboard, kickboard, fins, snorkel,

mesh equipment bag

Highly Recommend: GRID Mini Foam Roller, MB5 Massage Ball

 

SENIOR PROGRAM(S)

Senior-1(14+ years old)

Practice Available: 5-6 practices per week, 1 hour 30 minutes

Dry-land (optional): 3 times a week, 40 minutes

Description: This group is for swimmers who are transitioning from the age group program into the senior program who need continued stroke development and endurance.  Swimmers in this group may choose to train for the Senior-1 Group and will be provided with the tools needed to advance into the higher group.  Alternately swimmers may remain in this group as long as they want and swim at their own pace while having the flexibility to make decisions about their swimming career.  Swimmers in this group will continue to be focused on the development of their swimming while starting to learn the performance and commitment aspects of swimming.

Objectives: The main objective of senior group is to increase the level and intensity of training from the Gold/Platinum group.

- Swimmers in the senior group will be using training methods that involve a variety of anaerobic, aerobic threshold training, stroke specialization, along with increased dry-land training, and technique work.

- Continue to improve and understand the basic aspects of training & technique and how these concepts are beneficial to performance.

Highly Recommended:

- Attend 4-5 workouts per week.

- Compete in a few meets throughout the year.

- Compete in a Championship Meet.

Equipment:

Required: water bottle, kickboard, fins, snorkel, pull-buoy, paddles, mesh equipment bag

Highly Recommend: Ankle Band, Alignment Kickboard, MB5 Massage Ball, GRID Mini Foam Roller

 

Senior-2 (14+ years old)

Practice Availability: 9 practices per week 1.5-2.5 hours

Dry-land: 3 times a week, 40 minutes

Description: The Senior group is reserved for the most committed swimmers in the Springfield Aquatics program. Swimmers in this training group practice daily and its members REGULARLY COMPETE at the highest level meets. This includes: ASI Championships, Zones, Speedo Sectionals, and Junior/Senior Nationals. Swimming doubles (AM and PM practice) is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED with this group and should be discussed with the group coach.

Objectives: The main objective of senior group is to increase the level and intensity of training from the Junior/Platinum group.

- Swimmers in the senior group will be using training methods that involve a variety of anaerobic, aerobic threshold training, stroke specialization, along with increased dry-land training, resistance training, and technique work.

- Continue to improve and understand the basic aspects of training & technique and how these concepts are beneficial to performance.

- Continue to develop good eating habits.

- Continue to teach swimmers how to manage their time properly in order to be committed to swimming, education, and other areas of interest.

Highly Recommended:

-Attend 6-8 workouts per week.

- Compete in a minimum of 5+ meets per season plus a season-ending championship meet including one or more of the following: ASI Championships, Zones, Speedo Sectional Champions Series, and Junior/Senior Nationals, US Open or Olympic Trials.

-Senior swimmers will be working on their skills in both physical and mental development. They will be expected to challenge themselves both independently and to work with team goals in mind.

REQUIRED:

- Attend 2+ meets throughout the season and compete in a championship meet (ASI champs, Zones, Sectionals, Junior/Senior Nationals)

- Multiple (2+) Pro-Am Cuts

- Complete

           24x 100 free 1:20

            12x 100 kick 1:50 (50 choice / flutter) w/ board

Equipment:

Required: water bottle, kickboard, fins, snorkel, pull-buoy, paddles, ankle band, alignment kickboard, mesh equipment bag

Highly Recommend: MB5 Massage Ball, GRID Mini Foam Roller

 

Exceptions to the Rule:

The coaching staff for the Springfield Aquatics has and will always have a large amount of flexibility when it comes to working with swimmers that are committed and willing to work with the coaching staff to come up with creative solutions to accommodate scheduling conflicts. It is ultimately up to the swimmers and parents of swimmers to communicate with the coaching staff to address possible scheduling conflicts.
 
It is the decision of only the Coaches to determine the feasibility of making exceptions for swimmers/athletes without compromising the needs of the group and the overall goals of the SPA team.
 

Guidelines for the skills checklist and questions with movement:

  • As swimmers move through the skills AT THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL PACE, our coaching staff will make a recommendation as to when the swimmer should move up into the next highest level group.
  • Any disagreement between a swimmer/parent and the coaching staff as to a swimmer’s completion of these checklist guidelines should be resolved through a discussion between the parent of the swimmer, the swimmer, and the Coaching Staff.
  • If there is still further disagreement the parent/swimmer may request a discussion with the Head Coach and a member of the SPA Board.