Age Group Team
From the ThunderSharks, athletes move into Age Group Team. Athletes in this group focus on continued refinement of all 4 competitive strokes, having fun, incorporate dry-land training, perfecting star/turn technique and introducing longer aerobic swimming and kicking during practice. This group begins to developing personal goal sheets, further understanding of drag forces, nutrition for athletes, perfecting underwater dolphin kick (the 5th stroke) and underwater pullouts for breaststroke.
Age Group Team Lead Coach: Karin Hanish
Age Group Team Assistant Coaches: Sam Bach
Practice Sessions: M-F, 90 Minutes, 2 Days 30 Minutes of Dry-land
HLA recommends a minimum of 3 practices/week and 1 meet a month in this group.
Bronze group works closely with the Silver Group and is the next level at HLA. Athletes in this group have the same focus points as Silver in addition to more extensive aerobic swimming and kicking sets.
HLA recommends a minimum of 4 practices/week and 1 meet a month in this group.
Bronze Lead Coach: Uriah Reiners
Bronze Assistant Coach: Sam Bach
Practice Sessions: M-F, 90 Minutes, 2 30 Minutes of Dry-land sessions per week
HLA requires a minimum of 60% attendance per week and recommneds 1 meet a month in this group.
Age Group Team and Bronze Group:
HLA requires that all swimmers have the following items for practice and meets, as outlined below:
• 2 or more jammers or briefs
• 2 or more one-piece suits
• 2 or more practice caps
• 2 or more HLA swim meet caps (these are different from practice caps and worn only at competition)
• One kickboard
• 2 sets of goggles
• Pull Buoy
• Water bottle
• Dry-land Apparel: T-Shirt, Shorts, Tennis Shoes, Hair Tie (for long hair) and Water Bottle
It is not necessary to purchase additional items such as flippers, etc., until your child is promoted to Junior team. You may, however, wish to purchase a mesh bag or backpack for your swimmer to carry their gear. If you have questions about which gear to purchase for your swimmer, just ask a coach!