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Age Groups

 

Sharks Aquatic Club

Age Group Training

 

Starting in the Fall of 2021, Sharks Aquatic Club will be adjusting the group structure to better organize the swimmers based on age rather than ability.  Through many years of coaching, we have noticed that swimmer development plays right along with age development.  It is very important for swimmers who are younger to stay in their age-appropriate group regardless of ability because of maturity and comprehension of tasks.   

Reef Sharks will become a “Pre-Competitive” group of swimmers and will range in age from 8-12.  This group will be for those who may not be legal in all 4 strokes but want to continue in the sport for exercise and learning how to swim all 4 strokes legally.  They will still be able to participate in certain USA meets but certainly are not required.  Practice attendance recommendation will be 50%.  Equipment needed will be Cap, Goggles, Snorkel, Fins, Kickboard, and water bottle.

HammerHead 1 is for swimmers 7/8 year old swimmers who are almost legal in all 4 strokes. They will be considered part of the competitive team and will be able to participate in certain USA Swimming Meets and will work toward the IM Ready scores set by USA Swimming Guidelines.   The IMR is the first step – to be "IM Ready", a 10&U swimmer must compete in the 100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, and 100 IM and achieve official times. Once they have competed in these events during the season they will have an IMR score and they can see where they rank against the other swimmers at SAC and across USA Swimming.

Practice attendance recommendation will be 70%.  Equipment needed will be Cap, Goggles, Snorkel, Fins, Kickboard, and water bottle.

HammerHead 2 is for 9/10 year old swimmers or are turning 9 before December 15.  This group will be legal in all 4 strokes, have legal starts and turns, and will work toward becoming an IMX swimmer as set by USA Swimming Guidelines.  IMX is the next step – once a swimmer achieves an IMX score they can see where they rank nationally, in our LSC, and within the SAC Club. The events needed for an IMX score as a 10&U are 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, and 200 IM. Practice attendance recommendations will be 75%.  Equipment needed will be Cap, Goggles, Snorkel, Fins, Pull buoy, Kickboard, and water bottle.

Tiger Sharks is for swimmers who are 11/12 year old or are turning 11 before December 15.  This group will also be legal in all 4 strokes and will also work toward becoming an IMX swimmer as set by USA Swimming Guidelines. The events needed for an IMX score as a 11&12 are 500 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, and 200 IM.  Practice attendance recommendation will be 80% Equipment needed will be Cap, Goggles, Snorkel, Fins, Pull buoy, kickboard, jump rope (for dryland with appropriate dryland attire) and water bottle.

Makos are generally swimmers 13-14 years of age. These swimmers are legal in all 4 strokes and work towards becoming IMX swimmers as set by USA Swimming Guidelines.  The events needed to be an IMX swimmer as a 13-14 yr old are 500 free, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM.  These swimmers start learning more about training cycles, taper, tech suits and shaving.  Recommended practice attendance is 80%. Equipment needed will be cap, goggles, proper training suit (one piece for females, no tie-backs & brief for boys), snorkel, fins, pull buoy, kickboard and water bottle.    

Senior division is generally swimmers 15-18 years of age. These swimmers range from those staying in shape for high school swimming to those working towards qualifying for national level meets.  They are legal in all 4 strokes and work towards becoming IMX swimmers as set by USA Swimming Guidelines.  The events needed to be an IMX swimmer as a 15-18 athlete are 500 free, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM. Equipment needed will be cap, goggles, proper training suit (one piece for females, no tie-backs & brief for boys), snorkel, fins, pull buoy, kickboard and water bottle.

 

 

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