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GMA Training Groups

Green Mountain Aquatics uses a “progressive” age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer’s physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and a love of the sport. In the later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge must be introduced to the training program. All GMA swimmers are trained in a distance-based I.M. program where aerobic endurance and excellent stroke technique in all four competitive strokes is valued.

In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels, and goals. Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.

At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmers. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. Remember, all children are unique.  They will progress at their own rates.  The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer’s physical, mental, and emotional levels of development.

State Group     Skill Requirements:  The GMA State Group is open to all swimmers eleven and under who can complete 50 yards of non-stop freestyle with side breathing, 50 yards of non-stop backstroke. Swimmers must also have a familiarity with butterfly kick and breaststroke kick, and a working knowledge of flip-turns and racing dives. Meets: All State Group team members are required to attend the GMA Winter Knights Invitational Meet in January and at least one other GMA-run meet. State Group team members may sign-up for any of the GMA-run meets and meet fees will be assessed for all meets in which swimmers compete. Team Activities: All State Group team members are required to attend at least three team activities during the season, one of which must be a whole team practice.  

Regional Groups       Skill Requirements:  The GMA Regional Group is open to all swimmers between the ages of eight and fifteen who can complete 100 yards of non-stop freestyle with bilateral breathing and flip turns, 100 yards of non-stop backstroke with flip turns, 200 yards of non-stop swimming and a legal 100 yard Individual Medley. Additionally, swimmers must be able to complete open turns and flip turns for all strokes as well as racing starts. Swimmers must have a familiarity with wind-up relay starts, short term goal setting and using the pace clock. Finally, swimmers in this group must be great sports and approach every team practice, meet and activity with a positive attitude and great effort.   Meets: All Regional Group team members are required to attend the GMA Winter Knights Invitational Meet in January and at least two other GMA-run meets. Regional Group team members are encouraged to attend at least one out-of-state travel meet. Meet fees will be assessed for all meets in which swimmers compete. Team Activities:   All Regional Group team members are required to attend at least three team activities, one of which must be a whole team practice.

Age Groups Group     Skill Requirements:  The GMA Age Groups Group is open to all swimmers between the ages of ten and eighteen (fifteen and older swimmers by Head Coach permission only) who can complete 200 yards of non-stop freestyle with bilateral breathing and flip turns, 200 yards of non-stop backstroke with flip turns, 100 yards of legal butterfly, 100 yards of legal breaststroke, 1000 yards of non-stop swimming and a legal 200 yard Individual Medley. Additionally, swimmers must be able to complete open turns and flip turns for all strokes as well as racing starts. Swimmers must be able to complete the following test set: 8 x 100 Free @ 1:45. Swimmers must have a familiarity with wind-up relay starts, using the pace clock, short term goal setting, long term goal setting, practice commitment concepts, USA Swimming meets and the championship meet structure. Finally, swimmers in this group must be great sports and approach every team practice, meet and activity with a positive attitude and great effort.   Practice attendance:  Swimmers must attend a minimum of 4 practices per week and may attend a maximum of 6 practices per week. Meets: All Age Group team members are required to attend the GMA Winter Knights Invitational Meet in January and at least two other GMA-run meets. Age Group team members are required to attend at least one out-of-state travel meet. Meet fees will be assessed for all meets in which swimmers compete.  Team Activities: All Age Group team members are required to attend at least four team activities, two of which must be a whole team practices.      
 
Senior Group              Skill Requirements:  The GMA Senior Group is open to all swimmers aged thirteen and older who are striving to achieve New England 13-19 Championship and/or New England Senior cut times. Swimmers must be able to complete the following test sets: 10 x 100 Free @ 1:20; 5 x 100 Pull Free @ 1:30; 5 x 100 Pull Back @ 1:40; 10 x 100 Streamline flutter kick @ 2:00; 10 x 100 I.M. Streamline kick @ 2:00; 4 x 25 no breath SLUDK @ :40. Swimmers must have the ability to complete the following races: 1650 Free with bilateral breathing, 400 I.M., 200 Fly, 200 Breast, 200 Back and a timed 3000 yard swim. Finally, swimmers in this group must be exemplary student athletes willing to serve as leaders and positive role models for their teammates.   Practice attendance:   Swimmers must minimally maintain a weekly practice average of 4.5 throughout the season with 90% practice attendance at all Saturday practices for the season in order to be eligible to represent GMA at New England Championship Meets.   Meets: All Senior Group team members are required to attend the GMA Winter Knights Invitational Meet in January and at least two other GMA-run meets. Senior Group team members are required to attend at least one out-of-state travel meet. Meet fees will be assessed for all meets in which swimmers compete.  Senior Group team members are encouraged to attend the highest championship meet for which they have qualified and are eligible to attend.   Team Activities: All Senior Group team members are required to attend at least four team activities, two of which must be a whole team practices.   
 
Sectional Group          Skill Requirements:  The GMA Sectional Group is open to all swimmers aged thirteen and older who are striving to achieve Speedo Championship (Sectional) cut times. Swimmers must be able to complete the following test sets: 10 x 100 Free @ 1:15; 5 x 100 Pull Free @ 1:20; 5 x 100 Pull Back @ 1:30; 10 x 100 Streamline flutter kick @ 1:50; 10 x 100 I.M. Streamline kick @ 1:50; 8 x 25 no breath SLUDK @ :30. Swimmers must have the ability to complete the following races: 1650 Free with bilateral breathing, 400 I.M., 200 Fly, 200 Breast, 200 Back and a timed 3000 yard swim. Finally, swimmers in this group must be exemplary student athletes willing to serve as leaders and positive role models for their teammates.   Practice attendance:  Swimmers must minimally maintain a weekly practice average of 5.4 throughout the season with 90% practice attendance at all Saturday practices for the season in order to be eligible to represent GMA at the Speedo Championship (Sectional) Meet.  Meets: All Sectional Group team members are required to attend the GMA Winter Knights Invitational Meet in January and at least two other GMA-run meets. Sectional Group team members are required to attend at least two out-of-state travel meets. Meet fees will be assessed for all meets in which swimmers compete Sectional Group team members are encouraged to attend the highest championship meet for which they have qualified and are eligible to attend. Team Activities: All Sectional Group team members are required to attend at least four team activities, two of which must be a whole team practices.
National Group         
Skill Requirements:  The GMA National Group is open to all swimmers aged fourteen and older who are striving to achieve USA Swimming Junior National, U.S. Open and/or Senior National cut times. Swimmers must be able to complete the following test sets: 10 x 100 Free @ 1:10; 5 x 100 Pull Free @ 1:15; 5 x 100 Pull Back @ 1:20; 10 x 100 Streamline flutter kick @ 1:40; 10 x 100 I.M. Streamline kick @ 1:40; 10 x 25 no breath SLUDK @ :25. Swimmers must have the ability to complete the following races: 1650 Free with bilateral breathing, 400 I.M., 200 Fly, 200 Breast, 200 Back and a timed 3000 yard swim. Swimmers in this group must be exemplary student athletes willing to serve as leaders and positive role models for their teammates. Finally, GMA National Group team members are expected to be outstanding representatives of GMA, New England Swimming and USA Swimming at national and international competitions, maintaining a positive attitude and showing great effort in all that they do.    Practice attendance:  Swimmers must minimally maintain a weekly practice average of 6.3 throughout the season with 90% practice attendance at all Saturday practices for the season in order to be eligible to represent GMA at the NCSA and/or USA Swimming Junior National Meets, U.S. Open and USA Swimming National Championships.   Swimmers must minimally maintain a weekly practice average of 6.75 throughout the season with 90% practice attendance at all Saturday practices for the season in order to be eligible to represent GMA at the USA Swimming World Championship and Olympic Trials.    Meets: All National Group team members are required to attend the GMA Winter Knights Invitational Meet in January and at least two other GMA-run meets. National Group team members are required to attend at least two out-of-state travel meets. Meet fees will be assessed for all meets in which swimmers compete.   National Group team members are encouraged to attend the highest championship meet for which they have qualified and are eligible to attend.   Team Activities: All National Group team members are required to attend at least four team activities, two of which must be a whole team practices.                 
 
Technique Clinics       Throughout the competitive swimming season, Green Mountain Aquatics  The GMA coaching Staff will offer specific technique classes for groups of swimmers. A full schedule of the technique clinics is available in the team flier. Swimmers who are struggling with a particular stroke or with starts are encouraged to attend.