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Westerville Aquatic Club offers several levels based on both age and ability.  If an athlete has not yet reached the levels described, we recommend looking at Central Ohio SwimAmerica for lessons to prepare them to join swim team. Please contact us to arrange an evaluation if you are interested in joining our team.  Groups will start a new season in September!

Group Placement Guidelines

Minimum Requirements for Group Placement
Target Age (based on Age on 2/15/2018) Age 10&Under 11-12 13-14*
Target Grade Level Grade 4&under Grade 5-6 Grade 7-8*
Minimum Ability Requirements Waves Group:
12.5 yds Legal Breast Stroke Kick
50 Freestyle w/ Breathing to the side
25 Backstroke
Waves Group:
12.5 yds Legal Breast Stroke Kick
50 Freestyle w/ Breathing to the side
25 Backstroke
Waves Group:
12.5 yds Legal Breast Stroke Kick
50 Freestyle w/ Breathing to the side
25 Backstroke
Bronze 1:
12.5 yds Legal Breast Stroke Kick
50 Freestyle w/ Breathing to the side
25 Backstroke
Silver 1:
Athletes will be assessed using a challenge set that is 400 yards long, including kicking and swimming in all four competitive strokes. Athletes must be able to train at a minimum pace using open turns, execute a racing start, and demonstrate an ability to follow direction from a coach.
Gold 1:
Athletes will be assessed using a challenge set that is 400 yards long, including kicking and swimming in all four competitive strokes. Athletes must be able to train at a minimum pace using open turns, execute a racing start, and demonstrate an ability to follow direction from a coach.
Bronze 2:
Athletes will be assessed using a challenge set that is 400 yards long, including kicking and swimming in all four competitive strokes. Athletes must be able to train at a minimum pace using open turns, execute a racing start, and demonstrate an ability to follow direction from a coach.
Silver 2:
Athletes will be assessed using a challenge set that is 1100 yards long, including kicking and swimming in all four competitive strokes. Athletes must be able to train at a minimum pace using legal turns, execute a racing start, and demonstrate an ability to follow direction from a coach.
Gold 2:
Athletes will be assessed using a challenge set that is 1600 yards long, including kicking and swimming in all four competitive strokes. Athletes must be able to train at a minimum pace using legal turns, execute a racing start, and demonstrate an ability to follow direction from a coach.
*Grades 9-12 train in the HS Group.

Training Group Goals and Objectives

Waves Group

The purpose of the Waves group is to develop proper stroke technique in the four competitive strokes, their corresponding starts, turns and finishes.  Swimmers will increase their knowledge of basic practice skills while having fun. This is a pre-competitive group designed to build skill and endurance needed to be successful in our competitive program.

Practice Expecatations:

  • 2 x 1 hr per week

Competitive Expectations:

  • This is a non-competitive group. We will introduce racing skills through races in practice, relays, and kicking races.

Physical Goals and Objecitves:

  • From the ready position, maintain a streamlined body position

    • hold position for 5 yards and be able to vary the depth of the underwater push-off

    • introduce underwater kicking skills

  • Execute a breakout from streamline position

  • Maintain a vertical, stationary position with little or no leg movement in deep water using sculling

  • Comfortably take a breath on right or left side

  • Development of Butterfly and Breaststroke stroke progression

  • Complete racing start progression

  • Perform a proper open turn for all strokes.

Additional Goals:

  • Count strokes of freestyle and backstroke

  • Able to repeat key words and explain/describe movements presented by coach.

Bronze 1

The purpose of the Bronze 1 group is to provide a fun environment where athletes are introduced to proper stroke technique in the four competitive strokes, their corresponding starts, turns and finishes.  Swimmers will increase their knowledge of basic practice skills while having fun.

Practice Expectations:

  • 3x1hr per week

Competitive Expectations:

  • This is a competitive group, however we recognize that young athletes may be apprehensive about competitive environments.

  • We will introduce racing skills through races in practice, relays, and kicking races.

  • In this group, athletes will be encouraged to participate in local competition and train for and complete the IM-Ready events (100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM).

Physical Group Goals and Objectives:

  • From the ready position, maintain a streamlined body position

    • hold position for 5 yards and be able to vary the depth of the underwater push-off

    • introduce underwater kicking skills

  • Execute a breakout from streamline position

  • Maintain a vertical, stationary position with little or no leg movement in deep water using sculling

  • Comfortably take a breath on right or left side

  • Development of Butterfly and Breaststroke stroke progression

  • Complete racing start progression

  • Perform a proper open turn for all strokes.

Additional Group Goals:

  • Count strokes of freestyle and backstroke

  • Able to repeat key words and explain/describe movements presented by coach.

Bronze 2

Bronze 2 is the more advanced level for athletes age 10 years old and younger and athletes will be selected to participate with this group based on training ability.  Athletes participating at this level will be expected to compete with the team at local meets and are expected to be capable of competing in all four strokes and at longer distances.  The focus of competition will be skill level and improvement over absolute speed.

Practice Expectations:

  • 3 x 1.5 hr per week

  • Athletes are expected to have already achieved the Goals and Objectives of the Bronze 1 Group and demonstrate those at every practice and competition opportunity.

Competitive Expectations:

  • This is a competitive group and athletes are expected to be comfortable participating in competitive situations for the primary purpose of skill development.

  • We will introduce racing skills through races in practice, relays, and kicking races.

  • In this group, athletes will be expected to participate in local competition and train for and complete the IM-Xtreme events (200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM).

Physical Goals and Objectives:

  • Execute a start from the blocks, holding the streamlined position and executing an appropriate breakout.

  • Execute legal turns (including flips for Free/Back) for all 4 strokes.

  • Butterfly:  Undulation motion, Correct timing of pull, kick, and breath

  • Breaststroke: Correct timing of pull, kick, and breath

  • Individual Medley: Legal technique and turns

  • Relay Exchanges 

  • Perform prescribed underwater dolphin kicks for free, fly, and back.

  • Breaths within rhythm of stroke in all 4 strokes

Additional Goals and Objectives:

  • Counts strokes/cycles per length for each stroke

  • During practice the swimmer will:

    • Leave on time during sets,

    • start and finish at the wall

    • swim the set in the prescribed manner (i.e. doesn't do freestyle on butterfly sets, doesn't pull on kicking sets, performs all turns legally)

    • swim the entire set (doesn't wac on the bottom, counts accurately)

  • The Swimmer will communicate with his or her coach

  • The swimmer demonstrates an understanding of sportsmanship-championship behavior

  • The swimmer talks to the coach immediately before and after each race

  • The swimmer knows basic meet procedures including how to read a heat sheet

  • The swimmer learns basic race tactics.

Silver 1 

The purpose of the Silver Group is to provide refinement of stroke technique with a progressive emphasis on developing practice habits that will allow athletes to be successful as they improve within the sport.  

Practice Expectations:

  • 3 x 1.5 hr per week

  • Athletes are expected to have already achieved the Goals and Objectives of the Waves Group and demonstrate those at every practice and competition opportunity.

Competitive Expectations:

  • This is a competitive group and athletes are expected to be comfortable participating in competitive situations for the primary purpose of skill development.

  • We will introduce racing skills through races in practice, relays, and kicking races.

  • In this group, athletes will be expected to participate in local competition and train for and complete the IM-Ready events (200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM).

Physical Goals and Objectives:

  • Execute a start from the blocks, holding the streamlined position and executing an appropriate breakout.

  • Execute legal turns (including flips for Free/Back) for all 4 strokes.

  • Butterfly: Undulation motion, Correct timing of pull, kick, and breath

  • Breaststroke: Correct timing of pull, kick, and breath

  • Individual Medley: Legal technique and turns

  • Relay Exchanges

  • Perform prescribed underwater dolphin kicks for free, fly, and back.

  • Breaths within rhythm of stroke in all 4 strokes

Additional Goals and Objectives:

  • Counts strokes/cycles per length for each stroke

  • During practice the swimmer will:

    • Leave on time during sets,

    • start and finish at the wall

    • swim the set in the prescribed manner (i.e. doesn't do freestyle on butterfly sets, doesn't pull on kicking sets, performs all turns legally)

    • swim the entire set (doesn't wac on the bottom, counts accurately)

  • The Swimmer will communicate with his or her coach

  • The swimmer demonstrates an understanding of sportsmanship-championship behavior

  • The swimmer talks to the coach immediately before and after each race

  • The swimmer knows basic meet procedures including how to read a heat sheet

  • The swimmer learns basic race tactics.

Silver 2

Athletes will be selected to participate with this group based on training ability and competition results.  Swimmers will be introduced to stroke and training drills that are designed to increase their aerobic training capacity and improve performance. 

Practice Expectations:

  • 4 x 1.5 hr per week

  • Athletes are expected to have already achieved the Goals and Objectives of the Bronze 2 Group and demonstrate those at every practice and competition opportunity.

Competitive Expectations:

  • This is a competitive group and athletes are expected to compete regularly throughout the season and be available for all championship meets up to and including the Junior Olympic Championships in March.

  • In this group, athletes will be expected to participate in local competition and train for and complete the IM-Xtreme events (400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM)

  • Set goals based on National Age Group Time Standards – Targeting National A/AA or better

Physical Goals and Objectives:

  • Increase number of underwater dolphin kicks with increased speed and efficieny for butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle

  • Performs a legal breaststroke pullout with a dolphin kick

  • Performs effective finishes

  • Performs correct timing for relay exchanges

  • Breaths within the rhythm of the stroke under race conditions in all four strokes

Additional Goals and Objectives:

  • Swims with prescribed technique during practice and meets

  • Swims with prescribed breathing patterns during practice and meets.

  • Swimmer understands maturation and physical development; begins to understand relationship between training programs, maturation, and physical development.

  • The swimmer understands the importance of muscular flexibility in swimming performance.

  • Swimmer understands the recommended meets and understands the importance of being on time for meet warm-ups

  • The swimmer challenges him- or herself to perform to the utmost of his or her ability in practice.

  • The swimmer demonstrates an ability to balance school and outside activities.

  • Understands the value of setting process and outcome goals for both practice and meets.

Gold 1

Gold 1 is the entry level competitive group for athletes Age 13 & 14.  Competition is strongly encouraged at this level, with a focus on development of proper stroke technique in the four competitive strokes, their corresponding starts, turns and finishes.  The Gold1 Group also has a strong emphasis on building overall fitness and physical endurance.  

Practice Expectations:

  • 4 x 1.5 hr per week

  • Athletes are expected to have already achieved the Goals and Objectives of the Waves Group and demonstrate those at every practice and competition opportunity.

Competitive Expectations:

  • This is a competitive group and athletes are expected to be comfortable participating in competitive situations for the primary purpose of skill development.

  • We will introduce racing skills through races in practice, relays, and kicking races.

  • In this group, athletes will be expected to participate in local competition and train for and complete the IM-Ready events (200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM).

Physical Goals and Objectives:

  • Execute a start from the blocks, holding the streamlined position and executing an appropriate breakout.

  • Execute legal turns (including flips for Free/Back) for all 4 strokes.

  • Butterfly: Undulation motion, Correct timing of pull, kick, and breath

  • Breaststroke: Correct timing of pull, kick, and breath

  • Individual Medley: Legal technique and turns

  • Relay Exchanges

  • Perform prescribed underwater dolphin kicks for free, fly, and back.

  • Breaths within rhythm of stroke in all 4 strokes

Additional Goals and Objectives:

  • Counts strokes/cycles per length for each stroke

  • During practice the swimmer will:

    • Leave on time during sets,

    • start and finish at the wall

    • swim the set in the prescribed manner (i.e. doesn't do freestyle on butterfly sets, doesn't pull on kicking sets, performs all turns legally)

    • swim the entire set (doesn't wac on the bottom, counts accurately)

  • The Swimmer will communicate with his or her coach

  • The swimmer demonstrates an understanding of sportsmanship-championship behavior

  • The swimmer talks to the coach immediately before and after each race

  • The swimmer knows basic meet procedures including how to read a heat sheet

  • The swimmer learns basic race tactics.

Gold 2

Athletes will be selected to participate with this group based on training ability and competition results.  This group continues its focus on the development of an aerobic base and builds the anaerobic capacities with continued emphasis on stroke technique. Training skills become very important as these swimmers are exposed to more intense training. 

Practice Expectations:

  • 5 x 2+ hr per week

  • Athletes are expected to have already achieved the Goals and Objectives of the Silver 2 Group and demonstrate those at every practice and competition opportunity.

Competitive Expectations:

  • This is a competitive group and athletes are expected to compete regularly throughout the season and be available for all championship meets up to and including the Junior Olympic Championships in March.

  • In this group, athletes will be expected to participate in local competition and train for and complete the IM-Xtreme events (Complete the IMX Events (400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM)

  • Set goals based on National Age Group Time Standards – Targeting National A/AA or better

Physical Goals and Objectives:

  • Maintain consistent stroke rates and times in training sets.

  • Demonstrates more effective underwater swimming off start and turn in all strokes.

  • Improve speed, power, and distance to 15 meters in each stroke.

  • Performs effective finishes

  • Performs correct timing for relay exchanges with advanced technique.

  • Breaths within the rhythm of the stroke under race conditions in all four strokes

Additional Goals and Objectives:

  • The swimmer understands the relationship between distance per stroke, stroke rate, and swimming speed.

  • The swimmer understands the concept of a balanced diet and basic fuels used during swimming training.

  • Swimmer trains at known paces.

  • The swimmer is not influenced by the negative behavior of his or her teammates.

  • The swimmer understands and takes responsibility for attendance, performance and habits in practice and how these three relate to meet performance.

  • Swimmer understands the traits of a positive leader and endeavors to become one.

  • Swimmer can quickly return to concentration focus in practice and in meets

  • Swimmer regularly visits and re-evaluates goals.

High School (Generally 9th-12th Grade):

This is the highest level within WAC and includes anyone that wishes to train at a considerably higher level than their high school peers throughout the year. Swimmers will compete at a senior level in local, state, regional and national level competitions.  Training focuses on all aspects of swimming, and swimmer commitment levels reflect high goals set by the individual.  This group practices up to eight times per week with morning and afternoon practice options. Alternate sprint, distance and dryland group options are available to this group.

College:

This  group is for returning WAC alumni College swimmers returning for the summer and training with the intent to compete.  Their season begins as soon as they are back from school.  These athletes should communicate their intent to Coach Jim