Group Breakdowns and Expectations
PASA- DKS believes that, to perform your best, you need a great foundation to build off of. We have 2 tracks for swimmers based on both their experience with the sport as well as their current ability level. All of our groups will focus on the fundamentals of great technique and our group structure reflects this belief. Swimmers will be asked to complete the skills necessary at each level before they are considered eligible for moving up.
The main difference between the structure of the Developmental and Competitive Programs is that the Competitive program has both practice and meet requirements. By requiring swimmers to attend a certain amount of practices per week, we are giving the minimum that we believe will allow that age of swimmer to continue to progress with their age group. While requiring racing at Meets allows for swimmers to learn how to track their progress, set goals, and evaluate their swimming. Swimmers in the Developmental Program have the freedom to decide how many practices to come to per week as well as whether to or not to attend meets.
When looking at moving a swimmer to a different group coaches will start with the swimmers age , commitment level, progress, and attitude as well as additional factors such as “coach-ability,” social and emotional maturity, and a swimmers ability to be part of the TEAM before making a final decision. The swimmer's current coach will make the final decision. Swimmers/Families who contact other coaches on the team to advance WILL NOT be considered eligible for advancement.
The Developmental Program:
The Developmental Program is all about learning! In 2014, PASA-DKS decided to open up additional entry points for swimmers to allow for greater access to our sport, while also allowing multi-sport athletes to continue having access to our program! Out of all of our Groups, the Developmental Groups are the most important! It is also where our swimmers learn the details that will become the habits that make the difference when they grow into Elite Athletes! These swimmers do not have practice or meet requirements, but are expected to participate in our annual team fundraiser.
The Age Group Program:
The Age Group Program consists of 3 groups that focus exclusively on 12 and Under swimmers, their development and entry into competitive and championship level swimming. Our goal for these groups is for each group to build into the next creating a clear and concise path for swimmers to move from the 8 and Under beginning competitor through to the Farwestern finalist, while laying the foundations necessary to earn a future place in the Elite Program.
These groups have practice and meet requirements.
The Elite Program:
The Elite Program consists of 2 groups and is offered to HIGHLY committed athletes with strong goals and a great work ethic. Swimmers who have chosen to join the Elite Program will be held at the highest standards, will be asked to do tasks and homework outside of the pool, while also arriving early and staying late to give back to the team both in and out of the pool.
Elite swimmers are expected to be Role Models to the entire team at all times.