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THE CRITERIA LISTED BELOW TO MOVE UP WITHIN THE PROGRAM FROM GROUP TO GROUP IS SIMPLY THAT - CRITERIA USED TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL SWIMMERS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MOVING GROUPS. ALL GROUP MOVES ALSO REQUIRE COACH RECOMMENDATION.
 

Bronze Development/Bronze

Ages in these groups generally range from 6 to 10 years. Swimmers practice 2-3 days per week. It is recommended that swimmers maintain a schedule that keeps them within the same practice days and times.

Bronze Development Bronze Development is the bridge between swim lessons and Bronze, the entry level on the TAC swim team. Coaches focus on 12.5/25 meter distance in practice with a strong emphasis on correct stroke technique and basic TAC drills. The minimum required skills include: one length (25 yards) freestyle with 3 count rotary breathing, two lengths of rifle drill backstroke, 12.5 meters legal breaststroke with and without a kick board, ability to flip in the water, ability to dive, and legal butterfly kick. Swimmers lacking these skills should begin with swim lessons.

Bronze - This group places a heavy emphasis on stroke technique, turns, starts, (as well as some fun) and serves as an introduction to competitive swimming.  The teaching process in Bronze is deliberate, placing a heavy emphasis on the development of listening skills.  The basic skills required for entering this group are a strong backstroke, freestyle with bi-lateral breathing, basic competency in breaststroke, and butterfly. This is the level when swimmers participate in swim meets. Swimmers are placed into Bronze based on an evaluation by a member of the coaching staff.  As the season progresses, approximately 25-50% of the swimmers in Bronze will advance on to the Silver group.

 

Silver Development/Silver/Advanced Silver

Silver Development ages 10-12:

Silver Development is designed for kids who join the program at around 10-12 years of age. Coaches focus on 12.5/25 meter distance in practice with a strong emphasis on correct stroke technique and basic TAC drills. The minimum required skills include: one length (25 yards) freestyle with 3 count rotary breathing, two lengths of rifle drill backstroke, 12.5 meters legal breaststroke with and without a kick board, ability to flip in the water, ability to dive, and legal butterfly kick. Swimmers lacking these skills should begin with swim lessons.

Silver ages 10-12:

Silver continues to build on the stroke and technique work of the TAC Bronze groups, as well as introduce training and racing skills to the swimmers.  The main goal of Silver is to develop a love for the sport of swimming by teaching new skills, giving swimmers new challenges, and helping them to enjoy racing. Ages in this group range from 10 to 12 years.

Swimmers in Silver must:

- Be proficient in 4 strokes and turns
- Commit to a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 practices a week
- Attend meets whenever possible

Advance Silver ages 10-12

This group was created, generally, for the 10-12 year old swimmer who has been in the TAC program and has achieved a designated level of success based on effort, practice consistency, meet participation, and time standard achievement.  The young swimmers recommended for Advanced Silver have been recognized by the TAC coaching staff as potential PNS Championship qualifiers, and the group will be specifically working towards seasonal goals which include developing a good work ethic, continued stroke and technique development, goal setting for meets, and a love for racing! This group is for the TAC 10-12 swimmer whose goal is to be a multi-event PNS championship qualifier by the end of the short course season.

 

Criteria for recommendation into AGDG include:

- Must commit to a min. of 3 and a max. of 5 practices a week
- Must have at least 5-10 10 year old “BB” times, or 2 “A” times in more than one stroke. Having "BB" times in the 200 IM & 200 free is a good gauge for this group.
- Attendance of meets throughout the season is a priority

Gold Development/Gold/Advanced Gold 

Gold Development ages 11-13- Gold Development is designed for kids who join the program at or around 11-13 years of age. Coaches focus on 12.5/25 meter distance in practice with a strong emphasis on correct stroke technique and basic TAC drills. The minimum required skills include: one length (25 yards) freestyle with 3 count rotary breathing, two lengths of rifle drill backstroke, 12.5 meters legal breaststroke with and without a kick board, ability to flip in the water, ability to dive, and legal butterfly kick. Swimmers lacking these skills should begin with swim lessons.

Gold- This group is designed primarily as a building block into the 11-13 competitive age group level.  This group serves a wide range of ability levels, but most specifically those swimmers who have proven to be ready for more training oriented practices. Most swimmers in this group are at the BB and A level.

Criteria for recommendation in Gold include:

- Must be at least 11 years old

- Must commit to a min of 3 and a max. of 5 practices a week

- Must have achieved a B time in the 200 free and the 200 IM in the 11-12 year old age group

- Attendance of meets all season is strongly encouraged.

 

Advanced Gold-  This group is designed to meet the needs of the 13-14 year old swimmer who has been in the TAC program and has achieved a designated level of success based on effort, practice consistency, meet participation, and time standard achievement.  This group will allow a much smoother and more prepared move to the Junior groups. Swimmers recommended for Advanced Gold have been recognized by the TAC coaching staff as potential PNS Championship qualifiers and this group will be specifically working towards seasonal goals which include developing a good work ethic, continued stroke and technique development, goal setting for meets, and a love for racing! This group is for the TAC swimmer whose goal is to be a multi-event A/BB and PNS Championship qualifier by the end of the short course season. Participation in those meets is required.

 

Criteria for recommendation into Age Group Gold include:

 

- Must commit to a min of 4 and a max. of 5 practices a week
- Must have at least 2 “A” times in more than one stroke and a minimum of a BB time in every stroke in the 11-12 yr old age group.
- BB times in the 200 IM & 500 free are required for this group.
- Attendance of meets all season is a priority
- Coaches reserve the right to place swimmers in meet events

 

 

 

MiddleSchool/High School

 

Middle School and High School age 13-18(MS/HS) – This group is designed for swimmers who want to participate in the sport but have other commitments. There is 5 offered practices and 2 dryland opportunities. Swimmers in the MS/HS group have demonstrated basic swimming skills, and endurance. The group focuses on general conditioning and skill maintenance. Swimmers are encouraged to participate in swim meets but not a requirement.

  

Junior and Advanced Junior  

Our Senior Development Group Programs are structured to produce outstanding swimmers and leaders through intensified training and competition. This category features two levels - Junior, and Advanced Junior. Ages generally range from 13-18 years old.

Junior- The Junior program and is mainly for the 13-18 year old swimmer.  This group will continue to build on the techniques and skills taught in the Gold, Silver and Bronze Groups, as well as more training and racing skills to the swimmers. The main goal of the Jr. group is to help the younger inexperienced teenager to develop a love for the sport of swimming by teaching new skills, giving swimmers new challenges, and helping them to enjoy racing. Swimmers may practice from 5 to 6 times per week.

 

Criteria for recommendation into Junior include:

 

- Attendance of meets is strongly encouraged
- Attendance of meets required for movement to the next level.

- 5 to 6 practices per week.

 

Advanced Junior- The Advanced Junior group is designed to serve as a bridge between the Junior Group and Senior (15 and over) group. The Advanced Junior group is designed to introduce swimmers to the level of training required to excel at the senior level.    The Advanced Junior swimmers will be expected to maintain a minimum level of 7 practices per week. Coaches reserve the right to recommend that swimmers, who are consistently unable to maintain the practice standards, transfer to another group. 

 

Criteria for participation in Senior Development Gold include:

 

- Minimum of 7 practices per week. Swimmers should have multiple "A" times for 13-14 yr olds .  
- Meet participation is required

-Swimmers must be able to train consistently at the level of the group.  Before moving into the group swimmers must be leaders in their group and on the fastest interval.  Technique must be sound so injury does not occur.

 

Senior ages 15 and over 

Our Senior program is structured to produce outstanding swimmers and leaders through intensified training and competition at the national and world levels. Senior Group swimmers by definition comprise the most dedicated and skilled swimmers on our club. They are an elite training group. As an elite group, senior swimmers will maintain a rigorous training schedule. This schedule will allow them to reach new physiological and psychological levels that will become a departure point for the thin air of success. Only those swimmers willing to embrace the following practice standards should register for the Senior group. This is a commitment not a convenience. The following standard applies throughout the year, fall through summer. Participation in a full meet schedule is required

Senior(SR) group continues to develop the high schoolers physiological conditioning and psychological skills.  However, morning swimmers are expected to demonstrate a higher level of commitment to swimming. Commitment of 8 out of 9 practice at the very least. Meet participation is required. Swimmers must be able to train consistently at the level of the group.  Before moving into the group swimmers must be leaders in their group and on the fastest interval.  Technique must be sound so injury does not occur. The coaching staff is aware that some training weeks may present unforeseen attendance difficulties. Our purpose is to develop a cohesive training group that will allow dedicated swimmers to reach National and International prominence.