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Age Group I, II, III
Age Group I 
Location: COC Pool,
Coach: Squad 1 - Emilio Santoyo, Squad 2 - Tim Lim
 
The Age Group I group is for 6 - 10 year old swimmers who have already learned the stroke basics and are ready to begin training at a competitive level. We expect all swimmers to compete in one meet per month. Swimmers in this group are focused on improving technique and increasing speed and endurance, while becoming well-rounded swimmers who can swim the 50 yard and 100 yard stroke events, and the 100 yd Individual Medley. Swimmers will learn proper technique to improve all strokes, starts, and turns. Age Group I swimmers focus on self-improvement through competition at an appropriate level. This group is highly encouraged to compete regularly and times achieved through competition will be required to move to the Junior Olympic levels.
 
Advancement Criteria for AG1 to JO1:
  • Promotions are offered after the 21st of each month.
  • Achievement of one 11-12 Blue Time Standard (Boys/Girls)
  • Mastery of AG1 curriculum
  • Successful Completion of 10 x 50 freestyle @ 55, averaging 45 or better.
  • Successful Completion of 10 x 25 kick @ 45 averaging 30 or faster
  • Successful Completion of 10 and under IMR events (100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM or 200 IM)
  • 200 IM time of 3:09.99 or better

Age Group 1 Meet Calendar

 
Age Group II 
Location: Castaic
Coach: Courtney Skelley 
 
The Age Group II group is for 11-12 year old girls and 11-13 year old boys who have already learned the stroke basics and are ready to begin training at a competitive level. We expect all swimmers to compete in one meet per month. Swimmers in this group are focused on improving technique, and increasing speed and endurance, while becoming well-rounded swimmers who can swim the 50 yard and 100 yard stroke events, 200 yd Individual Medley. Swimmers will learn proper technique to improve all strokes, starts, and turns. Age Group II swimmers focus on self-improvement through competition at an appropriate level. The workouts are progressively more challenging than those in the Age Group I level. This group is highly encouraged to compete regularly and times achieved through competition will be required to move to the Junior Olympic levels.
 
Advancement Criteria for AG2 to JO2:
  • Promotions are offered January 1, April 1, and August 1
  • At least two 11-12 Blue Time Standard
  • Mastery of AG2/JO1 curriculum
  • Successful Completion of 13 x 100 freestyle @ 1:40 averaging 1:30 or better
  • Successful Completion of 10 x 25 kick @ 40, averaging 25 or faster
  • Successful Completion of 11-12 IMR events (200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM or 200 IM)
  • 200 IM time of 2:59.99 or faster
 
Age Group III
Location: Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
Coach: Erik Johnson
 
Age Group III is made up of 13 and older swimmers not yet in high school looking to solidify core swimming fundamentals while working to further improve the technique of the four competitive strokes, starts, and turns.  We expect all swimmers to compete in one meet per month. Swimmers must be able to legally complete 50 yards of each of the four competitive strokes The sets run slightly faster than in our AG I and II group and the coaches have higher expectations regarding commitment. Strong practice attendance and swim meet attendance is required for advancement to the Senior I Group. In addition, these swimmers need to be able to pass the USA Swimming Start Certification test.
 
Advancement Criteria for AG3 to Senior Development:
  • Mastery of AG3/JO2 curriculum
  • Successful Completion of 13 x 100 freestyle @ ?
  • Successful Completion of 10 x 25 kick @ 40, averaging 25 or faster
  • Successful Completion of 13+ IMR events (200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM)

Age Group 3 Meet Calendar

Equipment

Birth Certificate or Passport – if you are a new swimmer to the team, please bring this to the office on your first day and fill out the USA Swimming registration with the COC Office.

Practice Attire - All swimmers must wear goggles – the Speedo Vanquisher or Junior Vanquisher goggles are great. Swimmers who have hair long enough to get in their eyes when they swim must wear a swim cap. All swimmers should have a competitive style swimsuit – jammers or racers for boys, one-piece with no ties for girls.

Meet Attire – all swimmers must wear a Yellow Canyons cap and a solid Navy Blue Speedo brand swimsuit to meets. (It cannot be TYR or Sporti etc. must be Speedo.) The suits with the team logo are available at Swimworks. The endurance fabric really does last longer. Your suit needs to be TIGHT! Suits stretch, they do not shrink and if it is too big it will drag in the water and slow you down, or worse, fall off.  Most competitive swimmers wear a size or two DOWN from their clothing size. 

Equipment List – Age Group I, Age Group II, Age Group III
Mesh Equipment “Wet Bag” – to hold all of your equipment. This bag should be kept by the side of the pool, and will be wet. That is why the mesh works so well.
Junior Speedo Kickboard – The “normal” looking kickboard that is straight on one side and curved on the other side, the smaller junior size please for AG I and AG II. AG III can purchase the adult size or the junior size. 
Speedo Bullet Head Snorkel (Front Mount Swimmer’s Snorkel) – Not the same as a Diving Snorkel
Speedo Trialon Fins (Sporti Floating Fins for smaller feet) – these are the longer swimmer’s fins and may be trimmed down by coaches. They are not diving fins, but they should not be the ultrashort zoomer style fins. Please get the correct ones.

Optional, but recommended
Dry Equipment Bag – the Speedo backpacks are really nice and can be ordered embroidered at Swimworks. The medium size is probably perfect for younger kids, but the large size will hold everything you would ever need. The small one is too small. If you don’t get the Speedo one, bring some type of bag to put your clothes and towels in.
Canyons Parka – really wonderful to have when the weather gets cooler for those outdoor meets. Order them really large now, and they will last forever. Get these at Swimworks, and order early because the embroidery takes some time.