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Group Criteria
 

Hilton Head Aquatics Training Group Criteria

 

H2A Group Descriptions:

Pre-Team

Physical Development    

A developmental group with a focus of introducing swimmers to fundamentals and technical instruction in a fun, positive environment. Swimmers will be taught basic skills such as: push offs, streamlines, breakouts, kicking (on the surface and underwater), and sculling. The main focus of the group will be for swimmers to learn proper technique in the competitive strokes of freestyle and backstroke with an introduction to breaststroke, butterfly and race starts. Once the swimmer is legal in freestyle and backstroke, the swimmer will be encouraged to enter and participate in team meets in those events/strokes.

 

Character Development

As a developmental group, swimmers will be introduced to the following concepts: 

  • They are part of a team and have respect for their teammates. 
  • Listen to recommendations from their coach and try to make the appropriate changes. 
  • Understands team rules and consequences for breaking them

The swimmer will also be taught the value of work ethic and discipline by:

  • Putting away all equipment they used
  • Being ready to start practice on time
  • Giving coach their undivided attention
  • Showing respect for the facilities and equipment

Doing the workout in its entirety i.e. swimming all the way to the wall, not walking on the bottom, etc.

Attendance:

Pre-Team is offered 5 days a week.  We would ask swimmers attend 2-3 days a week.   When missing practices please email your coach.

 

 

Bronze 

Physical Development

In continuation from Mini group, swimmers will be taught proper technique in the competitive strokes of breaststroke and butterfly in a fun, positive environment. They will also be introduced to more complex skills such as: flip turns, open turns, finishes, pull outs, racing starts and how to read the pace clock. Swimmers will begin to learn the science of training competitive swimming through the introduction of aerobic conditioning and gradually more complex sets using the pace clock. The goal of this group is for swimmers to train in the four competitive strokes and the Individual Medley.  Swimmers are expected to attend team meets.

Dryland

Introduction to games and activities that include kicking, throwing, catching, hopping, jumping, skipping, running and crawling.

Character Development

In addition to the concepts from Mini Group, swimmers will be taught the following: 

  • Doing sets in their entirety i.e. not stopping in the middle and skipping laps 

The swimmer will also be taught the value of work ethic and discipline by:

  • Having all needed equipment with them each day
  • Being ready to start practice on time
  • Giving coach their undivided attention
  • Showing respect for the facilities and equipment

In addition to all characteristics above swimmers are expected to demonstrate following: 

  • Demonstrates an understanding of sportsmanship
  • Treats teammates, parents, and coaches like he or she would want to be treated
  • Talks to coach immediately before and after races

The swimmer will also be taught the value of work ethic and discipline by:

  • Leaving on time during sets
  • Leave five seconds behind the swimmer in front of them
  • Start and finish at the wall
  • Swims all sets in the prescribed manner (i.e. doesn’t pull on kicking sets, performs all turns legally, etc.)

Attendance:

Practice is 5 days a week.  Swimmers are expected to attend 3-4 times a week.  Please email the coach when not able to attend practices.

 

Silver     

Attendance: Practice is 6 days a week.  Swimmers are expected to attend 5-6 practices.  Please email the coach when not able to attend practices. Swimmers are expected to attend all meets.   

Physical Development

Practice emphasis is placed on continuing stroke development as well as building an aerobic conditioning base needed for competition. Swimmers are introduced to more complex and detail-oriented training sets. Race training and strategy become a more important part of daily practices with an emphasis on improvement in the areas of technique, fundamentals, race IQ and a passion for competition. The goal of this group is for swimmers to gain experience and get introduced to training in all events that continue to encourage the growth mindset. Coaches will begin to introduce goal setting and seasonal planning to swimmers.

Dryland

Swimmers begin to expand on a wider variety of strength and flexibility exercises. Swimmers will be introduced to BridgeAthletic training and exercises. 

Character Development

As a continued progress in the Sportsmanship-Championship mindset, swimmers will be taught to be knowledgeable about qualifying times for the highest level of competition they can attend as well as how finals work.

Work ethic and self- discipline:

  • Swimmers will be taught to avoid being affected by negative behavior and always showing positive behavior towards teammates
  • Take ownership of attendance, performance in practice and meets and habits that affect that performance
  • Taught the traits of being a positive leader and the endeavors to become one
  • Act like a role model in a positive way in and out of the pool.

 

Gold

Attendance: Practice is 6 days a week.  Swimmers are expected to attend all practices.  Please email the coach when not able to attend practices. Swimmers are expected to attend all meets. 

Physical Development

This group is designed to prepare swimmers for Senior level swimming. Emphasis is to continue to improve stroke mechanics and endurance of all four competitive strokes and the individual medleys. Swimmers are training and preparing for all events and all strokes.

Swimmers will go through goal setting and seasonal planning with their coach to support swimmers in balancing daily obligations. Swimmers are expected to compete in all competitive events to gain experience and work towards determining the swimmers strongest events. 

Dryland

Swimmers will be introduced to a variety of exercises rotated through a training plan with BridgeAthletic. Swimmers are taught good aquatic posture.

Character Development

As a member ofthis group, swimmers will be taught the importance of being a role model and leader by example for the younger swimmers. 

Work ethic and self-discipline:

  • Swimmers will learn the value of nutrition, hydration, rest, time management and the short term/long term effects they have on daily/seasonal performance

Senior

Attendance:

Swimmers in this group are expected to attend all practices and meets.

Physical Development

Emphasis of this group is to build and add upon the fundamentals and stroke techniques learned from the age group program. Swimmers will gain extensive knowledge in the science of training at daily practices and race strategy for peak performance at meets. Over time, swimmers will determine their strongest strokes/events by gaining experience in trying all races the sport has to offer.

Senior swimmers will go through goal setting, seasonal planning, nutritional analysis and a dry land program geared towards the swimmers’ specific needs. At this point, swimmers will be expected to commit fully to the training program in order to see the full benefits.

Swimmers in this group

Character Development

As a member of the senior group, swimmers will be expected to demonstrate leadership responsibilities by working with younger swimmers.

Expectations of Senior swimmers

  • Complete the test set with proper technique in all four competitive strokes and...
  • Proper starts, turns and finishes
  • Understands and emphasizes the importance of underwater kick
  • Attend all team meets/functions each month and compete in all events designated by the coach
  • Be on time each practice
  • Maintain a positive ‘Can Do’ attitude
  • Act like a role model in a positive way in and out of the pool.