Hilton Head Aquatics Training Group Criteria
Every swimmer at Hilton Head Aquatics is registered with USA Swimming and is encouraged to compete. The coaching staff will determine what meets are best suited for each athlete in the program.
This group is for 5-11 year olds who have not mastered freestyle or backstroke. In Pre-team the goal is teach all four strokes in progression. Swimmers are encouraged to make 2-3 practices a week. Average daily yardage N/A.
This group is for 8-12 year olds who are proficient in all four strokes. In this group stroke technique and kicking with a board are 70-80% of their daily workout. Athletes will start some interval training as they learn how to read the clock. Swimmers are encouraged to make 3-4 practices a week. Average daily yardage 2000 -3500 yards.
This group is for 10-14 year olds. In this group stroke technique and kicking are 50-60% of their daily workout. Interval training starts to become a bigger component at this point. The swimmers in this group are working developing the goal of competing all events availible to them. Swimmers are expected to compete in the season ending meets of Palmetto or State Championships. This group is encouraged to make 5-6 practices a week. Average daily yardage 4 to 5 thousand yards. Dryland will be part of the workout and help with core stability.
This group is for 11-16 year olds. In this group stroke technique and kicking with a board are 40-50% of their daily work out. Interval training with very sound technique is expanded and swimmers start to focus on swimming 200's of stroke and distance events along with beginning one morning practice (double) during the school year. Swimmers in this group should be focusing on being fully qualified for the State meet and attaining Age Group Sectional cuts or higher. Practice attendance should be at 100% Average daily yardage 6500-8000 yards.
This group is 13-18 year olds. In this group stroke technique and kicking with a board are 30-40% of their daily workout. Interval training is part of the daily routine. The swimmers start to do some specializing at this level but with the training emphasis geared towards the 200’s of stroke, 400 IM, and 500/1000/1650 Free. The goal of this group is to develop multiple race strategies and be prepared to swim at the sectional, Junior National, and National level. It is required that all athletes make 100 % of all practices. Average daily yardage 6500-9000 yards in single practices and 10,000 -16,000 yards on double days.