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Group Structure

DART GROUP STRUCTURE

AGE GROUP PROGRAM (13/U)

Competitive Track

Developmental Track

Age Group 1 (ages 9 and under)

Bronze (3rd grade and under)

Age Group 2 (ages 9-11)

Silver (4th-7th grade)

Age Group 3 (ages 11-12)

Gold (7th grade and up)

 

DEVELOPMENTAL GROUPS

Bronze: Monday through Friday practices; 45 minutes each session

These are our youngest Aquadarts. This group is working to master all four competitive strokes. The emphasis is on teaching the FUNdamentals by means of drills and games that make swimming fun. Swimmers should be five to eight years of age and able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke comfortably. Swimmers can advance to Age Group 1 or Silver. There are no mandatory practice requirements and USA swim meets are encouraged but not required. Low-key, fun intrasquad meets are offered through the year.  Falldart and Springdart swimmers join this group. 

 

SILVER: Monday – Friday practices; 1 hour each session.  

This group is designed for beginning and intermediate training with a focus on learning skills in a fun environment. Swimmers will learn all four competitive strokes, starts and turns. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke comfortably. There are no mandatory practice requirements; swimmers are encouraged to attend 3 times/week. USA Swim meets are encouraged but not required. Low-key, fun intrasquad meets are offered through the year.  Falldart and Springdart swimmers join this group. 

 

GOLD: Monday - Friday practices, 1.5 hours each session

This group is designed for junior high swimmers and teens new to the team. There are no mandatory practice or meet requirements.  The group will focus on stroke technique with a heavier emphasis on endurance and overall fitness.   Swimmers will be asked to set a goal of 3 workouts per week.  This group will host swimmers who have advanced beyond the Silver level and teens new to competitive swimming. 

 

COMPETITIVE GROUPS

 

AGE GROUP 1: Monday-Friday practices; 1 hour each session

This group is designed for our top 9/U swimmers who possess all four competitive strokes and the ability to swim 100 Individual Medley.  They will begin to work on gaining endurance and racing skills.   Swimmers in this group are expected to attend three practices weekly and meets regularly. Swimmers can advance to AG 2 or Silver.

 

AGE GROUP 2:  Monday-Saturday practices with dryland; sessions are 1.5 - 2 hours in length

This group will be focused on an introduction to a higher level of training with a major focus on stroke technique and race development.  This group will be designed for our top 9, 10 and 11 year old swimmers.  Swimmers will be asked to attend a minimum of three workouts a week with a goal of 4 to 5 workouts, and are expected to attend swim meets regularly. Swimmers can advance to AG 3 or Gold.  

 

AGE GROUP 3: Monday-Saturday practices with dryland; sessions are 1.5 - 2.5 hours in length

This group will be focused on an introduction to a higher level of training with a major focus on stroke technique and race development. This group is for our top 11-12 year old swimmers. Swimmers will be asked to attend a minimum of four workouts a week with a goal of 5 to 6 workouts, and are expected to attend meets regularly.  11 & 12 swimmers must have 3 BB time standards to be eligible for this group. Swimmers can advance to SR 1 or Gold groups. 

 

 SENIOR PROGRAM 

Group Name

AGES

Description

Requirements

National

13 – 18

Highest level of the DART program.  Top athletes in the program across all sites.  Striving for National level meets and collegiate level swimming. Contract required to commit to workouts, dryland, and overall dedication to the sport. 

8 workouts per week. Futures cuts. Full investment into the program.  Must be fully healthy to swim entire designed workouts.  Must attend dryland (gym) workouts.  Must attend all swim meets during the swim season.  Contract required! 

National Development

12 – 18

Elite level of the DART program.  Striving for National level meets and collegiate level swimming. .

5-7 workouts per week. Close to senior sectional cuts. Full investment into the program. Working to be a practice leader, focused, able to listen, and a great teammate. 

Senior Speed

13 - 18

High level training for high school swimming and water-polo. 

3-5 workouts recommended per week. Ability to train at a higher level and comprehend higher level swimming technique and training.  At Junior Olympic standards. 

Senior Fit

15 – 18

Fitness training for introductory swimmers or swimmers not interested in competition. 

No Practice requirement