2017 - 2018 PRACTICE GROUPS
Tidewater Aquatic Club (TAC) offers a variety of practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. TAC’s coaching staff strives to offer skill specific training for each individual athlete while challenging and developing them to the best of their abilities as they strive to reach and exceed their goals.
The Bronze Plus Group is geared towards swimmers ages 5 and above with the ability to swim 4 x 25 of the pool unassisted, have a legal 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke, and a resemblance of butterfly and breaststroke.
Swimmers will gain strength in the water while learning the fundamentals of all four strokes; including; body position, proper kicking, pulling techniques, and stroke timing for each stroke.
The Bronze Plus Group is recommended to attend 2 – 3 practices per week with no weekend practice option. Each practice is 45 minutes to 1 hour long and will include demonstrations and ample opportunities for the swimmers to practice each skill. Coaching at each practice will be done from in the water in a fun filled learning environment.
The Bronze 1 Group is geared towards younger swimmers with the ability to swim all four strokes and the drive for competition.
The focus of this group will be introducing competitive swimming and racing skills; including starts, turns, and finishes. Coaches will also continue to emphasis everyday practice skills such as circle swimming and using the pace clock. This level of swimming will have the opportunity to be introduced to swim competitions/meets that include sportsmanship, etiquette, and team spirit at local 8 & under meets and TAC hosted events.
The Bronze 1 Group is recommended to attend 3 practices per week. Each practice is 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes long and will include demonstrations and ample opportunities for the swimmers to practice each skill. Coaching will be done in the water as needed and in a fun filled learning environment.
The Bronze 2 Group is geared towards advanced developmental swimmers ages with strong techniques in all 4 strokes and competitive experience.
Swimmers in this group will continue enhancing the fundamentals of swimming; including body position, proper kicking, pulling techniques, stroke timing for each stroke, and breathe control. Coaches will continue to emphasis skills for starts, turns, and finishes as well as introducing core and reaction time drills, training sets, goal setting, and racing strategies. Swimmers in this group will also be encouraged to participate in regular swim competitions/meets to monitor progress of skills being learned as well as instilling sportsmanship, etiquette, team spirit, and TAC pride. Coaching is in a fun filled learning and training environment.
The Bronze 2 Group is recommended to attend 3 – 4 practices per week. Each practice time is generally 1 hour and 30 minutes and will include 15 minutes of basic introductory dryland.
(Age Group Swimmers)
The Silver 1 Group is the next step in the progression from the Bronze Groups. This group is geared towards swimmers with strong techniques in all 4 strokes and a desire to continue to improve competitively, however may also be committed to other athletic sports or extracurricular activities.
The coaching staff will focus on technique in a training environment and will continue to mentally prepare each swimmer for a more competitive and championship focus and experience, as well as dedication to the sport. Practices will be structured based on intervals, continued work on stroke techniques, and racing strategies for all events.
The Silver 1 Group is recommended to attend 4 – 5 practices per week. Each practice time will vary from an hour and a half to two hours.
The Silver 2 Group is geared towards those making a commitment to the sport of swimming and will prepare each swimmer for their move into the Gold Groups. This group will continue to focus on technique in a high training environment, more emphasize on ownership and dedication to the sport, and excelling in competitions of all levels.
The Silver 2 Group is required to make 5 – 6 practices a week, with no weekday morning practice opportunities (during the school year). Each practice will vary from 1 hour and 30 minutes to two hours. Practices will also include a high intensity dryland workout three days a week.
The Gold 1 Group is geared towards to those swimmers that have made swimming their primary commitment however are not prepared for the requirements of the Gold 2 Group or who remain committed to other athletic sports or extracurricular activities.
This group is designed to be the next step progression from the Silver Groups and will continue to work towards a variety of goals, including the highest levels of training and competition. The coaching staff will emphasize accountability in all aspects of the sport and life; including their practices schedule, time management, accountability, and drive the group based on practice and championship success.
Gold 1 swimmers are recommended to make 5 - 7 practices per week, including optional Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Each practice will vary from 1 hour and 30 minutes to three hours. Dryland will be incorporated on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings.
The Gold 2 Group is TAC’s most advanced group geared towards swimmers who have made the full-time commitment to swimming; with a variety of career goals including Senior, Regional, and National level qualification times and preparation for collegiate swimming.
Swimmers in this group will continue to strive for excellence as they will focus daily on mastering racing skills and strategy, taking ownership of each practice and race, and working towards advancing both in and out of the pool as an athlete and a leader.
Gold 2 swimmers are required to make a commitment to 8 practices per week – including 5 afternoons, Monday morning, Friday morning, and Saturday morning. Although 9 practices are recommended (Wednesday morning). Each practice will vary from 1 hour and 30 minutes to three hours, incorporating dryland/strength training within these practices.
Note: Gold 1 and Gold 2 practices will only offer one practice location for each practice. Swimmers in these groups will be required to have a YMCA of South Hampton Roads membership as various practices throughout the week/season will be offered at the Greenbrier YMCA only.
1. Group placement/advancement is at the discretion of the Head Coach and coaching staff. It is important to trust in the coaching staff as each situation will be handled individually with the swimmers individual skill level, commitment level, and best interest in mind. Group placement can be changed by the Head Coach at any time and shall not be subject to any grievance review by the parents or the Parent Advisory Board.
2. Only Gold 1 and Gold 2 groups may train at morning practices (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings).
3. If only one swimmer in a training group is present at a practice, then the coaching staff on deck may exercise its discretion to place that swimmer in an appropriate training group for that practice.
4. YMCA memberships are required for any swimmers attending practices at Greenbrier YMCA (this includes regularly scheduled workouts, mornings and Saturdays) and for ALL swimmers in the Gold Groups.
5. Swimmers arriving to a practice 15 minutes late or more may not be allowed to join that practice; late arrival can be a distraction to the individual swimmer, the full group, and the planned workout. We do understand emergency situations do arise and ask that the parents/swimmers please do their best to alert a member of the coaching staff if they might be arriving late.