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Progression through the Practice Groups
Walnut Creek Aquabears
Progression through the Practice Groups
 
 
Purple Prep
Purple
Gold
Senior
Target Age & Experience
10&U Swimmers New to  Competitive Swimming - Can Swim 50 Yards of Freestyle & 50 Yards of Backstroke and working knowledge of Fly and Breast
 
10&U
11, 12, 13, 14 through August after 8th grade
9th grade and above
Summer Rec swim team or competitive club or advanced lessons  
All New swimmers will be evaluated prior to joining
Summer or competitive club experience
Summer or competitive club experience
Summer or competitive club experience
Stroke Form and Skills
Exit Purple Prep with legal strokes, starts, pushoffs, streamlines, underwaters, turns, and finishes
 
continue to build technical proficiency in stroke form and race skills through 200 free, 100 strokes, 200 IM
continue to build technical proficiency in stroke form and race skills from 500 free, 200 strokes, 400 IM
continue to build technical proficiency in stroke form and race skills for specific events
Practice Schedule
5 sessions @ 45 minutes, M-F
5 sessions @ 60 minutes, M-F
5 sessions @ 90 minutes, M-F
5 sessions @ 120 minutes, M-F
 
 
1 session @ 90 minutes, S am
1 session @ 90 minutes, S am
 
 
 
up to 3 am/pm sessions
makes 3-5 sessions per week
makes 3-5 sessions per week
makes 4-6 sessions per week
makes 6-9 sessions per week
Logged Practice Sets
Skills checklist performed in practice trials for 50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, 100 IM
Skills checklist performed in practice for 100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, 100 IM
Skills checklist timed in practice or competition for 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM
Skills checklist timed in practice or competition for specific events 
Recorded 25y trials of each stroke improved either time (:01 faster) or efficiency (1 fewer stroke cycle at the same time)
Recorded 25y trials of each stroke improved either time (:01 faster) or efficiency (1 fewer stroke cycle at the same time)
Recorded 25y and 50m trials of each stroke improved either time (:01 faster) or efficiency (1 fewer stroke cycle at the same time)
 
Progress towards:
Progress towards:
Progress intervals:
Progress intervals:
Legal Strokes
10 x 100 @ 1:40 FR
15 x 100 FR @ FPSO
100 FR @ FPSO progression
Race Start Certification
8 x 100 @ 2:00 K
10 x 100 K @ FPSO
20 x 50 K @ FA progression
 
6 x 100 @ 1:50 IM
8 x 100 IM @ FPSO
3/4/5 FR interval progression
n/a
Progress FR threshold test set towards 1:30 average 
Progress FR threshold test set average 
Progress FR or stroke threshold test set average 
Goal Sessions
Group Goal Talks, Individual Review of Tracking Sheet
Group Goal Talks, Individual Review of Tracking Sheet
Individual Goal Sheets and Goal Talks, Review of Tracking Sheet
Individual Goal Sheets and Goal Talks, Review of Tracking Sheet
Competition
Participates in mini-meets and age group meet in skill- and experience-appropriate events recommended by Purple Prep coach.
Follows the Age Group meet schedule and competes in skill- and experience-appropriate events recommended by Purple coach.
Follows the Age Group meet schedule and competes in skill- and experience-appropriate events recommended by Gold coach.  Also swims in some Senior meets recommended by the Gold coach.
Follows the Senior Group meet schedule and competes in events recommended by Senior coach.
Progress to complete 10&Under IMReady
Progress 10&Under IMReady score.  Progress to complete 10&Under IMX.
Progress IMReady Score.  Progress to complete 11-12 and 13-14 IMX
Progress Power Point total in main 4 events
Move-ups
Soft move-up to Purple a.s.a.p. with legal strokes, basic understanding of stroke concepts, starts, pushoffs, streamlines, underwaters, turns, and finishes
Hard move-up to Gold (at start of a new season after Winter JO's, Spring FW's or Summer's End)
Hard move-up to Senior (at start of a new swim year in September)
 
Early exit:  3 events with 10&Under FW time standard and Purple coach recommendation
Early exit:  3 events with Sectional time standard and Gold coach recommendation