TROPHY GROUP DESCRIPTION
The Trophy group is the third of our three ‘foundational’ groups and is for swimmers between the ages of 8-11. Practices typically last for 75-90 minutes and there are 5 practices a week offered. The hope is that a swimmer is attending around 4-7 practices every two weeks, although there are no attendance requirements for our foundational groups.
The Trophy group will have a continued emphasis on strokes, skills, and technique, but within the context of longer practices and sets. Competition is emphasized more than in younger groups, as is dryland training.
Previous BAC or USA experience is typical but not required. Trophy swimmers will generally cover a wide range of abilities, experiences, and goals, and as a result practice groups are often split accordingly. The Trophy group is offered for all 4 sessions, so year-round participation in BAC is introduced and somewhat encouraged, but certainly not required.
The overarching goal of our Trophy program is to help swimmers transition from their early competitive swimming experiences towards more ‘serious’ swimming, all while having a great time and learning to enjoy everything the sport of swimming has to offer. Trophy swimmers will learn how to handle basic elements of training while staying disciplined with their technique and good habits. Elements of competition (including time standard meets, a variety of events, and a more competitive focus) are emphasized in the Trophy group. Basically, Trophy swimmers should move beyond simply perfecting skills and technique, and towards becoming a legitimate competitive swimmer.
SOME SPECIFIC GROUP CRITERIA: TROPHY GROUP SWIMMERS WILL…
…be expected to take a more active role in the ownership of their swimming by packing and carrying bags, remembering equipment, being involved with meet sign-ups, and taking some of the responsibility for communication between coaches and families.
…be working towards all 4 strokes that are not only legal, but smooth and efficient over longer practices and distances.
…be expected to work on developing and solidifying good habits at practice, especially related to underwaters and streamlines, push-offs, turns, starts, and finishes.
…be able to demonstrate good listening and direction following skills, understanding of longer sets, and the importance of practicing good habits without direct supervision.
…spend much of their time on skills and drills, but should be able to handle swims longer than 200 yards, sets longer than 1000 yards, and some practices longer than 2500 yards.
…be expected to demonstrate some independence relating to meets, including meet preparation, event selection, race strategy, reading a heat sheet, getting lined up for races, etc.