BRONZE GROUP DESCRIPTION
The Bronze group is the first of our three ‘quarterly’ groups, and is for swimmers between the ages of 10-13. Practices typically last for 90 minutes and there are 5 practices a week offered. The hope is that a swimmer is attending around 5-6 practices every two weeks, although there are no attendance requirements for our quarterly groups.
For swimmers of this age there are different groups within BAC, and the quarterly groups are ideal for swimmers that are newer to the sport at a club level, swimmers that are active with other sports or activities, swimmers only looking to participate for a portion of the club season, or swimmers that are simply looking to participate at a more casual level of commitment.
Bronze swimmers will primarily focus on developing their strokes and swim skills, but will also work on improving their conditioning, both in the pool and through dryland exercises. (**The Bronze and Silver groups are fairly similar in description, with Silver being better suited for swimmers that have more experience with BAC and USA Swimming, have more established strokes and swim skills, would benefit from additional training, or - most typically - are simply older.**)
Many Bronze swimmers have experience with BAC, but others might be new to the team and to USA Swimming. The group is typically composed of swimmers that are still working towards developing their strokes and technique, while the top end of the group might be looking to qualify for state championships and other time standard meets. A full schedule of Bronze practices is offered during our fall, winter, and spring sessions. We also offer an abbreviated version during our summer session.
The overarching goal of our Bronze program is to help middle-school aged swimmers continue to progress in the sport. For most of them, this means the continued improvement of their strokes and swim skills and habits, and an increase in their training and conditioning. Some swimmers may not be as competitively oriented as others, but elements of competition will be emphasized for the entire group. Basically, Bronze swimmers should be working on improving their technique and conditioning, with an eye towards more competitive swimming down the road.
SOME SPECIFIC GROUP CRITERIA: BRONZE SWIMMERS WILL…
…be expected to start to take a lead role in the ownership of their swimming, and be transitioning into being more independent in the sport. This includes being the primary person for communication with coaches, meet sign-up, and practice and meet preparation.
…continue to improve and strengthen their technique with all 4 strokes, starts, turns, and finishes, with an eye towards competing in longer races at meets.
…demonstrate good listening and direction following skills, good practice habits, and begin to demonstrate the ability to understand longer and more complex sets.
…spend time on both technique and training, and should be able to handle repeats of swims of 200 yards or more, and practices of 2500 yards or more.
…be expected to demonstrate their independence relating to meets, including sign up and event selection, preparation in practice leading up to a meet, warming up prior to or after races, etc.