GOLD GROUP DESCRIPTION
The Gold group is the third or our three ‘quarterly’ group and is for swimmers that are already in high school. The practice schedule fluctuates given the season, but typically last 120 minutes. Swimmers are expected to make at least 6 practices every 2 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.
Previous BAC or USA experience is typical but not required. Gold swimmers will generally cover a wide range of abilities, experiences, and goals, and practices will often be broken up accordingly. Some swimmers will be looking for more of a ‘stay-in-shape’ group, others looking to continue to improve through increased conditioning and stroke and technique development, and others will be looking to qualify and perform in State Championship Meets and beyond.
The overarching goal of our Gold program is to help high-school aged swimmers continue to progress in the sport by providing them with a quality practice and instructional opportunity. For many of them this means the continued improvement of their strokes and swim skills and habits, while others will benefit more from additional training. Some Gold swimmers may not be as competitively oriented as others, but elements of competition will be emphasized for the entire group. Basically, Gold swimmers should be working on improving their technique while improving or maintaining their conditioning, keeping them active and competitive within the sport.
SOME SPECIFIC GROUP CRITERIA: GOLD GROUP SWIMMERS WILL…
…be totally independent when it comes to the ownership of their swimming. This includes serving as the primary communicator with coaches, meet and event selection, goal setting, practice and meet preparation, etc.
…continue to refine all 4 strokes, but may start to see some increased specialization in their training.
…be expected to perform their swimming skills like underwaters, starts, finishes, and turns at a high level and consistently in practice.
…be able to follow complex sets and practices, often with less direct coach supervision.
…spend time on both training and skill refinement, but should be able to handle repeats of swims longer than 500 yards, sets longer than 3000 yards, and practices longer than 6000 yards.
…be expected to participate in meets, and to demonstrate independence at meets by arriving on time and prepared, warming up prior to and after races, discussing race strategy with coaches, etc.