PRE-SENIOR GROUP DESCRIPTION
The Pre-Senior group is the second of our three ‘seasonal’ groups and is for swimmers between the ages of 12-15. The practice schedule, including the availability of ‘doubles’, fluctuates with the season, but practices are typically 120 minutes long and offered 6 days a week.. For all of our seasonal groups, there are attendance requirements, and the requirement is that a Pre-Senior swimmer attends at least 8 practices every two weeks.
For swimmers of this age there are different groups within BAC, and the seasonal groups are intended for athletes that are interested in making a strong commitment to club swimming and to BAC. They are only offered as ‘seasonal’ groups, i.e. spring AND summer, fall AND winter, and all have strict attendance requirements. These groups will also have requirements in terms of meet participation that will vary within the group and the season.
The Pre-Senior group is designed for those swimmers that already have more perfected strokes, are accustomed to higher training volumes and intensities, and are looking to ultimately make the transition to our Senior group.
Pre-Senior swimmers are expected to have a strong competitive swimming background. The Pre-Senior group tends to be more homogenous than many of our younger groups, with the swimmers having more of a shared vision and goal of taking swimming seriously and getting better. Pre-Senior swimmers are required to participate for the full length of either the short course or long course season, and year-round participation with BAC is encouraged.
The overarching goal of our Pre-Senior program is to transition our top level middle school aged swimmers from age group swimming to elite level senior swimming. The Pre-Senior group will have among the highest level of expectations of any BAC group, including practice ability and attendance, meet participation and performance, and overall attitude and commitment to the sport. Competition will continue to be a huge focus, and Pre-Senior swimmers should have the goal of qualifying for and participating in meets beyond our state championships. Basically, Pre-Senior swimmers are excelling at the age group level and moving towards acquiring the skills, abilities, and discipline required of our Senior-level swimmers.
SOME SPECIFIC GROUP CRITERIA: PRE-SENIOR GROUP SWIMMERS WILL…
…be expected to take total ownership of their swimming as they work towards becoming a Senior swimmer. This includes all aspects of practice and meet preparation, communication with coaches, season planning and goal setting, etc.
…spend some time reinforcing or refining strokes, but the emphasis will be on training and conditioning.
…consistently demonstrate good habits in the pool, especially relating to streamlines, underwaters, turns, and strokes.
…demonstrate the ability to understand and perform complex sets that may include a variety of distances, pace and speed work, and aggressive intervals.
…be expected to handle swims longer than 500 yards, sets longer than 3000 yards, and practices longer than 7000 yards
… be totally independent at meets relating to meet preparation, event selection, race strategy, warm-up and cool down, finding relays, etc.