SENIOR GROUP DESCRIPTION
The Senior group is the third of our three ‘seasonal’ groups and is for swimmers 14 years old and above. The practice schedule, including the availability of ‘doubles’, fluctuates with the season, but practices are typically 150 minutes long and offered 6 days a week. For all of our seasonal groups, there are attendance requirements, and the requirement is that a Senior swimmer attends at least 10 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.
Swimmers are expected to attend practices regularly on a year-round basis, outside of their high-school season. Senior swimmers are capable of handling intense intervals and a high amount of yardage while maintaining good technique and quality swimming skills and habits. Dryland training has a big emphasis and is a large component of senior training.
Swimmers in the Senior group are expected to have a strong competitive swimming background, and any swimmer looking to join BAC and register for the Senior group must first contact the senior coach, Drew Walden, directly.
The overarching goal of our Senior program is to allow our strongest and most committed athletes a chance to work at developing themselves into elite level senior swimmers. Swimmers are expected to handle intense workloads on a weekly and daily basis. Competition will continue to be a huge focus, and Senior swimmers should have the goal of qualifying for and participating in meets at the National level. Basically, the Senior group represent the top of the BAC program, and Senior swimmers should reflect this with their commitment, attitude, practice performance, and meet performance.
SOME SPECIFIC GROUP CRITERIA: SENIOR 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 train all 4 strokes, but will also have 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.
…be able to handle repeats of swims longer than 800 yards, sets longer than 4000 yards, and practices up to 10,000 yards.
…be required to participate in certain meets, including some travel 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.