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Aulea Swim Club has a broad range of swim groups for kids aged 6 through 18. Aulea uses a "progressive" age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer's physiological prime. In order to emphasize long-term versus short-term results, Aulea’s coaching staff establishes training groups of swimmers who are compatible with respect to abilities, commitment levels, attitudes, goals and age.

 

The goal is not to push swimmers through each group as fast as possible, but instead for groups to progress and move through the ranks together. It’s important for swimmers to be in the correct group so he/she can get the proper instruction and be challenged – and conversely, not hold up the group during practice.

 

In 95% of cases, swimmers will be moved up in January (after short-course age group championships) or July (after long-course age group championships). If a swimmer progresses faster than others in his/her group, the coaching staff will make a decision mid-season and communicate to the swimmer and parents. Aulea tries to keep each group to a maximum of 30 swimmers.

 

It can be disappointing if a child’s peers get moved into a higher group and he or she does not. It’s best to focus on your child and his/her abilities and goals – rather than compare to other swimmers. The coaching staff uses established criteria (described below) to make decisions and is always happy to respond to any questions or discuss abilities and goals with the swimmer and parent.

 

Here are descriptions of each group, practice and meet expectations and necessary equipment (for specific information on equipment, please refer to Aulea’s web site).  Please read below for full description.  If you want a basic overview of group criterion, please follow this link.

Aulea Swim School

The swim school – intended for swimmers ages 6-10 – is the team’s introductory program to teach the basics of swimming to beginners. Unless swimmers are coming from another club, they will invariably begin in our swim school program. The goal is to learn all 4 competitive strokes and gain speed/efficiency. The swim school is a small group setting (typically 7 swimmers per coach) and will be held in 13-week sessions (offered in the fall, winter/spring and summer). Although some members of the swim school may be asked to join the team after one session, others may be asked to take two or more sessions until they have developed the appropriate skills to be “team ready.”

  • Practice time: 6:15-7:00 pm (Mon/Wed session or Tues/Thurs session).
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Goggles and water bottle; plus fins (ideally) and cap (if needed).
  • Criteria to progress to Bronze group: all 4 strokes legal; 8 X 25 @ ’45; and 7 years old minimum (rare exceptions);

Bronze Group

This beginner group – for swimmers aged 7 -11 years old – is intended for beginning competitive swimmers. Swimmers in the Bronze group will typically come from the swim school. Swimmers must be able to do all 4 strokes legally to enter the Bronze group. This group is not focused on high volume (roughly 1,200-1,500 yards/day) as most of the time is spent working on stroke technique. Swimmers in this group will also get a lot of exposure to starts and turns. Main group focuses: Drills/technique, learning to be part of a team, learning how to read a pace clock and enjoying swimming.

  • Practice time and expectations: 5:00-6:00 pm daily. 2 days per week expected attendance (those who want to advance to the Silver group will likely attend 3 days per week).
  • Meet expectations: Swimmers in the Bronze group should plan to compete in all Classified meets and BC meets, which means about 6-8 competitions per year.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Fins, cap, goggles, mesh bag and water bottle.
  • Criteria to progress to Silver group: Minimum of 3 10-under AAA times; 8 x 50 swim

@ 1’10 (test sets will be run bi-monthly; 3 x 100 IM @ 2’45 (test sets will be run bi- monthly); and 8 years old minimum (rare exceptions).

Silver Group

This intermediate group – for swimmers 8 -12 years old – is for swimmers who are proficient in all 4 strokes. While the emphasis is still focused on building better technique, some introductory training sets will be introduced. Practices are primarily stroke drills and technique with some work on building endurance. Swimmers can expect to swim more yardage than in the Bronze group (1,500-2,500 yards daily) and the drills will get more quality and in-depth. There is also a larger emphasis on butterfly in this group. Main group focuses: Aerobic training, drills/technique, understanding training sets and learning how to compete.

  • Practice time and expectations: 5:00-6:15 pm daily. 3 days per week expected attendance (those who want to advance to the Gold group will likely attend more frequently). Swimmers may also be invited to occasional Saturday morning practices/stroke clinics.
  • Meet expectations: Swimmers should plan to compete in all Classified meets as well as BC meets and Invitational meets (as eligible), which means about 8-10 competitions per year.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Fins, cap, goggles, mesh bag and water bottle.
  • Criteria to progress to Gold group: Minimum of 3 10-under AAA times; 8 x 100 swim @ 1’45 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); 5 x 100 IM @ 2’15 (test sets will be run bi-monthly; and 10 years old minimum (rare exceptions).

Gold Group

The Gold group – for swimmers aged 9-12 years old – is for swimmers who can do all 4 strokes proficiently and are working on becoming more efficient. Time spent in the Gold group is about 50% technique (stroke refinement) and 50% endurance/conditioning (aerobic training). Swimmers are almost all at the AA/QUAL level. We begin to introduce even more interval sets and the daily volume can range anywhere from 2,500-4,000 yards. Swimmers in this group are beginning to develop their own style of stroke and are engaged in more intense workouts than the Silver group. We focus on team culture. One of our goals is to continue to learn to train while preparing for state-level competitions.

Since competition is a major point of this group, we begin to teach race strategies. Turns and underwaters are also emphasized in this group.

  • Practice time and expectations: 5:00-6:45 pm daily. 3-4 days per week expected attendance (those who want to advance to the Junior group will likely attend more frequently). Swimmers may also be invited to occasional Saturday morning practices/stroke clinics.
  • Meet expectations: Swimmers should plan to compete in Classified meets, Invitational meets and Age Group State Champs or JAG’s as appropriate, which means about 10-12 competitions per year.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Mount snorkel, fins, cap, goggles, mesh bag and water bottle.
  • Criteria to progress to Junior I group: Minimum of 3 11-12 AAA times; 10 x 100 swim @ 1’30 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); 5 x 200 IM @ 3’30 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); and 12 years old minimum (rare exceptions).
  • Criteria to progress to Junior II group: Minimum of 3 11-12 AA times; 10 x 100 swim @ 1’45 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); 5 x 200 IM @ 4’00 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); and 12 years old minimum (rare exceptions).

Junior I Group

The Junior group – for swimmers aged 11-14 years old – is for swimmers who are quite proficient in all 4 strokes and continue improving their times. Nearly all swimmers in this group are at the QUAL time level and above. Interval sets are given through most of the practices and swimmers can expect to swim between 3,500 and 5,000 yards. Many days include long swim sets ranging anywhere from 1,500-2,500 yards in duration. A large part of the focus for the Junior group is aerobic training and an introduction to speed work and swimmers in the junior group have already decided that swimming is something that they value doing and are aiming to maximize their potential. This group may have a fun day as a reward for hard work, but the main emphasis is teaching these swimmers how to train to become ready for the Senior Elite group.

 

  • Practice time and expectations: 5:00-7:00 pm daily. 4 days per week expected attendance (those who want to advance to the Senior Elite group will likely attend more practices). Swimmers may also be invited to occasional morning practices or Saturday stroke clinics.  There will also be two dryland days per week before practice, please check weekly schedule for updates.
  • Meet expectations: Swimmers in the Junior group should plan to compete in Classified meets, Invitational meets and Age Group State Champs or JAG’s as appropriate, which means about 10-12 competitions per year.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Green Strokemaker paddles, center mount snorkel, fins, cap, goggles, mesh bag and water bottle.
  • Criteria to progress to Senior Elite group: Minimum of 1 Sr. Western Zone QUAL time; 15 x 100 swim @ 1’20 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); 8 x 200 IM @ 3’00 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); and 13 years old minimum (no exceptions).

Junior II Group

The Junior II Group is meant to be a bridge between Gold and Junior I.  Workouts in Junior II are very similar to Junior I but with slightly easier intervals.

  • Practice time and expectations: 5:00-6:30 pm on M/W/F and 5:00-7:00 on T/TH. 3 days per week expected attendance (those who want to advance to the Junior Igroup will likely attend more practices). Swimmers may also be invited to occasional morning practices or Saturday stroke clinics.  There will also be two dryland days per week before practice, please check weekly schedule for updates.
  • Meet expectations: Swimmers in the Junior group should plan to compete in Classified meets, Invitational meets and Age Group State Champs or JAG’s as appropriate, which means about 10-12 competitions per year.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Green Strokemaker paddles, center mount snorkel, fins, cap, goggles, mesh bag and water bottle.
  • Criteria to progress to Junior I group: Minimum of 3 11-12 AAA times; 10 x 100 swim @ 1’30 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); 5 x 200 IM @ 3’30 (test sets will be run bi-monthly); and 12 years old minimum (rare exceptions).

Platinum Group

The Platinum group – for kids aged 12-18 years old (6th through 8th grade) who enjoy swimming but don’t meet the criteria for swimming in the junior or senior group yet. Some of these swimmers may be late starters to the sport of swimming and/or have opted to make swimming a lower priority in their life. Other Platinum swimmers are on a very competitive track and are striving to eventually swim in the Junior and Senior groups.  The focus in this group is technique and endurance and practices may range between 2,500 and 4,000 yards.

  • Practice time and expectations: 5:15-6:30 pm daily. 2 days per week expected attendance.
  • Meet expectations: The Platinum group’s primary focus will be Classified meets and BC meets and ideally Invitational meets.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Fins, cap, goggles and water bottle.
  • Criteria to progress to other groups: To be considered for the Junior II group, swimmers must have a minimum of 3 11-12 QUAL times; 10 x 100 swim @ 1’45; and 5 x 200 IM @ 4’00. To be moved into the Senior group, swimmers must be at least 14 years old and in high school and meet the senior group criterion.

Senior Group

The Senior group – for teens aged 14 and up and in high school – is for swimmers either striving to be in the Senior Elite group or swimmers who want to focus on high school swimming primarily but still want to keep a year round conditioning base.  While some swimmers in the Senior group will compete very often others may enjoy swimming but may compete fairly irregularly during the club season. The focus in this group is on speed work, stroke development and aerobic training. Dryland training is included with this group. 

Practice time and expectations: 5:00-6:45 pm daily. 2-5 days per week expected attendance.

  • Meet expectations: The Senior group’s primary focus will be Classified meets and BC meets and ideally Invitational meets. In some cases, swimmers will be competing for a high school team as well which means anywhere from 8-15 competitions per year.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Fins, cap, goggles and water bottle.
  • Criteria to progress to Senior Elite group: Minimum of 1 Sr. Western Zone QUAL time; 15 x 100 swim @ 1’20; and 8 x 200 IM @ 3’00.

Senior Elite Group

This group is for serious swimmers! All swimmers in this group must be 14 or older and have achieved at least one Western Zone Senior Championship time standard. The primary focus is on developing speed and preparing swimmers for college swimming.

These athletes consider swimming to be their prime sport. Two structured morning practices weekly and 2+ hours every afternoon along with Saturdays and some dry land practices are conducted in this group. Typical afternoon volume can range from 5,000- 7,000 yards. Swimmers in this group are training to race and hit higher level time standards. Workouts are tough and require a lot of endurance ability. The coach will have these kids swim at local meet and state championships, Sectionals, Junior Nationals and many other national caliber meets. This group may travel a lot.

  • Practice time and expectations: 4:30-7:00 pm daily (5 days per week expected attendance). Plus three mornings per week (T, TH,  and Sat. when there isn’t a competition). Total of 6 practices per week minimum are expected.
  • Meet expectations: The Senior Elite group’s primary focus will be senior champs and age group champs locally as well as Sectionals and Junior Nationals on a national level. Senior Elite swimmers will be expected to compete in all senior meets as well as most Invitational meets. In some cases, swimmers will be competing for a High School team as well, which means 15-25 competitions per year.
  • Equipment to be supplied by swimmers: Green Strokemaker paddles, mount snorkel, fins, cap, goggles, mesh bag and water bottle.