Long Beach Aquatics offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of Long Beach Aquatics to offer age/ability specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.
All movements within groups must have full recommendation from the head coach, present Coach and new. It is up to the coaches to move swimmers from one group to another, not parents. Please trust our experience and knowledge as coaches, and please know that we have your child’s best interest at heart. If a child moves groups before they are ready, not only in ability but maturity as well, it will only hinder their development as a swimmer. The coaching staff has every right to move a swimmer back to a previous group if they are not meeting the minimum requirements of a current group. We do not move swimmers into a new training group for carpool purposes.
The ages listed for each group are not set in stone, just a guideline to use. Each swimmer is evaluated on an individual basis and group placement is done with Age, ability, commitment level in mind.
The first step pn LBA: Ages 5-7, will learn all 4 strokes legally, and have the option of competing in dual meets only (these swimmers will not be registered with USS Swimming, so will not be able to compete in USS Meets. Stroke Clinic Members have 3 practices-week available to them (3 hours total/week)
This group is intended for 10 & unders: the goal of this group is for swimmers to learn all 4 strokes legally as well as competition at a very basic level (Dual Meets & some USS Meets). Swimmers in this group will experience almost all technique work and very little yardage. Swimmers in Developmental group will begin to learn all 4 strokes legally, including starts-turns and finishes for each stroke. (Developmental group has 2 coaches and the swimmers are divided by age, experience, & ability) Developmental Members have 4 practices/week (4 Hours-15 Minutes total/week)
White group members can range in age from 8-12. They are in the process of learning all 4 strokes (including starts, turns & finishes) legally. They will still get mostly technique work, but are also learning what a workout consists of as well as competing in both dual meets as well as USS meets. The goal of this group is to qualify for and compete in Silvers, JO’s as well as all dual/USS meets. Swimmers in the Bronze training group have 4 Practices/week (6 Hours/week)
Swimmers in this group can range from Ages 10-16. Swimmers in this group must know all 4 strokes, starts, turns, finishes legally. Swimmers in this group are expected to compete in all the dual meets and at least 1 USS meet a month. Swimmers in this group are strongly encouraged to make at least 3 practices a week and will experience a workout which consists of 50% technique, 50% training. Junior group has practice 5 days/week (8 hours/week))
Senior Group 1
Swimmers in this group will experience a true workout in all forms, from interval training, increased yardage, technique work, as well as “get out Swims” (where a swimmer is given a specific time they must achieve in an event of coaches choice). Dryland is offered 2 x a week and should be attended regularly as part of practice. Senior 1 group has practices 6 days a week (11.5 hours/week)
Senior Group 2
Swimmers who have qualified for & competed in either Silver and/or, Junior Olympics. Swimmers are expected to attend practices 4-5 days a week (including Dryland) Swimmers in this group will experience a true workout in all forms, from interval training, increased yardage, technique work as well as “get out Swims” (where a swimmer is given a specific time they must achieve in an event of coaches choice). The goal of this group is Silvers, JO’s, and Zones. If a swimmer is unable or unwilling to meet the commitment (whether in attendance or performance), movement to a different training group will take place. Senior 2 has practices 6 days a week (12.5 hours/week)
12-overs who are serious about their training and Swimming careers. Swimmers in this group must participate in all meets, qualified for & competed in any of the following: JO’s, Zones, Senior Mets, Sectionals, & Nationals. Swimmers are expected to be at practice a minimum of 5 days a week with Saturdays being mandatory. When doubles are offered, they are mandatory as well. Swimmers must be able to complete the workouts as written. Entry into this group is by invite only. Senior elite has practices 6 days a week (12.5 hours/week)
A quick note regarding Saturday morning practices and the Senior training groups: Saturdays are unique in that we get 2.5 hours to train. There is so much we can get done in that time, and this is when we will get to use some different equipment such has parachutes, resistance bands, towing. Saturday Morning practices are know for being a particularly hard practice, and are strongly encouraged to attend (borderline mandatory).
What you put in to practice, you get out of practice. Just being in the pool, and swimming laps up and down the pool will not get you what you need. You need to be aware of what you are doing and working to improve each and every day. All swimmers will progress at different times, do not compare what your swimmer is doing to another swimmer who may be the same age, ability, etc. Above all, remember that swimming should be fun for your child. Swimmers swim, Coaches coach, and parents parent.
Quick note regarding Meets: all coaches have the right & ability to choose and/or change any events a swimmer enters at a meet. We train our swimmers in all 4 strokes,, and all events and do not specialize our swimmers! Coaches would not enter a swimmer in an event unless they had 100% confidence in their ability! Please trust us.
We here at LBA understand and encourage the swimmers doing other sports & Activities outside of the pool & while LBA has no official attendance policy for the younger groups (Stroke Clinic-Developmental, Bronze, Junior) ), it is important to understand that swimmers who are at practice more often could possibly progress faster than if they only go to practice 1-2 a week.