Training Groups

The Hawks Swimming Association offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Hawks to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.



Group 1 and 2 (Developmental)

  • Have a skill set that is checked off and reviewed bi-monthly through our Assistant Coach. Swimmers progress through the developmental group through several skills/components.
  • To progress out of our developmental groups into Group 3, swimmers must be able to be competent and legal in all four recognized USA strokes.
  • Swimmers attention span and focus must be such that they can be promoted to Group 3 which requires greater practice time, sets, and attention to the clock and circle-swimming.
  • Our developmental swimmers need to be physically strong enough, in terms of endurance, to be able to move up to Group 3 and be able to complete a typical practice.
  • The developmental training groups are critical towards creating a solid foundation for each and every swimmer. It is up to the coaches’ discretion when he/she believes the swimmer should move to Group 3. The coach must be convinced that moving the swimmer to Group 3 would be beneficial and not detrimental to said swimmer’s technique, focus and/or enjoyment of the sport.


Group 3

Our Group 3 is our most diverse and has at times two to three lanes of our six-lane pool. The criteria for remaining in Group 3 and to be considered to move up to Group 4 is based on the following progressive steps

  • Being able to utilize the clock for interval training
  • Making a commitment to be at practice no less than three days a week
  • Having the ability to finish successfully, increasingly difficult practices as the season progresses
  • Showing up on time, ready to swim, not getting out of the water for non-emergency issues, having impeccable lane etiquette and respect for coaches and training partners
  • Maintaining solid technique, drill progression, and focus.
  • Group 3, based on the above mentioned criteria are promoted to a more developed lane with harder intervals and greater swimmer responsibility if they are able to commit to more practices per week and increased practice intensity.


Group 4

This group requires a five-practice per week commitment (with an exception for Varsity Swimmers during their 16-week training period.)

  • Group 4 swimmers must be able to hold an intense interval, lead a lane, respect the lane leader, coaches’ instructions and demonstrate the highest level of endurance and technique ability
  • These swimmers can, at any point, be placed back to Group 3 if they’re unable to make the required practice, do not demonstrate leadership skills, get sloppy with technique, and/or fail to show up for practice five times a week, or are late to practice.
  • If they are unable to make the intervals set forth by the coach they can also be placed into a Group 3 lane to ensure that they are training at a more appropriate intensity.
  • The highest level Group 4 lane is held to the highest standard and most intense practices. It is a privilege to be in this lane, and swimmers know that, revere that lane, are to push themselves to their greatest ability, execute each drill perfectly, go off the clock, be prepared to conduct their own practice if a coach is pre-occupied with a swimmer conflict, an injury or some other emergency issue.


While the above mentioned progression steps are what coaches use to best guide training groups, placement of swimmers is always at the discretion of the coaching staff. Because of limited lane-space, the coaching staff understands that the groups are fluid, and use their discretion at each practice, to mold swimmers into the best training group/lane available to ensure that they have the most productive workout.