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Canyons Aquatic Club offers opportunities from learn-to-swim to world-class high performance.

 

To see our Swim School Learn-to-Swim page, click here - this will take you to our swim school site and log you out of the team site.)

 

Canyons coaches work toward a common goal of continuity and developmental progression. Each season swimmers are evaluated for the best placement within our team structure, and may be assigned to a different group as they age and/or evolve.

 

Swimmers may move to a different level within their division (i.e. from AG1 to JO1) or transition to another division (i.e. AG1 to AG2), which is generally driven by age.  Divisional advancements often require a change in level as well, since those swimmers will be among the youngest and least experienced in their new division. As an example, a JO2 Blue swimmer who just turned 13 may be moved to JO3 Gold the following season as they transition to a new level of preparation and competition against 14 and almost 15 year olds.

 

The coaching staff attempts to make group moves around different points in the calendar year that correspond with major portions of the season and upcoming championship meets that the swimmers will be participating in.  These translate roughly on a calendar to dates around August, December, and April.  At times, it is necessary to move a swimmer between these dates if some of the important factors of group expectations are being over achieved or no longer met.

 

Group placement and transitions are based on many factors, including a fair bit of coaching instinct. But Canyons coaches are guided by a team-wide philosophy that drives our decisions, and we hope that communicating these ideas will allow for a better understanding of group placement decision-making.  

 

An important distinction that should be understood is that the coaching staff looks heavily on their experiences with a swimmer that is looking to advance.  A swimmer hoping to make an advancement should be demonstrating the attributes of the group they wish to join before being considered for advancement.  Some of the most important factors driving group placement are as follows:

·         Commitment (practice attendance, meet participation, prioritization of the sport)

·         Maturity (chronological age, physiological age and emotional development)

·         Training ability (the ability to make minimum group training standards and efforts)

·         Technique (understand how to demonstrate age appropriate skills correctly, but also to be able to do so in a practice setting with fatigue, stress, and distraction)

 

Racing times are not a primary factor taken into consideration for group movement, although they are taken into consideration because times can translate to meet qualification and training needs.  Another key factor considered is what a person will contribute to the group they are joining.  Our team culture and the goal of the pursuit of excellence is achieved when those that build the foundation are making the team stronger through their contribution.

 

We understand that group moves are not a small change in your lives as parents. The change in schedule can potentially affect other activities, carpools, team dues, coaches and expectations. But just like going from middle school to high school, or from one level of math to the next, these moves are necessary steps along the path towards successful long-term swimming. 

 

Finding the appropriate group for each swimmer is the goal, and our top priority is to place every swimmer in a group that will allow them, and those around them, to develop and shine while continuing to pursue their swimming goals at Canyons. 

 

Group Requirements and expectations:

 

AG 1:

Attendance: Ideal: 75% - 3 out of 4 per week / required: 65% - (5 out of 8 / 2wks)

Weekly Structure: 4 x 1.25 hours in water, Dryland 20-30m 2-3 times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approximately 1 Blue/Gold meet required every 2 months

 

JO 1:

Attendance: Ideal: 80% or greater / required: 70% (7 of 10 / 2wk)

Weekly Structure: 5 x 1.5 hours in water, Dryland 20-30m 3+ times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approx. 1 meet per every 3 weeks on average.  Some are travel meets

 

AG 2:

Attendance: Ideal: 80% or greater / required: 65% (5 out of 8 / 2wk)

Weekly Structure: 4 x 1.25-1.5 hours in water, Dryland 20-30m 2-3 times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approximately 1 Blue/Gold meet required every 2 months

 

JO 2 Gold and Blue:

Attendance: Ideal: 90% or greater / required: 80% (10 of 12 / 2wk)

Weekly Structure: 6 x 1.5-1.75 hours in water, Dryland 20-30m 3+ times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approx. 1 meet per every 3 weeks on average.  Some are travel meets

 

AG 3:

Attendance: Ideal: 80% / required: 60% (6 out of 10 / 2wks)

Weekly Structure: 5 x 1.5 hours in water, Dryland 20-30m 3+ times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approx. 1 meet per every 3-4 weeks on average

 

JO 3 Gold and Blue:

Attendance: Ideal: 100% / Required: 85% (10 of 12 / 2wks)

Weekly Structure: 6 x 1.75-2 hours in water, Dryland 30m+ 4-5 times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approx. 1 meet per every 3 weeks on average.  Some are travel meets

 

Senior Varsity:

Weekly Structure: 5 x 1.25-1.5 hours in water, Dryland 20-30m 3+ times each week

Meet Participation requirement: highly encouraged off high school season

 

Senior 1:

Attendance: Ideal: 100% / Required: 60% (6 of 12 / 2wks)

Weekly Structure: 6 x 1.75-2 hours in water, Dryland 30m+ 4-5 times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approx. 1 meet per every 3 weeks on average.  Some are travel meets

 

Senior 2:

Attendance: Ideal: 100% / Required: 85% (10 of 12 / 2wks)

Weekly Structure: 6 x 2 hours in water, Dryland 30m+ 4-5 times each week Meet Participation requirement: Approx. 1 meet per every 3 weeks on average.  Many are travel meets

 

Senior 3:

Attendance: 110% required (extra 10% is athlete driven)

Weekly Structure: 6 x 2+ hours in water, Dryland 30m+ 4-5 times each week

Meet Participation requirement: Approx. 1 meet per every 3 weeks on average.  Many are travel meets