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Swim Groups

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

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Policy on Practice Group Assignment

When the coaching staff assigns a swimmer to a specified practice group, we consider a number of variables, including but not limited to, age, speed, technical ability, emotional maturity, work ethic, and attitude.  However, the primary consideration for practice group assignment is a swimmer's technical correctness in the practice enviroment.

Bronze Group:  The Bronze group is the beginning level of our program.  The swimmers in this group are novice age group swimmers who are new to a year-round competitive swim team.  They are introduced to the fundamental skills of the four competitive strokes and to USA Swim meets.  Bronze level swimmer's are capable of managing a class-room setting, understanding water safety, and able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.

It is recommended swimmers attend three practices per week.  It is not required that your child participate in swim meets; however, swim meets are a model of determining progress and development of the skills for each of the competitive strokes.

Silver Group:  The Silver Group introduces swimmers to the basic training environment.  This group is designed to develop a stronger working knowledge of the four competitive strokes, race starts, flip turns, and clock management.  The Silver Level swimmer must have a recommmendation by a coach.

It is recommended swimmers attend three practices per week.  It is not required that your child participate in swim meets; however, swim meets are a model of determining progress and development of the skills for each of the competitive strokes. 

Gold Group:  The Gold Group is a competitive program for swimmers who have been with a competitive year-round program.  At this level, refining technique is the number one priority while endurance training is introduced to the program.  Swimmers will be introduced to goal setting techniques to assist in reaching the highest potential of the athlete.  Some two-a-day practices may be available during winter and summer breaks.  The Gold Level swimmer must have a recommendation by a coach.

It is recommended swimmers attend 80% of the available practices.  Competition is an expectation at this level.

Junior Group:  The Junior Group is a competitive program for swimmers who have been with a competitive year-round program.  This group works on improving stroke technique, speed and endurance training, and strength training.  Swimmers will use goal setting techniques to assist in reaching the highest potential of the athlete.  Some two-a-day practices may be available during winter and summer breaks.  The Junior Level swimmer must have a recommendation by a coach.

It is recommended swimmers attend 80% of the available practices.  Competition is an expectation at this level.

Senior Group:  The Senior Group is a competitive program for swimmers who have been with a competitive year-round program.  This group is typically high school student-athletes and they are expected to navigate through some complex training routines both in and out of the water.  Swimmers will use goal setting techniques to assist in reaching the highest potential of the athlete.  Some two-a-day practices may be available during winter and summer breaks.  The Senior Level swimmer must have a recommendation by a coach.

It is recommended swimmers attend 80% of the available practices; however, the goal should be much higher depending on the individual season goals.  Competition is an expectation at this level.