Team Structure

TRAINING PROGRAM

TEAM STRUCTURE

 

2017-2018 TRAINING SCHEDULE

TEAM REGISTRATION & FEES

 

Our goal is to provide a well-rounded, quality, competitive swimming program for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Cardinal Aquatics offers nine levels of professional technique instruction and training.

 

 

Cardinal Development (age recommend 9&U)

This group is composed of swimmers who are relatively new to year round swimming and meets 3 times per week.  The main emphasis of this group is the basic fundamentals of all four competitive strokes.  Focus will be put on kicking, stroke drills, rotary breathing, starts, proper body position and streamlining.  The most important component of this group is that SWIMMING IS FUN!!  Character Development components such as sportsmanship, good listening skills, respect for teammates, coaches and self will be addressed and encouraged.  Meets are encouraged but optional.

 

Age Group Development (age recommend 10&U)

All swimmers within this group must be able to successfully swim each of the four competitive strokes in a legal manner as deemed by USA Swimming, Inc. rules.  This group meets 3 times per week and will move into more advanced stroke drills with the primary focus still on proper stroke mechanics, body position, and kicking.  Swimmers will begin to increase the yardage while implementing small set interval repeats.  Character Development components such as sportsmanship, good listening skills, respect for teammates, coaches and self will be addressed and encouraged Meets are optional, but highly recommend this group compete in at least all home meets. 

 

Age Group Elite (age recommend 9-13)

All swimmers within this group must be able to successfully swim each of the four competitive strokes in a legal manner as deemed by USA Swimming, Inc. rules.  This group meets 5 times per week and will move into more advanced stroke drills with the primary focus still on proper stroke mechanics, body position, and kicking.  Swimmers will begin to increase the yardage while implementing interval repeats.  Achieving State Meet times will be a goal of this group.  We would like this group to compete in all home meets and at least two away meets.  

 

Cardinal Elite (age recommend 11-13)

This group is intended for swimmers ages 11-13 years old that are starting year round swimming for the first time.  The main emphasis of this group is to teach the basic fundamentals of all four competitive strokes with an introduction to endurance training.  Upper body and core strength will be emphasized with intro to dryland training.  Character Development components such as sportsmanship, good listening skills, respect for teammates, coaches and self will be addressed and encouraged.  Consistent practice attendance is necessary for continued improvement and advancement to the next group.  It will also be important for these swimmers to learn to accept constructive criticism from coaches when needed.  We would like this group to compete in all home meets and at least 1 away meet.

                                                      

Pre Senior Group (age recommend 12-15)

This group is the level in which swimmers move from primary stroke and technique instruction to more emphasis on endurance training.  Upper body and core strength will be emphasized with more dryland training.  THIS GROUP IS FOR SWIMMERS THAT ARE COMMITTED TO YEAR ROUND AND HAVE AT LEAST 1 STATE A QUALIFYING TIME.  Character Development components will continue to build with goal setting playing a key role.  Swimmers will be expected to be accountable for their progress in swimming.  Consistent practice attendance (80%) is necessary for continued improvement and advancement to the next group.  It will also be important for these swimmers to learn to accept constructive criticism from coaches when needed.  We would like this group to compete in ALL MEETS!

 

Senior III (recommended age 13 & Over)

This group is the level in which swimmers move from primary stroke and technique instruction to more emphasis on endurance training.  Upper body and core strength will be emphasized with more dryland training.  Character Development components will continue to build with goal setting being introduced.  Swimmers will be expected to be accountable for their progress in swimming.  Consistent practice attendance (80%) is necessary for continued improvement and advancement to the next group.  It will also be important for these swimmers to learn to accept constructive criticism from coaches when needed.  We would like this group to compete in all home meets and 1 away meet.  This group is also intended for swimmers who want to focus on High School Swimming.  As we get closer to the HS State Meet, proper those focusing on HS swimming will have a different training regiment.   

 

Senior II

Intended for swimmers 13 and Over.  This group is geared for swimmers that are committed to pursuing swimming at the highest level.  Sectionals, Juniors, Seniors, and beyond!! Interval training is an important aspect of this group and minimum standards are those achieving Open State Cuts.  Dryland training will increase and double practices may be required.  Character Development components enhance as the athletes take on more responsibility for their own swimming: knowing times, proper attendance, performance and practice habits, and learning how to better manage their time between sport and studies.  Attendance requirement is 85%.

 

Senior I

This group is geared for swimmers that are committed to the sport with goals being to attend:  Sectionals, Juniors, Seniors, and beyond!! Interval training is an important aspect of this group and minimum standards are multiple Open State Cuts and/or at least 1 Sectional Cut.  Dryland training will increase and double practices may be required.  Character Development components enhance as the athletes take on more responsibility for their own swimming: knowing times, proper attendance, performance and practice habits, and learning how to better manage their time between sport and studies.  Attendance requirement is 85%.

 

 

National

This is the HIGHEST level with Cardinal Aquatics!  This group is geared for swimmers that are committed to the sport with goals being to attend:  Sectionals, Juniors, Seniors, and beyond!! Interval training is an important aspect of this group and minimum standards are multiple Sectional cuts and/or Futures/Juniors/National cuts.  Dryland training will increase and double practices are required.  Character Development components enhance as the athletes take on more responsibility for their own swimming: knowing times, proper attendance, performance and practice habits, and learning how to better manage their time between sport and studies.  Attendance requirement is 90%.