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CCAT Swimming offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. Coaches determine which group a swimmer is placed in. Swimmers are assigned to practice groups by their skill and ability level, NOT by age or parent's desire. The objective of the coaches is 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.

Tryouts are available at the Pierce College pool Tuesday OR Thursday at 6:00pm, at Birmingham Tuesdays or Thursdays at 5:00pm.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVELS (Mighty Mites, Novice, Age Group)

MIGHTY MITES 1 & MIGHTY MITES 2

Age:  4-12 yr olds
Skills:  Child should have previously had 2 summers of swimming lessons
Child must be able to perform freestyle (front crawl) arms over the water, with face in the water, blowing bubbles (for 25yds), and backstroke, with arms rotating over head with face out of the water.
Attendance:  No minimum; recommend 3 times per week


BRONZE (NOVICE)
 Age: 7-14 yr olds
Skills: Child must be able to perform all four competitive strokes to the Head Coaches satisfaction, and be able to complete multiple lengths of the pool without stopping for rest.
Attendance: No minimum number of practices required; recommended 3 days per week; swimmers need to attend at least three CCAT monthly Novice meets from May through September.


SILVER - AGE GROUP 1 
Age:  8-18
Skills: 10 and unders must have achieved "Red times" (boys time standards, girls time standards) in at least 3 events of 50 or 100 yards.
Swimmers must be able to successfully complete the set of 10 x 50 Freestyle on: 55 seconds.
Attendance: No minimum; recommended 4 days per week; swimmers must compete in one USA swimming short course yard meet per season (Fall-Spring-Summer)

GOLD - AGE GROUP 2 & HIGH SCHOOL OFF SEASON

Age:  10-18

Skills:  competent in all 4 strokes;  Swimmers must be able to successfully complete 10 x 50yd Free on :45

 

ELITE LEVEL (JO, VARSITY, PRESR, SR)

JR.OLYMPIC/VARSITY 1

Age: 10-18

Skills:  Swimmers at least 2 or more WAG, JAG or Summer JO qualifying times OR have achieved 11/12 BLUE times in at least 4 events, and be able to complete a set of 10 x 100yd Free on 1:25;

Attendance:  Swimmers must average five times per week; and must compete in three meets per season including

 

PRE-SENIOR/VARSITY 2
Age:  13-18; only by Head Coaches invitation
Skills: Swimmer must be able to successfully complete the set of 10 x 100yd Freestyle on 1:20 interval.
Swimmer must have achieved 13/14 "Blue times" (boys time standards, girls time standards) in at least 5 events.
Attendance:  Swimmer must average 5 practices per week per month; failure




SENIOR
Age: minimum 13 yrs old, Only by Head Coaches invitation;
Manditory Attendance:  100% of afternoon and Saturday practices, designated weekday mornings.


*Promotion or demotion from one group to another group is the decision of the Head Coaches.

* Parents should not approach anyone but the Head Coach regarding the swimmer promoting to another group.  Swimmers are constantly evaluated for workout and competition attendance, effort, ability, and maturity.