Age group

Waves Group Information
The EGRA Waves program has 6 different groups that swimmers are assigned to based on ability, age, maturity and goals.  Each group will have a range of ages and abilities.  Our goal is provide a progressive, challenging and rewarding environment that helps all Waves swimmers reach their goals. 

Swimmers are assigned to groups based on ability and move to the next level when they acquire and demonstrate the necessary skills.  For a detailed description of each level, please read our Team Handbook.


Overview of Programs


Swimmers are placed in groups based on ability. Coaches will make all decisions on group placement and move-ups.

1. The underlying philosophy for all groups is progression.  The goal is to have swimmers acquire specific, competitive swimming skills and characteristics at each level.  The outcome will be well-rounded swimmers with exceptional skills.  All  swimmers will progress at different rates, and this is taken into consideration when designing practices.

2.  Swimmers progress to the next level when they exhibit the necessary skills.  The following are taken into consideration: proficiency of skills, attendance at practice and meets, age, maturity and goals.  Each group may have a range of ages and abilities.  Placement in a group is the sole discretion of the coach.  Coaches will put swimmers into lanes based on their ability.

3.  The first three levels of our club (Pre-competitive, Blue and Bronze) emphasize learning all four competitive strokes proficiently.  Being proficient in all four strokes at a young age is beneficial for many reasons.  It allows for more options later in his or her career, lays a solid muscular and neurological foundation, and helps the team when he or she can do more than one stroke.  It isn't until later in a swimmer's career that he or she may begin to specialize in a certain stroke.  While swimmers may excel at certain strokes and distances, the emphasis is on swimming the Individual Medley (IM - a race in which all four strokes are swum by the individual). 

4.  The next two groups of club, Silver and Gold, begin to emphasize the benefits of training and how it relates to performance.  The emphasis of conditioning will still be the Individual Medley.  Silver will spend more time than Gold on technique, but training cycles also become a part of practice.  Once swimmers reach the Gold group, the emphasis begins to shift toward conditioning for peak performance in meets and training to reach the Senior level.  The season is systematically planned with specific phases to maximize swimming potential.  Swimmers in this group are motivated to improve his or her own skills, and this is reflected by a high level of attendance.  

5.  Senior swimming is for the committed athlete, who places a high priority on training for peak performance.  Swimmers in this group are placed into lanes/groups based on his or her goals and commitment levels.

Below is a brief description of each group and expectations:

Group description



Age (guideline)



6-8 years old

Swim 25 yards unassisted

Comfortable with face in the water

Desire to learn about swimming and attends 2 practices a week

Swim meets are not required (can attend meets with approval of coach)



7-9 years old

Swim 100 yards unassisted

Swim a 25 yard backstroke

Desire to learn about swimming and attends 2 practices a week

Swim meets for Blue are the WMSL meets and some USA meets


7-10 years old

Swim a 200 Freestyle

Swim a 25 of each stroke (Back, Breast and Fly)

Streamlines to flags

Desire to learn about swimming and attends 2-3 practices a week

Swim meets for Bronze are the WMSL meets and some USA meets.  Strives for WMSL A and Jr Olympic times.


9-13 years old

Can swim 8X100 on 2:00 - Holding under 1:45

Swims a 50 of Fly, 100 Back and 100 Breast

Swim a 100 IM

Able to read pace clock, attends practice a minimum of 3-4 (70%) times per week, can start off blocks and execute turns for all strokes. 

Swim meets for Silver are the WMSL meets and most USA meets.  Strives for WMSL A and Jr Olympic times.


11-14 years old

Can swim 8X100 on 1:30 

Can swim 100 of each stroke and 200 IM with legal strokes and turns

Able to read pace clocks and follow sets as directed by coach, attends practice at least 4-5 (75%) days a week.

Swim Meets in Gold are WMSL meets and all USA meets.  Strives for State and Zone times.


8th grade and High School

Ranges from high school athletes staying in shape to swimmers striving for National level meets.  Swimmers training for high level meets must meet the group requirements. For a more detailed description of our Senior program, please go to the Senior Page.