Ashwaubenon Swim Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. We offer technique based training that becomes more and more challenging as a swimmer advances training groups and swims faster and further. It is the goal of ASC coaches to develop the career swimmer over the long term.
Each swimmer is assigned a specific group level at the beginning of the season based on age appropriate and skill/pace grouping. The swimmer’s group level dictates their available practice times. Swimmers can advance at various points in the season by meeting specified test set/skill/pace requirements and consistently exhibiting the physical/mental/emotional/leadership preparedness for more advanced training/intervals and more extensive commitment/group dynamics at practices and meets throughout the season. Generally, we recommend swimmers for advancing levels in January, April, and September, although we do allow some advancement at other times in special cases. Test sets and skill/pace evaluation criteria are used by coaches as a means of assessing swimmer improvement and possible advancement in training groups.
Swimmer levels are solely the coaching staff's determination and are subject to the discretion of the head coach in deciding what is best for each swimmer, group, and the team as a whole. These are some of the most important decisions a coach can make, and they work to ensure the success of each athlete and group in the program. When considering if a swimmer is ready to advance to another group, we ask ourselves if that swimmer:
1. Can successfully keep pace with the intervals and lane pace demands of the new group, and
2. Will this new group be a positive experience for that swimmer.
Advancements are always a new challenge and a swimmer new to an advanced group would need to be ready for that challenge and commitment level. We base these decisions using our knowledge, experience and understanding of what is best for your athlete as a swimmer and for their teammates in either training group.
Swimmer performance in training must consistently reflect the commitment, focus and demands of a workout level or swimmers will not be moved up and/or may be moved back down to the lower level. If you have any questions about your swimmer’s level, or their readiness to advance to the next level, please ask Coach Dave or Coach Katie.
ASC Practice Group Descriptions
Elementary School Development Track
Junior Jaguar Group
This is the first level of the swim team for elementary aged swimmers. Duration of the practice is 1 hour and practices are offered 3-4 days per week. Focus is on developing basic competitive swimming technique in all 4 competitive strokes, develop strong body line and locomotion, and to introduce athletes to practice and racing rules. No formal dryland is offered at this level. There is no specific attendance requirement for this level but attending as often as possible is encouraged for better skill development.
This is the second developmental level of the team for elementary aged swimmers. Duration of the practice is 1 hour and practices are offered 3-4 times a week with a focus on refining competitive swimming technique and skills, automating body line and correct movements, and learning how to race. No formal dryland is offered at this level. There is no specific attendance requirement for this level but attending as often as possible is encouraged for better skill development.
Green is the competitive training level for elementary school aged (11 or under) swimmers who have met the criteria to move up from the developmental section of the team into the race pace based competitive training environment. Those in the white level would advance to the green level if they advance prior to enrolling in middle school. Dryland training is not offered at this level other than yoga. Practices will be 1 hour 30 minutes 3-5 days a week, and Saturdays when available. We recommend attending at least 3 practices a week in this level. Swimmers graduating from the Green group may advance to either the Gold or the Senior group depending on their performance and personal commitment levels/goals for their swimming, or may move to the MS Jags group if they begin middle school and are not yet ready for the Gold group.
Middle/High School Development Track
Middle School Jags (MSJ) Group Description
Swimmers who are in middle school and not yet ready for Gold level would be placed in the Middle School Jags group. The practice duration will be for 1 hour 15 minutes offered 3-4 times a week and will have a stroke technique component and a conditioning component to each practice. The stroke technique will focus on each of the competitive strokes, turns and starts. The conditioning will be the pace work and conditioning work that prepares them for the gold level of the team. The rationale for offering this group is that middle school aged swimmers need more and can handle more conditioning. MSJ swimmers are invited to all yoga and dryland training that ASC offers. Entrance requirements will be the same as for entry to the Jr. Jaguar level of the team and exit requirements will be the performance and attendance entry requirements to the team’s Gold level. There is no specific attendance requirement for this level but attending as often as possible is encouraged for better skill development.
Gold/HS Development Group Description
Competitive training group for middle school and older swimmers who advance from the Green or Middle School Jags (MSJ) levels. The practice duration is 1 hour 45 minutes 3-5 days per week, and Saturdays when available. Gold swimmers are invited to all yoga and dryland training that ASC offers. This group has no specific attendance requirement, but Gold/HSD swimmers who wish to advance to the Senior level must meet performance and training requirements and are required to demonstrate attendance levels that reflect Senior level commitment.
Senior Group Description
Must be a minimum age of 12 years during Fall or Spring Season. Age is not a guarantee of advancement to this level. Training requires a commitment of at least 4 practices a week if 5 or more are offered, and 75% of the offered workouts. Those who are eligible for mornings (high school aged, others by invitation) should attend morning workouts and this would be included in the attendance requirement to remain at the senior level. Practices will have a 2 hour duration and ASC offered yoga and dryland training are strongly suggested in this level.
National Group Description
USA Swimming/Wisconsin LSC State Qualifier at the 13-14 or Senior level, with a commitment to training at least 85% of the offered workouts to include morning workouts. This is a by invitation group that will swim an additional 15 minutes at the end of most practices for a duration of 2 hours 15 minutes. ASC offered yoga and dryland training are strongly suggested in this level.