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Practice Groups

The following descriptions briefly outline the training groups of Crimson Tide Aquatics.  The coaching staff determines placement within the program and advancement through the different levels.  We have a very experienced and trained staff that knows what is best for each individual swimmer.

White & Pre Team - These are the introductory groups for the novice competitive swimmer.  Stroke fundamentals and enjoyment for the sport are emphasized.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend practice 2- 3 times per week.  Competition is not necessary, but going to some local meets would be both beneficial and fun.

Crimson - This group both refines and builds upon the fundamentals introduced in the White group while introducing more advanced drills and efficiency techniques. The emphasis of this group still is on stroke mechanics; with the addition of basic interval training and continued aerobic development. Basic stretching routines will be introduced to increase coordination and balance. Swimmers are encouraged to attend 4 or more practices per week and also participate in all local swim meets.

Junior - This group is designed for committed and motivated young athletes desiring to work and progress towards the highest National Age Groups standards. Attendance of at least 80% is highly encouraged and expected.  Both aerobic training and continued stroke instruction are used to prepare the swimmers for senior level swimming in the future.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend all local and away meets.

Senior 1 - Swimmers need to be at least 13 yrs. of age and able to train at a minimum level for repeat 100 yd frees and a legal 200IM.  Swimmers in this group have the freedom to participate in other activities outside of swimming, or may just not be quite yet ready for the rigors that the Senior 2 group demands.  These swimmers may attend as many or as few swim meets that they wish.  However, CTA hosted meets are a must.

Senior 2 - Swimmers need to be at least 13 yrs. of age and able to train on a sufficient level comparable to the other athletes in that group.  Swimmers in this group have the ability to train consistently in a highly intense training environment.  Swimmers in this group may have other activities outside of swimming, but still are very committed to achieving the very best that they can in the swimming pool through hard work and dedication.

Senior 3 -  Swimmers at this stage have made a commitment to the sport and are ready for a higher level of training and competition.  Swimmers in this group have the ability to train consistently in a highly intense training environment, and have committed to every workout offered. The objective of this group is to compete successfully at the Southeastern level, and to also qualify and compete at the national level meets.  Swimmers are expected to attend all practice sessions that are offered for the week along with attending all local and away meets that are possible.  Standards for entering this group are strict and entry is by invitation of Head Coach.