VAST TNT uses a "progressive" age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer's physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport. In the later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge must be introduced to the training program. In this respect, "too much too soon" is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential in senior swimming than in the reverse situation.
In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals. Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.
At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making group assignments based on swimmer's physical, mental and emotional level of commitment.
Each group has specific skills and practice levels that need to be achieved in order to be "moved up" to the next swim group and can be found in each of the Swim Group's description. Decisions about moving a swimmer to another group are made by the coaching staff and are made twice a year for Silver 2 and Gold (September, March) and once a month for Bronze 1 - Silver 1. The coaching staff will notify the parents and swimmers when they are ready for a move up. If you are not approached by a coach about a potential move up, please come find us on deck before or after practice! Our coaching staff will assist you with any questions or concerns about our move up process.