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PRACTICE TIMES, EXPECTATIONS, AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED

FOR SHORT COURSE 2017 SEASON

GOLD GROUP

This is our entry level group. The athletes in the gold group are dedicated to becoming stronger and faster swimmers.  They listen well and try all the suggestions the coaches give them.  Like a piece of gold these kids simply need to be polished to a shine!  Swimmers MUST be able to complete 25 yards of Freestyle without stopping, 25 yards of backstroke without stopping. Some knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly preferred, but not necessary.

EXPECTATION OF GOLD SWIMMERS: To learn and enjoy the sport while experiencing the team atmosphere!

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: A racing suit, goggles, and swim cap (1 latex cap provided. Additional may be purchased)

WORKOUT DAYS/TIMES: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6:00-6:40 PM; Saturday 9:00-9:30 AM.

RECOMMENDED ATTENDANCE: 3x per week.

 

AGE GROUP 1 GROUP

Age Group 1 is a blend of new older age group swimmers combined with swimmers who have been on the team for a year or more and know about the ARAC system of swimming.  An element of training is being introduced into the practices to go along with strong stroke technique emphasis.  This is the group where we want to develop our positive habits.  The swimmers are very energetic and fun to coach. Swimmers must be legal in at least three of the four competitive strokes, and have some knowledge of all four strokes.

EXPECTATION OF AGE GROUP 1 SWIMMERS: To learn and enjoy the sport while incorporating the competitive side of swimming into the mix.  Age Group 1 members should participate in at least one or two meets throughout the season and are strongly encouraged to attend the Regional Championship (meet finale for all kids not swimming in the Age Group Championships or higher).

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: A racing suit, goggles, and swim cap (1 latex cap provided. Additional may be purchased)

WORKOUT DAYS/TIMES: Monday-Friday 6:00-7:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 - 9:30 AM.

RECOMMENDED ATTENDANCE: 3-4 times per week.

 

AGE GROUP 2 GROUP

Age Group 2 is the first step in developing swimmers aerobic training base. Swimmers will have been with our program or another team for a few years by now.  The group will swim longer distances in practice and training interval sets that will develop their strength and endurance.  Swimmers will also be asked to maintain proper stroke technique throughout their swims. Racing strategy is taught.  The swimmers in this group start to develop their concentration skills, which applied with determination, will equal success as they become older senior swimmers.

EXPECTATION OF AGE GROUP 2 SWIMMERS: To be more competitive in the sport, aiming to reach state level championships (Age Group Championships).  Based on age and experience, some Age Group 2 members will be invited to attend dry land training before practice (once per week). Age Group 2 members should participate in at least two or more meets throughout the season and are expected to attend the Regional Championship meet, unless they have qualified for Age Group Championships or higher.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: A racing suit, goggles, and swim cap (1 latex cap provided. Additional may be purchased). In addition, Age Group 2 members are asked to have their own training snorkel (can be found on Swimoutlet.com).

WORKOUT DAYS/TIMES: Monday-Friday 7:00-8:30 PM; Saturday 8:00-9:30 AM.

REQUIRED ATTENDANCE: 4X PER WEEK.

 

SENIOR 1 GROUP

Senior 1 is a transitional group from age group swimming to senior swimming.  Swimmers will be exposed to racing their strokes across a variety of distances from 50s to 200s of odd strokes, and 50s to 1650s of freestyle.  There is an increased training element.  Workout habits are refined and improved to prepare the swimmers for the Senior 2 group.  This group is comprised of top age group swimmers and high school swimmers.

EXPECTATION OF SENIOR 1 SWIMMERS: To participate competitively in the sport, striving to make time cuts for the Senior level meet or higher. Participation is required in as many meets in season as possible, as well as the highest championship level meet he or she qualifies for. Practices are mandatory, not suggested. Dry lands are to be attended twice a week before practice as well. Any conflicts must be brought to the coaching staff ahead of time.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: A racing suit, goggles, and swim cap (1 latex cap provided. Additional may be purchased). In addition, Senior 1 members are asked to have their own training snorkel, hand paddles, and racing fins (can be found on Swimoutlet.com).

WORKOUT DAYS/TIMES: Monday-Friday 7:00-8:30 PM; Saturday 8:00-9:30 AM.      

REQUIRED ATTENDANCE: 4X PER WEEK PLUS 2 DRY LAND SESSIONS

Dry land days– TBD

 

SENIOR 2 GROUP

Senior 2 is a place where dreams come true.  Each swimmer has a goal and a dream of what they want to have accomplished when his or her swimming career is over.  If you want to swim at the national level, you can.  If you want to be a great high school swimmer, you will be.  Each swimmer is challenged personally in practice by the coaches to achieve their individual goals.  

SENIOR 2 EXPECTATIONS: To participate competitively in the sport, striving to make time cuts for the Senior level meet or higher. Participation is required in as many meets in season as possible (as recommended by coaching staff), as well as the highest championship level meet he or she qualifies for. Practices are mandatory, not suggested. Dry lands are to be attended twice a week before practice as well. Any conflicts must be brought to the coaching staff ahead of time.  

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: A racing suit, goggles, and swim cap (1 latex cap provided. Additional may be purchased). In addition, Senior 2 members are asked to have their own training snorkel, hand paddles, and racing fins (can be found on Swimoutlet.com).

WORKOUT DAYS/TIMES: Monday-Friday 6:00-8:30 PM; Saturday 7:00-9:30 AM

REQUIRED ATENDANCE: 5X PER WEEK PLUS 2 DRY LAND SESSIONS.

**VACATIONS AND SUMMER PRACTICE MAY REQUIRE MORNING AND EVENING PRACTICES.**

Dry land days- TBD

 

TRAVEL MEETS

ARAC attempts to do at least one travel meet a year (if possible once a season), eligible to most team members. Travel meets are swim meets first; vacations second. Any team plans/events supersede personal plans. Please check with the coaches before making plans during away meets!

Attendance requirements are expected (even vacation weeks, especially at the Senior level) if your swimmer wishes to attend any travel meet. This meet is not mandatory, but a great experience for team members!

During Championship meets that require travel (Sectionals and above) you will be asked to travel the day before the meet begins. All relay events will be the coach’s decision.  All swimmers attending should be present while teammates are participating.