Bronze Group: This group is designed for novice swimmers who love the water and are new to a swim team. In order to qualify for this group, the swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke (one length of the pool) without stopping and/or needing any assistance. The objectives of this group are to learn correct technique for all four strokes and to learn to love the sport of swimming.
Silver Group: This group is designed for swimmers who are 8th grade or younger and can swim a legal 200 IM with good technique in all 4 strokes. The objectives of this group are to learn good practice habits, master reading the pace clock and swimming sets with intervals, build muscular strength, aerobic endurance, introduction to short and long-term goal setting and the introduction to advanced swimming techniques.
Gold Group: This group is designed for swimmers who are in 8th grade or lower. Swimmers must be able to swim 400 IM while maintaining good relative speed and technique, are expected to compete at multiple swim meets each season and must have well defined goals in the sport of swimming. The objectives of this group are to master advance swimming techniques, build muscular strength, aerobic endurance that will enable athletes to compete at upper level swim meets.
Age Group Elite This group is designed for swimmers who are 13 years or younger at the beginning of the training quarter. To qualify for this group swimmers who are 10 and under must have at least 1 PNS Champs time standard; swimmers who are in the 11-14 age group must have at least 3 PNS Gold time standards. Swimmers are expected to attend 80% of all practices including Saturday morning practices, must have mastered advanced swimming techniques, are expected to compete at multiple swim meets each season, have well defined goals to qualify for and experience success at upper level age group meets such as PNS Champs, Age Group Regionals, and Age Group Zones. Objectives of this group are to prepare athletes physically and mentally for the transition to the National Track Group.
National Track Group: This group is designed for swimmers who are 13 years or older at the beginning of the training quarter. To qualify for this group swimmers must have one 14-year-old Age Group Regional qualifying time. Swimmers are expected to attend 100% of all practices and additional dryland/weight sessions. Objectives of this group are to provide elite training among like-minded athletes with a common goal of becoming the best athletes and people they can possibly be by setting and achieving ambitious long-term goals for each individual athlete. Participation in swim meets is expected.
3 Day High School Group: This group is designed for high school swimmers/water polo players who want to continue to train and compete outside of their high school seasons. Swimmers are offered practice 3 times per week to accommodate their busy schedule. Competition is not required but would be beneficial. Registration for the High School Group must be approved by the Head Coach and the Board of Directors before signing up.
Note: This group will not be open while we have limited pool space available. High school swimmers who wish to participate should sign up for the National Track group instead.
*Swim practice times are subject to change as they are affected by pool events (e.g. high school practices/meets). Practice schedules are posted on our website, www.swimupac.org.
**Participation in competitive swim meets is optional but encouraged for Bronze and Silver group swimmers. Participation is expected for Gold, Age Group Elite and National Track swimmers. High school swimmers, competition is optional but highly encouraged especially for UPAC home meets.
Costs: $154.00 annual registration fee ($79.00 for USA Swimming + $75.00 for UPAC). Monthly dues are due by the 1stof each month and are NOT pro-rated for partial months.
Dues are as follows:
- $75/month for Bronze
- $100/month for Silver
- $150/month for Gold
- $180/month for Age Group Elite
- $95/month for 3 Day per week High School
- $200/month for National Track Group
Note: While we are swimming with substantially reduced pool space, we will also give all members a 10% discount off of the monthly dues listed above.