Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club Model
The Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club’s training group structure is designed to empower progression over time from grassroot levels, to highly experienced and skilled senior groups. The integrity and fairness of the structure is key to the success of our swimmers at all levels, today and throughout their swimming pursuits.
Primary Expectations and Group Descriptions;
This group focuses on improving water confidence, swimming fundamentals and fun! Swimmers will have the option of attending two practices per week based on your preferred schedule.
This pre-competitive program encourages all swimmers to participate in Club events and begin their journey as Trojan athletes.
This group focuses on swimmers aged 10 & under and incorporates a vibrant, fun and energetic introduction to competitive swimming. Swimmers will have the opportunity to practice up to five times per week focusing on skill progressions for all four strokes.
Swimmers in this group are encouraged to participate in Club events and to compete in competitions they are qualified for (i.e. Nova Tech and Age Group Development Meets).
Aspire Group placement (Aspire 1 & 2) is consistent in swimmer eligibility, age and practice durations. Swimmers are designated into their most appropriate training group based on development and progression.
This level focuses on aerobic training and further develops skills, speed, strength and flexibility. The Youth program is Multi-Stroke and Individual Medley orientated, where swimmers are continuing to learn the competitive skills required for racing all events, typically between 11 – 12 years of age.
Competitions are an extension of the training program and an integral piece to athlete development. All Youth group members are strongly encouraged to participate in Club events and attend designated competitions.
Youth White’s training program operates over weekly practices while the Youth Blue program entails six weekly practices and a dryland foundation session.
Junior level Trojans experience a ‘Training to Train’ phase as their next advancement in competitive swimming. A heightened emphasis on maintaining and consolidating skills, speed, coordination, body awareness and flexibility are major components of this developmental stage.
Swimmers, predominantly 13 – 14 years of age build on their foundation of competition focused techniques (i.e. race starts, pace times, turns, lane-etiquette, competitive goals etc) in order to help them move forward as a confident, independent athletes.
Competitive rewards are focused on continued development across multiple strokes and distances with an emphasis on the development of aerobic freestyle and Individual Medley events. Junior Group members are strongly encouraged to participate in Club wide events and attend designated competitions.
The Junior White practice schedule consists of five training sessions per week and a dryland conditioning class. The Junior Blue training schedule is a balance of morning and afternoon practices including a dryland strength and conditioning session.
SENIOR & NATIONAL
At this ‘Training to Compete’ stage, athletes enter the later stages of their Trojan careers and work in conjunction with coaching staff to execute their goals. The programs at this level are designed for swimmers who are both physically and socially equipped and developed to perform in a variety of training and competitive conditions whilst embracing the demands and challenges of competitive sport.
Senior White athletes are encouraged to attend Club events and have flexibility regarding the commitment level of their training, dryland and competition schedules.
Senior Blue and National Development Group athletes have seven scheduled practices, two dryland strength and conditioning sessions and a yoga class each week.
National Group swimmers will begin to understand the longer-term goals of competitive swimming with a focus on Varsity and National level competition. This program includes a more individualized approach to addresses swimmers’ strengths and weaknesses. Swimmers will focus on the art of tactical race preparation as well as participate in goal setting, imagery and recovery methods.
The expectation at this level is to attend competitions that may range from Provincial to International stature, tailored within a robust training program that is focused on peak performance opportunities.