Razorback Aquatic Club

2019-2020 Training Group Structure

Swimmers will be moved into groups three times per year:  after the short course mid-season December Meet, after the short course season is completed (end of March), and after long course season is completed (end of August).  If a swimmer progresses at a rapid rate, s/he may be moved up earlier at the discretion of the coaches.  Each swimmer move is carefully planned and discussed by coaches. In addition to the stated group requirements (below), consideration will be given to:

  • the ability of the swimmer to be successful in each group
  • swimmer maturity
  • training level within the current group
  • meet attendance
  • practice attendance 

All swimmers will be placed into groups that will facilitate the best growth and success possible within our competitive swimming program.  Final placement is solely at the discretion of the coaching staff.


ROOKIE HAWGS

The Rookie Group is our entry-level group for ages 6-10.  The goal of this group is for each swimmer to learn all the aspects of competitive swimming including the four competitive strokes (Fly, Back, Breast, and Freestyle), racing starts and turns, and the fundamentals of swimming.  In addition to fundamentals and stroke technique, this group will also develop a love for the sport of swimming and learn to HAVE FUN! 

If a swimmer progresses at a rapid rate while in The Rookie Group, s/he may be asked to join the Hawgs prior to the normal move-up date.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

We encourage Rookie Hawgs to attend all meets hosted by RAC AquaHawgs. Meet attendance will be based on coach recommendation and swimmer/parent readiness. 

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

Swimming test required (25 legal freestyle, 25 legal backstroke) 

 


HAWGS

The Hawgs Group is for swimmers ages 8-12 who are able to perform the 4 competitive strokes correctly and are preparing for the next level of swimming, including workouts and competition.  In this group, swimmers will expand their knowledge of competitive swimming while refining their technical skills.  This group is designed to focus 75% on swimming technique and kicking.

Swimmers will be working on achieving time standards for the ASI State Meet and preparing for the next progression level.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

Swimmers in the Hawgs Group are encouraged to attend competitions throughout the year and will be striving to achieve championship times.  We encourage swimmers in this group to attend all home and local meets.  Those swimmers who qualify for the ASI State Meet are highly encouraged to attend.

GROUP REQUIREMENTS: There are always exceptions to every rule. Ultimately the coaching staff will make decisions for the readiness of each swimmer based on guidelines set forth by Lead Coach. 

Swimmers must be able to:

  • Swim 25 yards of all four competitive strokes legally (according to the rules of USA Swimming)
  • Perform a racing start off the blocks
  • Perform freestyle flip turns
  • Swim a 100 IM without stopping
  • Swim a 100 freestyle without stopping

 


WILD HAWGS 2

This group is for swimmers ages 10-14.  Focus in the group is on technique and race pace training. Swimmers are continuing to prepare for their advancement within the sport of swimming; while maintaining a variety of other interests.  Swimmers will also learn good sportsmanship, work ethic, and how to be a positive influence on others.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

It is expected that swimmers in this group attend local meets.  In addition, we encourage them to attend the highest-level championship meet qualified for. 

GROUP EXPECTATIONS

  • Sound technique of all four strokes and basic swimming mechanics (streamline, turns, kick) 
  • Each Swimmer owns required practice equipment 
  • We recommend swimmers attend 4-5 practices per week.

 


WILD HAWGS 1

This group is the elite group for swimmers ages 11-14.  Focus in the group is on advanced technique, training and preparing for the Senior Hawgs while achieving the highest level of competition.  In addition to these focus areas, swimmers must demonstrate a positive influence on their teammates and training partners, as well as show consistent improvement in this area during daily practice.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

It is expected that swimmers in this group will attend all local meets and the highest-level championship meet qualified for.  Swimmers in this group should attend as many travel meets as possible.

GROUP EXPECTATIONS

  • Sound technique of all four strokes and basic swimming mechanics (streamline, turns, kick) 
  • Each Swimmer owns required practice equipment 
  • We recommend swimmers attend 4-5 practices per week.

 


SENIOR HAWGS

The Senior Hawgs Group is the highest-level training group for our athletes.  For swimmers in this group, swimming is their primary extracurricular activity.   Swimmers in this group have a superior work ethic. While training in this group swimmers must be a positive influence on their teammates and training partners.  Swimmers in this group should be meeting with the Head Senior Coach to set goals and training plan.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

Swimmers are expected to attend all meets on the schedule, including the highest-level championship meet qualified for. 

GROUP EXPECTATIONS

  • Sound technique of all four strokes and basic swimming mechanics (streamline, turns, kick) 
  • Each Swimmer owns required practice equipment 
  • At this level swimmer’s attendance should be reflected of their goals in the sport.

 


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