Razorback Aquatic Club

2018-2019 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.


SENIOR 1 (7-9 – 1 hour 45 min - 2-hour 30 min workouts + 3 – 30-45 min drylands)

The Senior 1 Group requires the highest level of commitment from athletes.  For swimmers in this group, swimming is their number one extracurricular activity. Swimmers are striving for excellence in this group.

All swimmers must have a superior work ethic. While training in this group swimmers must be a positive influence on their teammates and training partners.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

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

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

  • A year-round swimming commitment is required
  • A minimum of a 90% practice attendance
  • A commitment to attend morning workouts
  • Owns required practice equipment 

WEEKDAY MORNING PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

  • 13-year-old swimmers – 1 Weekday Morning
  • 14-year-old swimmers – 2 Weekday Mornings
  • 15-year-old & up swimmers – 3 Weekday Mornings

*Minimum age of 13 


SENIOR 2 (6 – 1 hour 30 min – 1 hour 45 min + 2 – 30 min drylands)

This group is for swimmers who are ages 13 or older that wish to swim and have multiple interests outside of swimming. Swimmers in this group will have more flexibility in their training/commitment level.  Technique and race pace training will be emphasized.  This group will offer a minimal amount of endurance training. It is a perfect group for Swimmers with multiple interests.

COMPETITION EXPECTATIONS

Attendance of all eligible home meets is expected and away meets attendance is encouraged.  Travel meets are encouraged.  An end of the season meet is expected. 

GROUP REQUIREMENTS 

  • There are no attendance requirements for this group.  Although it is understood that a higher level of attendance equals a higher level of results.
  • Owns required practice equipment 
  • Swimmers in this group should be comfortable and legal in all four strokes

*Minimum Age of 13 


WILD HAWGS 1 (6 – 1 ½ - 2-hour workouts + 3 – 30-minute drylands) 

This group is the elite group for swimmers ages 11-14 and requires a high level of commitment to the sport. 

Focus in the group is on advanced technique, training and preparing for the senior groups 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, in order to maintain membership in the Wild Hawgs!

If a swimmer in this group is not demonstrating the qualities expected of them, they may be asked to move out of the group.

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 REQUIREMENTS 

  • Sound technique of ALL FOUR STROKES and basic swimming mechanics (streamline, turns, kick) 
  • Each Swimmer owns required practice equipment 
  • Swimmers are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of practice times offered.

*minimum age of 10


WILD HAWGS 2 (5 – 1 ½ hour workouts + 2 – 30-minute drylands) 

This group is for swimmers ages 11-14. 

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 REQUIREMENTS 

  • Sound technique of ALL FOUR STROKES and basic swimming mechanics (streamline, turns, kick) 
  • Each Swimmer owns required practice equipment 
  • While there is no attendance requirements; it is understood that the more you attend - the better you will swim!

*minimum age of 11


HAWGS (5 – 1-hour workouts plus 2 – 30-minute dryland sessions) 

The Hawgs Group is for swimmers ages 8-14 who are able to perform the 4 competitive strokes correctly and are preparing for the next level of swimming including workouts, dryland training, and competition.

In this group, swimmers will expand their knowledge of competitive swimming while refining their technical skills.  This group is designed to focus 70% on swimming technique and kicking.

More emphasis will be put on endurance and swimmers will be expected to complete workouts and dryland as well an intensive stroke work.

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 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
  • Do freestyle flip turns
  • Swim a 100 IM without stopping
  • Swim a 100 freestyle without stopping

*Minimum age of 8


ROOKIE HAWGS (3 – 60 MINUTE PRACTICES)

The Rookie Group is our entry-level group for ages 6-13.

The goal of this group is for each swimmer to learn all of 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 all Rookie Hawgs to attend developmental 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.) 

*Minimum age of 5, must turn 6 during the year

 

 


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