Junior Advanced

Please note that all our programs are currently filled and under a modified schedule due to COVID restrictions. New swimmers, please contact us to register for our waitlist.  

The Junior Advanced program is reserved for swimmers 9-12 years of age who are ready to challenge themselves further through full participation in a year-round competitive swim program.  The group goals include competing at the Junior Olympic level.  It is understood that athletes (selected by the Head Coach for this training group) will strive for promotion to the Senior Advanced program and/or high school swim teams.

Participation in the program means the athlete and their family are fully committed to their performance goals. The environment is supportive and we strive to ensure that every athlete gets the personalized attention they need to succeed in meeting or exceeding their swimming goals.

Junior Advanced Group Criteria

To be a candidate for the Junior Advanced group, swimmers should be able to complete the following:

  • 500 yds. Freestyle with flip turns and bilateral breathing
  • 200 yds. Backstroke with flip turns and bent-arm pulling
  • 200 yds. Breaststroke with correct underwater pullouts following all turns
  • 100 yds. Butterfly (assisted by use of swim fins if desired) with correct turns
  • 200 yds. Individual Medley with transition turns
  • Front and back competition racing starts
  • The correct race finishes on all four strokes.

Additionally, swimmers are expected to demonstrate the following tasks in practice or competition:

  • 10 X 100 yds. Freestyle on 1:35
  • 8 X 50 yds. flutter or dolphin kick on 1:00
  • Race under 1:15 (girls) or 1:10 (boys) for 100 yds. Freestyle
  • Achieve minimum RED qualifying standards in TWO or more events.

Expectations of the Junior Advanced Group

  • Be competitive at the Committee/LSC level and prepare for competency at the LSC/Age Group championship/Junior Olympic levels
  • Desire movement into PDSC's Senior Advanced program
  • Consistently improve commitment level and training/racing ability from season to season
  • Become more fluid in swimming (no splashing)
  • Actively improve distance per stroke
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Attendance should improve, not decline, as the athlete matures
  • Training attitudes become more productive and more supportive as the athlete gets older
  • Improve swimming aptitude

The Junior Advanced group practices five days each week for 90 minutes per day. The main focus is to continue to build a love of the sport while giving the swimmer tools to become a high-performing athlete.  Skills for all strokes as well as starts, turns, transitions, and race finishes will continue to be refined.  Racing strategies and capabilities will be introduced.  The swimmers in this group will be expected to compete in designated "team emphasis" meets (approximately once/month) as well as local and statewide swim meets upon meeting appropriate time standards.

In addition to the swim program, the Jr Advanced group has three dryland training sessions per week focusing on body awareness, agility, and strength/explosiveness.   

  • Jr Advanced: M/W 4:30-5:45pm, T/Th 4:15-5:45pm, Fri 5:30-6:45pm 

COSTS & COMMITMENTS: This program costs $145.00 a month. Annual USA Swimming membership is required to participate in this program: Either Premium Membership ($70) or Flex Membership ($20). Note Flex Membership allows members to compete in only two swim meets per year, and may be upgraded to the Premium Membership at any time. 

$95.00 registration fee which includes team shirt & cap.

REQUIRED GEAR: Kickboard, Fins, Pull Buoy, Paddles, Band

There are no additional fees or family volunteer requirements to participate.

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Junior Advanced Group Criteria 

The Junior Advanced group is focused on preparing swimmers for the Senior Advanced group. This group will meet the needs of athletes coming from other sports, high school swimmers or swimmer currently in the PDSC program who are still working on developing speed. Technique is the primary focus with speed, power, and explosiveness playing large roles.

Practice is offered five times a week. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all practices as skills and progressions build from one practice session to another.  This group does not have Saturday morning practices.

Swimmers entering the Senior Intermediate program must be at least 11 years old and complete four of the following six:


Expectations of the Junior Advanced Group:

  • Strive to be competitive at the Committee/LSC level and prepare athletes for both competencies at the LSC/Age Group Championship/Junior Olympic Level and movement into Senior Advanced group (if so desired)
  • To consistently improve commitment level and training/racing ability from season to season
  • Continue becoming more fluid in swimming (no splashing)
  • Actively improve distance per stroke
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Attendance should improve, not decline as the athlete matures
  • Training attitudes should be more productive and supportive as the athlete gets older
  • Athletes must conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to actions needed to promote and support the goals of the team
  • Attend all meets prescribed by coaching staff unless Senior coach agrees to the absence
  • Active in club fundraising
  • Display ability to train appropriately for the athlete’s experience and stated goals
  • Parental involvement in "wet side" decreases but increases on "dry side" during tenure


Goals and Expectations for the Junior Advanced Group:

  • Continue becoming more fluid in swimming (no splashing)
  • Actively improve distance per stroke
  • Translate power and athleticism developed in dryland training to speed in the water
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Provide an effective training program to swimmers who may not have come up through the PDSC Program. 
  • Swimmers will learn to actively monitor and improve their stroke technique
  • Swimmer understands and takes responsibility for attendance and performance, work habits in practice and how these three relate to meet performance
  • Active in club fundraising