Vortex offers 6 group options:    Whirlpool    Thunder    Lightning    Green & Green 2    Grey    Black  

Below are the responsibilities, expectations, and standards for each group.

1.   Whirlpool    Beginning Swim Team - ages 5 & up

  • Whirlpool group is designed for stroke and skill instructional advancement through training and team commitment for athletes 5 and up.

Attendance Expectations:  In order to continue advancement at this age group consistent practice attendance is requested. 4 practices a week will be held for the majority of the school year and full practice attendance is the expectation. Occasional absence for extenuating circumstance determined by the group coach will be allowed. Excessive absence as determined by the group coach may lead to the athletes training spot going to a waiting list athlete or group move up.

Training Expectations:  The goal of this group is to begin the process of stroke and skill consistency through practice. Practice is held in the lap lanes at Raintree Athletic Club. An emphasis on technique and quality work will be the rule over a yardage per day philosophy. To be a member of this group the athlete must be able to complete a full length of backstroke and freestyle. In water hands-on coaching will be an integral portion of this training group.

Competition Expectations:  The goal of this training group is to build stroke and skill effectiveness. Stroke and skill development take priority over competition and meet selection and participation need to be a discussion between the group coach and the athlete and their family. If the athletes would like to participate in meets to experience the competitive foundation they are encourage doing so.

Equipment Expectations:  None


2.   Thunder    Preparatory Age Group - ages 7 & up

  • ​Thunder group is designed for competitive advancement through training, stroke and skill refinement and team commitment for athletes 7 and up. All swimmers must meet certain physical developmental and skill levels.

Attendance Expectations:  In order to continue advancement at this age group consistent practice attendance is requested. Four practices a week will be held for the majority of the school year and full practice attendance is the expectation. Occasional absence for extenuating circumstance determined by the group coach will be allowed. Excessive absence as determined by the group coach may lead to the athletes training spot going to a waiting list athlete or group move up.

Training Expectations:  The goal of this group is to build training consistency and effectiveness. A variation of yardage throughout each week and across the larger season will occur. Practice lengths of 1500 to 3000 yards will be used depending upon skill levels and training cycles. An emphasis on technique and quality work will be the rule over a yardage per day philosophy. To be a member of this group three competitive strokes must be legal (the fourth stroke will be developed) and flip turns will be developed. Kick development will also be a major focus.

Competition Expectations:  The goal of this training group is to build competitive confidence and effectiveness. There will be meets that are identified as the culmination of the group’s championship cycle that will be the most important meets of each training cycle. The expectation to attend meets and develop with a focus on a championship meet at the end of the season is the best manner to ascertain training effectiveness along with over all and individual progress. There may be occasional exceptions for meet absence due to extenuating circumstances as determined by the group coach. Adjustments to meet requirements will be necessary for athletes during their participation in other sports as well. A discussion regarding changes in competition expectations during these seasons with the group head coach must be a part of Team Vortex membership.

Equipment Expectations:

  • Fins (coach directed)

3.   Lightning   Developmental Age Group - ages 7 & up

  • Lightening group is designed for stroke and skill instructional advancement through training and team commitment for athletes 7 and up. All swimmers must meet certain physical developmental and skill levels.

Attendance Expectations:  In order to continue advancement at this age group consistent practice attendance is requested. Four practices a week will be held for the majority of the school year and full practice attendance is the expectation. Occasional absence for extenuating circumstance determined by the group coach will be allowed. Excessive absence as determined by the group coach may lead to the athletes training spot going to a waiting list athlete or group move up.

Training Expectations:  The goal of this group is to establish stroke and skill consistency through practice. A variation of yardage throughout each week and across the larger season will occur. Practice lengths of 1000 to 2000 yards will be used depending upon skill levels and training cycles. An emphasis on technique and quality work will be the rule over a yardage per day philosophy. To be members of this group all four competitive strokes and flip turns must be part of the development process.

Competition Expectations:  The goal of this training group is to build stroke and skill effectiveness. All members of the group will be expected to participate in at least one meet per season that Vortex (or the group) attends during the various stages of the season. The expectation to attend a meet and develop a beginning as a competitive swimmer is expected. Stroke and skill development take priority over competition and meet selection and participation need to be a discussion between the group coach and the athlete and their family.

Equipment Expectations: 

  • Fins (coach directed)

4.   Green & Green 2    Advanced Age Groups - ages 9 and up

  • Green groups are designed for competitive advancement through training, stroke and skill refinement and team commitment for athletes 9 and up. All swimmers must meet certain physical developmental and skill levels.

Attendance Expectations:

Green:  In order to continue advancement at this age group consistent practice attendance is requested. Five practices will be held a week for the majority of the school year and full practice attendance is the expectation. Occasional absence for extenuating circumstance determined by the group coach will be allowed. Excessive absence as determined by the group coach may lead to the athletes training spot going to a waiting list athlete or group move up.

Green 2:  In order to continue advancement at this age group consistent practice attendance is requested. Five practices a week will be held for the majority of the school year and attendance to 3 of those is required. Occasional absence for extenuating circumstance determined by the group coach will be allowed. Excessive absence as determined by the group coach may lead to the athletes training spot going to a waiting list athlete or group move up.

Training Expectations:  The goal of this group is to ingrain a consistent training ethic and commitment to the long term multiple year goals of a training cycle. A variation of yardage throughout each week and across the larger season will occur. Practice lengths of 2500 to 5000 yards will be used depending upon skill levels and training cycles. An emphasis on technique and quality work will be the rule over a yardage per day philosophy.

Test Set:

  • 6x 100’s on 2:00
  • 10x 25’s kick on :40

Competition Expectations:  The goal of this group is to build long term championship competition effectiveness through consistency of meet attendance to build a competition plan and cycle. All members of the group will be expected to participate in the meets Vortex (or the group) attends during the various stages of the season. There will be meets that are identified as the culmination of the group’s championship cycle that will be the most important meets of each training cycle. The expectation to attend meets and develop with a focus on a championship meet at the end of the season is the best manner to ascertain training effectiveness and individual progress. There may be occasional exceptions for meet absence due to extenuating circumstances as determined by the group coach.

Adjustments to meet requirements will be necessary for athletes during their middle school sports seasons and during participation in other activities as well. A discussion regarding changes in competition expectations during these seasons with the group head coach must be a part of Team Vortex membership.

Equipment Expectations:

  • Swim Bag (To keep track of your gear)
  • Pull Buoy
  • Paddles (appropriate size-coach directed)
  • Fins (coach directed)

5.   Grey    Middle/High School Group - ages 12 & up

  • Grey group is designed to maintain training and to build stroke and skill refinement. It is designed for athletes 12 and up. All swimmers must meet certain physical developmental and skill levels. This group is primarily supporting middle school and high school athletes that participate in other activities and cannot adhere to five training sessions a week with the Black Group.

Attendance Expectations:  In order to continue advancement at this age group consistent practice attendance is requested but not required. Four practices will be held a week for the majority of the school year.

Training Expectations:  The goal of this group is to build training consistency and effectiveness. A variation of yardage throughout each week and across the larger season will occur. Practice lengths of 3500 to 6000 yards will be used depending upon skill levels and training cycles. An emphasis on technique and quality work will be the rule over a yardage per day philosophy. Kick development will also be a major focus.

Test Set:

  • 6x 200’s on 3:00
  • 6x 100’s kick on 2:00

Competition Expectations:  The goal of this training group is to build stroke technique and swimming fitness.  Adjustments to meet requirements will be necessary for athletes during their high school swimming seasons and during participation in other sports as well. A discussion regarding any changes in competition expectations during these seasons with the group head coach must be a part of Team Vortex membership.

Equipment Expectations:

  • Swim Bag (To keep track of your gear)
  • Pull Buoy
  • Paddles (appropriate size-coach directed)
  • Fins (coach directed)

6.   Black    Senior Group - ages 13 & up

  • Black group is designed for competitive advancement through training, stroke and skill refinement and team commitment for athletes 13 and up. All swimmers must meet certain physical developmental and skill levels. 

Attendance Expectations:  To continue advancement at this age group consistent practice attendance is requested. Six practices a week will be held for most of the school year and full practice attendance is the expectation. Occasional absence for extenuating circumstance determined by the group coach will be allowed. Excessive absence as determined by the group coach may lead to the athletes training spot going to a waiting list athlete or group move up.

Training Expectations:  Consistent training cycles and multiple year training goals are the primary focus of this group. A variation of yardage throughout each week and across the larger season will occur. Practice lengths of 3500 to 6000 yards will be used depending upon skill levels and training cycles. An emphasis on technique and quality work will be the rule over a yardage per day philosophy.

Test Set:

  • 8x 200’s on 3:00
  • 8 x 100’s kick on 2:00

Competition Expectations:  Long-term championship swimming is the competitive goal of this group. All members of the group will be expected to participate in the meets Vortex (or the group) attends during the various stages of the season. There will be meets that are identified as the culmination of the group’s championship cycle that will be the most important meets of each training cycle. The expectation to attend meets and develop with a focus on a championship meet at the end of the season is the best manner to ascertain training effectiveness and individual progress. There may be occasional exceptions for meet absence due to extenuating circumstances as determined by the group coach. Adjustments to meet requirements will be necessary for athletes during their high school swimming seasons and during participation in other sports as well. A discussion regarding any changes in competition expectations during these seasons with the group head coach must be a part of Team Vortex membership.

Equipment Expectations:

  • Swim Bag (To keep track of your gear)
  • Pull Buoy
  • Paddles (appropriate size-coach directed)
  • Fins (coach directed)
  • Snorkel