Florida Swimming
Level 3
Excellence 200

T2 Aquatics 2021-2022 Season Group Descriptions


Future Group Description

Ages 6-10

This group is for the youngest athletes on T2 Aquatics, as they are the FUTURE of our team.  This is where we work on a foundation for a lifelong love of the sport of swimming.  

Athletes must have a legal 25 Freestyle with proper side breathing and 25 Backstroke, both with good body position.  This group is designed to introduce young swimmers into the sport of swimming.  Emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes by means of drills and games that make swimming fun.  Swimmers in this group are learning the rules of the competitive strokes as well as the “in’s and out’s” of USA Swimming competitions.  There is no attendance requirement for this group, however, athletes will improve more quickly, and make more friends, the more often they attend practice.  2-3 practices a week are recommended for regular improvement.  Almost all meets for the Future group are local (Naples/Ft. Myers). 

Meet Requirements:

  • Home Meets at the Norris Pool are required. 
  • Participating in the suggested Away Meets for the Future Group is recommended.

Goals of the Future Group:

  • Athletes understand how important it is to be respectful of coaches and teammates.
  • Focus on learning the fundamentals of the four competitive swimming strokes.
  • Foster a love of the pool – both practice and competition.
  • Athletes are encouraged to attend 2-3 practices a week.

Breakthrough 1 Group Description

Ages 8-14

Emphasis is placed on making a BREAKTHROUGH to new and exciting levels with our sport in all areas:  sportsmanship and learning to compete, knowledge of our sport, training ability, and racing speed.

Athletes must have knowledge of all 4 competitive strokes.  This group combines fun, stroke instruction and an introduction to training sets in their practice sessions.  Athletes are learning the rules of the competitive strokes as well as the "in's and out's" of USA Swimming competitions.  There is no attendance requirement for this group but athletes will improve more quickly and make more friends the more often they attend practice.  3-4 practices a week are recommended for regular improvement. 

Meet Requirements:

  • Home Meets at the Norris Pool are required.
  • Participating in the suggested Away Meets for the Breakthrough 1 Group is recommended.

Goals of the Breakthrough 1 Group:

  • Athletes understand how important it is to be respectful of coaches and teammates.
  • Acquire a solid foundation of the 4 competitive strokes and strive to improve stroke technique, starts, turns, and streamlines.
  • Athletes will be introduced to basic training sets, the basics of the pace clock, practice etiquette, and how to read a heat sheet at meets.
  • Foster a love of the pool – both practice and competition.
  • Athletes are encouraged to attend 3-4 practices a week.

Breakthrough 2 Group Description

Ages 8-14

Emphasis is placed on making a BREAKTHROUGH to new and exciting levels with our sport in all areas:  sportsmanship and learning to compete, knowledge of our sport, training ability, and racing speed.

This group is for a more experienced age group athlete.  This group works primarily on stroke instruction while increasing training sets during practice sessions.  These athletes know all 4 of the competitive strokes and turns well and are working towards full knowledge of USA Swimming rules and proper lane etiquette.   4-5 practices a week are recommended for regular improvement.  

Meet Requirements:

  • Home Meets at the Norris Pool are required. 
  • Participating in the suggested Away Meets for the Breakthrough 2 Group is expected.
  • Swimmers making the FLAGS Championship Meet are expected to participate, please schedule family trips around the 14&U FLAGS Championship Meet.

Behavior Goals & Expectations of the Breakthrough 2 Group:

  • Motivated to listen to coaches and try to improve.  Begin to show ownership of sport by increased communication with coaches.
  • Respectful of coaches and teammates.
  • Understanding that their attitude affects how they, and other around them, swim.
  • Strive to improve stroke technique, distance per stroke, starts, turns, and streamlines.
  • Motivated to learn training principles and race strategy.
  • Self-motivated and working towards BB & above competition times.
  • Embrace increased training with preparation for 100 Stroke, 200 IM, 500 and above Freestyle.
  • Excitement about attending a minimum of 4 practices a week – with 5 being better!

Beyond Group Description

Ages 10-14

These athletes have a great base of knowledge with our sport and are looking to make those extra steps to a place BEYOND where they have been before!  Improving their love for higher level training and competitions is a key attitude expectation of athletes in this group. 

This group is where athletes are starting to make swimming a priority in their lives.  Athletes will train for 90-120 minutes a workout, including dryland.  Athletes know all 4 of the competitive strokes, know all of the rules of competition, and understand proper lane etiquette.  While stroke instruction is still important, athletes are working towards maintaining technique during training sets. 

Meet Requirements:

  • Both Home and Away Meets for the Beyond Group are required. 
  • Swimmers making the FLAGS Championship Meet are expected to participate, please schedule family trips around the 14&U FLAGS Championship Meet. 

Behavior Goals & Expectations of the Beyond Group:

  • Actively listen and respect coaches and teammates.  Show ownership of sport by increased communication with coaches.
  • Understanding that excellence is only achieved through commitment, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Strive to fine tune technique and improve pacing and race strategy.
  • Self-motivated to improve commitment level, sportsmanship, and training/racing ability. 
  • Motivated to be competitive at the Championship level and pursue the highest level of age group swimming.
  • Embrace more aggressive practices with preparation for 200 Stroke, 400 IM, 500 and above Freestyle.
  • Willingness to perform every event, every distance, prescribed by the coaching staff.
  • Excitement about striving to attend all training sessions and meets. 

Senior 1 Group Description

Ages 14&Older, 9th Grade Minimum

The Senior 1 Group is the first level in our Senior program. Practices are conducted for one and a half hours offered 6 days per week. In addition, the swimmers will do dryland exercises three days per week and warm up to swim on land before each practice. Practices entail technique and training incorporating all four strokes as well as kicking, pulling and turn and start skill work. Practices vary each day but remain focused on improving the technique, endurance and speed of the athletes thus improving their competitive swim times. The only requirement is that each swimmer make honest effort and focus in practice. Meets are offered about once per month. Coaches select swimmers’ events in meets.  

Meet Requirements:

  • Home Meets at the Norris Pool are required. 
  • Participating in the suggested Away Meets for the Senior 1 Group is expected.

Senior 2 Group Description

Ages 14&Older, 9th Grade Minimum

Athletes in the Senior 2 group have demonstrated a higher level of commitment and performance standard in their swimming. Thus, the training level reflects an advancement in volume, speed and complexity. The focus is reaching the highest levels in USA Swimming competitions. Training sets and practices are longer along with dryland exercises and warm up to swim before each training session. Our philosophy is anti-specialty, we feel excellence is achieved through versatility. Thus, our training and racing focus is not on the shorter events, but more toward the 200s of stroke, distance freestyle and the Individual Medleys. A near perfect practice and meet attendance is expected.  Both Home and Away Meets for the Senior 2 Group are required. 

  • Performance Guides to entry: Florida Senior Championship qualifying time standards, 
  • Swimmers wishing to join this group must have also consistently trained at the standards set in the group and competed in the meet schedule.

Meet Requirements:

  • Both Home and Away Meets for the Beyond Group are required. 
  • Swimmers making the FLAGS or Senior Championship Meet are expected to participate, please schedule family trips around these Championship Meets.

High Performance Group Description

Ages 14&Older, 9th Grade Minimum

Athletes in this group must be committed to creating a high-performance training environment. This is the “all-in” squad of T2 Aquatics. 100% commitment to the swimming, dryland and meet schedule is mandatory. Our daily, weekly and yearly training plans focus on peak performance during the highest level meets. Our philosophy remains “Versatility is the key to Excellence”. We train all four strokes and work from endurance to speed.  Swimmers will also be trained to achieve success as a collegiate athlete. Both Home and Away Meets for the High Performance Group are required. 

  • Performance Guides to entry: Southern Sectional Championship qualifying time standards
  • The training standard is higher and is constantly moving up.
  • This group has morning practices year-round. Swimmers who cannot make morning practices will stay with Senior 2.

Meet Requirements:

  • Both Home and Away Meets for the Beyond Group are required. 
  • Swimmers making the FLAGS or Senior Championship Meet are expected to participate, please schedule family trips around these Championship Meets.