"Providing a world class aquatics program for all members to develop their full potential as athletes and individuals in
 a safe and positive environment."
Gulf Swimming
Level 3
Excellence 200

 

Katy Aquatics' Group Structure
2022-2023

 

 

Novice

Age:

10 & Under

The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age. Novice I for 8 & Unders and Novice II for 9-10 year olds

Description:

This is our entry level group.

We offer Monday, Wednesday or Tuesday, Friday

Prerequisites:

25 yards of uninterrupted Freestyle with proper breathing and body position and 25 yards of backstroke with proper body position.  

Goals:

Learn body and head position, streamlining, breathing patterns, start and turns for all 4 strokes reading the pace clock, learn to swim with teammates, develop listening skills, and having fun. Swim a 100 IM legally and 25's of each stroke . Push off streamline to flags with dolphin kick.

Practices:

2-60 minute sessions per week offered

Competition

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$116

 

Intro to Age Group

Age:

12 & Under

The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11-12 athletes.

Description:

This is our first level 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and get introduced to training sets. 

We offer Monday, Wednesday & Friday and occasionally Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday options

Prerequisites:

Swimmer must be able to complete 100 IM or 4x25 IM and 2-4 50 FR. Coach's approval.

Goals:

Complete training sets 6 X 50 of each stroke and Dive Certification. Compete and complete a 200 IM legally.

Practices:

3-60 minute sessions per week offered; athletes should plan to regularly attend at least 2 practices a week to see steady improvement

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$126

 

Intro to Age Group II

Age:

12 & Under

The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11-12 athletes.

Description:

This is our first level 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and get introduced to training sets. 

We offer Monday, Wednesday & Friday and occasionally Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday options

Prerequisites:

Swimmer must be able to complete the goals of the Intro to Age Group to move into this group.  Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=2:05; IM avg per 100=2:15; Kick avg per 100=2:30. Has legal 200 IM or a 50 of each stroke. Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently.  Coach's approval.

Goals:

Complete training sets 6 X 50 of each stroke and Dive Certification. Compete and complete a 200 IM legally.

Practices:

3-60 minute sessions per week offered; athletes should plan to regularly attend at least 2 practices a week to see steady improvement

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$126

 

 

Age Group l:

Age:

12 & Under

The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11-12 athletes.

Description:

This is our 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and to begin extended training sets with speed development.

We offer this group on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Prerequisites:

Swimmer must be able to complete the goals of the Intro to Age Group to move into this group.   Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:50; IM avg per 100=2:00; Kick avg per 100=2:10  Swim 6 x 50 of each stroke and a 200 IM. Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently. Achieve 10 & Under "B' time.   Coach's approval.

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Goals:

Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently. Achieve 10 & Under "B' time. Learn to swim with teammates, develop listening skills and, learn to enjoy challenging training sets.

Practices:

4 - 60 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; recommend 3 practices per week

Locations

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$153

 

 

Future Stars

Age:    

6 and Up  - The group will be divided into two divisions based on Age.  PURPLE for 10 & under athletes and BLACK for 11 and Up athletes.

Description:

Future Stars is a pre-competitive, year-round program with a focus on proper stoke techniques of the four competitive strokes, turns, diving, and reading a pace clock. Future Stars swims for one hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Swimmers will have the opportunity to attend 2 competitive meets a year.

Prerequisites:

Swimmer must be able to do all 4 Competitive Stokes

Competition:

Will have the opportunity to Compete in 2 meets throughout the year

Goals:

Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently. Achieve 10 & Under "B' time. Learn to swim with teammates, develop listening skills and, learn to enjoy challenging training sets.

Practices:

3 - 60 minute swimming  per week; recommend 2-3 practices per week

Locations:

Seven Lakes HS and Morton Ranch HS

Monthly Fee:

$121

 

Age Group ll:

Age:

12 & Under

Age Group II BLACK for 11-12 athletes.

Description:

This is our 12 & Under development group for athletes to refine stroke technique and to continue to build upon extended training sets with speed development.

We offer this group on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:42; IM avg per 100=1:53; Kick avg per 100=2:00

Swim 3X200 IM and at least two 10 & Under "B" time, with good body position, breathing technique, good turns with great streamlining, ability to listen and take direction, proficient in reading pace clock. Coach's approval.

Goals:

Commit to increased practice schedule, Achieve 11-12 "B" time

Practices:

Age Group II Black - 5 - 75 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; recommend 4 or 5 practices per week.

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$168

 

Advanced Age Group

Age:

11-12

Description:

Final stage of our 12 & Under developmental group before reaching one of the higher levels of our program.   We offer this group 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:32; IM avg per 100=1:42; Kick avg per 100=1:55

Two 11 -12 "BB" time. Swim 4X200 IM legally.  Coach's approval.

Goals:

Achieve 11-12 BB time. Race legally in every distance and every stroke available over the duration of both the short course and the long course season. Enjoy longer training sets with an aerobic conditioning emphasis. Develop ability to kick fast. Refine racing skills.

Practices:

6-90 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; recommend 4 or 5 practices days per week

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$184

 

Bronze:

Age:

10 & Under

Description:

This is our youngest training group for swimmers approaching the higher commitment levels in swimming. We offer this group 5 times a week, Monday-Friday.

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:40; IM avg per 100=1:50; Kick avg per 100=2:00

One 10 & Under "BB" times. Maintain 65% attendance, Racing history in every available event. Coach's approval.

Goals:

Refine stroke technique and racing skills. Learn to enjoy racing, and high level  of training. Achieve 11-12 "BB" times. Maintain 65% attendance, Qualify for and compete at TAGS. Compete legally in every distance and every stroke available over the duration of both the short and long course season.

Practices:

5-90 minute swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week; We recommend they attend 4 out of 5 practices per week.

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$174

 

Silver:

Age:

11-12

Description:

Higher commitment level training group for swimmers 12 & Under.

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:22; IM avg per 100=1:32; Kick avg per 100=1:45

Maintain 75% attendance, Committed to the current season's Championship Meets. Racing history in every available event. Demonstrated commitment to swimming from both parents and the swimmer.  Coach's approval. Two 11-12 "A" times.

Goals:

Develop aerobic and anaerobic ability through longer and more intense practices. Develop more advanced racing skills. Learn to enjoy training and competition. Qualify and Final at TAGS. Achieve 13-14 "A" times and above times . Maintain 80% attendance.

Practices:

6-105 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week. Swimmers in 7th grade 1 morning per week. We recommend they attend 5 out of 6 practices per week.

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$200

 

Junior Development:

Age:

13 -18

Description:

Developmental group for swimmers 13 - 18 that are new to competitive swimming. 

Prerequisites:  

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=2:00; IM avg per 100=2:10; Kick avg per 100=2:20

Legal 200 IM. Maintain 60% attendance. Coaches Approval

Goals:

Refine stroke technique and racing skills, improve aerobic and anaerobic training ability.

Practices:

5- 90 minute swimming plus, recommend  a minimum of 3 practices per week.

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus championships, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$168

 

Senior Development l:

Age:

13 -18

Description:

This our second level developmental group for swimmers 13 - 18. We offer this group 6 times a week

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following: Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:40; IM avg per 100=1:50; Kick avg per 100=2:00

One 13-14 "B" time

Legal 200 IM. 13 & 14 B Time. Maintain 60% attendance. Coaches Approval

Goals:

Refine stroke technique and racing skills, improve aerobic and anaerobic training ability. 13 & 14 BB time.

Practices:

6 - 90 minute swimming plus 3 - 15 minutes dryland per week, recommend 4 or 5 practices per week.

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus championships, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$184

 

Senior Development ll:

Age:

13 -14

Description:

Developmental group for swimmers 13 - 18 who are seeking to achieve a higher commitment level in swimming in this age group.

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:30; IM avg per 100=1:45; Kick avg per 100=1:50

One 13-14 "BB" time. Coach's approval.

Goals:

Achieve two 13-14 "A" times or 15-16 BB times. Develop excellent training ability and habits, race in every available event for both the short course and long course season. Improve stroke technique. Compete in every available event both short course and long course.

Practices:

6-105 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week, recommend 5 practices per week.

Competition:

Recommendation: 3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$200

 

Gold:

Age:

13-14

Description:

Training group for swimmers with high level goals and intensity. This group introduces regular "doubles" training (morning & evening)

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:15; IM avg per 100=1:25; Kick avg per 100=1:35

Three 13-14 "A" times & TAGS. Maintain 80% attendance, Racing history in every available event for both short course and long course seasons. Demonstrate commitment to Elite level training and racing by both the swimmer and parents. Coach's approval.

Goals:

Achieve 15-16 "A" times, TAGS times, Sr. Sectional and/or Junior National times.

Practices:

7 to 8-120 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week. 2 morning practices per week.

Competition:

Recommendation: 1 meet per month plus Highest Qualified Championship Meet.

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$221

 

Senior l:

Age:

15 & Over or HS

Description:

Developmental High School Group

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:25; IM avg per 100=1:35; Kick avg per 100=1:45

3 X 200 IM Legally, 15-16 BB time, maintain 70% attendance. Coach's approval.

Goals:

Three 15-16 "BB" times, 755% attendance, multiple Gulf Championship qualifying times.

Practices:

8-105 minutes swimming plus 3-15 minutes dryland per week (Dryland - This group may or may not have dryland, depending on the time of the year).

Competition Req:

3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$210

 

 

Senior ll:

Age:

15 & Over or HS

Description:

Highest level of Senior program for swimmers 15 & Over prior to entering the High Performance training group.

Prerequisites:

Swimmer entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets: Free avg per 100=1:15; IM avg per 100=1:25; Kick avg per 100=1:35

Three 15-16 "A" time, maintain 80% attendance.

Goals:

Achieve Senior Sectional time. 85% attendance, Compete in every available event for both the short course and long course season. Coach's approval.

Practices:

6 to 9-120 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland.

Competition Req:

3 short course plus champs, 2 long course plus champs

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$221

 

High Performance

Age:

15 & Over or HS

Description:

Katy Aquatics highest level training and competition group. Focus in training is to qualify and compete at National and International level competitions. This group requires "Commitment Without Exception".

Prerequisites:

Swimmers entering this group typically can do the following:

Training Test Sets:

Male:  Free avg per 100=1:06; IM avg per 100=1:15; Kick avg per 100=1:25

Female:  Free:  1:08.  IM:  1:17.5.  Kick:  1:25

Maintain 85% attendance. Doubles training (outside of HS season) Racing history in every available event for both short course and long course seasons. Demonstrate commitment to Elite level training and racing by both the swimmer and parents. 

Three Sectional Cuts and two  15-16 "AA" times. Coach's Approval

Goals:

Continue swimming career at the collegiate level

Qualify and/or final at National level competitions and above. Compete in every available stroke and distance both short course and long course.

Practices:

 6 to 9 - 120-150 minute swimming plus 3-30 minutes dryland per week.

Competition Req:

1 Meet per month plus champs meets

Locations:

TBD

Monthly Fee:

$231

 

Clarifications

Practice group assignments will be made by the coaching staff. The “Prerequisites” are simply that. They are things the staff will consider when making the assignments. Training ability, performance, maturity, commitment of both the athlete and the parents, and social group will all be taken into account. Be assured that the coaching staff considers every athlete very carefully and the staff considers this task as one of the most important and difficult tasks they are charged with. This task consumes hours and hours of thought and debate.

 

Most practice group assignments are for entire seasons. We will make practice group placements at the end of March for April placements and the end of August for September placements. Every group has a season training plan and the athlete will be best served by staying with the group through the end of the period. If an athlete is moved mid-season, the increased training demands could be very detrimental to the rest of the season.

 

Even if the athlete makes all the standards for consideration, the athlete may not be moved into the next practice group. Conversely, the coaches may invite an athlete that has not made all the standards to be placed into a higher group. This could be for a variety of reasons including but not limited to physical, mental, or psychological maturity, commitment of the athletes and parents, social group etc. Ultimately it is the sole discretion of the coaching staff where to place an athlete. If you have a question as to why your athlete was placed in a certain group please ask the coach and we will certainly discuss it with you.