Club Mission

To provide an avenue for children to safely advance in the world or recreational and competitive swimming in an organized environment directed by USA certified coaching staff.

Club Philosophy

The McHenry Marlins Aquatic Club (MMAC) facilitates a competitive swim team for youth ages 5-21. Our focus is one individual swimmer advancement through program training, technique development, and personal goal setting. Our coaches work to encourage each child to achieve a personal best through dedication and hard work.

Club Organization

MMAC is comprised of an Aquatics Supervisor, Parent Board, and Head Coach who work hand in hand to bring a quality program to participants. The aquatics supervisor and coaching staff oversee day to day operations and program direction. Parent board oversees team fund allocation, team events, and support coaching staff with input and feedback to help foster growth in the organization.

Practice Levels

Swimmers are placed in practice groups based on their experience, age, times, and coach evaluations. Swimmer levels are at the discretion of the coach. Swimmers might move up or down levels during the season or yearly based on their attendance, progression, and meet results. Please note that levels do have cap on number of swimmers to ensure that practice size is not overloaded.

Blue Level (Beginner): Introduction level for new competitive swimmers. Swimmers must be able to strongly swim 50 yards unassisted in a front crawl and elementary backstroke. Basic introduction to the four competitive strokes used in swimming and the other skills necessary to swim competitively. The emphasis is on fun and structure as swimmers learn to swim competitively. Practice 3 days/week (depending on facility schedule).

Bronze Level 1 & Level 2 (Age Group): For growing swimmers who can perform the following: 50 yards of freestyle from a standing dive; 25 yards each of butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke (25 yards streamline dolphin kick may be substituted for the butterfly), and a freestyle flip turn. Required to attend 3 rec meets and at least 1 ISI meet. Level 1 is for swimmers that are still working on legal strokes and perfecting technique. Level 2 is for transitional swimmers looking to take their practice to the next level. Practice 3 days/week (depending on facility schedule).

Silver Level (Intermediate): For swimmers who have achieved a designated level of success based on effort, practice consistency, meet participation, and time standard achievement. Swimmers must be able to perform the following: 50 yards of all four competitive strokes with legal turns and finishes, 200 yards of continuous freestyle with flip turns, and a 100 yard IM with legal turns. Required to compete in a minimum of 3 rec meets and at least 2 ISI meets. Practice 3 or 5 days/week (depending on facility schedule).

Gold Level (Advanced): This level comes with an emphasis on refining competitive stroke technique, building endurance, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and exposing swimmers to greater race opportunities. Swimmers must be able to perform the following: a legal 200 IM with correct stroke and turn technique. Must has obtained or been within reach of a least one regional cut time. Required to compete in a minimum of 4 rec meets and a least 3 ISI meets. Practice 3 or 5 days/week (depending on facility schedule).

Platinum Level (Elite/HS/Club): Designed for swimmers who are committed to the sport of competitive swimming. Swimmers are looking to compete on an elite club team or college swimming careers. This level requires 100% commitment and dedication to following coach and team expectations. Swimmers are progressing towards being top-level athletes at state and national levels. Swimmers must be working towards or have obtains frou regional cuts or one state cut, have a very proficient stroke technique, be able to read a pace clock and have strong work ethic. Platinum level swimmers will work on goal setting and assist with promoting team culture by learning what it takes to coach and working with younger age groups. Required to compete in a majority of meets including a minimum of 3 rec meets and most ISI meets. Practice 5 days/week (depending on facility schedule).

Practice Facilities

Winter/Fall Season (September-March) & Summer Season (May)

McHenry High School West Campus Pool

4724 W. Crystal Lake Road

McHenry, IL 60050

Summer Season (June-July)

Merkel Aquatic Center

201 S. Green Street

McHenry, IL 60050

Winter Practice Times 2019-2020

Practice Changes: Practice dates and times can vary depending on school events, high school home swim meets, special events, weather related closures, and district holidays. No discounts or make-up practices will be given for cancellations by administration, school, or parent board. Any changes to schedule will be posted on team website. Swimmers may not attend another practice out of their practice group. Any swimmer moved levels by coach must be notified to the Aquatics Supervisor. Difference in fees will be due immediately upon being moved up.

LEVEL

REG #

MON

TUES

WED

THU

FRI

BLUE

352201A

(3-Day)

5:15-6:00 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:00 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:00 pm

 

BRONZE 1

352201B

(3-Day)

5:15-6:15 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:15 pm

No Practice

5:15-6:15 pm

BRONZE 2

352201C

(3-Day)

6:15-7:15 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:15 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:15 pm

SILVER

352201D

(3-Day)

6:15-7:30 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:30 pm

No Practice

6:15-7:30 pm

SILVER

352201E

(5-Day)

6:15-7:30 pm

5:30-7:15 PM

6:15-7:30 pm

5:30-7:15 pm

6:15-7:30 pm

GOLD

352201F

(3-Day)

7:15-9:00 pm

No Practice

7:15-9:00 pm

No Practice

7:15-9:00 pm

GOLD &

PLATINUM

352201G

(5-Day)

7:15-9:00 pm

5:30-7:15 pm

7:15-9:00 pm

5:30-7:15 pm

7:15-9:00 pm

 

Summer Practice Times 2019

Practice Information

(*Note: Practice Adjusted for 2019 Season. Normally Season starts 2nd week of May.)

Gold     M – F | May 27 – Jul 19 | 6:15 am – 7:45 am

Bronze  M – F  | May 27 – Jul 19 |  7:45 am – 8:45 am

Blue       M – F |  May 27 – Jul 19 |  8:45 am – 9:30 am