Riverside Aquatic Club 

Group Descriptions 

2020 – 2021 

Bronze – Ages 5 – 10 

Group Requirements: Swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and  execute backstroke float and kick. 

Group Emphasis: Bronze is an introduction to swimming and small group  instruction. Technique is emphasized with a focus on increasing efficiency of  freestyle and backstroke and introduction of butterfly and breaststroke. Games will  be used to introduce skills. Diving starts will be introduced. 

Attendance Expectations: Offered two days per week for one hour. Attendance  both days is necessary for skill development. 

Equipment Requirements: RAC cap, goggles, navy blue swimsuit, kickboard,  RAC t-shirt and/or sweatshirt 

Competition Expectations: Participation at swim meets hosted by RAC and other  meets deemed appropriate by group coach. 

Time Standards: NONE 

Advancement Criteria: Swimmer is able to execute 50 yards of freestyle and  backstroke and 25 yards of butterfly and breaststroke with basic technique. 

Silver – Ages 6 – 11 

Group Requirements: Swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle with  bilateral breathing, 50 yards of backstroke, and 25 yards of butterfly and  breaststroke with basic technique. 

Group Emphasis: Silver is the introduction to competitive swimming with the  primary focus being technique, skill progression, and large group instruction.  Games will still be used to advance skills. Swimmers will continue with racing  start progression and be introduced to flip-turns for freestyle and backstroke.  

Attendance Expectations: Offered three days per week for one hour. Attendance  at all practices is necessary for skill development. 

Equipment Requirements: RAC cap, goggles, navy blue swim suit, kickboard,  fins, RAC t-shirt and/or sweatshirt. 

Competition Expectations: Participation at swim meets hosted by RAC and other  meets deemed appropriate by group coach. 

Time Standards: NONE

Advancement Criteria: Swimmer is able to execute 100 yards of freestyle (with  flip-turns) and backstroke, 50 yards of butterfly and breaststroke with basic  technique, and basic racing starts. 

Gold – Ages 7 – 12 

Group Requirements: Swimmer is able to execute 100 yards of freestyle (with  flip-turns) and backstroke, 50 yards of butterfly and breaststroke with proper  technique, and basic racing starts. 

Group Emphasis: Gold is an intermediate level competitive group focused on  improving technique and introduction to racing. Swimmers will learn to read a  pace clock and begin more conditioning practices. Swimmers will learn more  racing skills. 

Attendance Expectations: Offered three days per week for one hour and fifteen  minutes. Attendance at all practices is necessary for skill development. 

Equipment Requirements: RAC cap, goggles, navy blue swim suit, kickboard,  fins, snorkel, paddles, RAC t-shirt and/or sweatshirt. 

Competition Expectations: Participation at swim meets hosted by RAC and other  meets deemed appropriate by group coach. Attendance at any championship  meet the swimmer has qualified for is expected. 

Time Standards: Goal of attaining Divisional time standards. 

Advancement Criteria: Swimmer is able to execute 200 yards of freestyle with  flip-turns, 100 yards of backstroke with flip-turns, 50 yards of butterfly and  breaststroke with proper technique, a 100 yard Individual Medley, and proper  racing starts. 

Blue – Ages 9 – 12 

Group Requirements: Swimmer is able to execute 200 yards of freestyle with flip turns, 100 yards of backstroke with flip-turns, 50 yards of butterfly and  breaststroke with proper technique, a 100 yard Individual Medley, and proper  racing starts. 

Group Emphasis: Blue is designed for more competitive age-group swimmers.  Swimmers in this group will have several years of experience and be committed  to year-round fitness. Practices will focus equally on technique and training.  Swimmers will be introduced to goal setting and leadership skills.  

Attendance Expectations: Offered five days per week for one hour and thirty  minutes. Attendance at four practices weekly is necessary for skill progression.

Equipment Requirements: RAC cap, goggles, navy blue swim suit (for swim  meets), kickboard, fins, snorkel, paddles, pull buoy, RAC t-shirt and/or  sweatshirt, RAC warm-ups or parka. 

Competition Expectations: Participation at swim meets hosted by RAC and other  meets deemed appropriate by group coach. Attendance at any championship  meet the swimmer has qualified for is expected. 

Time Standards: Goal of attaining Age Group State time standards. 

Advancement Criteria: Swimmer is able to execute long distance freestyle events  with flip-turns, 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard backstroke with flip-turns,  100 yards butterfly and breaststroke with proper technique. Proper racing starts  and turns. 

Senior Prep 2 – Ages 12 – 14 

Group Requirements: Swimmer is able to execute 200 yards of freestyle with flip turns, 100 yards of backstroke with flip-turns, 50 yards of butterfly and  breaststroke with proper technique, a 200 yard Individual Medley, and proper  racing starts. 

Group Emphasis: Senior Prep 2 is for our older middle-school swimmers.  Practices will be focused primarily on technique and skill development with racing  skills also incorporated weekly. Swimmers will be introduced to goal setting and  leadership skills. Swimmers will be prepared for high school swimming and year round competition.  

Attendance Expectations: Offered four days per week for one hour and thirty  minutes. Attendance at all practices is necessary for skill development. 

Equipment Requirements: RAC cap, goggles, navy blue swim suit (for swim  meets), kickboard, fins, snorkel, paddles, pull buoy, RAC t-shirt and/or  sweatshirt. 

Competition Expectations: Participation at swim meets hosted by RAC and other  meets deemed appropriate by group coach. Attendance at any championship  meet the swimmer has qualified for is expected. 

Time Standards: Goal of attaining Divisional time standards. 

Advancement Criteria: Swimmers will be able to move to the Senior Prep 1 group  when sufficient skill is demonstrated both in practice and at meets. Swimmers will  advance to the Senior group after completing 8th grade. 

Senior Prep 1 – Ages 11 – 14 

Group Requirements: Swimmer is able to execute long distance freestyle races  with flip-turns, 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard backstroke with flip-turns, 

100 yards butterfly and breaststroke with proper technique. Proper racing starts  and turns. 

Group Emphasis: Senior Prep 1 is the highest level competitive training group  offered for age-group swimmers. Swimmers will have several years of  competitive experience and be committed to year-round competitive swimming.  Swimmers will have good understanding of drills and technique for all strokes.  Swimmers should know personal best times and goal times. Practices will focus  on conditioning and training with technique work incorporated weekly. Swimmers  will be prepared for high school swimming and year-round competition. 

Attendance Expectations: Offered five days per week for two hours. Attendance  at all practices is necessary for skill development. 

Equipment Requirements: RAC cap, goggles, navy blue swim suit (for swim  meets), kickboard, fins, snorkel, paddles, pull buoy, RAC t-shirt and/or  sweatshirt, RAC warm-ups or parka. 

Competition Expectations: Participation at swim meets hosted by RAC and other  meets deemed appropriate by group coach. Attendance at any championship  meet the swimmer has qualified for is expected. 

Time Standards: Goal of attaining Age Group State and Central Zone time  standards. 

Advancement Criteria: Swimmers will advance to the Senior group after  completing 8th grade. 

Senior 

Group Requirements: Swimmer must be in 9th grade. Swimmer will transition to  Senior group starting June before 9th grade year.  

Group Emphasis: This group is for our high-school aged athletes and designed  for year-round fitness and preparation for high school season (October –  February). Most swimmers will compete for their high school team through the  winter and return to RAC for championship meets in the spring and summer. 

Attendance Expectations: Practice offerings vary based on time of year.  Attendance at all practices is necessary for continued success. 

Equipment Requirements: RAC cap, goggles, navy blue swim suit (for swim  meets), kickboard, fins, snorkel, paddles, pull buoy, RAC t-shirt and/or  sweatshirt, RAC warm-ups or parka. 

Competition Expectations: Participation at swim meets hosted by RAC and other  meets deemed appropriate by group coach. Attendance at any championship  meet the swimmer has qualified for is expected.

Time Standards: Goal of attaining Senior State and Speedo Championship  Series time standards.