Wildcat Aquatics

PRACTICE GROUPS

The NASA age group swimming program is divided into several levels - Developmental, Cubs, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Junior Wildcat and Wildcat - each of which focuses on teaching skills and strategies that are appropriate for that ability level. Swimmers will be placed on teams at the evaluation sessions. Swimmers are also evaluated on daily basis by the coaches. If a swimmer needs to be moved up, the Head Coach will then talk to the parents as well as the swimmer. The Head Coach will also formally evaluate swimmers 3 times per season. 

 

***Placement in any group at NASA Wildcat Aquatics is at the sole discretion of the coaches***  

 The standards and tasks listed below are minimum requirements for consideration for each group.  Beyond these standards, coaches will consider practice attendance, meet attendance, social skills and attitude, leadership skills, group size and their own judgment in making final decisions.


 Developmental Teams (approx. age: 6-10)

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to swim 25 yards Freestyle (with proper side breathing) and 25 yards Backstroke
  • Must have legal Breaststroke and/or Butterfly
  • Must be able to properly breathe in water

Season goal: Swim 50 yards each of freestyle, backstroke;25 yards of legal Butterfly and Breaststroke and with proper technique for the level; properly perform a dive; swim in 2 meets per season (per season)

 

 Cubs (approx. age: 7-11)

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to swim 100 yards Freestyle, 100 yards Backstroke, 50 yards Breaststroke, and 50 yards Butterfly legally and with desired technique for the level.

Season goals: Improve stroke technique in all of the competitive strokes; build fitness level; train with intervals; use the clock pace efficiently; swim in 3 meets (per season)

 

Bronze (approx. age: 8-12)

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to swim 200 yards of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and I.M., as well as 100 Butterfly.
  • Must know all the competitive strokes’ turns
  • Must be able to efficiently use the clock pace

Season goals: Improve stroke technique; build fitness level; train with intervals; swim in 4+ meets (per season)

 

Silver (approx. 9-13)

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must have at least two years of competitive swimming experience
  • Must be able to swim over 200 yards of each stroke and 200 I.M. at meets
  • Must be able to swim 6x100 free on 2 minutes
  • Must be able to kick 8x50 on 1:10

Season goals: Polish stroke technique, focus on endurance, and swim in 4+ meets (per season)

 

Gold (approx. 10-14)

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to complete 3,000-4,000 yards practice
  • Must have high commitment to competitive swimming (come to practice at least 4 times per week)
  • Must be able to swim 8x100 free on 1:40
  • Must be able to kick 10x50 on 1 minute

Season goals:Focus on long-term swimming improvement; swim in 5+ meets; swim at all Championship meets (if part of relays); qualify to at least one individual event at JO’s; qualify to Regionals in multiple events

 

Platinum (approx.10-13)

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to complete 4,000-6,000 yards with the time given in practice
  • Must have high commitment to competitive swimming (come to a minimum of 5 practices per week)
  • Must be able to swim 10x100 free on 1:30
  • Must be able to pull 4x200 free on 3:00
  • Must be able to kick 10x50 on 55 seconds
  • Must have Regional Qualifying times

 

Season goals: Focus on long-term as well as short term swimming goals; swim in 85% of the available meets and all the Championship meets (if part of relays); qualify to at least 2 individual events at JO’s

 

Junior Wildcat (approx. 11-14)

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to complete 5,000-7,000 yard practices with dryland training
  • Must have high commitment to competitive swimming (95% attendance)
  • Must be able to swim 12x100 on 1:25
  • Must be able to pull 5x200 on 2:50
  • Must be able to kick 12x50 on 55
  • Must have JO's cuts
     

Season goasl:  Qualify to Senior State or Zone; make the IL Top 10; 

 

Wildcat (High school & college swimmers only)

  • Must be able to complete 7,000 yard practice with dryland training

Season goals: Improve high school swimming; prepare for collegiate swimming; qualify for Sectionals/Nationals


Commitment to the NASA Team


NASA offers up to 8 practices per week in the winter season and up to 9 in the summer depending on the level of the team. Swimmers in the first levels, are not required to attend every practice, but regular attendance will reinforce skills and help build endurance in the water. The coaching staff encourages swimmers to attend practice as often as they are able, particularly if they expect to swim well at meets. It is our hope that swimmers will enjoy practice and want to attend, especially as they become more competitive and confident about their swimming abilities.