Training group placement is determined by the coaching staff. The parameters listed below comprise the majority of factors that the staff will consider when determining placement and group moves.

Coaches have the discretion to move swimmers (or not move swimmers) based on other factors not listed in the criteria below if individual circumstances warrant. The group advancement criteria are not mandates, rather they are the norms expected for preparedness to move to the next group. The coaching staff carefully considers all factors when determining moves.

Most moves will occur between seasons. Mid-season moves are rare, and will only be considered in special cases. Each group has a specific program of instruction, a progression of skills and objectives that are best met without changing groups mid-season.