BAC Group Descriptions

There are 7 groups within the swim team. Each swimmer is placed with consideration given to their age, ability to work during practice sets, how polished their stroke techniques are, and how much time the swimmer is willing to commit to the sport. The coaches will place swimmers according to their ability and willingness to do what's expected of athletes in that group. In addition, we consider which group placement will have the greatest benefit for the development of that swimmer. Group descriptions are never "set in stone.” Group alignments are dynamic and flexible according to the numbers, pool space, available staff and workout schedule. Assigned roster placement is a sensitive topic on any swim team. At BAC, we simply ask parents and swimmers to trust the professional judgment of the coaching staff when it comes to roster group placement.

Note: These descriptions represent a first attempt by BAC to publicly identify/define each of our training groups. It's possible that not all members of a given roster group will have met the stated requirements, but have been "grandfathered in". It is likely that there will always be some flexibility at the entry level and graduation between groups.

 

Hatchling

Summary:

  • 2x Week @ 45 minute/sessions

  • Home meets possible at coach's discretion

Basic Group Philosophy:

  1. Positive, low pressure introduction to competitive swimming

  2. Educational for both swimmer and parent

Entry Requirements:

  1. Ages 10 & Under Only

  2. Must be able to swim 3 of 4 competitive strokes

  3. Must have a knowledge of Freestyle side breathing 

  4. Must be able to complete a 25 yard swim (1 length) unassisted with basic Freestyle and/or Backstroke.

Basic Curriculum:

  1. Focus on body balance, water awareness

  2. Learn proper head position, streamline, breathing

  3. Introduce dive progressions (usas certified for meets)

  4. Learn the basic us of a pace clock (top/bottom)

 

WHITE

Summary:

  • 4x Week @ 1.25 hours/sessions

  • 1x Dry Land exercise session

  • Local and home meets recommended

Basic Group Philosophy:

  1. Positive, low pressure introduction to competitive swimming

  2. Educational for both swimmer and parent

Entry Requirements:

  1. Ages 10 & Under Only

  2. Must be able to swim 3 of 4 competitive strokes

  3. Must have a knowledge of Freestyle side breathing 

Basic Curriculum:

  1. Focus on body balance, water awareness

  2. Become competition-ready in freestyle & backstroke

  3. Learn proper head position, streamline, breathing

  4. Continue dive progressions (usas certified for meets)

  5. additional pace clock usage

  6. Introduction to Breastroke and Butterfly

 

GREEN

Summary:

  • 5 x Week @ 1:30 hour sessions

  • Dryland 2x/wk on deck

  • Swim meets recommended and encouraged

Basic Group Philosophy:

  1. Swimmers are being introduced to the concept of year-round swimming and bigger commitments

  2. This is the stage of development where swimmers get the best feel for what USA Swimming offers and where hopefully a love for the sport is developed

  3. This level is about increasing the challenge and developing motivation within each swimmer to excel

Entry Requirements:

  1. Ages 12 & under only

  2. Must know all 4 competitive strokes

  3. Basic pace clock understanding 

Basic Curriculum:

  1. Stroke refinement

  2. kicking, kicking, kicking

  3. Race pace effort begins

  4. Improved endurance and capacity to perform training sets

 

GRAY

Summary:

  • 6 x Week @  1:30-2 hour sessions (Attendance Requirement)

  • Dryland 2x/wk on deck

  • Swim meet attendance is expected

Basic Group Philosophy:

  1. Swimmers learn about the time/effort commitments it takes to excel at the sport of swimming.
  2. Swimmers are taught the importance of short and long-term goals.
  3. Swimmers are encouraged to better themselves in and out of the pool.
  4. Prepare for an age up transition to Silver Group

Entry Requirements:

  1. Ages 11 & 12 only

  2. Maintain attendance expectation

  3. Must be tested into group
    1. 3x100 Freestyle @1:40
      4x50 Kick @1:00
      1x200 IM @3:20

Basic Curriculum:

  1. Continued Stroke refinement

  2. Race pace efforts intensify

  3. Improved endurance and capacity to perform training sets

 

BLACK

Summary:

  • 5x Week (mon-fri) @ 90 minutes/session

  • Dryland 2 sessions per week

  • Swim meets strongly encouraged

Basic Group Philosophy:

  1. This Group is both a permanent destination and transitional group (depending on your level and/or personal goals)

  2. Transitional swimmers: Swimmers advancing up through the ranks will continue to develop their skills at this level until they are ready for the Silver Groups

  3. Destination swimmers: This group is where anyone can work to better themselves as a competitive swimmer (for as long as they continue to enjoy the sport)

  4. The overall atmosphere of the group is excellence driven. The Coach will work with each swimmer individually according to their written goals and personal commitment level.

Entry Requirements:

  1. Ages 13-18

  2. There is no attendance policy, but swimmers should be honest relating their expectations and goals to their actual commitment

  3. Must know 3 of 4 competitive strokes

  4. Must have a knowledge of interval training

Basic Curriculum:

  1. Advanced concepts in all stroke

  2. Advanced racing techniques & pace work

  3. Introduction into advanced dry land

 

SILVER 1 & 2

Summary:

  • These are our clubs highest levels

  • It is coaches invitational only for those that meet the requirements

  • 6 or 8 swim sessions per week, 2-2.5 hours/session

  • advanced Dryland 3 sessions per week (potentitally including weights, trx, yoga)

     

Basic Group Philosophy:

  1. This group is for those that are 100% committed to the sport of swimming

  2. They also want to compete at the highest level against the fastest competition

  3. They understand the sacrifice that goes with being in this group

     

Entry Requirements:

  1. Silver 1 - Ages 13 and older   Silver 2 - Ages 15 and over

  2. Can maintain an 80% attendance requirement

  3. Can routinely swim within 1-2 seconds of their personal best time in practice

  4. Must be tested into group 

               5x100 Free @ 1:25

               1x50 Kick @ :55

               1x300 IM @ 4:30
 

** Exceptions can be made at the head coaches discretion