East Carolina Aquatics Group Structure

Established August 2014 (This page is in the process of being updated for 2018-19)

Groups offered:

Tiering of Groups:

Competitive Prep - Gator, White, HS Prep

Age Group Competitive - Green, Purple, Black, Currents

Senior Competitive - National Prep, Senior, National

Special - Masters, College Summer Training

Gator Group

Locations Offered: Greenville
Types of competition: None
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 1
Age Range: 3-6 years old
Dryland Practices: None
Attendance Requirements: None
Group Flow: White

Requirements:

Must not be afraid of water - kicking, screaming, excessive crying will not be tolerated.  Beginning swimmers must at least be comfortable in the water.

Group Description:

This is a learn to swim program with in-water instruction.  This group will cover the basics of floating, body position, kicking, and freestyle and backstroke swimming.

Group Objectives:

  1. Swimmers will learn proper head position and understand the relationship between head and hips in the water

  2. Swimmers will learn the proper body position for float kick both on the stomach and the back

  3. Swimmers will learn how to use a kickboard for flutter kick Swimmers will learn how to streamline

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White Group

Locations Offered: Greenville, Washington, Morehead City, Cape Carteret
Types of competition: Home meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 2
Age Range: 5-9 years old
Attendance Requirements: None
Dryland Practices: None
Group Flow: Green

Requirements:

  1. Must be able to complete a 25 yard swim without stopping.

Group Description:

This is a beginner group for children who know how to swim, but who need further technical training.  All four strokes will be performed with a primary focus on freestyle and backstroke.

Group Objectives:

  1. Learn basic swimming rules

  2. Introducing training sets and reading clock intervals (:30/1:00)

  3. Learn and improve upon concepts of head/body position

  4. Introduce butterfly and breaststroke with pull-outs

  5. Learn bi-lateral breathing in freestyle swimming

  6. Become competition-ready in freestyle and backstroke

  7. Learn how to dive

  8. Introduce flip turns

  9. Develop a sense of TEAM and what it means to be a good teammate

Green Group

Locations Offered: Greenville, Morehead City, Cape Carteret
Types of competition: Home and ECSL meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 3
Age Range: 7-11 years old
Dryland Practices: 1 per week (15 minute session)
Attendance Requirements: None
Group Flow: Purple, HS Prep

Group Requirements:

  1. Swimmer must be able to complete a 100 yard freestyle breathing every 3 strokes and attempting flip turns

  2. Swimmer must be able to complete a 100 yard freestyle kick without stopping

  3. Swimmer must be able to legally complete a 50 yard backstroke while attempting a flip turn

  4. Swimmer must be able to streamline effectively with tight arms, hands forward, and head down

  5. Swimmer must understand and be able to demonstrate float kick progressions for freestyle and backstroke

Group Description:

This is an intermediate group that focuses on further developing Freestyle and Backstroke to an advanced level.  This group will also allow for your swimmer to be competition-ready in Butterfly, Breaststroke, and Individual Medley.  Underwater dolphin kicking will also be introduced.

Group Objectives:

  1. Develop a strong base for flutter kicking with a board

  2. Introduce Hypoxic training through under water kicking with fins as well as breathing patterns and breath control on turns

  3. Become competition ready in butterfly, breaststroke, and individual medley

  4. Introduce racing starts

  5. Understand that the process is more important than the outcome at this point in a swimmer’s career

  6. Understand how to read a clock for intervals of :15/:30/:45/1:00

  7. Develop flip turns and add underwater dolphin kicking out of the wall

  8. Introduced to concepts of body line and how positioning affects drag

  9. Develop an understanding for relay swimming and continue to stress theimportance of team and being a good teammate

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Purple Group

Locations Offered: Greenville, Washington, Morehead City, Cape Carteret
Types of competition: Home, ECSL, and North Carolina Swimming (NCS) meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 4
Age Range: 9-12 years old
Dryland Practices: 2 per week (20 minute sessions)
Attendance Requirements: 50%
Group Flow: Currents, Black, HS Prep

Group Requirements:

  1. 4 x 25 underwater dolphin kicking with fins without breathing

  2. 6 x 50 Freestyle breathing every 3 strokes @ 1:00 holding under :50

  3. 16 x 25 IM order by 4s @ :45 - legally completing all strokes with proper streamlining

  4. 12 x 50 freestyle kick at 1:30 holding under 1:00

  5. 8 x 25 butterfly breathing every other stroke @ 1:00 - must complete legally

  6. Complete a 200 IM legally

  7. Complete a 25 freestyle without breathing

  8. Complete a 300 freestyle kick without stopping

  9. Complete a 300 freestyle breathing every 3 strokes without stopping

  10. Must have an IMR score - Swimmer will need to compete legally in the following events at a sanctioned competition - 200 FR, 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 FL, 100 IM

Group Description:

Athlete is a solid intermediate level swimmer able to compete in each stroke at swim meets.  Coaches will work with group to move them to an advanced swimmer not only able to compete, but able to compete with technical proficiency.  Flutter kicking continues to be a staple of the group as well as underwater kicking and streamlining.

Group Objectives:

  1. Understand concepts of low-breathing in FR, FL, and BR and refine how, when, and why we breath

  2. Understand concepts of negative splitting

  3. Understand concepts of IM training and racing

  4. Understand concepts of sprint racing

  5. Continue to develop a kick base

  6. Continue to develop racing start techniques

  7. Understand how to read a clock on all intervals

  8. Understand the relationship between bodyline and drag

  9. Reinforce concepts of being a good teammate

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Black Group

Locations Offered: Greenville
Types of competition: Home, ECSL, and NCS meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 5
Age Range: 9-12 years old
Dryland Practices: 2 per week (30 minute sessions)
Attendance Requirements: 70%
Group Flow: Currents, HS Prep

Requirements:

  1. Swimmers are one year or less away from Currents Group Status based on practice abilities, competitions, and coach observations

  2. Must have an IMX Score - legally complete 500 FR, 100 BK, 100 BR, 100 FL, and 200 IM

Group Description:

This is a hyper-focused prep group for to get swimmer ready for the Currents Group.  Black group looks to build and solidify concepts from Purple group.   

Group Objective:

In one year or less, swimmers should be ready to become a member of the Currents group.

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Currents Group

Locations Offered: Greenville, Morehead City, Washington
Types of competition: Home, ECSL, NCS, and Regional meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 6-7
Age Range: 10-13 years old
Dryland Practices: 3 per week (40 min sessions - 1 Core Strength/Conditioning, 2 Yoga/Dynamic Stretching)
Attendance Requirements: 80%
Group Flow: National Prep, Senior

Group Requirements:

  1. Attend 80% of practices in Purple and/or Black Groups

  2. IMX Score of @ least 2400 points

  3. 20 x 25 Freestyle No Breath @:40

  4. 20 x 25 underwater kick to 15m @:40 in a tight streamline

Group Description:

The Currents Group represents the highest-level of swimming in ECA Age Group Competitive Program.  Typically swimmers in this group will compete at state and regional-level competitions.

Group Objectives:

  1. Understand how to apply a strategy to a race while understanding why they are using that strategy

  2. Understand the healthy eating habits of young athletes for optimal performance

  3. Develop the ability to kick 8-15m well off each wall

  4. Understand time limitations and how to manage time effectively

  5. Become a leader amongst the 12&U members of the ECA

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HS Prep Group

Locations Offered: Greenville
Types of competition: Home meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 4
Age Range: 13-18 years old
Dryland Practices: 4 per week (45 min sessions)
Attendance Requirements: NONE
Group Flow: Senior

Group Requirements:

  1. Swimmer must be able to complete 100 yards of swimming without stopping

  2. Swimmer must be able to complete 5 push-ups and 50 crunches

  3. Swimmer must attempt a pull-up

Group Description:

HS Prep prepares swimmers for competition in the HS setting by getting them in shape and refining swimming techniques.  

Group Objectives:

  1. Establish an aerobic base

  2. Refine swimming technique

  3. Refine flip-turns and race starts

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National Prep

Locations Offered: Greenville, Morehead City
Types of competition: Home, ECSL, NCS, Regional, and Eastern USA meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 7-8
Age Range: 13-15 years old
Dryland Practices: 4 per week (45 min sessions)
Attendance Requirements: 90%
Group Flow: National, Senior

Group Requirements:

  1. Attend 90% of practices in Currents Group

  2. IMX Score above 2599

  3. Compete at a state-level competition

  4. Complete a 100 yard swim while spending 60% of the swim underwater

  5. Complete a 50 yard freestyle without a breath

  6. Understand concepts of sprinting, IM, and distance swimming - written test - 80% or better

  7. Voted in - Currents Members, National Prep Members, Head Coach, NP Group Coach

Group Description:

National Prep is as the name indicates - a preparatory group for the ECA National Group.  Swimming should be this athlete’s number one activity.  Swimmer should start to think about swimming in college and have a firm handle on juggling academics and athletics with social activities.  

Group Objectives:

  1. Develop positive leadership qualities

  2. Understand limitations, fears, and perceptions and attempt to find ways to compensate effectively

  3. Learn that the time on the clock is an indication of where you were physically, mentally, and emotionally during that swim.  

  4. Understand and actively participate in dedication

  5. Interact with all members of the team in a positive manner while remembering that you are a role model to someone

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Senior Group

Locations Offered: Greenville, Morehead City, Washington
Types of competition: Home, ECSL, NCS, and Regional meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 7
Age Range: 13+ years old
Dryland Practices: 4 per week (45 min sessions)
Attendance Requirements: 75%
Group Flow: National or stay in Senior

Group Requirements:

  1. IMX Score above 2000

  2. 75% practice attendance in previous group

Group Description:

Senior is the group for advanced swimmers who want to compete at a high-level in local and HS competitions.  Practice requirements are also scaled back to allow the athlete time to participate in other activities outside of the water.

Group Objectives:

  1. Develop positive leadership qualities

  2. Understand limitations, fears, and perceptions and attempt to find ways to compensate effectively

  3. Learn that the time on the clock is an indication of where you were physically, mentally, and emotionally during that swim.  

  4. Understand and actively participate in dedication

  5. Interact with all members of the team in a positive manner while remembering that you are a role model to someone

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National Group

Locations Offered: Greenville, Morehead City
Types of competition: Home, NCS, Regional, National, and International meets
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 8-10
Age Range: 14+ years old
Dryland Practices: 5 per week (40 min sessions - 3 core conditionin/general strength, 2 - Yoga w/ dynamic stretching)
Attendance Requirements: 90%

General Qualifications:

  1. Must have a senior sectional qualification time in at least three events

  2. 10 x 100 kick @ 1:30

  3. 20 x 25 no-breather @ :40

  4. 15m underwater kick in under 8 seconds

  5. Recommendation from National Prep coach

  6. Head Coach’s decision

Group Description:

This is the highest level of the ECA program.  Swimmers in this group prepare to be college-ready athletes while focusing on 4-6 events.  They also want to compete at the highest level against the fastest competition in the world.  This is the #1 activity for group members and those members understand that sacrifices go hand and hand with being successful.  Training is highly individualized and involves requires that both coach and swimmer are open with one another about expectations and execution of race and practice plans.

Group Objective:

  1. Swimmers live up to their potential; they don’t just talk about it

  2. Swimmer is a leader

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Masters Group

Locations Offered: Greenville
Types of Competitions: NCMS, USMS
# of Swimming Sessions per week: 4
Age Range: 18+
Dryland Practices: None
Attendance Requirements: None

Group Description and Objectives:

The Masters program provides many different levels of service in one group.  Whether you are learning how to swim or have competed on an Olympic team, the masters group has a place for you.  Mainly focusing on aerobic training, the masters group also focuses on technique and race strategy from time to time.

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