EVOLUTION AQUATICS

2020-2021 Training Group Descriptions

Group Name

Age Range

Description

 

 

Stroke Introduction

 

 

6-10

Stroke Introduction bridges a swimmer from the small group instruction environment or swimmers new to competitive swimming, to the first step in becoming a competitive swimmer.  Swimmers will learn proper starting and turning processes and develop a confidence and passion for racing. Stroke Introduction is a technique instruction group. Skills are taught in a fun instructive atmosphere. Athletes at this level will be encouraged to attend local low stress swim meets, develop a concept of what it means to be a part of a team, and learn the value of working together towards common goals. Each daily session will begin with dryland work including but not limited to jumping, throwing, and running, designed to increase overall athleticism.  Meet participation at this level is optional.

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Evolution mesh bag (optional)

 

 

Stroke Development

 

6-10

Stroke Development builds on the 4 stroke emphasis of Stroke Introduction. In this group, athletes will be taught the values of Individual Medley (IM) swimming that will begin to define their path within the Evolution program. Instruction will include more advanced stroke technique concepts as well as further development of starting and turning techniques taught in a fun atmosphere. Daily sessions will introduce foundational activation and athletic movements. Learning to love competition and manage competitive “anxiety” are keys to success at this level.  Competitions begin to be encouraged as a measure of what is being taught in training and the development of team concepts.

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Evolution mesh bag

 

 

 

Stroke Refinement

 

 

8-10

Stroke Refinement is for athletes who have developed a strong background in stroke basics to begin setting goals and be held accountable for maintaining proper stroke and turn fundamentals throughout basic training sessions. Improving technique and increasing speed and endurance while becoming well-rounded swimmers who can swim the 50 and 100 stroke events, and the 100 IM  & 200 IM will be the primary goals and areas of focus for athletes in this group. Foundational dryland and activation techniques will be taught and athletes will be asked to demonstrate athleticism as they work through a variety of exercises and basic training concepts. Athletes in this group are strongly encouraged to begin to  attend local competitions  on a monthly basis.

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Evolution mesh bag

 

Age Group

Development

9-12

Age Group Development introduces athletes to their first real training experience. Athletes in this group will begin applying the “how to” and pairing it with the “why.” Understanding the importance of goal setting and learning to hold oneself accountable for goals begins here. Technical proficiency is expected as more advanced training concepts will be introduced. Improving technique and increasing speed and endurance while becoming well-rounded swimmers who can swim the 50 and 100 stroke events, as well as introduction to the 200's. The 100, 200 IMs will be the primary goals and areas of focus for athletes in this group, as well as the introduction of the 400 IM & 500 freestyle. Dryland intensity & frequency will increase from the foundation developed in the Stroke Refinement and a strength development component will be introduced. Athletes in this group are expected to attend meets on a monthly basis.

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Evolution mesh bag

 

Age Group Performance

10-12

Age Group Performance is our highest 10-12 year old training group with a focus on preparing athletes for state and sectional level competitions. The training methods and techniques used are similar to Pre Senior and are designed to prepare athletes for senior levels of swimming while continuing to make fundamentals a priority. Improving technique and increasing speed and endurance while becoming well-rounded swimmers will continue to be primary goals and areas of focus for athletes in this group. Athletes will be challenged to swim all 50 and 100 stroke events, select 200 stroke events, and the 100, 200, and 400 IMs. Workouts will be progressively more challenging than those in Age Group Development. Swimmers are invited to join Age Group Performance by the coaching staff. In order to be considered for this group, an athlete must display a commitment to what is required to be successful in Age Group Performance. This includes but is not limited to the following expectations:

  • a commitment to practice attendance
  • focus on self-improvement through monthly competitions at an appropriate level
  • high level training effort
  • ability and willingness to accept failure as a part of personal growth.

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Arean Elite Finger paddles, Evolution mesh bag

 

 

MS/HS Prep

 

13-18

MS/HS Prep is a training group for athletes who are interested in pursuing their goals in competitive swimming, but are not yet ready to commit to the requirements Pre-senior or Senior Development. Meet participation is not required but encouraged and swimmers can come to as many or as few practices as they choose depending on their commitment level. Overall athleticism, technical development, and basic training concepts will be primary areas of emphasis and dryland and activation concepts will be introduced and incorporated daily. All athletes should have knowledge of the 4 competitive strokes and to be ready to participate in a swimming workout before joining. While there is no attendance requirement, those looking to utilize.

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Evolution mesh bag

 

 

 

Pre Senior

Development

(4-5 days max)

 

12-14

Pre Senior Development  is a  12-14 year old training group with a focus on preparing athletes for state, sectional, futures, junior national and national level competitions. The training methods and techniques used are similar to Senior Performance and are designed to prepare athletes for elite levels of swimming while still making fundamentals a priority. Swimmers are invited to join Pre-Senior Development by the coaching staff. In order to be considered for this group, an athlete must display a full commitment to what is required to be successful in Pre-Senior. This includes but is not limited to the following expectations:

  • prioritize practice attendance
  • focus on self-improvement through monthly competitions at an appropriate level
  • high level training effort
  • a commitment to the team and team goals

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Arean Elite Finger paddles, Stroke Master paddles Boys Green/girls gray, Drag socks, Evolution mesh bag

 

 

 

Pre Senior Performance

(5-6 days max)

 

 

 

12-14

Pre Seior Performance is our highest 12-14 year old training group with a focus on preparing athletes for state, sectional, futures, junior national and national level competitions. The training methods and techniques used are similar to Senior Performance and are designed to prepare athletes for elite levels of swimming while still making fundamentals a priority. Swimmers are invited to join Pre-Senior Performance by the coaching staff. In order to be considered for this group, an athlete must display a full commitment to what is required to be successful in Pre-Senior. This includes but is not limited to the following expectations:

  • prioritize practice attendance
  • focus on self-improvement through monthly competitions at an appropriate level
  • high level training effort
  • a commitment to the team and team goals

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Arena Elite Finger paddles, Stroke Master paddles Boys Green/girls gray, Drag socks(25#) Evolution mesh bag

 

Senior Development

13-18

Senior Development is a training group for 13&O athletes who are interested in pursuing their goals in competitive swimming, but are not yet ready to commit to the requirements of Pre-Senior and Senior Performance. This includes athletes who are solely interested in training for their middle and high school swim season. Meet participation is not required but highly encouraged and swimmers can come to as many or as few practices as they would like depending on their commitment level. All swimmers should have knowledge of the 4 competitive strokes and to be ready to participate in a swimming workout before joining. Swimmers who have already achieved membership on their high school team don’t have to be assessed to join this group. Swimmers new to competitive swimming should be assessed. While this group has no attendance requirement, those looking to utilize Senior Development as a stepping stone to Pre-Senior or Senior Performance should aim to consistently train at the standards of those groups.

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Arena Elite Finger paddles, Stroke Master paddles Boys Green/girls gray, Drag socks(25#) Evolution mesh bag

 

Senior Performance

13-18

Senior Performance is our highest training group with a focus on preparing athletes for futures, junior national, and national level competitions. Swimmers are invited to join this group by our coaching staff. In order to be considered for this group, an athlete must be fully committed to what is required to be successful in Senior Performance. This includes but is not limited to the following expectations:

  • maximum practice attendance
  • focus on self-improvement through monthly competitions at an appropriate level
  • high level training effort
  • full commitment to being a team leader/role model
  • Committed to team goals and challenging teammates to achieve their personal goals

 

Training Equipment: A3 fins, Jr. Kick board, Jr. pull buoy, A3 Snorkel (red), Arena Elite Finger paddles, Stroke Master paddles Boys Green/girls gray, Drag socks(25#) Evolution mesh bag