Training group placements are based on many factors: biological and physiological age, mental and emotional development, commitment to the sport, technique and training abilities, race performances, and coach’s intuition. Coaches are guided by the team’s philosophy that aid their decisions in placing each swimmer in the appropriate group that will allow them to develop and evolve within the TEAM Charlotte program. To schedule an evaluation for your swimmer, please contact Kristina Bond ([email protected])

 

SENIOR

Age: 14+ or rising 9th Grade

Senior athletes are striving to make an impact on the state, sectional and national level. This form of training is designed to stretch beyond the conventional workouts, while probing and challenging the uniqueness of each athlete. This group requires a training ethic necessary to push through traditional physical and mental barriers to discover personal improvement.  This program is for the dedicated athlete who’s already prepared for serious training on a daily basis.  Each athlete entering this group will shoulder the responsibility of a role model for our club’s developing athletes, at swim meets and in practice. 100% attendance is encouraged.

 

PRESENIOR

Ages: 13+ or rising 7th Grade

Athletes are selected for pre-senior based on attitude, mental toughness, reaction to positive and negative results, and ability to inspire the group. To reach the goals demanded by this group, we require a "training maturity" necessary to absorb the increased practice volume and intensity. See the description of the Senior group to better understand the foundational focus of this group.

 

GOLD

Ages: 14+ or 8th Grade

Gold is designed for swimmers with differing end goals. So while some will be preparing for the Pre-Senior and Senior tracks, others may choose to prepare for high school and summer league swimming. While stressing the value of having fun while working hard, we will dedicate significant time to form and technique including proper streamlines, execution of turns, underwater work, breath control for all strokes, and body line awareness. *Selections to Senior and Pre-Senior are based largely on an athlete’s commitment to improve and desire to work.

 

SILVER

Ages: 11+ or 5th Grade

Silver is an exciting group that emphasizes the importance of transforming good practice form and technique, in to meet performance.  Athletes learn motor control while assuming ownership of their swimming through proper form, race preparation, and positive self-talk. Our Silver group swimmers keep an eye on race performance goals, but primarily utilize swim meets to learn how to compete by translating what they’ve learned in practices.  

 

BRONZE

Ages: 11+ or 6th Grade

Designed for age group swimmers including swimmers new or early in their year-round swimming careers, Bronze group provides the space and freedom to learn the basic technical skills required for positive performance.   We work on how to manage transitions off “turns” and the important drills that lead to better stroke technique in all 4 strokes.  We have created a step-by-step process that will allow for maximum efficiency of practice time while keeping our practices fun.  Any athlete in this group will assume responsibility for implementing in to their races, regardless of time or finish place, the stroke improvements learned in practice.  Working closely with TEAM coaches, the Bronze athlete will work on becoming comfortable utilizing great form and technique.

 

BLACK

Ages: 12 & Under/up to 5th Grade

A collection of athletes brought together because of their development at an early age. TEAM coaches stress the importance of quality stroke work and overall form and athletes will come to value a good race over a fast race. In order to get the most out of swimming in the older divisions, this younger age group will stress stroke detail during races and will learn to slow down in their practice, to have better control.  Some Black group practices will include a 10-minute talk that may include topics such as how to mentally navigate difficult sets, to appreciating the value of a “team” and having fun. 

 

WHITE

Ages: 11 & Under/up to 5th Grade

White group is the beginner group of our program, though not for “beginners” as swimmers must know all 4 strokes. White group athletes spend considerable time developing the good habits, including form, technique and mental preparation, that are fundamental and necessary to progress in our great sport. Swimming is fun and our White group is designed to foster a passion for our sport.  Because of the difficulty in achieving higher motivational standards and championship “cuts” required as they age out of the 10&U age group, we spend time discussing how to handle change and new challenges and the maturity required to see continue improvement in the next phase of competitive swimming.  TEAM coaches will emphasize the enjoyment of participating in a team environment, and spend considerable time developing the good habits that are important to progress.