CAQ Group Change Criteria

 

In the below descriptions, please find the general framework that the CAQ Coaching Staff utilizes while evaluating our Athletes for Group Changes. Please remember, these criteria are treated as a starting point, and not a guarantee; our Coaching Staff also takes into account the Availability in Practice Groups, Athlete Coachability and Readiness, Maturity, working within Peer Groups, and Athlete skill sets. Group Changes are at the discretion of the Coaching Staff first, and foremost.

 

Group Changes are conducted at the Start of the Short Course or Long Course Seasons only. This is to allow our Athletes to enter their new Group at a time where they are best set up for success, as that new group is beginning the Season and everyone is starting on the same page. 

 

When Evaluating for a Group Change, the CAQ Coaching Staff will follow the below Criteria for Placement (as well as Group Expectations). 

 


Senior and Age Group Divisions:

Practice Group

Performance Criteria

Training Criteria

Minimum Attendance 

Minimum Age

Senior Elite*

3 Senior Zones Cuts

10x100 FR on 1:20Y/1:30M, 10x50 Kick on :50Y/1:00M

85%

13

Senior Regional

3 State Cuts

8x100 FR on 1:30Y/1:40M, 8x50 Kick on 1:00Y/1:10M

75%

12

Senior State

Working towards achieving State Cuts

n/a

60%

12

Age Group Regional

3 State Cuts

8x75 FR on 1:30Y/1:35M, 6x50 Kick on 1:20Y/1:30M

60%

9

Age Group Championship

3 out of 4 Legal Strokes (close on 4th), 1 B Time

able to follow intervals, consistent effort in practices, starting to work underwaters

n/a

8

 

*Senior Elite placements will only take place in the Fall, to allow for the best transition into the group and its expectations.

 


 

*Developmental Divisions:

Practice Group

Minimum Age

Maximum Age

Stroke Legality

Bronze

5

8

FR and BK

Silver

8

10

FR, BK, beginnings of FL and BR

Gold

10

12

FR, BK, beginnings of FL and BR

 

*In the Developmental Program, our groups are centered around Physical and Emotional Maturity, the Foundations of Physical Literacy and Stroke Development, and Maintaining Balance for our Athletes. This means we do not have firm performance/training/attendance criteria for participation in, or moves between these groups.