Swimmers Information

HAST swimmers train in one of three different practice groups. The coaches will assign swimmers to the correct practice group in the beginning of the season. Swimmers will be re-evaluated throughout the season by the coaching staff for promotion to the next higher practice group. The HAST practice groups are:

Beginners (Seal Pups)

This is for swimmers 6 to 10 years old. These swimmers are just beginning their club swimming career and will participate in practices that focus on developing the four legal strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle), as well as include introductions to stretching and flexibility. Legal competitive starts and turns are also introduced. As swimmers get ready to move to the competitive Intermediate program, they will participate in practices that focus on improving the four competitive strokes, developing racing skills, increasing their endurance, as well as perfecting starts and turns. There is a light focus on aerobic development. A minimum of two practices per week is recommended with occasional Saturdays. Most importantly, we want the kids to have FUN...and love to come to the pool!

Intermediate

This group is for swimmers who have some swimming background but who are developing their swimming skills. Focus is on continued stroke development through drills and practice. Swimmers will be introduced to competitive swimming meets at an appropriate rate determined by the athlete’s skill and comfort level. As they advance their skills they are introduced to interval training. These athletes would benefit most from swimming 3-5 days a week.

Advanced (Seniors)

This program targets our advanced swimmers who compete on their school teams and advanced USA swimming meets. Our swimmers compete at a local, State and National level. Depending on their goals and other commitments, these athletes usually practice 4-6 times a week. They are expected to represent the team in championship meets that they qualify for.

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