Team Structure

2021 Group Practice Structure

Competitive Structure

The competitive structure allows for more comprehensive flow for the swimmers and expands the options for level up opportunities compared to the former system.  Swimmers should expect to go down one level (such as level 5 to level 4) when they move up a group tier (such as Age Group to Bronze).

Pre-Comp Program

In addition, QuickSilver also created a Pre-Comp program to allow a better intro group for new and developmental swimmers.This structure allows for a smaller swimmer-to-coach ratio for these groups as they are at an integral learning phase.


How does this compare to the former group structure?

Not all groups have an exact comparison, but here is a close evaluation:

Age Former Group New Group
10 & Under Pre-Bronze Pre-Comp 1
10 & Under Bronze (intro) Pre-Comp 2
10 & Under Bronze Age Group 1
10 & Under Silver Age Group 2
10 & Under Silver (advanced) / Gold Age Group 3
10 & Under Gold (advanced) Age Group 4
10 & Under Gold Elite Age Group 5
11-12 Turquoise 1 Pre-Comp 3
11-12 Turquoise 2 Bronze 1
11-12 Turquoise 3 (advanced) Bronze 2
11-12 Grey Bronze 3
11-12 Grey (advanced) Bronze 4
11-12 Pre-National Bronze 5
13-14 Pre-Senior 1 (intro) Pre-Comp 4
13-14 Pre-Senior 1 Silver 1
13-14 Pre-Senior 2 Silver 2
13-14 Pre-Senior 3 Silver 3
13-14 Pre-Senior 3 (advanced) / near Junior National Silver 4
13-14 Junior National Silver 5
High School Senior Development 1 Pre-Comp 5
High School Senior Development 2 Gold 1
High School Senior Development 3 (advanced) Gold 2
High School Senior Gold 3
High School Senior (advanced) / National Gold 4
High School National (advanced) Gold 5
Post-Grad National Gold 5 College


How are groups determined?

As we're sure you noticed, we are in the middle of the largest pandemic in 100 years.  Normally coaches would consider race times and training sets, but at this point in time, it is training level and matching swimmers into the best possible cohort (max 14 kids) group as possible.  2021 is like having a super-match for training levels. 

For future group determination, please utilize the training level for entering each group. These are not test sets, but rather, regular training sets the group would need to complete with ease.

  • RP = "Ready Position" - swimmers need to be able to leave from a proper ready position every time they leave the wall
  • G# = "Glide 1 black line" or 2+ - this means that swimmers need to push off from a ready position and glide a minium number of black lines before they initiate their kicks or pull down.
  • #D = "3 Dolphin Kicks" or 3+, which is the minium number of dolphin kicks the swimmer at that level is expected to do off every wall