Senior Program

Gamecock Aquatics senior training program is a year-round competitive TEAM focused on developing great student-athletes with swimming goals ranging from high school, state, and local competition to national level competition. Swimmers are expected to meet program standards while maintaining engaging goals in the pool and the classroom. We will be working on becoming DISCIPLINED student-athletes capable of excelling capable of finding a balance to achieve personal excellence.

 

The group will have three tracks GAMECOCK, GAMECOCK STATE, AND GAMECOCK ELITE

Gamecock

Gamecock State

Gamecock Elite

We will be focused on reaching the state level championship meets and representing our high school at their school respective state championships.

 

 

We will be focusing on reaching sectional and futures level performances in the pool.

 

 

 

We will be focusing on reaching junior national and senior national level performances.

We expect swimmers entering this group to maintain a 90% practice attendance. 

 

We will be working on developming sound racing skills in all fours strokes. There will be a concentration on racing the IMs and expanding our meet programs. While maintaining our IM focus we will begin to specialize for peak performance at regional and national level meets

No minimum standards

2 SC Senior Championship Standards

3 2022 ESSZ Sectional Standards

*Groups will often train together and intermix to ensure all athlete receive the training they need to progress

Gamecocks (13+) – Gamecocks will take on a much more rigorous training load than Roosters and Hens. It is important that we build on the skills developed as a Rooster and Hen. Practice times longer in conjunction with the stimulus needed to compete at their level of swimming. We will look for swimmers in this group to develop LEADERSHIP and the accountability needed to train in the Gamecock group.  In addition to the greater physical challenge swimmers will be expected to understand interval training and develop a higher understanding of racing.

Athletic Development Training (ADT) and Athletic Development and Resistance Training (ADRT)

ADT is considered part of practice and swimmers should plan to attend all sessions. Dryland sessions are designed to give swimmers the minimum required physical development to be competitive. Weightlifting is an additional step and commitment beyond dryland training, it is not a substitute for dryland programming.

ADRT sessions are in addition to swim practices and dryland, they are scheduled separately.  Athletes will only be permitted to weight room sessions with consistent attendance in pool, dryland, and weight room sessions (less than three absences).  Weightlifting sessions are limited to the following groups: 

Gamecock National

At the discretion of the Lead Coach

Gamecock State

Juniors and Seniors

Gamecock

Juniors and Seniors


Group Expectations

Expectations for attendance and competition participation are based on the goals of each athlete.  Athletes with goals to compete in college or at a senior championship level and beyond should expect to attend all practices as a minimum.  A great attitude, work ethic, attention to detail, and competitive drive should build on a foundation of consistent attendance.  Competing at a National level will require full engagement in and beyond the team’s schedule.

Standards

We want to hold all Gamecocks to the standard of being a BOLD student-athlete. We want to instill the values of BELIEF, OWNERSHIP, LEADERSHIP, and DISCIPLINE into all our student-athletes as they all bring value to our TEAM and are a valued member of our TEAM.

BELIEF – We are working to encourage student-athletes to believe they are capable of anything they are willing to work towards if they approach their dreams and goals with honest effort and a willingness to grow.

OWNERSHIP – As we develop our belief in ourselves as individuals we will encourage student-athletes to take ownership accountability of their craft. This will include their attitude, work ethic, attention to detail, interactions with coach parents or TEAMmates, and preparation for each day.

LEADERSHIP – We will look to develop the basic skills needed to become leaders in the community, classroom, and community.  Among these we will focus on are communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and decision-making skills. At this stage we are looking to create an environment for Gamecock Aquatics athletes to grow and thrive in as they positively influence the culture of their TEAM.

DISCIPLINE – We are going to be working with the student-athletes to use their leadership skills to navigate the moments of trial we all incur in life, to work through struggle instead of avoid it.

If you have any questions about the training aspect of your student-athletes experience it is best that you reach out to the assigned coach or to Coach Kuzma with any concerns.