Practice Group Structures

Every year we implement a few changes to the existing training groups. Below you will find a synopsis of each group and guidelines for which athletes should be practicing in each section. These group structures are a recommendation for where each athlete will be able to receive optimal training for their age, ability, and level of commitment.  Any athlete who has questions about which group they have been assigned to should contact Coach John before completing their registration and set up a meeting to discuss any potential changes.

When registering your athlete for this upcoming season there are a few things we want you to be aware of: Practice length and pool location may change rapidly based on response to weekly commitments and any response to Covid situations. 

 

Group Descriptions  

The following practice groups will be used for the upcoming season. If you have questions about which groups to sign up for please contact Coach John.

Team 1: New Swimmers who have been on the team less than 1 year and or need to focus on basic skill and fitness development. This group is considered an introduction to how our team operates and the competitive strokes. Once swimmers know the basics and can demonstrate the ability to practice and participate as part of a team we will move them up. 

Team 2: Swimmers who have demonstrated the ability to practice and participate as part of a team and who have gained the appropriate basic skills. This group is used as a way to help athletes advance their understanding and utilization of technique and skill. This group also focuses on learning to swim longer intervals and appropriate ways to face new challenges. This group is appropriate for athletes in all grades based on their ability. Swimmers would need to get approval from Coach John before signing up for this group.

Team 3: Swimmers who have demonstrated the ability to train using more advanced strategies and techniques for longer durations without suffering technical breakdowns to basic skills and training habits. No practice commitment requirement. Swimmers would need to be in at least Grade 6 and get approval from Coach John before signing up for this group. 

Team 4: Swimmers who have demonstrated the ability to train using more advanced strategies and techniques for longer durations without suffering technical breakdowns to basic skills and training habits. Swimmers who commit to maintaining a minimum of a 75% practice attendance. Swimmers would need to be in at least Grade 6 and get approval from Coach John before signing up for this group. 

 

Structure Changes and Move Ups

There are four main practice groups on our team this season. Each of these groups includes a progression of either age, ability and or commitment. In order to be considered for a move up, athletes must demonstrate the ability to use the skills required for the practice group they hope to move into.    

 

The Next Move Up Opportunity

Our team uses three move up opportunities throughout the year in order to allow athletes a continued progression if they outgrow their current group. One of these opportunities is right now between the Winter and Spring Seasons, the next opportunity will happen at some point between the Summer and Fall Seasons. Athletes who hope to move into the next group should let their coaches know they are hoping to move up and use the next 3-4 months to demonstrate their readiness for the next group.