Practice Groups

Practice Groups for Wildcat Aquatics

WILDCAT AQUATICS GROUP STRUCTURE

Wildcat Aquatics is organized into two levels: Age Group swimming and Senior Swimming. It is the long-term goal of WA to move each participant through the various levels of the Age Group program and into the Senior program. In addition, WA swimmers will be provided with the skills necessary to be a successful collegiate swimmer. Furthermore, we try to instill a love for swimming that lasts a lifetime.

Age Group Objectives:
Participation
- Our desire is for athletes to participate in as many meets, practices, and social activities as possible. Enjoyment in the sport can only be realized through involvement in both practices and meets.

  1. Educational Benefits- There is great opportunity to learn social skills such as cooperation, communication, and independence as well as developing life-long friendships with teammates and competitors.
  2. Physical & Mental Conditioning- Swimming builds strong bodies and strong minds. Our sport develops cardiovascular and musculoskeletal growth important to fulfilling a healthy life.
  3. Development of Individual Talent- Not every swimmer can become a world-class athlete. However, every swimmer can gain from his/her experience in the sport. Skill improvement, time management and fun are the foremost goals of our age group program.  Racing and competing are important but not most important. 

 

Group:

WHITE I

WHITE II

Age Range:

6 -8

6-8

Practice Expectation:

2 x week

2 x week

Practice Duration:

1 hour swimming

1 hour swimming

Meet Expectation:

Home and Designated meets only

Home and Designated meets only

Training Objectives

·        Previous knowledge of free & back ·        Technique in all strokes ·        Development of all turns & starts ·        Speed for 25's & 50's
·        Games
·        Stretching

·        Knowledge of all four strokes & their turns Intro to racing skills ·        Broaden training methods ·        Speed work beyond 50's Introduction to reading the pace clock ·        Performance of legal 100 IM

Motor Objectives

·        Learn good habits
·        Recognize how correct stroke technique feels

·        Maintaining technique while beginning to swim fast

Attitudes

·        Enjoy competitive swimming ·        Make friends
·        Learn rules
·        Be a team player

·        Learn team cheers
·        Know coaches' names
·        Follow coaches directions

  

Group:

RED I

RED II

Age Range:

9 - 12

9 – 12

Practice Expectation:

3 x week

3 or more x week

Practice Duration:

15 - 30 min. dry land &1 hour swimming

15 - 30 min. dry land & 1 hour swimming

Meet Expectation:

Yes, when swimmer is eligible

Yes, when swimmer is eligible

Yardage/Workout

2,000 - 2,500 yards

2,500 - 3,500 yards

Training Objectives

·        Introduction to interval training ·        Use clock and understand the need to get times
·        Stress technique
·        Learn importance of training methods

·        Continue to stress technique ·        Work endurance & speed Initiation of race strategy ·        Continuance of interval training

Motor Objectives

·        Strength
·        Flexibility

·        Flexibility
·        Strength

Attitudes

·        Develop team spirit
·        Be a good teammate
·        Cheer at meets & at practice

·        Team spirit
·        Be a supportive teammate
·        Learn self discipline and motivation

  

Group:

BLUE

Age Range:

11 - 14

Practice Expectation:

4 or more x week

Practice Duration:

1/2 hour dry land, 1 3/4 hour swimming

Meet Expectation:

Yes, when swimmer is eligible

Yardage/Workout

3,500 - 5,500 yards

Training Objectives

·        Technique
·        Increase training endurance
·        Develop racing skills
·        Development of intense interval training
·        Develop pace & sprint while maintaining proper stroke

Motor Objectives

·        Flexibility
·        Strength
·        Compete in variety of events and greater distances

Attitudes

·        Find enjoyment in the challenges that arise in swimming (hard sets, close races, qualifying times, workout schedule)
·        Desire for improvement by athlete
·        Self discipline and dedication
·        Contribute to team atmosphere

 

Group:

SENIOR

Age Range:

13 and over

Practice Expectation:

5 out of 6 p.m. workouts & at least one a.m. workout

Practice Duration:

1 hour dry land, 2 hour swimming

Meet Expectation:

Yes

Yardage/workout

5,000 - 8,000 yards

Training Objectives

·        Increase volume and intensity of training
·        Begin to specialize
·        Perfect technique and skills
·        Transfer power into swimming
·        Cross Train

Motor Objectives

·        Flexibility
·        Maintain technique while intensity increases
·        Refine race skills
·        Specialize in stroke and competition distances

Attitudes

·        Find enjoyment in the challenges that arise in swimming (i.e.: hard sets, close races, obtaining qualifying times, workout schedules)
·        Desire to improve
·        Self discipline and dedication
·        Development of team leadership

Senior Objectives:

Participation- Attendance requirements are required for advancement and retention. Swimmers are expected to display a high level of dedication and consistency throughout the season. Competitions may be based on reaching time standards as well as the coach’s assessment of readiness based on workout attendance, health, and (or) attitude. 

  1. Educational Benefits- Senior level swimmers are expected to have a clear understanding of training principles, and biomechanics. Senior swimming also offers potential opportunities to attend regional and national camps through the Athlete Development division of United States Swimming.
  2. Physical & Mental Conditioning- Swimmers who reach this level of our program are undoubtedly an elite group of athletes from the standpoint of overall physical fitness. Top mental preparedness is also a prerequisite to this high level of competition.

Development of Individual Talents- The goal of senior swimming is to prepare swimmers for national and potentially, international competition. Training will be both physically and mentally challenging each day while continuing to focus on the enjoyment that the journey towards success offers.

Wildcat Team Goals

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