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Group Structure

DART GROUP STRUCTURE

AGE GROUP PROGRAM (13/U)

Competitive Track

Developmental Track

Age Group 1 (ages 9 and under)

Bronze (3rd grade and under)

Age Group 2 (ages 9-11)

Silver (4th-8th grade)

Age Group 3 (ages 11-13)

Gold (ages 11-teens)

 

DEVELOPMENTAL GROUPS

Bronze: Monday through Friday practices; 45 minutes each session

These are our youngest Aquadarts. This group is working to master all four competitive strokes. The emphasis is on teaching the FUNdamentals by means of drills and games that make swimming fun. Swimmers should be five to eight years of age and able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke comfortably. Swimmers can advance to Age Group 1 or Silver. There are no mandatory practice requirements and USA swim meets are encouraged but not required. Low-key, fun intrasquad meets are offered through the year.  Falldart and Springdart swimmers join this group. 

 

SILVER: Monday – Friday practices; 1 hour each session.  

This group is designed for beginning and intermediate training with a focus on learning skills in a fun environment. Swimmers will learn all four competitive strokes, starts and turns. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke comfortably. There are no mandatory practice requirements; swimmers are encouraged to attend 3 times/week. USA Swim meets are encouraged but not required. Low-key, fun intrasquad meets are offered through the year.  Falldart and Springdart swimmers join this group. 

 

GOLD: Monday - Friday practices, 1.5 hours each session

This group is designed for more advanced swimmers who desire a longer and stronger workout. There are no mandatory practice or meet requirements.  The group will focus on stroke technique with a heavier emphasis on endurance and overall fitness.   Swimmers will be asked to set a goal of 3 workouts per week.  This group will host swimmers who have advanced beyond the Silver level;  water polo and other sport participants desiring cross-training;  and teens new to competitive swimming. 

 

COMPETITIVE GROUPS

 

AGE GROUP 1: Monday-Friday practices; 1 hour each session

This group is designed for our top 9/U swimmers who possess all four competitive strokes and the ability to swim 100 Individual Medley.  They will begin to work on gaining endurance and racing skills.   Swimmers in this group are expected to attend three practices weekly and meets regularly. Swimmers can advance to AG 2 or Silver.

 

AGE GROUP 2:  Monday-Saturday practices with dryland; sessions are 1.5 - 2 hours in length

This group will be focused on an introduction to a higher level of training with a major focus on stroke technique and race development.  This group will be designed for our top 9, 10 and 11 year old swimmers.  Swimmers will be asked to attend a minimum of three workouts a week with a goal of 4 to 5 workouts, and are expected to attend swim meets regularly. Swimmers can advance to AG 3 or Gold.  

 

AGE GROUP 3: Monday-Saturday practices with dryland; sessions are 1.5 - 2.5 hours in length

This group will be focused on an introduction to a higher level of training with a major focus on stroke technique and race development. This group is for our top 11-13 year old swimmers. Swimmers will be asked to attend a minimum of four workouts a week with a goal of 5 to 6 workouts, and are expected to attend meets regularly.  11 & 12 swimmers must have 3 BB time standards to be eligible for this group. Swimmers can advance to SR 1 or Gold groups. 

 

 SENIOR PROGRAM (12/OLDER)

 

SENIOR 1 (12/older): Daily practices AM & PM + Saturday

The Senior 1 Team is for the swimmers looking to develop a training background for Senior 2 or competitive high school level swimming. Careful attention is still given to technique, but an equal emphasis is placed on learning how to train. Stretching and dry land exercises are included, as well as routine mental and physical challenges. Regular attendance is required at FIVE workouts per week, as is participation in meets.

 

SENIOR 2 (13/older): Daily practices AM & PM + Saturday

The Senior 2 Team is for the swimmers with goals of college swimming or national level qualifying.  Members of this group have selected swimming as their primary activity for at least three training quarters of the year. Members of this group have the ability to do double workouts during the school year, and the attendance to handle peak training loads.  Swimmers should have SNR level standards and are required to attend a minimum of SEVEN workouts a week.