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Age Group Program

Most swimmers that particpate in the Age Group Program are between the age of 7 and 13 years old and have swam competitively before, either with a summer league swim team, or with H2okie Aquatics or another competitive swim program. In addition, most swimmers in these groups compete in USA Swimming competitions on a regular basis, though this is not a requirement. Swimmers entering the Age Group program will continue to build on the fundamentals that they learned in Stroke School or through their previous swimming experience. In addition, swimmers begin to learn more about the world of competitive swimming and the things that they can do at practice and in races to become better swimmers. The goal of the Age Group Program is to teach swimmers about the world of competitive swimming and prepare them to be successful athletes in the future, while having a lot of fun!

Age Group 1 (AG1)

Most swimmers in AG1 are between the ages of 8-11 and have developed a fluid freestyle and backstroke, but may still struggle with either butterfly or breaststroke. Practice is offered between 4-5 times per week for approximately 1.25-1.5 Hours. It is recommended that swimmers try to attend 3-4 practice per week to see steady improvement, if they are able to do so.

AG1 swimmers must be able to attempt a 100 IM, though may not be legal in all 4 strokes. AG1 Swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate in USA Swimming meets offered throughout the year. The goal of AG1 is to prepare swimmers to compete in IM Ready (IMR) events and to become legal in all 4 strokes, as well as to learn practice fundamentals such as reading a pace clock and understanding sets.

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Age Group 2 (AG2)

Most swimmers in AG2 are between the ages of 9-12, are strong swimmers, but still need significant stroke development in certain strokes. AG2 swimmers will continue to develop their racing and training skills as they grow, mature, and have more ability to focus during practice. Practice is offered approximately 5 times per week for approximately 1.5 Hours. It is recommended that swimmers try to attend 4-5 practice per week to see steady improvement, if they are able to do so.

AG2 swimmers must be able to complete a 100 IM legally and a 200 freestyle at a meet, at minimum. AG2 Swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate in USA Swimming meets offered throughout the year. The goal of AG2 is to prepare swimmers to successfully complete the IM Ready (IMR) events and begin preparing for IM Xtreme (IMX) events.

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Age Group 3 (AG3)

AG3 is the highest level of our Age Group program and it is designed to prepare swimmers for the transition from Age Group swimming to Senior swimming. This means that swimmers begin learning more advanced racing strategies and more emphasis is placed on seasonal training. Swimmers will begin to take more personal responsibility for their own swimming and learn to analyze their stroke and apply lessons from their coaches to their swimming. Most swimmers in AG3 are between the ages of 10-12 and are strong swimmers in all 4 strokes. Practice is offered 6 times per week for approximately 2 Hours, and it is recommended that swimmers try to attend 4-6 times per week to see consistent improvement, if they are able to do so.

AG3 swimmers must be comfortable competing in events such as the 200 IM and 500 Free at swim meets. All Age Group 3 swimmers should be willing to compete in any event that the Age Group 3 coach asks of them. AG3 Swimmers should be competing in USA Swimming meets offered throughout the year. This is the first group that is primarily focused on preparing swimmers for USA swimming competitions. Swimmers in AG3 will increase their training volume from AG2 while continuing to refine their stroke technique. The goal of AG3 is to prepare swimmers to successfully complete the IM Ready (IMR) events and begin preparing for IM Xtreme (IMX) events.

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