DTAC Competitive Training Groups

Age Group 1

  • Purpose of the Group: Develop & Challenge
  • Target Age Group: 8-12 years old
  • Minimum Skills to Enter Group: Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke to enter Age Group 1. A working knowledge of Breaststroke and Butterfly kicking is recommended, but not a requirement for entrance as these skills will be taught in Age Group 1.
  • Training Emphasis: 70% Technique Work/30% Training & Conditioning. Training will emphasize competing in the 50 stroke, 200 Freestyle, and the 100 Individual Medley events. Goal of training is to improve technique in each stroke, starts, turns, finishes, and introduce training concepts necessary for success in Age Group 2 and beyond.
  • Training Attendance: There are 5 one and a half hour practices available each week. Coaches recommend attendance at least three times per week to develop their skills.
  • Meet Attendance: Age Group 1 swimmers will attend at least ONE session of competition scheduled every month available. Coaches recommend attendance in as many sessions throughout the year as possible to help develop confidence and racing skills in competition settings. Event selection will be coach driven and athletes are placed into events that are most appropriate based on training attendance and stroke development.
  • Target Meets: Athletes in Age Group 1 will begin working toward qualification to the IN Swimming Divisional Championships and above.

Age Group 2

  • Purpose of the Group: Train & Compete
  • Target Age Group: 10-14 years old
  • Minimum Skills to Enter Group: Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke to enter Age Group 2. In addition, swimmers should be able to complete 25 yards of Breaststroke and Butterfly legally for consideration into Age Group 2.
  • Training Emphasis: 50% Technical Work & 50% Training & Conditioning. Training will emphasize competing in the 100 stroke, 200/500 Freestyle, and the 200 Individual Medley events. Goal of training is to improve technique in each stroke, build speed in turns & underwater kicking, and developing appropriate pacing and race strategies for all appropriate events.
  • Training Attendance: There are 6 two hour practices available each week. Coaches recommend attendance at least four times per week to develop their skills and conditioning.
  • Meet Attendance: Age Group 2 swimmers will attend at least THREE sessions of competition for every two meets scheduled during the competition year. Coaches recommend attendance in as many sessions throughout the year as possible to help develop confidence and racing skills in competition settings. Event selection will be coach driven and athletes are placed into events that are most appropriate based on training attendance and stroke development.
  • Target Meets: Obtaining/Competing in IN Swimming Divisional Championships. Athletes in Age Group 2 will begin working toward qualification to the IN Swimming Age Group State Championships and above.

Senior Group

  • Purpose of the Group: Participate & Succeed
  • Target Age Group: 9th Grade & Up (incoming 9th graders will be transitioned to Senior Group the summer before starting the 9th Grade).
  • Minimum Skills to Enter Group: Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke to enter Senior Group. In addition, swimmers should be able to complete 25 yards of Breaststroke and Butterfly legally for consideration into Senior Group.
  • Training Emphasis: 40% Technical Work/60% Training & Conditioning. Training will emphasize competing in the 100 stroke, 200/500 Freestyle, and the 200 Individual Medley events. Goal of training is to improve technique in each stroke, build speed in turns & underwater kicking, and developing appropriate pacing and race strategies for all appropriate events.
  • Training Attendance: There are 8 two hour and twenty minute practices available each week. Coaches expect attendance at least six times per week to develop their skills and conditioning. AM workouts are an important part of training and development. You should make every effort to be at morning workouts.
  • Meet Attendance: Senior Group swimmers will attend competitions outside of the IHSAA Competition season as directed by the Head Coach. Coaches recommend attendance in as many sessions throughout the year as possible to help develop confidence and racing skills in competition settings. Event selection will be coach driven and athletes are placed into events that are most appropriate based on training attendance and stroke development.
  • Target Meets: Obtaining/Competing in IN Swimming Divisional & IHSAA Sectional Championships. Athletes in Senior Group will begin working toward qualification to the IN Swimming Senior State Championships.