Training Group 1
Basic skill development
Athletes in Group 1 expand the skill set learned at the Jedi level. Frequency of practice is slightly more important and practices are a little bit longer.
Practices are still geared toward acquisition of the skill set, but learning independence in a training environment and coping with the many distractions found in a group setting is also a key component to this group.
Physically, practices are a bit more challenging in both intensity and length. The target age group is 8 to 11 years old and this is when a child's cardiovascular system starts to become trainable. A proper foundation of aerobic activity will help the child perform to potential in the next few years.
Group 1 athletes are encouraged to attend selected meets provided their skills are adequate. Group 1 athletes will not be swimming certain events due to their age or skill level.
5 practices are offered for Group 1 each week. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to 3 or 4 of them. At this age the frequency of practice is slightly more important than at the Jedi level but the child's enjoyment of the activity is the most important factor in setting an attendance schedule. Group 1 practices Monday - Friday 5:00-6:00 pm at the Rec Center.