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Ritchie CenterJr. Pioneers

Hilltoppers | Jr. Pioneers

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Practice Groups

TOPPERS

  • This swim group offers a developmental environment for swimmers 5-9.
  • We provide fundamental skills and techniques of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns.

Skill requirements

  • Complete 25 yards of all four strokes legally.
  • Pay attention to instruction in a group setting.

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Schedule and attendance requirements

4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays

Swimmers are encouraged to attend both sessions each week.

PIONEERS

  • This group is open to swimmers 9 – 12 looking to develop skills.
  • We teach the fundamental skills and techniques of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns.

Skill requirements

  • Complete 50 yards of free and back strokes, 25 yards of fly and breast strokes legally.
  • Pay attention to instruction in a group setting.
  • MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturdays

Swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of two out of the three sessions each week.

BRONZE

  • This group introduces swimmers 11 and younger to competitive swimming.
  • It teaches the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns.
  • Swimmers MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Mondays - Thursdays

We encourage swimmers to attend three practice sessions per week.

SILVER

  • This group introduces the basic concepts of conditioning.
  • It provides constant reinforcement of fundamental technical concepts.
  • Swimmers progress according to individual ability.
  • Ages range from 9-12, depending upon skill level.
  • Swimmers MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • 4:45 – 6 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m., Fridays
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturdays

Swimmers are required to attend three practices sessions per week.

GOLD

  • This group prepares swimmers for all facets of competitive swimming.
  • It increases aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, depending on group abilities.
  • The group provides continued refinement of stroke technique.
  • We introduce the basic concepts of race strategy and dryland training. 
  • Ages range from 10-12, depending upon skill level, level of conditioning and an athlete's motivation.
  • Swimmers MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • 4:45 - 6:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 4:45 - 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 5:30- 7 p.m., Fridays
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays

Swimmers must attend three practice sessions per week. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.

MOUNTAINEERS

  • This group includes a blend of conditioning and stoke instruction designed to successfully prepare swimmers for a senior swimming event line-up.
  • Ages range from 13 and older, depending on skill level, level of conditioning and an athlete's motivation.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • 5:30 - 7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 5:15- 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturdays

Swimmers must attend three practice sessions per week. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.

CRIMSON

  • This group is designed to prepare athletes for senior swimming.
  • Training will be a balance of mature technical instruction and conditioning designed to prepare swimmers for state and regional levels of competition.
  • Swimmers who display excellent practice habits, mental discipline, strong work ethic and consistent attendance will be considered for the Elite group.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • 6 – 8 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays
  • 4:45 – 7 p.m., Fridays
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays

Swimmers must attend four practice sessions per week. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.

ELITE

  • Elite swimming prepares swimmers for regional- and national-level competition.
  • It readies athletes for collegiate swimming.
  • The group provides short- and long-term goal setting and introduces strength training.
  • We challenge swimmers with technique improvements and conditioning levels.
  • Ages range from 13 years through post-grad, depending upon skill level, level of conditioning and an athlete's motivation.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • 5:45 – 8 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays
  • 5:15 – 7 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 4:45 – 7 p.m., Fridays
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturdays

We expect athletes to prepare themselves for Elite-level competition. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.