Group Descriptions - Competitive

High Performance

High Performance (HP) is a select group of top level athletes. Training at the High Performance level becomes more individualized and specialized to swimmers needs and event selections. Swimmers will be expected to maintain a high level of attendance in the program. The intensity of training requires swimmers to maintain the best possible recovery practices as well as maintaining a strong focus on their education. HP swimmers should be active participants in their training program and maintain constant communication with the coach to maximize their seasonal outcomes.

Competition: The HP group is targeted at the SNC National calendar each season with a particular eye on selection opportunities for provincial, national and International Teams.  Swimmers will be required to travel extensively each season and may be required to miss school several times throughout the year.

Dryland: A multi layered approach to dryland with weight training, flexibility, conditioning, speed, and coordination.

Standard: Swimmers must achieve a minimum time standard of being within 4% of the CSC Time Standard in any event to be considered for the group. For example, the female 400 IM CSC time standard is 5:06.78, to qualify for the group, swimmers must be within 4% of that, or 5:19.05.  Swimmers must maintain strong academic standing and be a positive contributor to the team to be accepted into the HP Group. Swimmers must achieve a minimum of a 90% attendance rate.

HP swimmers will be leaders for our younger athletes in developing team spirit and demonstrate an ability to create positive experiences with our younger athletes. HP swimmers will continue to be goal oriented and understand what is required to excel in sport at the highest levels.

*These standards are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.

 


Performance

Performance (P) athletes are learning to become accountable and active participants in creating their best training habits, and are becoming their own independent athlete. They will begin to explore how heart rate relates to energy systems and how this affects their own training, recovery, and competitions. Performance will be introduced to band only pull as a training tool. Swimmers will be expected to maintain a high level of attendance in this group. Performance athletes will learn the mental skills to succeed and fail within a controlled environment, and apply these skills to competitions. 

Competition: Performance swimmers will compete locally, provincially, and nationally.

Dryland: Strength development becomes an increased focus for Performance athletes. Continued development of agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S). 

Standard: Performance swimmers are those who have achieved a Provincial Time Standard and should be striving towards Champs and beyond, with Westerns, Canadian Junior Championships (CJC), and Canadian Senior Championships (CSC) on their radar. Performance swimmers will be moving towards the Championship and Westerns Time Standards and as such show the skills and technical development of Provincial and National level swimmers for their respective age group. 

Performance swimmers will build the strokes, skills and mental aptitudes that will allow them to further succeed at the end of their growth phase. Proper training, racing and recovery habits are key developmental areas as well as building positive routines around these facets of swimming. Swimmers in this group should be aiming to achieve at the Senior National Level in order to move into the HP group.

*These standards are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.

 


Age Group Performance (10 years old & over)

The training load and expectations will increase substantially at the Age Group Performance (AGP) level. Swimmers will be expected to maintain a high level of attendance. There will be an introduction to higher level skills and equipment, such as heart rate (HR) and how to apply it to training and racing, crossover turns, and an introduction to paddles and bands for technical progression. An advancement of mental skills and its integration into day to day training to succeed under the increased training load. 

Age: 10+ at start of season

Competition: AGP swimmers will compete locally, regionally, provincially, and may have opportunity to compete nationally.

Dryland: Continued development of agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) with the addition of strength development will become a critical part of the AGP swimmer’s program. 

Standard: AGP swimmers are those who have achieved a Provincial Time Standard and should be striving towards Champs and beyond, with Westerns and Canadian Junior Championships (CJC). Age Group Performance swimmers will be moving towards the Provincial, Championship and Westerns Time Standards and as such show the skills and technical development of Provincial and National level swimmers for their respective age group.

*These standards are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Scona JAG (13 years old & under)

Junior Age Group (JAG) swimmers will develop mastery of basic skill elements such as streamlining and underwater kicking, advancing skill elements of starts and turns, and introducing higher level stroke components like Distance Per Stroke (DPS). An introduction on mental preparation for training, racing, and personal development will be developed in the JAG group, as well as understanding the purpose of tactics and strategies for racing and training. 

Age: 9-13* at start of season

Competition: JAG swimmers will compete in local, regional & provincial level competitions. Interprovincial opportunities may arise for selected JAG swimmers. Focus on racing all strokes with a balance of speed and endurance events. Sufficient competition experience will be required to move from OW to JAG

Dryland: Continued development of agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) with the addition of body weight strength movements taught for further strength development. 

Standards: Swimmers in the JAG group will have shown an ability to compete at the Provincial level in one or more events, or will have the training ability to do so within the season.

JAG swimmers will be competitive in all four strokes and will train and race a broad spectrum of events throughout the season. Swimmers will develop training and racing routines that will lead them to further success in subsequent groups, and see a significant increase in kick specific fitness.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.

 


Terwillegar JAG (13 years old & under)

Junior Age Group (JAG) swimmers will develop mastery of basic skill elements such as streamlining and underwater kicking, advancing skill elements of starts and turns, and introducing higher level stroke components like Distance Per Stroke (DPS). An introduction on mental preparation for training, racing, and personal development will be developed in the JAG group, as well as understanding the purpose of tactics and strategies for racing and training. 

Age: 9-13* at start of season

Competition: JAG swimmers will compete in local, regional & provincial level competitions. Interprovincial opportunities may arise for selected JAG swimmers. Focus on racing all strokes with a balance of speed and endurance events. Sufficient competition experience will be required to move from OW to JAG

Dryland: Continued development of agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) with the addition of body weight strength movements taught for further strength development. 

Standards: Swimmers in the JAG group will have shown an ability to compete at the Provincial level in one or more events, or will have the training ability to do so within the season.

JAG swimmers will be competitive in all four strokes and will train and race a broad spectrum of events throughout the season. Swimmers will develop training and racing routines that will lead them to further success in subsequent groups, and see a significant increase in kick specific fitness.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Fountain Park JAG (13 years old & under)

Junior Age Group (JAG) swimmers will develop mastery of basic skill elements such as streamlining and underwater kicking, advancing skill elements of starts and turns, and introducing higher level stroke components like Distance Per Stroke (DPS). An introduction on mental preparation for training, racing, and personal development will be developed in the JAG group, as well as understanding the purpose of tactics and strategies for racing and training. 

Age: 9-13* at start of season

Competition: JAG swimmers will compete in local, regional & provincial level competitions. Interprovincial opportunities may arise for selected JAG swimmers. Focus on racing all strokes with a balance of speed and endurance events. Sufficient competition experience will be required to move from OW to JAG

Dryland: Continued development of agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) with the addition of body weight strength movements taught for further strength development. 

Standards: Swimmers in the JAG group will have shown an ability to compete at the Provincial level in one or more events, or will have the training ability to do so within the season.

JAG swimmers will be competitive in all four strokes and will train and race a broad spectrum of events throughout the season. Swimmers will develop training and racing routines that will lead them to further success in subsequent groups, and see a significant increase in kick specific fitness.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.

 


Scona OW (12 years old & under)

Olympic Way (OW) swimmers will continue development of all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns with an emphasis on advancing technical stroke components and introducing fundamental racing components such as a minimum of three (3) dolphin kicks in a streamline, and not breathing the first stroke off of every wall.

Age: 8-12* at start of season

Competition: In-house competitions as well as some local and regional invitational meets will be offered at this level. Swimmers should be trying to achieve the Festival North and/or Provincials Meet Qualifying Standards and should attend if they qualify. 

Dryland: Continue to develop agility, balance, coordination & speed (ABC’S).

Standards: Swimmers should be familiar with basic training and racing etiquette, and will continue to develop their swimming terminology. The swimmer is learning to become more self aware as an athlete.

  • Do you know how to read a clock? Can you adhere to pace times and get your time? 
  • Can you push off the wall on time and in streamline?
  • Learn to pass other swimmers safely
  • Learn to properly use a snorkel

Swimmers who have shown stage appropriate development on all four strokes and skills will be qualified to advance into the OW program. 

Outcomes: Swimmers in this group will improve on skills and techniques taught at the JOW level and see significant development of body position kick. These swimmers will be prepared for advancement to the JAG program by understanding the general concepts of training in a group and taking both individual and group instruction.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Fountain Park OW1 (12 years old & under)

Olympic Way (OW) swimmers will continue development of all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns with an emphasis on advancing technical stroke components and introducing fundamental racing components such as a minimum of three (3) dolphin kicks in a streamline, and not breathing the first stroke off of every wall.

Age: 8-12* at start of season

Competition: In-house competitions as well as some local and regional invitational meets will be offered at this level. Swimmers should be trying to achieve the Festival North and/or Provincials Meet Qualifying Standards and should attend if they qualify. 

Dryland: Continue to develop agility, balance, coordination & speed (ABC’S).

Standards: Swimmers should be familiar with basic training and racing etiquette, and will continue to develop their swimming terminology. The swimmer is learning to become more self aware as an athlete.

  • Do you know how to read a clock? Can you adhere to pace times and get your time? 
  • Can you push off the wall on time and in streamline?
  • Learn to pass other swimmers safely
  • Learn to properly use a snorkel

Swimmers who have shown stage appropriate development on all four strokes and skills will be qualified to advance into the OW program. 

Outcomes: Swimmers in this group will improve on skills and techniques taught at the JOW level and see significant development of body position kick. These swimmers will be prepared for advancement to the JAG program by understanding the general concepts of training in a group and taking both individual and group instruction.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Terwillegar OW (12 years old & under)

Olympic Way (OW) swimmers will continue development of all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns with an emphasis on advancing technical stroke components and introducing fundamental racing components such as a minimum of three (3) dolphin kicks in a streamline, and not breathing the first stroke off of every wall.

Age: 8-12* at start of season

Competition: In-house competitions as well as some local and regional invitational meets will be offered at this level. Swimmers should be trying to achieve the Festival North and/or Provincials Meet Qualifying Standards and should attend if they qualify. 

Dryland: Continue to develop agility, balance, coordination & speed (ABC’S).

Standards: Swimmers should be familiar with basic training and racing etiquette, and will continue to develop their swimming terminology. The swimmer is learning to become more self aware as an athlete.

  • Do you know how to read a clock? Can you adhere to pace times and get your time? 
  • Can you push off the wall on time and in streamline?
  • Learn to pass other swimmers safely
  • Learn to properly use a snorkel

Swimmers who have shown stage appropriate development on all four strokes and skills will be qualified to advance into the OW program. 

Outcomes: Swimmers in this group will improve on skills and techniques taught at the JOW level and see significant development of body position kick. These swimmers will be prepared for advancement to the JAG program by understanding the general concepts of training in a group and taking both individual and group instruction.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Fountain Park OW2 (12 years old & under)

Olympic Way (OW) swimmers will continue development of all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns with an emphasis on advancing technical stroke components and introducing fundamental racing components such as a minimum of three (3) dolphin kicks in a streamline, and not breathing the first stroke off of every wall.

Age: 8-12* at start of season

Competition: In-house competitions as well as some local and regional invitational meets will be offered at this level. Swimmers should be trying to achieve the Festival North and/or Provincials Meet Qualifying Standards and should attend if they qualify. 

Dryland: Continue to develop agility, balance, coordination & speed (ABC’S).

Standards: Swimmers should be familiar with basic training and racing etiquette, and will continue to develop their swimming terminology. The swimmer is learning to become more self aware as an athlete.

  • Do you know how to read a clock? Can you adhere to pace times and get your time? 
  • Can you push off the wall on time and in streamline?
  • Learn to pass other swimmers safely
  • Learn to properly use a snorkel

Swimmers who have shown stage appropriate development on all four strokes and skills will be qualified to advance into the OW program. 

Outcomes: Swimmers in this group will improve on skills and techniques taught at the JOW level and see significant development of body position kick. These swimmers will be prepared for advancement to the JAG program by understanding the general concepts of training in a group and taking both individual and group instruction.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Scona JOW (11 years old & under)

Swimmers in Junior Olympic Way (JOW) will continue to develop all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns. Overall physical development with an emphasis on FUN short duration speed and endurance. Introduce and teach basic training requirements such as lane etiquette and pace clock use. 

Age: Swimmers must be 11 years* & under at the start of the season. 

Competition: Swimmers that are 10&Under as of the first meet in the series (November 14th, 2020) will be eligible to compete in all four (4) meets of this series. All athletes in JOW will have the opportunity to compete in select invitationals throughout the season.

Dryland: Promote agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S).

Standards: Swimmers must pass Mini O’s Gold or the equivalent (as determined by an individual assessment) and be 7-11 years old. 

JOW swimmers will develop further confidence in the water and a progression in the technical aspects of all four competitive strokes, turns and starts. They will develop a general understanding of how a swim meet is run as well as an overall increase in speed and endurance in and out of the pool.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Fountain Park JOW1 (11 years old & under)

Swimmers in Junior Olympic Way (JOW) will continue to develop all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns. Overall physical development with an emphasis on FUN short duration speed and endurance. Introduce and teach basic training requirements such as lane etiquette and pace clock use. 

Age: Swimmers must be 11 years* & under at the start of the season. 

Competition: Swimmers that are 10&Under as of the first meet in the series (November 14th, 2020) will be eligible to compete in all four (4) meets of this series. All athletes in JOW will have the opportunity to compete in select invitationals throughout the season.

Dryland: Promote agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S).

Standards: Swimmers must pass Mini O’s Gold or the equivalent (as determined by an individual assessment) and be 7-11 years old. 

JOW swimmers will develop further confidence in the water and a progression in the technical aspects of all four competitive strokes, turns and starts. They will develop a general understanding of how a swim meet is run as well as an overall increase in speed and endurance in and out of the pool.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Terwillegar JOW2 (11 years old & under)

Swimmers in Junior Olympic Way (JOW) will continue to develop all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns. Overall physical development with an emphasis on FUN short duration speed and endurance. Introduce and teach basic training requirements such as lane etiquette and pace clock use. 

Age: Swimmers must be 11 years* & under at the start of the season. 

Competition: Swimmers that are 10&Under as of the first meet in the series (November 14th, 2020) will be eligible to compete in all four (4) meets of this series. All athletes in JOW will have the opportunity to compete in select invitationals throughout the season.

Dryland: Promote agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S).

Standards: Swimmers must pass Mini O’s Gold or the equivalent (as determined by an individual assessment) and be 7-11 years old. 

JOW swimmers will develop further confidence in the water and a progression in the technical aspects of all four competitive strokes, turns and starts. They will develop a general understanding of how a swim meet is run as well as an overall increase in speed and endurance in and out of the pool.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Scona JD (Non-Competitive) (15 years old & under)

Swimmers in Junior Development (JD) will be introduced to all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns. Overall physical development with an emphasis on FUN short duration speed and endurance.

Age: Swimmers must be 15 years* and under at the start of the season and are new to the sport of competitive swimming.

Competition: JD athletes are able to compete in three (3) competitions each year. OSC Home Opener (September), OSC Double Double (February), OSC Blue & White (June)

Dryland: Promote agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) 

Standards: Swimmers must be capable of swimming 50m by themselves unassisted. Swimmers must be comfortable swimming in deep water (>6 feet). Swimmers have the desire to develop a basic understanding of all four competitive strokes, turns and starts. They will develop a general understanding of how a swim meet is run as well as an overall increase in speed and endurance in and out of the pool.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.

 

Those in the non-competitive stream will not be eligible to participate in meets throughout the season, however, they will be able to swim at our in-house competitions at the beginning and end of the year (OSC Home Opener, and OSC Blue & White), In the case that a non-competitive athlete would like to compete, they will need to the pay the difference in the Swim AB registration fee, and the competitive fee schedule requirements will be prorated for the remainder of the season. 

 


Scona JD (Competitive) (15 years old & under)

Swimmers in Junior Development (JD) will be introduced to all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns. Overall physical development with an emphasis on FUN short duration speed and endurance.

Age: Swimmers must be 15 years* and under at the start of the season and are new to the sport of competitive swimming.

Competition: JD athletes are able to compete in three (3) competitions each year. OSC Home Opener (September), OSC Double Double (February), OSC Blue & White (June)

Dryland: Promote agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) 

Standards: Swimmers must be capable of swimming 50m by themselves unassisted. Swimmers must be comfortable swimming in deep water (>6 feet). Swimmers have the desire to develop a basic understanding of all four competitive strokes, turns and starts. They will develop a general understanding of how a swim meet is run as well as an overall increase in speed and endurance in and out of the pool.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


Fountain Park JD (Non-Competitive) (15 years old & under)

Swimmers in Junior Development (JD) will be introduced to all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns. Overall physical development with an emphasis on FUN short duration speed and endurance.

Age: Swimmers must be 15 years* and under at the start of the season and are new to the sport of competitive swimming.

Competition: JD athletes are able to compete in three (3) competitions each year. OSC Home Opener (September), OSC Double Double (February), OSC Blue & White (June)

Dryland: Promote agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) 

Standards: Swimmers must be capable of swimming 50m by themselves unassisted. Swimmers must be comfortable swimming in deep water (>6 feet). Swimmers have the desire to develop a basic understanding of all four competitive strokes, turns and starts. They will develop a general understanding of how a swim meet is run as well as an overall increase in speed and endurance in and out of the pool.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.

 

Those in the non-competitive stream will not be eligible to participate in meets throughout the season, however, they will be able to swim at our in-house competitions at the beginning and end of the year (OSC Home Opener, and OSC Blue & White), In the case that a non-competitive athlete would like to compete, they will need to the pay the difference in the Swim AB registration fee, and the competitive fee schedule requirements will be prorated for the remainder of the season. 


Fountain Park JD (Competitive) (15 years old & under)

Swimmers in Junior Development (JD) will be introduced to all four competitive strokes, skills, starts and turns. Overall physical development with an emphasis on FUN short duration speed and endurance.

Age: Swimmers must be 15 years* and under at the start of the season and are new to the sport of competitive swimming.

Competition: JD athletes are able to compete in three (3) competitions each year. OSC Home Opener (September), OSC Double Double (February), OSC Blue & White (June)

Dryland: Promote agility, balance, coordination and speed (ABC’S) 

Standards: Swimmers must be capable of swimming 50m by themselves unassisted. Swimmers must be comfortable swimming in deep water (>6 feet). Swimmers have the desire to develop a basic understanding of all four competitive strokes, turns and starts. They will develop a general understanding of how a swim meet is run as well as an overall increase in speed and endurance in and out of the pool.

*These ages are subject to coaches discretion and athlete development. The OSC Coaching staff always has the best interests and long term development of each individual athlete in mind when making these decisions.


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