One Swimmer, One Team.

Philosophy

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The Highlands Ranch Aquatics swim team (HRA) is a coach directed, parent supported organization which is committed to providing an enjoyable, complete, and competitive swimming experience for athletes of all appropriate ages and abilities. It is the tradition of HRA to provide a challenging and positive teaching and training environment in which athletes can develop a sense of self-esteem and pride through individual and team achievement. HRA is additionally committed to excellence in performance and we continue to strive to be the competitive leader in state, national, and international competitions.

As with all organizations, our team can achieve the most success if everyone is an active member and participates in team activities. We expect families to volunteer their time, energy and talents on behalf of the team.

Mission & Objectives

HRA’s mission is to develop the individual athlete within a team-oriented structure. Our objectives may be summarized as follows:

To provide a safe, positive and challenging learning environment where each athlete is guided from aspiration to achievement.

To build our club membership base to allow HRA to become a model program both within the state of Colorado and in the U.S.

To promote the sport of swimming in Highlands Ranch and throughout the greater Denver metro area.

Values

The HRA coaching staff and club administrators feel very strongly about the values associated with the program. We expect each parent and athlete to understand and adhere to these principles and encourage every member to strive toward building the strongest team possible. The core values expected of each member of HRA include:

Fearlessness—We readily embrace challenges and face our fears of failure

Accountability—We take responsibility for our actions and our own success

Sportsmanship—We respect our fellow competitors as well as the parents, coaches, officials and volunteers who make our success possible

Tenacity—We continually push ourselves, our teammates and competitors so that together we raise our respective levels of achievement

Teamwork—We support and encourage our teammates, and celebrate our collective success
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Training/Practice Group Decriptions

  • Blue Group

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    Athletes in the Blue group are seven to nine years old (but not to exceed the age of ten) and must be able to perform freestyle and backstroke legally and consistently, as well as possess a rudimentary understanding of breaststroke and butterfly. Development of these skills and an understanding of basic training etiquette are the coaches’ primary objectives. Participation in other activities is strongly encouraged. The emphasis in this group is on swimming satisfaction, fun, and learning correct stroke technique with a goal of preparing athletes to compete in USA Swimming competitions. Training sessions are offered three times per week. The attendance recommendation for athletes in this group is two practices per week with a suggested maximum of three per week.
  • White Group

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    Athletes in the White group range in age from eight to ten years old (no to exceed the age of 11) and must be able to perform all four competitive strokes legally and consistently. White group athletes will be working to earn State and Zone Age Group Championship qualification times. Interval training and pacing are introduced at this level, though continued stroke refinement is the primary focus. In addition, race strategy and competitive skills are developed along with an understanding of time standards. As with the Blue Group, fun and satisfaction are emphasized and participation in other activities is strongly encouraged. Practices for the White Group are offered five times per week. An attendance minimum of three practices per week is recommended with a suggested goal of four per week to prepare athletes for the Red Group.
  • Red 1 Group

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    Athletes in the Red1 Group range in age from 11 to 13 years old and have a moderate level of training skill and competitive swim experience. Athletes in this group must have earned a minimum of at least one Silver State standard in their current age group or be able to train at a commensurate level. The goal of the Red1 Group is to earn State and Zone qualification times, and ultimately prepare athletes for the Red2 Group. While the level of training intensity increases significantly from the White to the Red1 group, technique and skill refinement remain a main focus. Outside activities are encouraged in this group. Six workouts per week are offered. Attendance at a minimum of four practices per week is strongly recommended with a suggested goal of five per week.
  • Red 2 Group

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    Athletes in the Red2 Group are 12 to 14 years old and have a high level of training skill and competitive swim experience. Athletes in this group must have earned a minimum of at least one State qualifying standard in their current age group or be able to train at a commensurate level. The primary goal is to prepare Red2 athletes to score at the State and/or Zone Championship Meets. Technique and skill refinement are primary emphases as the level of training intensity and duration increases. Formal dry land is introduced at this level. Outside activities are encouraged in this group. Six workouts per week are offered, and attendance at a minimum of five practices per week is strongly recommended.
  • Sectional Group

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    Athletes entering the Sectional Group must be at least 13 years old, have the ability to train at the current Sectional level and have the desire to set and reach new training goals. This group introduces athletes to an increased volume and intensity in training. It is expected that the athletes in the Sectional Group will show a dedication to the sport through exemplary attendance and attitude. The main goals of this group are to refine stroke skills, improve functional fitness and gain competitive experience to achieve Sectional and Junior National time standards. Six to eight workouts per week are offered, and swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend at least six practices per week.
  • High School Group

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    As swimmers advance into high school, they frequently want to participate and succeed on their respective high school teams but do not wish to train at the level required in the Sectional and National Groups. As such, HRA offers a training option for kids passionate about swimming but desiring a reduced commitment than what is expected of the other groups. The goal of this group is to prepare swimmers for CHSAA Conference and State competitions. Up to five practices per week are offered, and swimmers interested in this group are encouraged to meet personally with the coach to determine their level of commitment. Additionally, they must be a participant on their high school swim team.
  • National Group

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    Swimmers in this group typically have achieved Sectional qualifying times or have the ability to train at a level commensurate with a National-level swimmer. Swimmers must display - through training and competition - the desire, dedication and discipline necessary to obtain the highest level of performance the swimmer’s individual talents will allow. This expectation includes dry land conditioning and weight training in addition to, rather than in place of, in-water practices. Basic exercise physiology is explained to the athletes so they can understand the changes taking place during the different types of training.