Bronze: Age Group A
The move from Blue to Bronze coincides with the progression of children winning ribbons at meets to winning medals at the higher levels of competition. Bronze is most commonly used for the third place medal in swim meets and Bronze Group is our third-highest level at Race Pace Club AZ and our top Age Group training group.
Group Dynamic: The Bronze Group functions as our top age group training group with a focus on regularly attending meets to gain qualifying times for competing at Junior Olympics, Age Group State, and above.
This group builds speed and endurance with ongoing stroke work and focuses on honing racing skills. We also emphasize accountability, proper practice habits, sportsmanship, and dryland training. Participants compete regularly in swim meets, including relay participation and train to swim the 200 events in all four strokes and IM.
Entrance Requirements: ● Attend at least 4 practices a week ● Must have achieved Arizona Age Group State Championship time standards (A times) in a minimum of one event.
Training Frequency: 1.5 hours, 6x per week
Equipment: RPC swim cap, pair of goggles, swim fins, kickboard, pull buoy, hand paddles, and a water bottle
Move up requirements from Bronze to Silver ● Attend a minimum of 5 practices a week with regularity ● Must achieve 4 Arizona Junior 11-12 Olympic/Regional Championship time standards (B times) in 4 different events ● Ability to do 5 dolphin kicks off every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle ● Legal breaststroke kick and underwater pull down ● Legal Turns ● Streamline off every wall ● Swim an 800 in practice breathing every 3 ● Ability to handle intervals in kick and swim sets as determined by the current practice times in Silver Group with minimal adaptation ● Compete in sanctioned meets.