Pikes Peak Athletics is currently welcoming new members to all groups! Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran we have a group for you.
Athletes who register for the team between August 15th and October 1 each year are exempt from the PPA annual registration fee of $65. Pikes Peak Athletics offers a one time $25 military discount upon registration and a 10% discount for multiple swimmers. Once registered, athletes may elect to suspend membership and return without penalty, so long as the membership office is notified by the 15th of the month prior to suspending.
In addition to the monthly dues, all athletes must be registered with USA Swimming which is a one time per year fee of $68. All registrations will be handled through our membership office. We also have an additional swim meet fee per swimmer when participating in swim meets depending on location. In city fee is $7.50, out of city meets $10 and out of state meets $75.
Pikes Peak Athletics has no mandatory fundraising or volunteering requirements.
Pikes Peak Athletics welcomes you to come try us out with a complimentary one week trial which gives your swimmer a chance to train with the appropriate group, meet the coaching staff and see what PPA is all about.
To set up your complimentary trial please call 719-649-3734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Base Camp
Base Camp is the best way to help your swimmer transition from swim lessons to formalized swim team. One of the toughest transitions in swimming is making the leap from lessons to team; the Pikes Peak Athletics Base Camp bridges this gap by teaching proper swim team technique and etiquette while gradually building the endurance needed to be on a swim team. The goal of this class is to provide a positive learning environment for early swimmers who have an interest in swim team but aren’t sure if they are ready for the full commitment of a swim team or need additional help with their endurance and technique. Great opportunity for swimmers to get in the water with a Pikes Peak Athletics coach and a small group of other new swimmers while learning the basics of swimming on a team.
- All pre-team classes will be held at Pikes Peak Athletics Training Center
- Classes will be offered in the evenings
- Participants have the option of attending once or twice per week
- Classes follow rolling sessions. Once enrolled in a class, swimmer’s spot will be guaranteed (pre-enrolled) into the coming months until swimmer moves up in level, wants to move time, or wants to withdraw from class.
Requirements: Must be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke.
Group Philosophy: “Let’s give this a try. Swimming is fun!”
- AGE GROUP 1
This group provides the opportunity for very young kids to learn fundamentals of competitive swimming in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. Age Group 1 participants can come to practice 2 times per week, and are not expected to attend competitive meets, although they may be entered in a meet from time to time depending on individual readiness. The focus is on having fun in the water, learning fundamentals and a little swimming too! These swimmers are about age 10 and younger.
Requirements: Swimmers must be able to complete 25 yards of legal freestyle and backstroke and 10 yards of breaststroke and butterfly.
Group Philosophy: “Swimming is fun!”
- AGE GROUP 2
Age Group 2 is intended for younger swimmers who are expected to attend practice 3-4 times per week and attend meets monthly. This group is the lifeblood of Pikes Peak Athletics as these swimmers will go on to be the future stars of the team. Due to different maturation levels there is a large variation in ability level within this group; some athletes will strive to qualify for the state meet while others will still be learning fundamentals. These swimmers are usually age 11 and younger.
Requirements: These athletes are typically able to swim two or three different competitive strokes proficiently, and can swim 200 yards of freestyle with proper flip turns.
Group Philosophy: “Learn to swim competitively and have fun doing it!”
- JUNIOR I
The Junior I Group is designed for swimmers who expect to make it to practice about 4 times per week and compete in meets periodically depending on readiness. Extending from ages 11-15, the age and ability range in this group is broad, made up of inexperienced younger swimmers, and older swimmers that are new to the sport, or new to training. These athletes enjoy swimming while not necessarily making it their number 1 extra-curricular activity. All Junior Team I athletes should purchase a pull buoy, short training fins, paddles and a mesh bag to hold their equipment.
Group Philosophy: “Swim for fitness and fun, and strive to do your best.”
- JUNIOR II
This group is primarily for younger swimmers whose goals are to attend practice 5-6 times per week and attend meets monthly. These young athletes are more experienced in competitive swimming for their age and aspire to qualify for and final in the State meet. For this group, consistent practice attendance is critical in building strength, enhancing skills, refining technique and developing training and racing strategies. These athletes will move to the Senior Team eventually, and intend to make swimming their primary activity. Junior Team II swimmers are generally age 11-16. All Junior Team II athletes should purchase a pull buoy, short training fins, paddles and a mesh bag to hold their equipment.
Group Philosophy: “Build a technical and aerobic foundation and learn how to train.”
- SENIOR I
Senior Team I swimmers are student/athletes that intend to practice 4-6 days per week and may continue to train with Pikes Peak Athletics through the high school season. These athletes may have other activities which prevent them from making swimming their first priority, such as another sport, triathlon or a time-intensive academic activity. Senior Team I swimmers are typically in High School, or age 14 and older and may be asked to attend meets based on their goals. These athletes should purchase a pull buoy, paddles, snorkel, short and long training fins and a mesh bag to hold their equipment.
Group Philosophy: “Maximize your time with the sport, and give your best effort when you are here.”
- SENIOR II
Senior Team II swimmers are expected to come to every practice offered, which amounts to 10 workouts per week including all strength and conditioning sessions. These athletes have made swimming their first priority, and strive to qualify for Sectionals or a higher level of competition. Senior Team II swimmers are age 14 and older. All athletes in this group should purchase a pull buoy, paddles, snorkel, short and long training fins and a mesh bag to hold their equipment.
Group Philosophy: “Train hard every day.”