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.
Registration Fee $175
Pikes Peak Athletics Swimmers (must be current):
- If registered August 15 – September 30 exempt from the annual registration fee
- If registered after September 30 the annual registration fee will be assessed
- Any Base Campers moving to competitive team will receive discounted annual registration fee of $75
New Athletes to Pikes Peak Athletics:
- When registered, will be assessed annual registration fee of $175
Pikes Peak Athletics offers a one-time $25 military discount upon registration and 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 and withdrawal form is submitted.
In addition to the monthly dues, all athletes must be registered with USA Swimming which is a one time per year fee of approximately $72. 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.
**Any unpaid fees will be invoiced on the first Wednesday of the month and families will have until the 15th of the current month to pay. If a balance remains after this date, a $25 late fee will be assessed.
Pikes Peak Athletics has no mandatory fundraising or volunteering requirements. The team is asked to time at meets that PPA attends.
Swim Team Try Outs
Pikes Peak Athletics welcomes you to come try out the team 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) 400-7450 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 I
This group provides the opportunity for younger kids to learn fundamentals of competitive swimming in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. Age Group I participants are recommended to come to practice three times per week. These swimmers are not required to attend competitive meets, although it is suggested they do compete several times per season, depending on individual readiness. In this group, swimmers are introduced to the pace clock and training sets. The focus is on learning the fundamentals of the sport and having fun in the water! These swimmers are approximately age 10 and younger.
Requirements: Swimmers must be able to complete 25 yards of each of the four competitive swimming strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.
Group Philosophy: “Swimming is fun!”
- AGE GROUP II
Age Group II is intended for younger swimmers who have a stronger grasp of the four strokes than Age Group I, yet are still in need of gaining valuable training and racing experience. These swimmers are invited to attend practice three-four times per week and attend meets monthly. This group is an important step in the development of the young swimmer; here the swimmers not only focus on fundamentals, but learn to use the clock regularly, are taught lane etiquette, and begin to learn racing strategies. These swimmers are usually age 10 and older.
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!”
- AGE GROUP III
Age Group III is intended for younger swimmers who are expected to attend practice three-four times per week and attend meets monthly. This group has spent time acquiring the fundamental skills and strategies of swimming and is now learning to put those tools to use in more rigorous training. These swimmers learn to balance discipline and fun while engraining the tough-to-learn nuances of swimming technique and strategy. Swimmers in this group are aged 11 and older.
Requirements: These swimmers know the four competitive strokes, turns and starts, and have experience competing in meets.
Group Philosophy: “Begin to develop the love of training and racing!”
- JUNIOR I
The Junior I Group is designed for swimmers who expect to make it to practice about four 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 one 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 five-six 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 four-six 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 ten 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.”