Qualifying Times 
County
Age Group:297 
Youth:
Regional
Age Group:112 
Youth:20 
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A flow chart of the progression through the squads can be viewed HERE 

Squad membership is determined by the coaching team.

CRITERIA BREAKDOWN

The following six criteria are considered when coaching staff are thinking about squad placement.

ATTENDANCE

Swimming is such a skill-based sport with so many complex actions to each of the four disciplines stroke mechanics. Swimmers that attend between 4 and 5 sessions per week will acquire the necessary skills at an accelerated rate due to the ability to re-enforce the acquired skill before it is forgotten allowing for greater habits to be achieved and a new skill to be learnt.

TECHNIQUE

Technique is a swimmers most important requirement to being successful. Technique takes focus and concentration on the task. Having s sound foundation of technique allows the athlete to build in the necessary intensity and volume that is required later on in a swimmers career without skill levels breaking down.

RACING ABILITIES

In any competitive sport the ability to race is extremely important, swimming is no different. As each swimmer goes through the club’s programme, racing requirements will become more advanced from showing an enjoyment of racing to performing at regional and national level.

TRAINING ETHOS

Swimmers develop from three main areas: Growth, Technique, Training

Training is extremely important to a swimmers development as at certain periods of development they will be more receptive to different types of training. A swimmers ability to train well will have a direct impact as to whether they capitalise on that area of progression. A swimmers ability to train will be evaluated on work ethic, concentration, skill acquisition, communication and ability to train at a required pace or volume without breaking down in skill levels.

LOG BOOKS

Completing a log book is an important part of a swimmers education. They allow the swimmer and coach to see a progression in training ability as well as being an excellent form of communication between the coach, swimmer and parent.

DISCIPLINE

Every swimmer’s behaviour swill be taken into consideration for promotion. Good behaviour is quite often the determining factor when the above criteria are able to be achieved.

 

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TO JUNIOR PERFORMANCE

​Swimmers should have reached their 9th birthday before being considered for movement to the Junior Performance Squad as well as meeting the criteria below.

ATTENDANCE

Swimmers that want to be considered for movement to Junior Performance must be attending a minimum of 3 times per week. Swimmers must be prepared to commit to a minimum of 4 sessions per week once joining the Junior Performance Squad.

TECHNIQUE

Swimmers will need to be efficient in the basic stroke mechanics of all 4 strokes . Areas that will be taken into consideration are:

·         Distance per stroke

·         Stroke count per length

·         Body position

·         Timing

·         Feel of the water

·         Confidence & performance over 100/200m races

·         Ability to maintain technique and perform over challenging training sessions

TRAINING (for Junior Performance Two)

  • ability to hold 15 x 100 freestyle off 2.00 comfortably
  • ability to hold 15 x 50m kick off 1.15 comfortably
  • ability to hold 5 x 200m IM off 4.45 comfortably

RACING ABILITIES

Racing abilities are so important to a competitive athlete. Swimmers need to  be reliable attenders at galas and be attending meets targeted by the coaching staff. Swimmers that want to be considered for movement will need to show the skills above and a desire to improve to reach a regional standard.

- Swimmers wishing to part of Junior Performance Two should have attained county qualifying times in three strokes including at least 2 x 200m events in the 11 year old age group

LOG BOOKS

Swimmers will have been keeping their log book up to date and handing it into their coach when requested.

DISCIPLINE

Every swimmer wanting to be promoted must show the following behavioural traits:

·         Respect for coaching staff

·         Willingness to learn

·         Good lane discipline

·         Willingness to support team mates in training sessions and competitions

 

The final decision on swimmers moving between squads/lanes lies with the coaching staff. When the coach feels a swimmer is ready to move to the junior performance squad, he/she will arrange a meeting with the swimmers and his/her parents to discuss expectations for the move. The coach may decide to transition the swimmer slowly between the junior development and junior performance squads or move the swimmer with immediate effect.

  • The coaching team will have the opportunity to select 'wild cards' into the group if they do not meet all of the above criteria but it is felt that they have good long term potential.

 

JUNIOR PERFORMANCE TO SENIOR PERFORMANCE

Swimmers should have reached their 11th birthday before being considered for movement to the Senior Performance Squad as well as meeting the criteria below.

ATTENDANCE

Swimmers that want to be considered for movement to Senior Performance should be attending 4/5 times per week and be prepared to train a minimum of 5 times per week.

TECHNIQUE

Swimmers will need to be efficient in the basic stroke mechanics of all 4 strokes. Areas that will be taken into account will be:

·         Distance per stroke

·         Stroke count per length

·         Body position

·         Timing

·         Feel of the water

·         Ability to hold technique and perform throughout a 2 hour session without interruptions on a consistent basis

·         Confidence and performance over 100/200/400m races

·         Ability to maintain technique, performance and have an understanding of the given set over challenging training sessions

·         A basic understanding and discipline regarding land training

TRAINING

  • ability to hold 20 x 100m on freestyle off 1.50 comfortably
  • ability to hold 10 x 200m IM on 4.00 comfortably
  • ability to perform 10 x 100 kick off 2.15 comfortably

RACING ABILITIES

Racing abilities are so important to a competitive athlete. Swimmers need to  be reliable attenders and galas and be attending meets targeted by the coaching staff. Swimmers that want to be considered for movement will need to show the skills above and a desire to improve to reach a regional/national standard.  

  • swimmers should have attained a minimum of 6 county qualifying times or more across three strokes(preferably including an IM)
  • 11 year olds should have attained regional qualification
  • 12 year olds should have attained a regional qualifying time or be within 5% of attaining one

LOG BOOKS

·         Swimmers will have been keeping their log book up to date and handing it into their coach when requested.

DISCIPLINE

Every swimmer wanting to be promoted must show the following behavioural traits:

·         Respect for coaching staff

·         Willingness to learn

·         Good lane discipline

·         Willingness to support team mates in training sessions and competitions

 

The final decision on swimmers moving between squads/lanes lies with the coaching staff. When the coach feels a swimmer is ready to move to the senior performance squad, he/she will arrange a meeting with the swimmers and his/her parents to discuss expectations for the move. The coach may decide to transition the swimmer slowly between the junior performance and senior performance squads or move the swimmer with immediate effect.

  • The coaching team will have the opportunity to select 'wild cards' into the group if they do not meet all of the above criteria but it is felt that they have good long term potential.
  • Swimmers who are 10 years old may be transitioned into the junior performance group if in the opinion of the coaching team they have met all of the criteria listed above.

 

​PROCEDURE FOR SWIMMERS NO LONGER MEETING SQUAD CRITERIA

If once moving to the senior performance squad, one or more of the following should occur then a swimmers place within the senior performance squad may be subject to review…

  • A swimmers attendance becomes erratic or inconsistent

  • A swimmer becomes unable to keep up with the workload expected of them

  • A swimmers is not attending club galas and not entering targeted meets as directed by the coaching staff

  • A swimmer does not meet the club’s code of conduct(signed upon joining the club)

 

If a review is needed, one or more of the coaching team will meet with the swimmer and his/her parents and discuss expectations for being part of the senior performance squad. Should performance not improve then the swimmer will be directed to train within the senior club section.