Squad Criteria 

Age 9-14

Comply with attendance requirements as instructed by the Squad and Head Coach. 

To compete at any galas as selected by Squad Coach.

Train effectively:-       
  • Warm Up – Skill        
  • Swim Down 
  • Understand the use of pace, stroke count, stroke rate in relation to perceived effort in different training intensity        
  • Lane Discipline 
  • Have the ability to use pace clocks       
  • Endurance
 Additional squad selections to be at the discretion of the Squad and Head Coach.

Minimum 5 sessions BUT will be subject to individual assessment/requirement

Good technique is a prerequisite for success. Technique takes focus and concentration on the task. Having a sound foundation in technique allows the athlete to then increase training intensity and volume without skill levels breaking down.

   Training Ethos
A swimmer’s ability to train well will have a direct impact as to whether they capitalise on key areas of progression. A swimmer’s 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 skill levels breaking down. At youth level swimmers need to have the right mental attitude and the will to want to train to improve. Sessions will be challenging but in order for performance to increase, these sessions must be met with the right mental attitude to gain the maximum benefit.

  Racing Abilities
In any competitive sport the ability to race is extremely important; swimming is no different. As each swimmer goes through the programme, racing requirements will become more advanced from showing an enjoyment of racing to performing at National level.

Every swimmer’s behaviour will be taken into consideration as part of the squad selection process.

   Gym Sessions
These sessions should be attended by everyone. They are part of the whole programme and  assist in increasing core stability, strength, flexibility and body alignment. Band work will be an essential part of pre-pool training. Training is intense so injury prevention exercises must be carried out every day.