Tawa Swimming Club – Squad Pathway


squads

Tawa Swimming Club runs training squads for swimmers who have progressed beyond 1 x 60 minute sessions per week.  The bulk of our squads are based around competitive swimming, however we do have a dual pathway for teenagers with the establishment of a training group for Year 9 and up (College Swimfit), in which there is no expectation to compete.

 

Other than College SwimFit, squads are primarily designed to coach swimmers for competition. Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many weekly training sessions as they can and in some cases, coaches will set a minimum training expectations to retain a place in the squad.

Stroke Technique is always a focus and is fine-tuned at all squad levels as required. Swimmers are also trained in Race Technique (starts/turns/finishes etc) in the junior squads and these skills are also fine-tuned as appropriate throughout squad progression.

 All squads incur a Squad Coaching fee which is invoiced quarterly and is additional to the Club Annual Subscription Fee.

 

Entry to squads from Copper upwards is by selection process. Few swimmers currently enter the Club directly at these levels. To progress from Club Swimming to Squad swimming, the Club coaches provide nominations to the Club Captain for consideration.

 

Squads are generally reviewed on a quarterly basis. Squad progression is at the discretion of the Committee, following discussion with the relevant coaches.  Several factors are considered, these include, but are not limited to:

  • The age, maturity and ability of the swimmer to meet the expectations of the next squad level
  • The number of places available

 

All swimmers progressing through the squads are required to complete an “Agreement to move into New Squad” form. This outlines and reaffirms the swimmer’s commitment to training and will be reviewed each quarter.

 

The club cannot operate without the assistance of parents in running the club. It is a requirement of parents/caregivers to support the club by being available for Timekeeping, Team Managing and other duties as required. The Club is also required to maintain a minimum number of Officials such as IOT’s and parents may be asked to train in this capacity.

 

If the Club cannot provide the minimum number of volunteers at each meet, we can be precluded from entering Swim Meets, an in some cases, Meets are deemed to not be Official Meets due to the lack of a minimum number of Officials. This means any time swum will not count towards goals. So your assistance is vital in the continuing success of your child and the club.

 

Copper Squad

Copper squad is an introduction to Squad training and is the first step from Club Swimmer to Squad Swimmer. Copper Squad train twice a week. There is a heavy focus on technique and swimmers and are encouraged to compete at Time Trials and Gold Coast Meets.

 

Bronze Squad

Bronze Squad focuses on creating good habits with training and racing. Technique is developed further and swimmers also focus on maintaining longer distances. Swimmers in Bronze Squad are introduced to dryland training and will be strongly encouraged to compete at Time Trials, Gold Coast and Tier 2 Meets. It is expected that Bronze Squad swimmers can meet most of the following requirements:

  • Commitment to train 2-3 sessions per week
  • Desire to compete
  • Maintain fitness to swim between 1.5 – 3kms per session
  • Has achieved an official minimum 50M Freestyle time of 0.45sec or a 100IM time of 1min 50.

 

Silver Squad

Swimmers in Silver Squad will extend their distance training while fine-tuning their technique to become proficient in all strokes. It is expected that Silver Squad swimmers can meet most of the following requirements:

  • Commitment to train between 3-5 sessions per week.
  • Commitment to compete
  • Demonstrate good training ethic
  • Maintain fitness to swim between 2 - 4 kms per session
  • Has achieved an official 100IM time of 1min 40 or better

 

 

Gold Squad

Gold Squad swimmers can expect an increase in both endurance and intensity. Technique is fine-tuned further to increase efficiency in their stroke. It is expected that Gold Squad swimmers can meet most of the following requirements:

  • Commitment to train between 4 – 6 sessions per week, including at least one morning session
  • Commitment to compete regularly
  • Division II Qualifying time or working towards Division II Qualifying times
  • Demonstrate consistently good training ethic
  • Maintain fitness to swim between 3 – 5 kms per session
  • Be a Role Model to the younger Club & Junior Squad Swimmers by attending Time Trials and Club Fun Nights; demonstrating Good Sportsmanship and treating Coaches, Managers and other Volunteers with respect at all times.
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Platinum Squad

This is the Senior Squad within the Club and there is a high expectation on these swimmers in terms of both training and competing. Progression into Platinum Squad is at the discretion of the Committee in conjunction with the Coaches, however it is expected that Platinum Squad swimmers can meet most of the following requirements:

  • Commitment to train between 6-8 sessions per week
  • Commitment to compete regularly
  • A minimum age of 13 years (This is avoid/limit early burn-out and injury. Swimmers aged under 13 years will be considered on a case by case basis if all parties feel this could be beneficial)
  • Maintain fitness to swim between 5 - 7 kms per session
  • Division II Qualifying times as a minimum
  • NAGS times or working towards NAGS times.
  • Be a Role Model to the younger Club & Junior Squad Swimmers by attending Time Trials and Club Fun Nights; demonstrating Good Sportsmanship and treating Coaches, Managers and other Volunteers with respect at all times.

 

 

 

 

Alternative Pathway – College Swimfit

 

College Swimfit caters for all swimmers of College age, who do not have the time or desire to commit to high training expectations of the competitive squads. Many of these swimmers compete in other sports such as surf-lifesaving, triathlon, waterpolo etc; whilst others just enjoy swimming for fitness and fun without the pressures of a competitive squad environment. Swimmers in this squad range in skill and experience from past Platinum swimmers to purely social swimmers. As a guideline, it is expected that swimmers in this squad could meet the distance training requirements of Bronze Squad as a minimum. Swimmers are encouraged to enter Meets if they choose to but there is no expectation for them to do so. They are strongly encouraged to enter Time Trials and attend Club Fun Nights; and act as Role Models in their behaviour and attitude at all times.

 

Note: If swimmers choose to enter SwimFit, this does not mean they are unable to return to competitive swimming squads. SwimFit can be a good option for swimmers returning from injury or taking a break from the competitive swimming scene for a period of time.

 

 

 Squads training times are as per below.

 

 

Squad

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Comments

Platinum

6am – 7.30am

 

4.30 – 6.30pm 

(includes ½ hour dryland training)

 

 

4.30 – 6.30pm

 

 

4.30 – 6.00pm

6.00 – 7.30am

6.00 – 7.30am

 

4.30 – 6.30pm

(includes ½ hour weekly review)

6.00 – 8.00am

(includes ½ hour dryland training)

 

8 sessions

(12.5 hours swimming plus 1 hour dryland and ½ hour weekly review)

 

 

High Performance Extra

 

6.00 – 7.30am

6.00 – 8.00am

 

 

4.30 – 6.30pm

 

 

 

3 additional sessions (5 hours)

 

 

Gold

 

 

6.00 – 7.30pm

(includes ½ hour dryland training)

 

 

6.00 – 7.30pm

 

 

4.30 – 6.00pm

6.00 – 7.30am

 

 

 

5.30 – 7.30pm

(includes ½ weekly review)

6.00 – 8.00am

(includes ½ hour dryland training)

 

6 sessions

(8.5 hours swimming plus 1 hour dryland training and ½ hour weekly review)

 

Silver

 

 

6.00 – 7.30pm

(includes ½ hour dryland training)

 

6.00 – 7.30pm

 

6.30 – 7.30pm

 

6.00 – 7.30pm

(includes ½ weekly review)

6.00 – 8.00am

(includes ½ hour dryland training)

 

5 Sessions

(6 hours swimming plus 1 hour dryland training and ½ hour weekly review)

Bronze

 

6.00 – 7.30pm

(includes ½ hour dryland training)

6.30 – 7.30pm

 

6.00 – 7.30pm

(includes ½ weekly review)

 

 

3 sessions

(3 hours swimming plus ½ hour dryland training and ½ hour weekly review)

Copper

6:30pm – 7:30pm

 

 

 

7:15pm – 8:15pm

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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