Tawa Swimming Club – Squad Pathway


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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. We also have an Adult Swimfit squad where adults can enjoy swimming in a squad environment with the benefit of a professional coach.

Other than College and Adult 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 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 a selection process. Few swimmers currently enter the Club directly at these levels. To progress from Club Swimming to Squad swimming, Club coaches provide nominations to Club administrators in priority order. This can be done through observations from routine training, or through formal squad trials. 

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 swim meet, we can be excluded from entering swim meets, or a meet may be deemed to not be an official meet 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.

Squad Guidelines

BRONZE SQUAD

Objective

The 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 required to compete in an official meet at least once a term.

Performance Guidelines

  • Maintain fitness to swim 1.5 – 3km per session
  • Has achieved an official minimum 50m Freestyle (SC) time of 0:45.00 and a 100 IM (SC) time of 1:50.00.

Squad Standards

  • Demonstrate good training ethic
  • Attend 2 – 3 training sessions per week
  • Compete at Time trials, Gold Coast meets, and Tier 2 meets.

Personal Equipment required

  • Goggles
  • Tawa club swim cap
  • Drink Bottle

SILVER SQUAD

Objective

Swimmers in Silver Squad will extend their distance training while fine-tuning their technique to become proficient in all strokes.

Performance Guidelines

  • Maintain fitness to swim 2 – 4km per session
  • Has achieved an official 100 IM (SC) time of 1:40.00 or better
  • Has achieved an official 200 Free (SC) time.

Squad Standards

  • Demonstrate good training ethic
  • Attend 3 – 5 training sessions per week
  • Compete at Time trials, Gold Coast meets, Tier 2 meets, and Regional Championships

Personal Equipment required

  • Goggles
  • Tawa club swim cap
  • Drink Bottle
  • Mesh bag
  • Fins
  • Pull Buoy
  • Band
  • Kick Board

GOLD JUNIOR SQUAD

Objective

Gold Junior Squad swimmers can expect an increase in both endurance and intensity. Technique is fine-tuned further to increase efficiency in their stroke.

Performance Guidelines

  • Maintain fitness to swim 3 – 5km per session
  • Has achieved an official 200 IM (SC) time of 3:05.00
  • Division II Qualifying time or working towards Division II Qualifying times
  • Maximum age 14 years

Squad Standards

  • Demonstrate good training ethic
  • Attend 5 – 7 training sessions per week
  • Commitment to compete regularly
  • 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.

Personal Equipment required

  • Goggles
  • Tawa club swim cap
  • Drink Bottle
  • Mesh bag
  • Fins
  • Paddles
  • Pull Buoy
  • Band
  • Snorkel
  • Kick Board

GOLD SENIOR SQUAD

Objective

Gold Senior Squad swimmers can expect an increase in both endurance and intensity. Technique is fine-tuned further to increase efficiency in their stroke.

Performance Guidelines

  • Maintain fitness to swim 3 – 5km per session
  • Has achieved an official 200 IM (SC) time of 3:05.00
  • Division II Qualifying time or working towards Division II Qualifying times
  • Minimum age 14 years

Squad Standards

  • Demonstrate good training ethic
  • Attend 4 – 7 training sessions per week
  • Commitment to compete regularly
  • 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.

Personal Equipment required

  • Goggles
  • Tawa club swim cap
  • Drink Bottle
  • Mesh bag
  • Fins
  • Paddles
  • Pull Buoy
  • Band
  • Snorkel
  • Kick Board

PLATINUM SQUAD

Objective

This is the Senior Squad within the Club and there is a high expectation on these swimmers in terms of both training and competing.

Performance Guidelines 

  • Maintain fitness to swim 5 – 7km per session
  • Division II Qualifying times as a minimum
  • NAGS times or working towards NAGS times.
  • Minimum age 14 years

Squad Standards 

  • Demonstrate good training ethic
  • Attend 7 – 10 training sessions per week
  • Commitment to compete regularly
  • 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. 

Personal Equipment required

  • Goggles
  • Tawa club swim cap
  • Drink Bottle
  • Mesh bag
  • Fins
  • Paddles
  • Pull Buoy
  • Band
  • Snorkel
  • Kick Board 

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, water polo 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.

Squad/club training times can be found here.

 

 
 
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