BOROUGH OF BARNSLEY SWIMMING CLUB
Squad performance and expectations for the A2 Squad
The following requirements are based on the LTAD document published by British Swimming.
The purpose of A2 squad is to develop the aerobic system and improve skills to prepare for the A squad. The aims of the squad are to achieve progression in real terms, year on year. All members of this squad should be committed to be the very best swimmer that they are capable of being. The work done in the squad should build the foundations to enable this to happen.
The squad performance and expectations are as follows:
Age Range 10-14yrs Female/Male
-5 swim sessions per week & 2* land based sessions on appointment to the squad for the first 3 months trial including 1 early morning aged 10+.
Then 6 sessions and 2* land based sessions with 1-2 early mornings.
*Attendance at 2 land based sessions is desirable. As a minimum swimmers should attend at least 1 land based session.
Swimmers that show the potential to trial for a place in the A squad may be offered a 2 session trial per week for a period of 3 months at the coach’s discretion. Age-group swimmers with the desire to move in to A squad must show a continuity in their training in order to be eligible for a trial with the A squad.
Swimmers not meeting the A2 squad performance and expectations or A squad performance and expectations by their 14th birthday will automatically be moved up to the Youth Squad.
Absence from training, time trials and meets
If for any reason a swimmer is unable to attend a training session, time trial or meet the squad coach should be advised by email (in advance whenever possible) with a brief explanation of circumstances. Such circumstances could include school commitments, injury, illness, family events and holidays but this list is not exhaustive.
Competition Expectations & Commitment:
- Compete at all designated level one, two & three meets that an athlete may qualify for and National, Regional and County events qualified for in individual or relay events. Minimum of 8 meets a season.
- Compete at all team galas or league meets invited to by the coaching staff.
- Athletes must not enter open meets that are not on the BOBSC Competition Calendar. Any athlete wishing to do so must seek permission from the head coach.
- Athletes should compete in every event at least once per year up to the distance of 400m.
- Competing at Club Championships & time trials is essential for swimmers to improve racing skills.
- Ensure that you arrive to all meets 20 minutes early.
- Ensure that you arrive to all afternoon/evening meet warm ups 10mins early on pool side.
- Allow for 10mins stretches prior to AM meet warm ups. Allow for 10 minutes stretches prior to PM meet warm ups.
- Where and when possible fulfil the full pre-race warm ups & post-race swim downs. Should swim down facilities be unavailable stretching must be completed.
- A swimmer wishing to withdraw from events on the day of a meet will only be allowed to do so with the permission of the Head Coach/coach on pool side and only in extreme cases.
Training Kit required Swim Bag: Fins, finger/hand paddles (from 11 years onwards only), snorkel (from 11 years onwards only), kick board, pull buoy, band.
Land based kit: Trainers, BOBSC shirt, shorts.
The squad coaches meet at periodic intervals and monitor the extent to which swimmers fulfil the squad performance and expectations for the A2 Squad. The coaches will also take into account the commitment, performance, effort and attitude shown by a swimmer both in training and in competition.
Where a swimmer is considered not to be performing in accordance with the expectations set out above the areas on concern will be discussed with the swimmer and his/her parent/guardian; where appropriate an agreed plan for improvement will be put in place; and a timescale for improvement will be agreed.
Squad movements will be made solely at the discretion of the coaches and the Head Coach. Movements will be made when all goals have been reached.
The coaches will take into account the swimmer appraisals and, where appropriate, a swimmer’s response to areas of concern. The coaches will also take into account each individual swimmer’s reasons for absence from training, time trials, club championships and meets.
Swimmers in the A2 squad are at the “Training to Train” stage.
Training to train:
During the Training to Train stage, there should be an emphasis on aerobic conditioning. This is the stage where there is greater individualisation of fitness and technical training. The focus should still be on training rather than competition and the training should be predominantly of high volume, low intensity workloads. It is important to emphasise that high volume, low intensity training cannot be achieved in a limited time period, and therefore the time commitment to training should increase significantly. As the volume of training increases there is likely to be a reduction in the number of competitions undertaken. However, there should now be specific targets for each competition undertaken with a view to learning basic tactics and mental preparation. There should be either single or double periodisation of the training year.
During this stage, training should continue to develop suppleness and to include the use of ‘own body weight’ exercises; medicine ball and Swiss ball exercises.
However towards the end of this stage, preparations should be made for
the development of strength, which for girls occurs at the end of this stage
and for boys at the beginning of the next stage. This should include
learning correct weight lifting techniques. The ancillary capacities (the
knowledge base of how to warm up and warm down; how to stretch and when to
stretch; how to optimise nutrition and hydration; mental preparation;
regeneration; how and when to taper and peak; pre-competition, competition and
post competition routines) should be established.
Similar to the previous stage, if insufficient time is devoted to this stage or it is missed, then the young swimmer will never reach their full potential.
B.O.B.S.C Head Coach