BOROUGH OF BARNSLEY SWIMMING CLUB
Squad performance and expectations for the Intermediate Squad
The following requirements are based on the LTAD document published by British Swimming.
As part of continuing with a swimmers progress attendance is a key factor to every athlete’s development as an elite swimmer. Trying to attend as many sessions as possible will ensure a swimmer attains the full potential they are already showing.
This requires commitment from the swimmer, parents or guardian and the coach towards training, attendance and land based exercises.
The squad performance and expectations are as follows:
Age Range: 7yrs – 13yrs.
Once a swimmer is 13yrs of age they must earn a place in the A2 squad to stay within the club programme.
Swimmers that show the potential to trial for a place in the A2 squad may be offered a 2 session trial per week for a period of 3 months at the coach’s discretion.
Swimmers not meeting the A2 squad criteria by 13 years of age will automatically be moved in to the Youth squad
Training expectations & commitment:
-Attend 4 sessions per week and 1 land based training session including an early morning session aged 10yrs+.
- Arrive 10 minutes early for all sessions for stretches. Finish all PM swim sessions with 10 minutes stretching.
- Swimmers must achieve good technique on all four strokes with strong kick support.
- Swimmers must be able to read the clock without assistance of the coach (unless reasons have been discussed with the coach).
- Swimmers must practise feet past flags off every turn.
- Swimmers must not attend external swim camps/clinics without permission from the Head Coach.
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:
- Swimmers under 9 years of age are not permitted by the ASA to compete in Open Competitions.
- Swimmers aged 9 years of age and over should compete at all designated level one, two & three meets that an athlete may qualify for & Regional and County events qualified for in individual or relay events. Minimum of 6 meets per season.
- Compete at all team galas or league meets invited to by the coaching staff. Swimmers under 9 years of age are eligible for selection.
- 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, small 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 Intermediate Squad. The coaches will also take into account the commitment, performance, effort and attitude shown by a swimmer both in training and (where appropriate) 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.
Intermediates are in the “Swim Skills” stage.
During the Swim Skills stage young swimmers should learn how to train
and develop the skills of a specific sport. There may be participation in
complementary sports i.e. those sports, which use similar energy systems and
movement patters. They should also learn the basic technical/tactical
skills, and ancillary capacities, including: • Warm up and cool down; •
Stretching; • Hydration and nutrition; • Recovery; • Relaxation and
This stage coincides with peak motor co-ordination, therefore there should be an emphasis on skill development. Training should also include the use of ‘own body weight’ exercises; medicine ball and Swiss ball exercises as well as developing suppleness.
Although the focus is on training, competition should be used to test and refine skills. The recommended training to competition ratio is 75% to 25%. There should be single periodisation.
If a young swimmer misses this stage of development then he/she will never reach their full potential. One of the main reasons athletes plateau during the later stages of their careers is because of an over emphasis on competition instead of optimising training during this very important stage.
B.O.B.S.C Head Coach