Squad Info

Swimming Squad Structure and Objectives

The structure provides several progressively graded coaching and training squads catering or each swimmer’s individual needs and long- term development. Training squads are divided according to age, ability, competitive experience and level of commitment to the sport. 
The number, duration and intensity of training sessions are geared to individual needs and levels of development and maturation, in line with Swim England’s OADF plan.
Depending upon the training squad assignments, specific requirements are established for the benefit of the individual swimmer as well as the team. Swimmers participating according to the guidelines provided by the coaching staff at BMSS will realise the greatest gains. This allows for the development of an environment that challenge the swimmer to excel and provides the best possible coaching environment.
Swimmers are always expected to train with the highest level for which they have qualified. Promotions will be co-ordinated between the swimmer, parents and coaching staff at a time most beneficial to the individual. Should maturational considerations warrant no immediate movement a longer-term progression plan will be established between 
the coach and parent.
Important – The Head Coach reserves the right, at his discretion using his experience/expertise, to authorise movements that do not comply with the entry criteria for a particular coaching group.

AGE GROUP DEVELOPMENT

  • Expected Number of Sessions: 3 pool sessions per week
  • Total Sessions Available: 6 pool sessions per week
  • Qualification Criteria: Maximum age 13
  • Consideration: Coaches discretion – upon completion of a trial session, by arrangement with the Coach.

Swimmers are normally aged 8-12 when stroke development is still a main priority, swimmers in this group also undertake aerobic training, begin to learn how to pace themselves correctly, are taught race techniques such as start and turns and learn how to read a clock as well as other good training habits.
Criteria for entry to this coaching group are primarily based on attitude and skill development following a trial. The maximum age for a swimmer in this group is 13.

AGE GROUP

  • Expected Number of Sessions: 5 pool sessions per week
  • Total Sessions Available: 7 pool sessions per week
  • Qualification Criteria: Swimmers aged 10-15
  • Automatic: Regional Qualifier / Counties Top 20
  • Consideration: Coaches discretion

Swimmers at this level must be expected to complete the sessions the coach is asking of them. Swimmers are also expected to be doing at least 1 weekday morning on a regular basis.
Swimmers who fail to meet the standards in terms of attendance, effort and performances may be subject to review in terms of their place in the level. The coach may have key sets that swimmers must take part in to track progress at this age, due to lack of competitive availability at younger ages of the squad.

PERFORMANCE POTENTIAL

  • Expected Number of Sessions: 6 pool sessions per week + land training
  • Total Sessions Available: 8 pool sessions per week + land training
  • Qualification Criteria: Swimmers aged 13+
  • Automatic: National Qualifier / Regional Top 12
  • Consideration: Coaches discretion

Swimmers at this level must be expected to complete the sessions the coach is asking of them. Swimmers who fail to meet the standards in terms of attendance, effort 
and performances may be subject to review in terms of their place in the level.
Swimmers and parents should notify the coach, at the earliest opportunity, any reasons that may affect attendance or performance in training.
Competitions are to be discussed with the coach prior to entry and swimmers are expected to compete for BMSS at counties, regionals and national events and set the best example in terms of behaviour and practice for the rest of the squad.

PERFORMANCE

  • Expected Number of Sessions: 7 pool sessions per week + land training
  • Total Sessions Available: 9 pool sessions per week + land training
  • Qualification Criteria: Swimmers aged 14+
  • Automatic: National Qualifier / Regional Medalist
  • Consideration: Coaches discretion

Swimmers at this level must be expected to complete the sessions the coach is asking of them. Swimmers who fail to meet the standards in terms of attendance, effort and performances may be subject to review in terms of their place in the level.
During exam periods, swimmers are expected to train at least once a day and notify the coach well in advance of these periods so exemptions can be made.
Competitions are to be discussed with the coach prior to entry and swimmers are expected to compete for BMSS at counties, regionals and national events and set the best example in terms of behaviour and practice for the rest of the squad.

TECHNIQUE DEVELOPMENT GROUP

AQUA STARs SWIM ACADEMY

The local swim school Aqua Stars Swim Academy run a smaller group of technique development for swimmers looking to gain the skills for competitive swimming. If you have finished your stage 5 award in lessons and you feel that you want to go into competitive swimming, the team at Aqua Stars will give you the correct technique that is required to enter the squad at a good standard.

Please contact Rae Alder (rae@aquastarsswimacademy.co.uk) for more information on how you can attend these sessions.