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This will be reviewed periodically in consultation with the squad coaches. LSASC squad structure is designed to enable swimmers to progress throughout their swimming career, progressively increasing the skills, number of training hours and mileage. To progress from one squad to another a basic minimum requirement must be met across all squad swimmers:

  • Achieve the squads minimum attendance target for at least 3 consecutive months
  • Achieving the squads individual targets and demonstrating the ability to meet the squads compulsory/key training elements
  • Be actively competing in the squads target galas
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude to training and competing

If a swimmer meets the minimum requirement, squad progression is based on the coaches assessment of a swimmers ability to cope with the increased training and skill level required in the next squad. Some swimmers will be invited to train in the higher squad once a week to determine if they can reach the desired standard before a permanent move is made. All children progress at different rates and the coaches only move swimmers when they are ready and in accordance with the ASA's Long Term Athletic Development plan.

Training Essentials

  • Arrive in plenty of time
  • Arrive with a positive attitude!
  • Be fully hydrated before training
  • Have with you two pairs of trunks/costumes
  • 2 pairs of goggles
  • 2 swim hats (if worn)
  • Drink bottles - fluid intake is important during training!
  • Kick Board
  • Pull Bouy
  • Fins

As you progress through the squads more training aids will be required.

  • Additional Junior + Senior Performance Training aids – Paddles, finger paddles and snorkels will also be used.

General

  • Inform the squad coach if you cannot attend training and make up that session the following week.
  • During school exams discuss with your coach if you cannot make certain sessions over a period of time.

Senior Performance Squad

The main objective of this squad is to train to compete at the highest achievable level. This requires commitment from the swimmer, parents or guardian, and the coach towards training, attendance and land based exercises. There are 7 sessions available for squad swimmers each week. Swimmers must attend 60% of the total hours available. Attendance is vital if swimmers are to reach their individual and the squad's potential. Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coach in consultation with the swimmer.

  Compulsory training elements are:

  • Minimum of 60% of the total available hours. 
  • Support squad training and competition program.
  • Attend Land Training.
  • Have a positive and forward looking attitude to training and competition.

Targets are:

  • Midland District QTs, National Age group QTs, British National QTs
  • Weekly mileage of 30,000 Metres upward
  • Maximum 12 competitions per year
  • Compete to within 3% of PB

Tests are carried out on a regular basis to monitor an individual's fitness and progress.

Tests used are:

  • Step (7 x 200’s)
  • T20 kick
  • Best Average Sets
  • Pull Kick swim 100s
  • 100 m challenge sets
  • Individual targets

Junior Performance Squad

The main purpose of this squad is to develop the aerobic system and skills to prepare for training in the Senior Performance Squad. There are 7 sessions available for squad swimmers each week. Swimmers at this level should be looking to make a minimum of 60% of the total hours available and attend an early morning session. Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coaching staff.

Compulsory training elements are:

  • Attend a minimum of 60% of the total available hours 
  • Support squad training and competition program.
  • Attend land training
  • Understand and know stroke counting
  • Understand stroke rates
  • Have the ability to use the pace clocks

Targets are:

  • Level 2 QTs, Midland District QTs, National Age Group QTs
  • Entry into district and county competitions
  • Maximum of 12 competitions per year
  • Sound technique on all four strokes
  • Weekly target volume of 20,000-30,000 Meters

The Junior Performance squad offers a great opportunity to continue development within the sport and gives all concerned a realistic insight into a young person's career in competitive swimming.

Junior Development Squad

The main purpose of this squad is to give all swimmers a sound aerobic development on all four strokes that will continue throughout their swimming career. The minimum attendance is 50% of the total hours available and swimmers should attend an early morning session. Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coach in consultation with the swimmer. Swimmers in this squad may be invited to train with Junior Performance squad once a week when both coaches feel that the individual concerned will benefit.

Key training elements are:

  • Attend a minimum of 50% of the available hours
  • Weekly target volume 10-15 km
  • Understand stroke counting
  • Have the ability to use the pace clocks
  • Be competent on starts and turns

Targets are:

  • County QTs, Level 2 QTs, Midland District QTs
  • Entry into open meets and county competitions
  • Maximum of 12 competitions per year
  • Aerobic development on all four strokes

Evaluation on progress to determine strengths, weaknesses and efficiency on all aspects of training become apparent in these squads where the coaching staff will set individual improvement targets.

Reception Squad

The main purpose of this squad is to establish basic stroke principles as well as awareness of water safety which can be further developed as the individual progresses. 50% of the total available hours are recommended for this squad and attend an early morning session. Each swimmer's progress, attendance and commitment level are reviewed periodically and every three months, if necessary, squad changes will be made by the coach in consultation with the swimmer. Swimmers in this squad may be invited to train with Junior Development squad once a week when both coaches feel that the individual concerned will benefit.

Key training elements are:

  • Attend a minimum of 50% of the total available hours
  • Weekly target volume 10 km
  • Have the ability to use the pace clocks

Targets are:

  • County QTs, Level 2 QTs
  • Entry into open meets and county competitions
  • Maximum of 12 competitions per year
  • Aerobic development on all four strokes

Senior Development Squad

Offering a training alternative for squad swimmers during the busy school years 11, 12 and 13 with a view to retaining these swimmers within the sport and also the competitiveness of our older age groups.

Key training elements are:

  • Minimum of 2 sessions per week
  • Attend land training session

Targets are:

  • County QTs, District QTs
  • “De-stress” sessions to keep involvement during exam period