ADSC Squad & Promotion Criteria

The following promotion criteria applies to the teaching squads:

Tadpoles → Shrimps

  • ASA Stage 1-3
  • 10m Front crawl
  • 10m Backstroke

Shrimps → Goldfish

  • ASA Stage 3-4
  • 25m Front crawl
  • 25m Backstroke
  • Idea of Breaststroke and Butterfly legs

Goldfish → Piranhas

  • ASA Stage 4-6
  • 50m Front crawl
  • 50m Backstroke
  • 25m Breaststroke
  • 12m Butterfly Kick
  • Swimmers should be able to swim efficiently without becoming excessively exhausted

Piranhas → Stingrays

  • ASA Stage 5-7
  • 100m Front crawl
  • 100m Backstroke
  • 50m Breaststroke
  • 25m butterfly Kick plus an understanding of fly arms
  • Swimmers should be able to swim efficiently without becoming excessively exhausted

Stingrays → Dolphins

  • ASA Stage 6-8
  • All Stingrays wishing to promote to Dolphins are to have a basic understanding of all turns and can perform all strokes legally
  • Minimum time requirement for 200m front crawl  is 4:15 or under.
  • 6 x 50m FC on 1.20
  • 50m front crawl kick in 1:30
  • 50m Choice kick (no FC) in 1:30
  • 200m Backstroke efficient & legal technique
  • 200m Breaststroke efficient & legal technique
  • Can reach the minimum sprint times as set out below on at least 2 strokes:
    • 50m Front crawl 50 Secs
    • 25m Backstroke 26 Secs
    • 25m Breaststroke 32 Secs
    • 25m Butterfly 28 Secs
  • At this stage swimmers will also be required to train a minimum of 2 but suggested 3 times a week.
  • Be willing to represent Alton & District Swimming Club at inter club Galas both home and away if selected.
  • Entry into Club Championships.
  • Offer parental help to the club.

The following promotion criteria applies to the competitive squads. All swimmers promoted to these squads are done so initially on an initial terms trial. Failure to uphold the standards required or attend the required sessions may result in the swimmer being move back a squad or recommended to join the Recreational Squad. An end of term review between the senior coaches will be convened to discuss this.

Dolphins → Sharks

  • ASA Stage 7+
  • Full Competitive Start Award
  • Ability to train at the required intensity based on the test set and coach assessment:
  • Test Set
    • 6 x 100m Front crawl on 2:20 holding 2:00
    • 4 x 25m Butterfly on 45’
    • 4 x 50m Front crawl Kick on 1:30
    • 4 x 50m Choice kick (no FC) on 1:30
  • Target Times (Updated  March 2019)
    • 25m Butterfly 24.00
      50m Breaststroke 55.00
      50m Backstroke 48.00
      50m Front crawl 42.00
      200m Front crawl 3.30.00



  • At this stage swimmers, will be required to attend a minimum of 3 training sessions a week.
  • Ability to swim 400m Front crawl, 200m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke, demonstrating efficient and legal technique.
  • Work towards swimming 4 x 50m Fly repeats.
  • Swim 100m IM legally, including turns.
  • To be able to demonstrate aptitude and commitment to competitive swimming by :
    • Entering all club championships.
    • Representing Alton & District Swimming Club at inter club galas both home and away (if selected).
    • Enter at least one open meet per term.

Dolphins/Sharks → Junior County
This squad is unique and entry to it is by invitation of the Head Coach only (in discussion with the senior coaching team).

  • Target: To give an opportunity for our young talented swimmers to start on the competitive pathway early enough to be able to get HCASA qualification times from 10/11 yrs. Qualify for SER regionals from age 11/12 and qualify for nationals in accordance with current age bandings.
  • Squad Criteria: Age 9-11, willing to do 5 sessions a week and want to achieve targets above but too young or not ready to join Top Squad.
  • Pathway:  currently being updated . . 

Sharks/Jun County →  TS Transition
This squad is designed as a transition squad to Top Squad.

  • Target: It is mainly used for the older Sharks or Junior County swimmers who need a final push in achieving any outstanding criteria required to move up to the next level. Or late joiners who are not quite strong enough or ready for Top Squad
  • Squad Criteria:
    • Age 12+
    • Swimmers are to be able to train alongside Top Squad at a minimum of 2 x 90-minute sessions (Wednesday, Friday or Sunday) per week. They will also swim a minimum of 2 other standard Sharks sessions from either (Mon, Tue, Thu or Sun). This means swimming a minimum total of 4 sessions (5 Hours) per week in order to train hard and regularly enough in order to improve to promote accordingly.
    • Must have already achieved a minimum of 2 sprint and 1 of the 200m times (either FC or IM) relevant to age.
    • Must be able to maintain normal Sharks squad criteria.
  • Competitions
    Members of this squad must be competitive and are competing regularly every term.
  • Pathway
    The swimmer will either move to Recreational squad or Top Squad depending on the development gained and criteria being achieved. End of term performance reviews will determine if the swimmer remains in the squad.


Jun County / Sharks / TS Transition →Top Squad
All swimmers promoted to Top Squad are to achieve the following criteria:

Currently being updated . . 

Promotion to Top Squad should be seen as the next step on the ladder and not the end of the long line of promotions.

TEST SET carried out in a 90 minute session.

  • 600m warm up
  • 10 x 100m Front crawl @ 1.55 holding the pace under 1.45
  • 1 x 100m recovery
  • 4 x 50m Front crawl kick @ 1.20 holding pace under 1.15
  • 4 x 50m choice kick @1.20 holding the pace under 1.15
  • 1 x 200m recovery
  • 4 x 50m Butterfly @ 1.10 hold under ‘60
  • 8 x 50m Backstroke @ 1.10 hold under ‘60
  • 8 x 50m Breaststroke @ 1.15 hold under 1.05
  • 1 x 100m easy
  • 1 x 200m  swim down