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PNSC Squad Criteria

Competitive Pathway

(Reviewed Quarterly)

 

The squad criteria is set by the Lead Coaches & Director of swimming. The criteria will be continually reviewed, and as the club progresses will be subject to change. 

The performance standards set within the Criteria document are merely targets to be achieved before being considered for squad movement. Other factors will be used by the coaching staff to assess whether a swimmer is ready to move squads. These will include perceived potential (as recognised by the Lead Coaches & Director of Swimming), training ability, technical ability, positive attitude, behaviour in training, attendance record and attendance at recommended competitions. The Director of swimming's decision on whether swimmers are displaying sufficient commitment to the programme will be final. The club reserves the right to move swimmers between squads on the recommendation of the Director of swimming.

 

Senior Competitive

Squad Objectives

To compete at County level with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting the Hampshire County & potentially the Southeast Regional Championships and all PNSC open meets. Swimmers should aim to reach their potential based on ability and commitment levels.

Coach

James Warrener

Land Training Coach

Tom Company

Pool Hours Available

9.5 Hours

Land Training Hours Available

2 Hours

Ages (Based at the 31st December each year)

Male 14 years to 18 years

Female 13 Years to 18 Years

Squad Entry Criteria

Attendance:

  • Consistently attending 70-100% of training sessions in previous squad
  • Consistently attending 70-100% of target competitions in previous squad
  • 100% commitment to team events (National Arena League, County/Regional/National Relays)

Performance:

  • To aspire to gain two County Consideration times
  • All athletes must have times recorded on British rankings
  • Proven ability and commitment to following a competitive training programme (swimmers, with parental support)

Attitude:

  • Has demonstrated a high level of dedication to the sport
  • A strong desire to listen, learn & act upon coach feedback
  • A positive mind set with the ability to take personal responsibility for performances, attitude and attendance
  • A team player – polite, supportive, caring and empathetic

Consideration:

  • Lead Coach’s and Director of Swimming's discretion. Swimmers assessed by the Lead Coach to have near term potential and or having longer term potential may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of 3 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria

Squad Training  & Competition Criteria

Attendance:

  • Athletes should attend a minimum of 4 pool sessions, to include 1 weekday early morning, Saturday morning and a minimum of 1 land training session per week

Performance:

  • Consistently hold required times on pace work, for a range of strokes and distances
  • Aim to improve stroke specific skills
  • Aim to Qualify and compete at the Hampshire County Championships

Attitude:

  • Expected to take holidays at appropriate times in the year so not to disrupt training into key meets
  • Follows the squad’s strength and conditioning programme
  • Educated on and follows good nutrition & hydration
  • Continuous desire to perfect technical skills
  • Takes responsibility for injury prevention (pre-hab & stretching)
  • Adherence to the PNSC Code of Conduct at all times

Squad Exit Criteria

  • Unable to attain the relevant attendance, performance and attitude standards as set in the squad criteria
  • Consistently late to sessions without agreement
  • Training at other clubs or seeking additional coaching/technical sessions outside of the Lead Coaches Planning or without their consent

Pathway

  • Not meeting criteria - A move into either Masters (18+) or Senior Club Squad
  • Exceeds performance levels – possibility for a move into Senior Performance

 

Intermediate Competitive

Squad Objectives

To compete at PNSC open meets with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting all PNSC open meets with aspirations to qualify and compete at the Hampshire County Championships. Swimmers should aim to reach their potential based on ability and commitment levels.

Coaches

Shane McFarlane

Sam Madden

Land Training Coach

Tom Company

Pool Hours Available

8 Hours

Land Training Hours Available

1 Hour

Ages (Based at the 31st December each year)

Male 12 years to 15 years

Female 11 Years to 15 Years

Squad Entry Criteria

Attendance:

  • Consistently attending 60-100% of training sessions in previous squad
  • Consistently attending 70-100% of target competitions in previous squad
  • 100% commitment to team events (National Arena League, County/Regional/National Relays)

Performance:

  • Good technique on all 4 strokes as well as starts, turns, and finishes
  • A basic understanding of swimming at different intensities (easy, moderate, fast)
  • Proven ability and commitment to following a competitive training programme (swimmers, with parental support)

Attitude:

  • Has demonstrated a good level of dedication to the sport
  • A strong desire to listen, learn & act upon coach feedback
  • A positive mind set with the ability to take personal responsibility for performances, attitude and attendance
  • A team player – polite, supportive, caring and empathetic

Consideration:

  • Lead Coach’s and Director of Swimming's discretion. Swimmers assessed by the Lead Coach to have near term potential and or having longer term potential may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of 3 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria

Squad Training  & Competition Criteria

Attendance:

  • Athletes should attend a minimum of 3 pool sessions, to include 1 morning per week

Performance:

  • Consistently hold required times on pace work, for a range of strokes and distances
  • Aim to improve stroke specific skills
  • Aspirations to Qualify and compete at the Hampshire County Championships

Attitude:

  • Expected to take holidays at appropriate times in the year so not to disrupt training into key meets
  • Educated on and follows good nutrition & hydration
  • Continuous desire to perfect technical skills
  • Takes responsibility for injury prevention (pre-hab & stretching)
  • Adherence to the PNSC Code of Conduct at all times

Squad Exit Criteria

  • Unable to attain the relevant attendance, performance and attitude standards as set in the squad criteria
  • Consistently late to sessions without prior agreement
  • Training at other clubs or seeking additional coaching/technical sessions outside of the Coaches planning or without their consent

Pathway

  • Not meeting criteria – a move into either Junior or Senior Club Squad
  • Exceeds performance levels – possibility for a move into Senior Competitive

 

Junior Competitive

Squad Objectives

To compete at County level & above with very good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting the Hampshire County Championships and potentially Southeast Regional Championships. Swimmers should aim to reach their potential based on their ability and commitment levels.

Coach

Peter Bealing

Land Training Coach

Tom Company

Pool Hours Available

10.25 hours

Land Training Hours Available

1 hour

Ages (Based at the 31st December each year)

Male 10 years to 13 years

Female 9 years to 12 years

Squad Entry Criteria

Attendance:

  • Consistently attending 75-100% of training sessions

 

Performance

  • High quality technique on all 4 strokes as well as starts, turns, finishes and relay takeovers
  • Good understanding of swimming at different intensities (easy, moderate, fast)
  • Has the ability and desire to achieve qualification for Hampshire County Championships
  • Proven ability and commitment to following a competitive training programme (swimmers, with parental support) 

Test sets:

  • Perform 4 x 100m front crawl on a turnaround time of 1:50
  • Perform 3 x 100m individual medleys on a 30-second rest interval to ASA Law 
  • Perform 2 x 100m front crawl kick with kickboard on a turnaround time of 2:30

Attitude:

  • To develop greater individual responsibility for swimming commitment and performance
  • To develop and improve knowledge around nutrition/hydration and its application during training and competition
  • To understand the importance of time management, healthy lifestyles & competition protocols
  • All athletes must display an attitude, commitment and lifestyle which indicates that competitive swimming is of a priority to them outside of academics
  • Athletes will be expected to take holidays at appropriate times in the year so not to disrupt training into key meets
  • Adherence to the PNSC Code of Conduct at all times

Squad Training  & Competition Criteria

Attendance:

  • Athletes must attend a minimum of 5 pool sessions, to include 1 weekday early morning and a minimum of 1 land training session per week

Performance:

  • Must display an attitude to improve in all strokes and events
  • To target finals and achieve medals at County and Regional Level

Attitude:

  • To develop greater individual responsibility for swimming commitment and performance
  • To develop and improve knowledge around nutrition/hydration and its application during training and competition
  • To understand the importance of time management, healthy lifestyles & competition protocols
  • All athletes must display an attitude, commitment and lifestyle which indicates that competitive swimming is of a priority to them outside of academics
  • Athletes will be expected to take holidays at appropriate times in the year so not to disrupt training into key meets
  • Adherence to the PNSC Code of Conduct at all times

Squad Exit Criteria

  • Unable to attain the relevant attendance, performance and attitude standards as set in the squad criteria
  • Consistently late to sessions without prior agreement
  • Training at other clubs or seeking additional coaching/technical sessions outside of the Lead Coaches planning or without their consent

Pathway

  • Not meeting criteria – a move into either Intermediate Competitive or Club Squad
  • Exceeds performance levels – possibility for a move into Junior Performance