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Age Group

 Age Group squad offers swimmers the opportunity to compete at County, Regional or National level competition, training with peers that have similar expectations. Swimmers will learn the skill and tactics required to compete in the full range of swimming events.

Squad Entrance Criteria

 The typical age of swimmers in this squad are between 9 and 13 years.

Swimmers must be able to:

  • Swim a legal and efficient 200m IM race including a racing start and the seven competitive turns.

  • Hold three 200m Amateur Swimming Association Bronze Speed Award times.

  • Swim 1500m continuously.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of using a pace clock.

Squad Aim

Swimmers will build an aerobic engine prior to biological maturation and be able to perform all swimming pool races demonstrating knowledge of stroke counting, stroke rates whilst holding effective stroke, start, turn and finish technique.

Assessment

Swimmers motivation will come from achieving process goals as discussed with their coach in order to improve performance and the competitive outcome of each event.

Progression

 Young swimmers who achieve regional success, consistently demonstrating a hard work ethic and commitment to training and competition attendance may be selected for the Age Group Fast Track programme which includes advanced aerobic development and skill refinement.

Swimmers committed to competitive swimming that compete or aim to qualify for Regional or National level competition will progress into the Youth Squad. Swimmers at the age of 14 who enjoy swimming for their club along with the social and fitness side, without Regional level aspirations may progress into the Seagulls Swim Fit squad.

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ASA Competitive Swimming Performance Awards Standard.

Equipment Required

Pool Training

  • Drinks bottle x2 (min 1 litre).

  • Swimming flippers.

  • Kickboard.

  • Hand paddles.

  • Goggles x2.

  • Childs Pull-buoy.

  • Finis snorkel.

  • Rubber band to go around ankles.

Land Training

  • Skipping rope.

  • Correct sports trainers, shorts, t-shirt and hoodie.

Competitions Throughout The Season

Individual Performances All ages

  • Club Championships (typically Sept – Dec).

  • County Championships (Feb, March)

  • Regional Championships (Apr, May)

  • National Championships (July, Aug)

  • Open Meets (Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Apr, May)

Team Inter-Club Gala’s

  • Dorset Novice League (Jan- Mar)

  • West Hants Novice League (Mar – Nov)

  • Southern Junior League (Apr – June)

  • National Swimming League (Sept – Dec)

Squad Fees

All squad fees can be found on our Membership Fees page.

 

Squad Training Calendar

Click here to see when and where we swim.

Last modified 25 April 2021.