Challenger Squad Criteira 

Squad Coach - Vicky Wade/Louise Peters


Challengers Squad will be made up of swimmers looking to have the ability and desire to achieve BSBASA County qualifying times in an event of 100m or above.

The following guidelines will be applied to swimmers selected to the Challengers Squad;

  • Swimmers should be developing all four strokes and be working towards the 200 Individual Medley event at local competitions.

  • Swimmers will learn the skills for successful competitive swimming.

  • Swimmers will increase their aerobic development.

  • Introduction of low-level land work.

  • Swimmers will be no older than 15 years old.

The aim of this squad is to enhance skill and aerobic development. 

Training attendance

Training consists of 2 elements:

  • Swim training;

  • Land training.

Swimmers should commit themselves to a least 3 sessions a week.

Land training is provided on Sunday nights at 5pm and this should be attended by all swimmers to improve core strength.

Swimmers who turn up to swim training on Sunday night having not attended land training should not expect to be allowed to swim.

Competition attendance

Swimmers must attend club events when selected for the team, such as Arena League and Thames Valley Junior League.

At least four external competitions must be entered each year as per squad open meet programme.

It is important to stick to the meet schedule, over-competing is likely to prevent further development.

Squad places will be jeopardised if this is compromised.

Motivation of swimmers

Swimmers are expected to maintain a positive attitude and must try their hardest in all sessions. This can be demonstrated by meeting the times set by the coach for session sets and progress towards their annual goals.

This will be constantly monitored and swimmers not committing to the squad programme will be moved to a squad more relevant to their commitment and ability levels.

Required performance levels

‘Challenger’ Squad swimmers should be aiming for Berks and South Bucks County level for their current age group as per County rulings; all times must be obtained at a licensed meet (L4 and above). These will ideally be in 100m or above events.

Squad representative

There is a squad representative for each squad who is the first point of contact for parents with any questions. They also send out any relevant information for the squad. You will be given the details of your representative when entering the squad.

Review of squad members

Continuation in ‘Challenger’ Squad is at the discretion of the Squad and Head Coach based on performance, attendance and attitude towards the training programme.

Any swimmer who has a long-term injury is highly likely to be moved to another squad. Swimming in a less pressurised environment has been proven to help with a faster, better recovery. 

Movement from this squad will be at the discretion of the Head Coach after consultation with the squad coach, based on stroke technique and skill levels along with performance, attendance and attitude towards training.

Swimmers nearing the age of 15, who haven’t achieved the desired level will be offered a place in the Youth Squad in order to continue their fitness levels.

Performance levels alone will NOT guarantee a place in the ‘Challengers’ Squad.

The above is at the discretion of the Head Coach at all times and special circumstances may apply.

Kit Required

Club Kit Policy