St. John's Legends Competitive Program
TARGETED ATHLETE PROGRAM (T.A.P.)
New to the St. John’s Legends programming in 2017-2018 is a program that brings the Legends in-line with the Long-Term Athlete Development objectives outlined by Sport Canada. There is a recognition of males programming 12 months behind females and in the interest of streaming boys in the 1-stream of the club allowing them to stay in Silver 1 or Bronze 1 for up to 1 year but with the expressed interest of streaming them into the above 1-stream. Candidate must exhibit strong cases in COMMITMENT, PERFORMANCE AND CAPACITY.
At the Bronze level we have T.A.P. athletes that are born in 2006 and at the Silver level we have T.A.P. athletes that are born in 2003.
Bronze group athletes in the 2017-2018 season will primarily be born 2007 and later or are in their first 12 months of competitive swimming. Additionally there will be T.A.P. athletes born in 2006 in Bronze 1.
Bronze 2 will be the program aimed at transitioning young swimmers from the pre-competitive program into the competitive swimming community. Bronze 2 has 4 practices per week and will strive to teach all basic competitive swimming skills while improving fitness and technique within a fun, learning environment. In Bronze 2 swimmers will learn to compete within the rules, minimize disqualifications, and allow their talent to come out. In order to enter into the Bronze 2 program swimmers must show a capacity to swim all 4 competitive strokes.
Bronze 1 features our best swimmers at the youth end of programming aimed at refinement of practice skills towards improving racing performance. Bronze 1 has a 5 practices per week program and will strive to have swimmers with a 90+% attendance record and who understand how to function within a practice. This includes having proper equipment, ability to read and follow the practice, ability to follow a pace clock, and the development of all swimming skills.
Swimmers in Bronze 1 will be given the experience of racing all the events of the competitive program at 400m and below and should be prepared to race all 4 competitive strokes and the individual medley events. For those who have shown an interest and capacity the distance freestyle events may also be introduced to those ready to take on that challenge.
Silver group athletes in the 2017-2018 season will be those born 2004, 2005, and 2006. Additionally there will be T.A.P. athletes born in 2002 in the Silver 1 program. The club reserves the capacity to accelerate a swimmer born in 2007 or later into the silver program based on advanced commitment, performance, and training capacity as identified by the coaching staff.
Silver 2 builds on the lessons of the Bronze 2 while providing a 5 practices per week schedule. This program will encourage swimmers to develop their swim skills while providing ample time for young athletes to still take on multiple extra-curricular activities. Consistent attendance and a strong work ethic are the cornerstones of success in Silver 2 as we strive to progress swimmers from this program into Silver 1 or into the Gold programming.
Silver 1 begins to ramp up the competitive swim experience with a 7 practice per week schedule that will strive to have swimmers with a 90+% attendance record. This level of swimming has previously been referred to in Canadian swimming as the TOP (Tiny Olympic Prospects) program. The aim of Silver 1 will be to start the progression of Silver 1 swimmers to possessing ‘Perfect Basics’, the perfection of all basic competitive swim skills including all 4 competitive strokes, practice habits, practice capacity, swim meets habits, and the development of team leadership skills. Swimmers of Silver 1 will be given the experience of racing all the events of the competitive program with an emphasis on Olympic program events.
From a performance perspective, swimmers in Silver 1 will start to show strong Provincial level performance while striving towards qualifying for National level competitions including Easterns and the Canadian Jr. Championships.
From a commitment perspective, it is the expectation of the Silver 1 swimmers to attend the meet(s) with the highest level of competition the swimmer has qualified to compete, which will mean attending meets into the summer Swim Canada performance window that begins July 1st.
Gold group athletes in the 2017-2018 season will be those born 2003 and earlier. The club reserves the capacity to accelerate a swimmer born in 2004 or earlier into the gold program based on advanced commitment, performance, and training capacity as identified by the coaching staff.
Gold 2 has a 7 practice per week schedule that will serve to help late-bloomers of swimming develop into Gold 1 or for swimmers to take on multiple extracurricular activities while still having a place in our Legends program. Gold 2 will build on the fundaments of technique, fitness, and fun while providing racing opportunities in-line with individual commitment and swimming goals.
Gold 1 features the best athletes, performers, and leaders of the St. John’s Legends program and the responsibilities that go into such status. Gold 1 will train 9 practices per week and will strive for a group with swimmers with a 90+% attendance record and swimmers focussed on National level competition whether it be Easterns, the Canadian Jr. Championships, and/or Senior Nationals/Trials. Swimmers of this group will be those whose skills warrant swimming to be considered their primary extra-curricular activity and have a future in National level swimming and progression into Varsity swimming upon graduation of the Legends program.
From a commitment perspective, it is the expectation of the Gold 1 swimmer to attend the meet(s) with the highest level of competition the swimmer has qualified to compete, which will mean attending meets into the summer Swim Canada performance window that begins July 1st.
Group Standards, Composition, and Size
Swimmers in the Legends program will be measured on 3 standards to move through the club:
- Performance: racing results are the primary objective measurement of any swim club.
- Commitment: objectively measured practice attendance to assess engagement in the sport.
- Capacity: the coaching staff’s subjective criteria to assess a swimmer(s) ability to move up through the club and be placed in a position to be successful.
Each season the Head Coach and the staff review the group standards, composition, and size and may adjust these groups based on the best interests of the St. John’s Legends.
Any changes in group placement must be agreed to by the current group coach, the prospective group coach, and must be reviewed and approved by the Head Coach and Team Manager.
The Head Coach retains discretion to move a swimmer to a new group or keep in current group, based on the best interest of the swimmer and the SJL Swim Club.