The training program content will be a varied programme based on all the strokes but mostly Freestyle, Backcrawl and Breaststroke. Mostly short distance is trained, with introduction to sprints and medium distance towards the end of training cycles and usually before squad movements. Most areas worked on include continuous work on pure technique and skill development in all strokes, start & turns practice, fun and games, and diving.
A swimmer friendly motivational & inspirational atmosphere is a must to encourage swimmers maximise their potential.
Quarterly meeting with parents to discuss a swimmers expectations and responsibilities would be beneficial as well as a chance for the coach to give feedback on the swimmer's progress.
The D squad should have 1 lead coach (level 2 at least) with minimum of 1 assistant to ideally 4.
Maybe compete at invitational competition or home meet in cases where swimmer is capable, Continuous Assessment
Work & Expectations
1. Develop and improve stroke technique on all four competitive strokes
2. Learn basic stroke drill progressions for all four competitive strokes
3. Practice IM swimming sets
4. Learn starts, turns and finishes on all four competitive strokes and IM turns
5. Learn the process of goal setting and working towards objectives
7. Learn and practice basic stretching
8. Relay takeovers
9. Club time trials on a variety of strokes and distances every six weeks
10. Introduction to low-level competition
11. Training in a group environment
12. Sculling and games
13. Punctual start-times for all sessions, the importance of time-keeping and discipline .
14. Introduction to basic stretching exercises.
15. Training equipment required for D squad members includes a kickboard, water bottle and flippers.
Criteria for movement from D to C squad
The below are the guidelines for moving a swimmer from one squad to another. These recommendations will be evaluated along with a swimmers attendance, training attitude, progress, potential amongst other factors. Coaches from each squad should also be in communication when evaluating a swimmer. Ultimately the decision will be made by the chief and lead coach.
A swimmer must show a certain level of competency in the following:
1. 100m FC with tumble, turns and bilateral breathing
2. 100m B/C with tumble turns and bent arm pulling action
3. 100m BR/S with correct underwater pull-outs
4. 50m FLY with or without fins and correct turns
5. 100m IM and turns
6. Correct competition racing starts
7. Correct finishes for the four competitive strokes.