This is the first of our competitive squads. Swimmers in this group will be taught the competitive fundamentals of swimming. The group practices 4 times a week at the Gretzky Centre. There is no attendance requirement and it is not compulsory that they attend swim meets; however, it is strongly encouraged to do both. We feel consistent practice helps the swimmers improve quicker and competing in meets helps evaluate the swimmers progress as well as make friends, which makes it more fun. We recommend one meet approximately every 4-6 weeks.
Squad 1 goals:
- 200 Freestyle with flip turns and bilateral breathing
- 200 Backstroke with flip turns
- 200 Breastroke with correct turns and underwater pull outs
- 100 Butterfly with fins and correct turns
- 100 IM and Turns
- Gradually understand the use of the pace clock
- A competition Backstroke start
- Correct finishes on the four competitive strokes
- Develop consistent attendance habits
Monday 4:30-6 pm, Wednesday 4:30-6 pm, Friday 4:30-5:30 pm ~ (M/W - 1/2 hour dryland, 1 hr swim)
Saturday 7:30-9 am (1/2 hr dryland, 1 hr swim)
Swimmers in Squad 2 continue to learn the fundamentals as well as learn to train. It is important in the long term athletic model that swimmers acquire the ability to learn how to train and continue the development of technical skills. There is no attendance requirement and it is not compulsory that they attend swim meets; however, it is strongly encouraged to do both. We feel consistent practice helps the swimmers improve quicker and competing in meets helps evaluate the swimmers progress as well as make friends, which makes it more fun. We recommend one meet every 4 to 6 weeks.
Squad 2 goals:
- 10 x 100 Freestyle on 2:00 with correct turns
- 10 x 100 IM on 2:35 with correct turns
- Be confident of swimming a 200 Individual Medley in competition
- Full understanding of the pace clock
- Learn and improve goal setting skills
- Listen to coach/ Shows good coach-ability
- Create a core group of ‘training friends’
- Support teammates at competitions
Monday 4:30-6 pm, Tuesday 4:30-6 pm, Thursday 4-6 pm, Friday 4:30-5:30 pm (M/Th ~ 1/2 hour dryland, swim, T/Th ~ 1.5 hr swim), Saturday 6:30-8 am swim (1.5 hr swim)
Swimmers in Squad 3 are in the train to train stage of their development. Emphasis is on an aerobic base as well as development in all four strokes. There is no attendance requirement for this group however swimmers considered for promotion to Squad 4 must demonstrate they can handle their current workload of Squad 3.
Squad 3 goals:
- 10 x 100 Kick on 2:00
- Begin to actively improve distance per stroke
- Learn leadership skills
- Continue to develop goal setting skills
- Attendance at training to required level as directed by the squad coach
- A positive approach and attitude in training sessions must be shown in Squad 3
- Create a core group of ‘training friends’
Monday 4:30-6:30 pm, Tuesday 4-6 pm, Wednesday 5:30-7:30 am, Thursday 4-6 pm, Friday 4:30-6 pm, Saturday 6-9 am (DRYLAND - T/Th 4-4:30pm, Saturday 8-9 am)
Age Group Development
The training program within the Age Group Development group gears swimmers for the next step towards senior swimming, while developing life long transferable skills. Swimmers choosing to pursue Senior Development will demonstrate a consistent commitment towards the goals of the group. Swimmers looking to continue outside commitments and endeavors, yet enjoy being a part of a team, will also work towards the goals of the group.
Training in this squad gears towards preparation for competition, however, this does not mean specializing in any one stroke or event.
Swimmers are encouraged to attend all the scheduled practices and competitions assigned to them by the coach, as skills and progressions build from one practice and competition to another.
Age Group Development goals:
- Swimmer is learning to take responsibility for attendance and performance, work habits in practice and how these three relate to meet performance.
- Swimmers will learn to actively monitor and improve their stroke technique.
- Swimmer is able to accept responsibility, accountability, and independence for results in competition
- Swimmer knows how to live a balanced lifestyle, school, family, social, swimming.
- Swimmer knows how to effectively communicate their commitment level to their parents, coach and teammates.
- Swimmer develops coping skills to deal with peer pressure
- Swimmer develops coping skills to deal with parental pressure
- Swimmer is committed and motivated to pursue personal excellence
Monday 4-5:30 pm, Tuesday 4-6 pm, Wednesday 5:30-7:30 am & 3:30-6 pm, Thursday 4-6 pm, Friday 5:30-7:30 am & 4-5:30 pm, Saturday 6-8 am swim (Dryland will be extra throughout the week)
The Senior Development program is structured for success at the national and international level of competition. Senior Development swimmers are expected to be hard-working examples not only for the BAC program, but also for the Western Region, Province of Ontario and Canadian Swimming as a whole. The BAC Senior Development athlete’s actions and goals reflect the vision of Swimming Canada: Swimming to Win, Winning for Life.
Senior Development goals:
- Swimmers have a consistent focus on developing great technique and racing skills in all four strokes.
- Swimmers strive to achieve team success as part of a relay
- Swimmers are expected to attend all prescribed training, meets and camps.
- Swimmers live a lifestyle that pursues excellence (Proper Nutrition, sleep and study habits. No alcohol, drugs, tobacco)
- Communication and decision making is mostly between swimmer and coach. Parents are supportive and respectful to all decisions made by the athlete and coach.
- Swimmer has clearly defined goals and motivations that support his or her involvement in training and competition.
Monday 5:30-7:30 am & 3:30-5:30 pm, Tuesday 3:30-6 pm, Wednesday 5:30-7:30 am & 3:30-6 pm, Thursday 3:30-6:30 pm, Friday 5:30-7:30 am & 3:30-5 pm, Saturday 6-8 am swim (Dryland will be extra throughout the week)
** Schedule is based on each swimmers' age & training needs.
NOTE: All decisions made on squad move ups are made by the swimmers current coach and the coach of the above squad. These decisions are based upon history in training and competition. Ultimately it is the coach who decides if the swimmer moves up to the next squad.