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Competition Stream

Athlete progressions are decided within the coaching team. The Head Coach oversees the competition stream.

HANSON SQUAD

Purpose:

The Hanson Squad provides a transition from learn to swim lessons to a competitive squad environment. The squad caters for athletes primarily aged between 7 and 9 years of age who are beginning their competitive swimming journey in a fun, friendly and educational environment

Hanson Squad sessions focus on:

  • Developing the foundation of competitive technique in all four strokes
  • Developing the foundation of competitive skill in all four strokes
  • Developing the understanding of how to function in a squad environment
  • Introducing participants to competition in a low pressure and educating way

Swimmers in the Hanson squad attend 2 x one hour sessions per week during school terms

Competitions:

Nuna PB Challenge series, Club Championships, novice meets, 7-10 Metro competition, All Junior competition and District Championships.
Hanson swimmers primarily compete in 50m and 100m events

Pathways:

There are two squads that swimmers in Hanson Squad can progress into:

Junior Squad – swimmers who:

  • have consistently attended 2 sessions per week
  • have demonstrated the ability to learn and apply new technique and skill concepts
  • will normally be 9 + years of age
  • have consistently attended competitions as prescribed by the coach
  • are physically and mentally ready for the increase in commitment

Dolphin levels – swimmers who:

  • would like to continue swimming but have not met the criteria above

Progressions from Hanson Squad can take place at any time

Athlete progressions will be decided by the relevant coaches with the coaching team

JUNIOR SQUAD

Purpose:

The Junior Squad program provides opportunities for athletes to strengthen the foundations of competitive technique and skill.  The Junior Squad caters for athletes aged primarily 9 to 11 years who have a proven record of participation in competition swimming.

Junior squad sessions continue to focus on the education of competitive technique and race skills in an environment that encourages consistency, learning and enjoyment of racing.
Swimmers initially begin attending 2 sessions per week, before building up to 3 within their first term in the squad. Swimmers may build further to 4 sessions per week at coach discretion based on age, ability and attitude.

Competitions:

Nuna PB Challenge series, Club Championships, 7-10 Metro competition, All Junior competition, District championships and selected qualifying competitions.
Junior squad swimmers primarily compete in 50m, 100m and 200m events

Pathway:

There are three squads that swimmers in Junior Squad can progress to:

State Age Squad – swimmers who:

  • have consistently attended 3-4 sessions per week as prescribed by the coach
  • have demonstrated the ability to learn and apply new technique and skill concepts
  • will normally be 10+ years of age
  • have consistently attended competitions as prescribed by the coach
  • are physically and mentally ready for the increase in commitment

Dolphin levels – swimmers who:

  • would like to continue swimming but have not met the criteria above

Armstrong Squad- swimmers who:

  • would like to continue swimming but have not met the criteria above and,
  • are 12 years of age or older

Progressions from the Junior Squad can take place at any time

Athlete progressions will be decided by the relevant coaches within the coaching team

STATE AGE SQUAD

Purpose:

The State Age Squad program provided the stepping stone between the satellite based programs and the age group (Armstrong, State Youth and National Age Development) programs.
The State Age squad is designed to assist athletes towards achieving State qualifying times in an environment that builds upon the competitive technique and skills developed in the Hanson and Junior squads. In addition to this, participants will also begin to develop their endurance and speed endurance capabilities in preparation for successful transition into higher level squads.

Swimmers in State Age will primarily be between 10 and 13 years of age with a proven track record of participation in competitive swimming.
Swimmers initially commence training at 4 sessions per week, before building up to 5 sessions within their first year in the squad at the discretion of the coach, based on age, ability and attitude.

Competitions:

Club Championships, All Junior competition, District Championships, selected qualifying competitions, Victorian Sprint Championships, Victorian Age SC Championships and Victorian Age LC Championships.
Swimmers in State Age primarily compete in 100m, 200m and 400m events

Pathways:

There are three squads that swimmers in the State Age Squad can progress to:

State Youth Squad – Swimmers who:

  • have consistently attended 3-5 sessions per week as prescribed by the coach
  • have demonstrated the ability to learn and apply new techniques and skill
  • will normally be 13+ years of age
  • have consistently attended competitions as prescribed by the coach
  • are physically and mentally ready for the move

National Age Development Squad – Swimmers who:

  • are invited by the coach of the National Age Development Squad in consultation with the Head Coach

Armstrong Squad – Swimmers who:

  • want to continue swimming for general fitness
  • are not showing commitment to practice and competition as set out by the coach
  • are 13+ years of age and do not have a qualifying time for Victorian Age Championships

Progressions from State Age Squad can take place at any time
Athlete progression will be decided by  the relevant coaches within the coaching team.

STATE YOUTH SQUAD

Purpose:

The State Youth Squad provides opportunities for athletes primarily aged between 13-18 years to plan, prepare and perform at State level competitions. State Youth Squad swimmers consistently attend 2-6 sessions per week with the required number of sessions determined by the coach based on age, personal goals/aspirations, background and ability. Swimmers will develop all aspects of stroke technique, fitness and race skills with a focus on race strategy as they prepare for competition.

Competitions:

Victorian Age Championships (Short Course and Long Course), Victorian Open Championships (Short Course and Long Course), Victorian Sprint Championships, Club Championships, All Junior Competition, District Championships and selected qualifying meets throughout the season

Pathways:

There are two squads that swimmers in State Youth Squad can progress to:

National Red Squad – Swimmers who:

  • are committed to the requirements of State Youth Squad as set out by the coach
  • are invited into the Performance stream by the Head Coach

Armstrong Squad – Swimmers who:

  • want to continue swimming for general fitness
  • are not showing commitment to practice and competition as set out by the coach
  • do not have qualifying times for the Victorian Age LC or SC Championships

Progressions from State Youth Squad can take place at any time.

Athlete progressions will be decided by the relevant coaches within the coaching team