Top Squad Outline


It is our aim that swimmers in the Intermediate, Development and Club squads all strive to be in the Top Squad. It should be the reward for hard work and commitment to the club that a swimmer is selected to enter into it.

Entry to this squad to be based on merit rather than age,  no swimmer will be held back due to their age, however certain adjustments would have to be made in terms of mtrs and land based activities to avoid injury to younger swimmers.

Top Squad comes with a commitment from all swimmers and parents to attend a preselected number of sessions and hours per week. Failure to achieve this total will bring about a review on the status of that individual swimmer in this squad by the coach. Communication with the coach is vital in regards to missed session due to injury or matters out with training as session attendance will be carefully monitored. Such matters will be carefully dealt with on an individual basis with the aim of attaining the swimmer's normal training regime.

The following are intended as guidelines to the structure of P.A.S.C., changes where necessary can and will be made.

Squad Objectives

  1. 1. To create a positive swimming environment which will provide the resources & opportunities for swimmers to reach their swimming potential.
  2.  To produce swimmers that are capable of competing with distinction on the District, National and International stage.
  3.  To promote a positive and forward approach to athlete development within the sport of swimming.

Top Squad Swimming Syllabus

  1. Continued progression from Intermediate Squad.
  2. Further develop what should already be a high standard of swimming technique.
  3. Regular work on racing preparation through race simulation, dives, pacing, and wall work.
  4. Planned seasonal training will focus on an introduction to tapers and meet preparations.
  5. Swimming development out with pool; gym, video analysis, squad days out.
  6. Developing aerobic, anaerobic capacity and muscle endurance.
  7. Strength training to complement work done in the pool and to optimise those muscle groups required for performance swimming.
  8. Huge impetus on swimmer flexibility.
  9. Nutrition tuition to optimise training and race performance.
  10. The importance of hydration in training and at meets.
  11. Preparation to cope with larger meets.

Coach: Andy May (Head Coach) and John Roden

Weekly Sessions: 7 Swim  sessions and 2 land sessions

 

Top Squad Outline


It is my aim that swimmers in Club, Intermediate and Junior squads all strive to be in the Top Squad.It should be the reward for hard work and commitment to the club that a swimmer is selected to enter into it.
I want the entry to this squad to be based on merit rather than age, I would not hold any swimmer back due to their age, however certain adjustments would have to be made in terms of mtrs and land based activities to avoid injury to younger swimmers.

Top Squad comes with a commitment from all swimmers and parents to attend a pre-
selected number of sessions and hours per week. Failure to achieve this total will bring about a review on the status of that individual swimmer in this squad by me and the coach. Communication with the coach is vital in regards to missed session due to injury or matters out with training as session attendance will be
carefully monitored. Such matters will be carefully dealt with on an individual basis with the aim of attaining the swimmer's normal training regime.

It is the responsibility of Top Squad members to present themselves as ambassadors of their squad and P.A.S.C ; to be caring, respectful and helpful toward those in other squads and assist them in any way possible.


The following are intended as guidelines to the structure of P.A.S.C., changes where necessary can and will be made.
Squad Objectives

1. To create a positive swimming environment which will provide the resources & opportunities for swimmers to reach their swimming potential.
2. To produce swimmers that are capable of competing with distinction on the District, National and International stage
3. To promote a positive and forward approach to athlete development within the sport of swimming.


Criteria for Top Squad

1. Entry to Top Squad will be a result of successful completion of the Intermediate Squad. Only once the Intermediate & Top Squad Coaches are satisfied with the decision will a swimmer be granted to move to Top Squad. - The final decision will rest with the Club Development Officer. Other routes: Swimmers wishing to enter the Top Squad out with our normal operating structure can do so by arranging a trial. Exceptions to be made in obvious circumstances.
2. Minimum of one morning sessions (pool) must be attended.
3. Minimum of one land based sessions must be attended.
4. Full kit bag at all sessions - see Kit requirements for Top Squad
5. Swimmer must possess a positive attitude and be willing to help his/her team mates at all times.
6. Swimmer will be willing to take larger responsibility in regards to their own swimming development i.e. Arriving on time with full kit, engaging in dynamic w/up without persuasion from coach etc
7. Attendance at meets out with the club champs.


Top Squad Swimming Syllabus

1. Continued progression from Intermediate Squad
2. Further develop what should already be a high standard of swimming technique
3. Regular work on racing preparation through race simulation, dives, pacing, and wall work
4. Planned seasonal training will focus on an introduction to tapers and meet preparations
5. Swimming development out with pool; gym, video analysis, squad days out.
6. Developing aerobic, anaerobic capacity and muscle endurance
7. Strength training to complement work done in the pool and to optimise those muscle groups required for performance swimming.
8. Huge impetus on swimmer flexibility
9. Nutrition tuition to optimise training and race performance
10. The importance of hydration in training and at meets.
11. Preparation to cope with larger meets


Kit Bag Requirements

1. Kick Board
2. Pull Buoy
3. Snorkel
4. Two pairs of goggles
5. Fins (Short blade not scuba)
6. Hand and finger paddles
7. P.A.S.C swim cap
8. 1-2ltr full water bottles


Dry land Kit

1. Trainers with good ankle support and grip ( No Vans or DC\u2019s)
2. Shorts not trousers
3. P.A.S.C t-shirt
4. 1-2ltr water bottle

 

Darren Ward
Portobello A.S.C. Club Development Officer

 

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