Squad Criteria – The Background

Evesham Swimming Club are proud of the way that squad criteria have been developed. When considering squad placement for swimmers, we consider performance across a range of categories – speed, technique, attendance, fitness, effort and attitude. By considering the whole swimmer, and their overall well-being, we know that the best performance will come.

As well as initial placement when a new swimmer joins the club, criteria are designed to make the move up process clear to everyone and to make swimmers, parents and coaches strive for improvement.

Swim England Standards……

Swim England set standards of achievement for swimming lessons and competitions and many of you will have experienced them before joining the swimming club. In refreshing our squad criteria, we have used them as a guide for promotion throughout the club. The information below summarises they key performance measures:

Bronze award

Swim 400 m using two strokes (changes of stroke can only occur at the completion of a length of the pool. A minimum of 100 m is to be swum with each stroke.

Silver award

Swim 800 m: 400 m on the front and 400 m on the back. A change of stroke may only occur every 50 m.

Gold award

Swim 800 m using three of the following strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, English backstroke or sidestroke for a minimum distance of 200 m per stroke. A change of stroke may only occur every 100 m. This swim to be completed in 25 minutes.

……and their relationship with Squad Criteria

Based on these standards it seems reasonable to project that if Gold is 800 m in 25; it would be reasonable to assume Silver can be assessed as 600 in 30 and Bronze 400 in 35.

Entry to Seals can be from swimmers that generally meet the Bronze standard or better. We should not have swimmers in Dolphins that cannot better the Gold standard for distance and stamina.

“Move ups”

Promotion between squads will be based on a combination of speed, stroke quality, behaviour, attendance, stamina and age in relation to training times and load hours. The outcome from good technique, attendance, stamina and drive is usually a quicker time.

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