Swordfish Groups 4 - 5


Swimming Development Squad

'Swordfish' (Pink hats and black if competing). National Plan for Teaching Swimming stages 4 + 5. Fundamentals (Long Term Athletic Development). STA Angelfish, Shark LTAD Swim Skills.


 

Swimmers will be able 'to see the journey' through the club.

To create a sense of belonging/unity within individual squads.

To create an award system that is visual (i.e belts in karate).

Gives the swimmers a goal to attain and then process goals on the 'journey.

The club recognises effort and performance when a swimmer is moved up a squad.

PLEASE NOTE - The correct squad hat should be worn, not just a coloured one. All squad hats can be purchased from the Club Desk on a Monday night or from Caroline Trestrail.

 


 

Criteria
  1. Completed Stages 1 - 3 NPTS

  2. Assessment by Teacher/Coach

  3. Own kick board (stage 5 only)

  4. For a progression report on what the swimmer needs to be able to do before moving on to the next squad (Swordfish 4) click here

  5. For a progression report on what the swimmer needs to be able to do before moving on to the next squad (Swordfish 5) click here

 Please inform Caroline Trestrail if you cannot attend a specific training session by emailing caroline.trestrail@gmail.com as a matter of courtesy.

 
Training Times - Swordfish 4 - from thursday 7th september 2017
Training Times Total Training Time per Week - 1 Hour
Thursday 6.30pm - 7pm Redruth
Sunday 3.30pm - 4pm Redruth
 
Training Times - Swordfish 5 - from thursday 7th september 2017
Training Times Total Training Time per Week - 1 Hour
Thursday 6.30pm - 7pm Redruth
Sunday 3.30pm - 4pm Redruth
 
Equipment Requirements

Own a Kick Board (Stage 5 Only)

 
Work Undertaken
  1. Focus on posture, balance, and rotation

  2. Being introduced to breaststroke and butterfly timing

  3. Being introduced to competitive diving, backstroke starts and turns for all strokes

  4. Introduction to simple progressive drills to build strokes

  5. Introduction to sculling

  6. Efficiency in both long axis strokes

At the end of this stage (5) participants will be able to:

  • Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back

  • Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back

  • Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation

  • Tread water for 30 seconds

  • Perform 3 different shaped jumps into deep water

  • Swim 25 metres Backstroke

  • Swim 100 metres Front Crawl

  • Swim 25 metres Breaststroke

  • Swim 10 metres Butterfly undulation

  • Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds

  • Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water

  • Demonstrate an action for getting help

  • Basic Survival Skills Basic Diving Skills (NPTS Flip'n' Fun Stage 9)

  • Travel a minimum of 5 metres underwater from a push and glide using correct transition for all 4 strokes

 
Notes

Speed will not be an issue for this squad

Good form i.e. able to keep and understand good technique, is of greater importance.

Progression to next squad will be judged on a regular basis using the guidelines above.

Although the club have aligned their structure closely mirroring the ASA National Plan for Swimming, Long Term Athletic Development and STA learn to Swim Structures, it has considerably enhanced the criteria and offers extra session days and times to progress the swimmers. This enables a faster track into competent swimming with good technique and if desired a quicker journey into competitive swimming normally starting at age 9 years (Swimmers at CBHSC are invited to Club and Local Gala's at earlier ages according to ability and the level of Gala)

Standards set for each squad will need to be met, which may include commitment to training and maintaining personal records and equipment, before a swimmer can move up a squad.

Teachers and coaches will monitor the progress and assess the swimmers over a period of weeks.At the end of this period at a Teacher/Coaches meeting, any swimmer that is at the top end of that assessment will then have a final assessment and if all requirements are met, and the coaches and teachers are in agreement, the swimmer will be awarded their certificate and badge together with an invite to move squad. The squad swimmers who do not fully meet the criteria for progression will receive a report identifying areas that need to be improved if they wish to move squads. All the requirements from the previous squad remain as they move up through the club i.e. equipment, record books etc. A swimmer, who shows rapid advancement while in a squad, may be moved at anytime the teacher feels appropriate, even if all the criteria for movement has not been met, if delay in the opinion of the staff, may adversely affect the progress of the swimmer.