New Club Structure
INTRODUCTION OF A SQUAD SYSTEM TO DAWLISH SWIMMING
At the beginning of the current season (September 16th 2013 – July 2014), we introduced a
squad system into Dawlish Swimming Club. The squad system provides all swimmers with:
a. A clear pathway of a
swimmer’s progression through the club from “Learn to Swim” through
“Development” and into “Performance”.
Set standards and criteria for
progression to take place at the optimum pace for each individual.
Set standards of performance and
attendance requirements for each squad.
Provide individual swimmers with
the opportunity to develop: the skills, fitness, speed and mental strength
necessary to compete at the Regional Championships and possibly the National
championships – assuming they have the desire and commitment to achieve these
Provide a training/coaching
system based on the ASA’s “Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)
Group swimmers by ability and
commitment to the programme.
Ensure each swimmer can identify
with their squad and their squad coach.
Simplify the administration and
financial process for the club officers.
The squad lists are agreed between all coaches. These are open for discussion should you feel
that you have been placed in an incorrect group, swimmers will be able to move
up or down if space is available but the squad criteria and a minimum of
attendance is expected for every squad.
We are a competitive swimming
club; as such our primary role is to provide the organisation and training
required for our members to achieve their personal goals in the sport of
swimming. Swimming is primarily a sport where individuals train
together but compete alone at competitions such as the county and regional
championships. Running alongside that are a number of “team”
competitions, where individual results are combined to produce a team score,
such as the Arena League and mini league. If we, the coaching
staff, can produce great individual swimmers, then we can as a club, produce a
great team. Unlike just about every other team sport, in swimming a
team is only as strong as its weakest swimmer, because every individual
As swimming requires a pool for
its athletes to train in, we are limited to the amount of training time we can
access. This means a majority of our training takes place at times
when the public do not use the facilities, which means early mornings.
At Dawlish we have three such sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,
plus a 4th, for performance swimmers, on Sundays at Plymouth.
The Dawlish sessions commence at 0545; meaning the swimmers need to be at
the pool, ready to start by 0535. This may sound daunting but
children quickly adapt to the regime, parents often take a little longer.
All that is required is a little bit of planning and preparation for
early morning swimming to become a routine and regular occurrence.
We have plenty of swimmers and parents who do this on a regular basis,
who can advise on overcoming perceived difficulties in attending early morning
training sessions. If swimmers do not attend early morning
training, there is a limit as to how much success they will enjoy as an
individual throughout their swimming career.
I hope you will recognise that
the new system is a step forward and aimed at providing the highest quality
coaching service with a view to producing successful swimmers. I
trust that you will give the new system your full support and demonstrate
patience while we resolve the inevitable problems that arise from changing an
MCIMSPA LRPS RAP
– ASA Coach
Dawlish Swimming Club
PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY SWIMMER WHO HAS NOT PAID ALL OVERDUE FEES BY THE END OF MARCH WILL BE UNABLE TO SWIM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Please do not allow this to happen, all swimmers have been notifed
Dawlish Devon County Championships head coach summary
Well done to all swimmers who recently took part in the County chanpionships.
The swimmers produced 69 pb`s from 119 swims which is 58% (including no shows) which I am extremely pleased with.
Full summary breakdown here