Qualifying Times 
County
All Ages:529 
Regional
Age Group:49 
Youth:
Short Course:24 
National
Age Group:
Youth:

Squad Progression Chart


Performance 1
Lead Coach: Kim Mortimer

Group Aims & Objectives
To compete at Midlands and National level with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting the Regionals and Nationals. Swimmers should aim to reach the highest levels based on ability and commitment levels.

Male 12 years +
Female 12 years +

Group Entry Criteria (Accepted)

  • Have achieved Nationals at Welsh/Scottish/Irish/English/British Qualifying Times and Midlands qualifiers or within 1-3 %
  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer Code of Conduct & Parents Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, engaged, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic
  • Consistently attending at least 3 evenings 2 mornings and 2 land training sessions
  • Be organised and professional (bringing appropriate equipment/kit/drink to each session)To perform pre pool and post pool routines

Group Entry Criteria (Considered)

  • Swimmers assessed by Head Coach to have near term potential, and/or having longer term potential, may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of between 3 – 12 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria and show improvement (based on goal setting) at designated competitions and within training.
  • Swimmers that are identified/selected for any Stratford Sharks relay at Midlands and League level
  • To be entering regular open meets Level 1,2,3 Short Course and Long Course.

Land Based Criteria

  • Have the ability to complete full or kneeling press ups (males/females=6+), hold a technically executed plank

Areas for Re Assessing Group Suitability

  • Unable to attain the relevant competitive standard.
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Performance 1 commitment, as agreed with Performance Coach 1
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Performance competition commitment, as per fixtures list.
  • Showing no demonstrable motivation or progress towards achieving the required standards of the Group

Pathways

  • Unable to meet the Group criteria – A move into either Performance 2,3 or Club/Masters (depending on age)
  • Assessment months – September, December, March/April, June/July


Performance 2
Lead Coach: Yvonne Caswell

Group Aims & Objectives

To compete at Club & County level with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers targeting the County Championships and potentially Regionals. Swimmers should aim to reach the highest levels based on ability and commitment.

Male 11 years +
Female 11 years +

Group Entry Criteria (Accepted)

  • Having achieved at least 6 County Qualifying Times (including 200 IM & 200m Free) and Midlands qualifiers or within 3-5 %.
  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer Code of Conduct & Parents Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, engaged, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic
  • Consistently attending 70-100% of sessions (Pool & Land) (aiming for 3 evening sessions 1 morning and 1 land training session).
  • Be organised and professional (bringing appropriate equipment/kit/drink to each session)

Group Entry Criteria (Considered)

  • Swimmers assessed by the P2 Coach & Head Coach to have near term potential, and/or having longer term potential, may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of between 3 – 12 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria and show improvement (based on goal setting) at designated competitions and within training.
  • Swimmers that are identified/selected for any Stratford Sharks relay at County or League level
  • To be entering regular open meets Level 1,2,3 Short Course and Long Course.
  • To represent Stratford Sharks at selected Team Events

Land Based Criteria

  • To commit to a minimum of 1 land training session a week.
  • Have the ability to complete full or kneeling press ups (males/females=6+), hold a technically executed plank
  • Areas for Re Assessing Group Suitability
  • Unable to attain the relevant competitive standard.
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Performance 2 commitment, as agreed with Performance Coach 2
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Performance competition commitment, as per fixtures list.
  • Showing no demonstrable motivation or progress towards achieving the required standards of the Group

Pathways

  • Unable to meet the Group criteria – A move into either Club or Performance 3.
  • Assessment months – September, December, March/April, June/July


Performance 3
Lead Coach: Yvonne Caswell/Kim Mortimer

Group Aims & Objectives

To compete at Club & County level with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting the County Championships and potentially Regionals. Swimmers should aim to reach the highest levels based on ability and commitment levels.

Male 12 years + (with exception of 11 year olds)
Female 12 years + (with exception of 11 year olds)

Group Entry Criteria (Accepted)

  • Having achieved at County Qualifying Times and Midlands qualifiers or within 5% and over
  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer Code of Conduct & Parents Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, engaged, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic
  • Consistently attending 70-100% of sessions (Pool and Land) (aiming for 3 / 4 sessions during the course of the week)
  • Be organised and professional (bringing appropriate equipment/kit/drink to each session)

Group Entry Criteria (Considered)

  • Swimmers assessed by the P3 Coach & Head Coach to have near term potential, and/or having longer term potential, may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of between 3 – 12 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria and show improvement (based on goal setting) at designated competitions and within training.
  • Swimmers that are identified/selected for any Stratford Sharks relay at County or League level
  • To be entering regular open meets Level 1,2,3 Short Course and Long Course.
  • To represent Stratford Sharks at selected Team Events

Land Based Criteria

  • Have the ability to complete full or kneeling press ups (males/females=6+), hold a technically executed plank
  • Areas for Re Assessing Group Suitability
  • Unable to attain the relevant competitive standard.
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Performance 3 commitment, as agreed with Performance Coach 3
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Performance competition commitment, as per fixtures list.
  • Showing no demonstrable motivation or progress towards achieving the required standards of the Group

Pathways

  • Unable to meet the Group criteria – A move into either Club or Masters (depending on age)
  • Assessment months – September, December, March/April, June/July


Development
Lead Coach: Yvonne Caswell

Group Aims & Objectives
To compete successfully at club level and possibly County competitions with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting a move into the Performance at the nearest possible opportunity. Swimmers should aim to reach the highest levels based on ability and commitment levels.

Male 10 years to 13 years
Female 10 years to 13 years

Group Entry Requirements (Accepted)

  • Be technically proficient at 4 strokes, able to streamline and travel 10m utilizing underwater dolphin kick (front and back)
  • Able to execute legal starts/turns.
  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer/Club Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic
  • Recent times in the following events: 50m Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle; 100m Freestyle; plus 200m IM.
  • Swimming at least 3 sessions per week including a 2hr session.
  • 2 x 4 x 33 front crawl kick off 60s
  • At least 4 county times in a variety of strokes.

Group Entry Requirement (Considered)

  • Swimmers assessed by the Junior /Assistant Head Coach (& Head Coach if required), to have near term potential, and/or having longer term potential, may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of between 3 – 12 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria and show improvement (based on goal setting) at designated competitions and within training.
  • Swimmers that are identified/selected for any Stratford Sharks relay at Club, League or County Level
  • Commitment to Competition Criteria
  • To commit to regularly participate in club competitions and race across a range of events, strokes and distances

Exit Criteria

  • Percentage of Midlands (1-5%)
  • An increase of country times in a variety of strokes/ distances.
  • To make further commitment to their swimming

Areas for Reassessing Group Suitability

  • Unable to attain the relevant competitive standard.
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Development Group training commitment, as agreed with Assistant Head Coach.
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Junior Development Group competition commitment, as per fixtures list.
  • Showing no demonstrable progress towards achieving the required standards for Potential
  • Showing no demonstrable motivation or progress towards achieving the required standard of the Group.

Pathways

  • Unable to Meet the Group Criteria– A move into Club Swim
  • Exceeds criteria/fast tracking- possible move to Performance 2/3 (Depending of Midlands achieved percentage)
  • Assessment months are September, December March/ April June/July,


Juniors
Lead Coach: Alison Ireland

Group Aims & Objectives
To compete successfully at club level and at County competitions with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting a move into the Junior Performance Group at the nearest possible opportunity. Swimmers should aim to reach the highest levels based on ability and commitment levels.

Male 8 years to 12 years
Female 8 years to 12 years

Group Entry Requirements (Accepted)

  • Be technically proficient at 3 out of 4 strokes, able to streamline and travel 10m utilizing underwater dolphin kick (front and back)
  • Able to execute legal starts/turns.
  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer/Club Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic
  • Recent times in the following events: 50m Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle; 100m Freestyle; plus 100m IM and 200m IM.

Group Entry Requirement (Considered)

  • Swimmers assessed by the Head of Academy, Junior Development Coach (& Head Coach if required), to have near term potential, and/or having longer term potential, may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of between 3 – 12 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria and show improvement (based on goal setting) at designated competitions and within training.
  • Swimmers that are identified/selected for any Stratford Sharks relay at Club, League or County Level

Commitment to Competition Criteria

  • To commit to regularly participate in club competitions and race across a range of events, strokes and distances.
  • Areas for Reassessing Group Suitability
  • Unable to attain the relevant competitive standard.
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Junior Development Group training commitment, as agreed with Junior Coach
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Junior Development Group competition commitment, as per fixtures list.
  • Showing no demonstrable progress towards achieving the required standards for Potential Three.
  • Showing no demonstrable motivation or progress towards achieving the required standard of the Group

To achieve the following Target times in a licenced meet.

Junior Squad  50m Fly  50m Back  50m Breast  50m Free  100m IM  200m IM
 Red  00:40.00 00:40.00 00:45.00 00:35.00 01:40.00 03:20.00
 Blue  00:45.00 00:45.00 00:50.00 00:40.00 01:45.00 03:30.00
 Yellow  To have achieved and competed in 4 strokes at a variety of distances at County Level.

  • To be able to perform correct streamlining consistency throughout training and open meets.
  • To be able to perform correct diving technique.
  • To be able to perform consistency all four turns within every training session.

Pathways

  • Unable to Meet the Group Criteria– A move into Club
  • Exceeds criteria/fastracking- possible move to Development /Performance 2/3
  • Assessment months are September, December, March/April ,June/July.


Academy
Lead Coach: Annette Statham

Group Aims & Objectives
To compete successfully at club level and at County competitions with good commitment to the programme. Swimmers will be targeting a move into the Junior Performance Group at the nearest possible opportunity. Swimmers should aim to reach the highest levels based on ability and commitment levels.

Male 7 years to 10 years (Bronze/Silver/Gold)
Female 7 years to 10 years (Bronze/Silver/Gold)

Gold Group Exit Criteria

  • Able to execute legal starts/turns.
  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer/Club Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic
  • Developing Skills
    • Be able to perform correct Streamlining for at least 3 fly kicks where appropriate
    • Breaststroke : need to be able to demonstrate a basic underwater phrase
    • To achieve Competitive Start Award Diving (To be able to perform a confident grab/ track start dive)
    • To show a basic technique of 3 Turns
    • To be able to use a pace clock at a basic level.
    • Show responsibility for own equipment and show lane discipline
    • Show a controlled Butterfly technique for at least 25metres
    • Understanding and performing basic pre pool warm up
    • Be technically proficient at 2 out of 3 strokes, able to streamline and travel 10m utilizing underwater dolphin kick (front and back)
    • Able to execute legal starts/turns.
    • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
    • 100% commitment to team events
  • Recent times in the following events: 50m Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle; 100m Freestyle; plus 100m IM
 Academy Gold Group 50m Freestyle  50m Backstroke  50m Breaststroke  100m Freestyle  100m Individual Medley 
   00:43.00 00:50.00  00:53.00   03:38.00 01:50.00 

Silver Group Exit Criteria

  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer/Club Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic
  • Demonstrate correct timing of Butterfly
  • Perform a safe and progressive dive off blocks (Track or grab)
  • Show knowledge of legal finishes for all strokes
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all turns to Swim England Standard
  • To be able to use a pace clock effectively
  • To perform a correct streamline position
  • To be able to maintain lane discipline throughout the session
  • Take ownership of their own equipment
  • Representing Stratford Sharks at appropriate Open Meets Level 3 as indicated by the Head of Academy Coach for 9 years & over.

Times to be achieved in a licenced Meet or training (depending on age )

Academy Silver Group   50m Freestyle 50m Backstroke  50 Breaststroke 
   00:46.00 00:53.00  00:56.00 

Bronze Group Exit Criteria

  • To use a pace clock effectively
  • To begin to understand land discipline
  • To begin to develop a safe and progressive dive either off the side/blocks
  • Demonstrate legal simulations leg kick in breaststroke
  • To show a strong alternating kick
  • To demonstrate bilateral breathing on Front crawl
  • To show correct body position for all strokes
  • Show knowledge of legal finishes for all strokes
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all turns to Swim England Standard
  • To perform a correct streamline position
  • Take ownership of their own equipment
  • To be representing Stratford Sharks at appropriate Open Meets Level 3 as indicated by the Head of Academy Coach for 9 years and above.
  • Desire and will to improve and progress through Stratford Sharks Swimming Club
  • 100% commitment to team events
  • Signed and returned copies of Swimmer/Club Code of Conduct
  • Behaviours – respectful, supportive, caring, coachable and empathetic

Group Entry Requirement (Considered)

  • Swimmers assessed by the Head of Academy, Junior Development Coach (& Head Coach if required), to have near term potential, and/or having longer term potential, may be admitted or retained within a squad on a probationary period of between 3 – 12 months. The swimmer must be able to show commitment and demonstrable progress towards the overall squad criteria and show improvement (based on goal setting) at designated competitions and within training.
  • Swimmers that are identified/selected for any Stratford Sharks relay at Club, League and Open meet Level 3 Short course and Long Course/ Club Champs/ Time Trials.
  • Commitment to Competition Criteria
  • To commit to regularly participate in club competitions and race across a range of events, strokes and distances.

Areas for Reassessing Group Suitability

  • Unable to attain the relevant competitive standard.
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Academy Group training commitment, as agreed with Head of Academy
  • Consistently unable to maintain the Academy Group competition commitment, as per fixtures list.
  • Showing no demonstrable progress towards achieving the required standards for Potential Three.
  • Showing no demonstrable motivation or progress towards achieving the required standard of the Group
  • Target times to be achieved at a licenced meet/ training (depending on age)
  • Times to be achieved in a 25/50m pool.

Pathways

  • Unable to Meet the Group Criteria– A move into Club or Exit the club
  • Exceeds criteria/fastracking- Through Academy groups/ Development
  • Assessment months are September, December, March/April ,June/July.


NB The above criteria is for guidance only, a place in the group being at the complete discretion of the Lead Coach

Age @ 31st December (guidance only)