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Silver Squad

Squad Criteria
  • This criteria is set as a guideline and may not be exhaustive.

  • Indications of ability are technical ability (i.e. stroke technique).

  • Any ages mentioned within the squad descriptions are guidelines and will vary from swimmer to swimmer.

  • Entry into, and movement out of, each squad is based on a set of criteria maintained by the coaches. This is continually subject to review and for the latest criteria contact the head coach.

  • All criteria are subject to the Head Coaches discretion.

To come into this group swimmers will normally have been/be:
  • Identified by the squad coach and head coach as requiring more opportunity to train and hone their skills and has the ability to cope with the training demands of the squad.

  • An understanding and willingness to comply with the multi-stroke and skill based ethos of the sport.

  • Has a basic understanding of the technical demand of the strokes and can swim all four strokes.

  • Has excellent body position and kick in all four strokes in accordance with the governing body rules and can hold this position over a distance swim (100 – 200m depending on age and ability).

  • Has attained a 50/100m distance time for all 4 strokes in competition (depending on age group).

  • Swim a minimum of 100m of front crawl demonstrating a push and glide start from wall and/or from a dive with correct and efficient transition to stroke.Competent technique with bilateral breathing and good reach and pull arm action with efficient kick. Show race turns.

  • Swim a minimum of 100m backstroke demonstrating a push and glide start from wall to a streamline position underwater and be able to progress to stroke with one straight arm above head and the other at the side to begin good bilateral and continuous arm action.Competent technique should be shown with a steady head position and rolling of shoulders round the long axis. Show race turns

  • Swim a minimum of 50m breaststroke demonstrating a good push and glide from wall or dive start, good technique with understanding of timing of stroke. Show race turns.

  • Swim a minimum of 25m butterfly demonstrating a good push and glide from wall or dive start and show good stroke technique and undulation.

  • Ability to attempt to swim a 100m individual medley incorporating start and turns.

  • Is able to carry out a dive start from starting blocks.

  • Has taken part in team events such as FVJL and Splash Leagues as well as other invited galas and/or has shown willingness to take part.

  • 75% Attendance at swimming sessions over a monthly period.

  • The ability to understand how to observe lane rules and is self-guided when completing sets and shows basic understanding of the timer clock.

  • Well behaved and remain respectful of the coaching staff at all times.

Silver Squad swimmers will continue to develop their technical stroke ability and work over increasing distances introducing aerobic training.

The swimmers are expected to attend ‘Forth Valley Junior League’ , ‘Splash League’ and Trojan Time banded gala’s as well as a minimum 5 gala’s throughout the year.   They will be introduced to competition where they will compete over a 50m and 100m distance within their age group.