NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
The National Development Squad assists athletes to perform at the South Australian Age Championship meets with the aim of qualifying for National Age and/or Open Water Championships. Athletes are 13+ (females), 14+ (males) and attend 6-9 sessions per week with participants developing all aspects of stroke technique, fitness levels and race skills to prepare for competition.
Entry into the squad is by invite from the Head Coach. Athletes must demonstrate high levels of commitment and performance to maintain their place within the squad.
Age: 13+ (females), 14+ (males)
Sessions: Athletes are encouraged to attend at least 6 sessions per week.
Coach: Carole Margrison
The training fee for State Squad $160.00 per Month
In a case where an athlete may have a serious injury or illness, and misses four or more weeks of training please contact the CLUB TREASURER to organise temporarily freezing your training fees.
National Development Squad competes in Targeted Meets, State Championships & National Age/Open Water Championships.
Two of the most important aspects of being involved in the Playford Aquatic Club is good communication between the coach, swimmer and parents and the effective distribution of information to families by the coach and the club.
Seasonal meetings will be held for each squad where the coach will provide information to parents and swimmers including competition schedules.
If a swimmer or parent has any questions or concerns, they are asked to speak to their coach.
The Club uses a number of communication methods to keep members up to date;
Email – Emails are our main form of communication with our Members. Please ensure the Club has an up to date email address to contact you. If you need to update your email address please contact the CLUB SECRETARY.
Notice Board – Relevant information regarding upcoming meets can be found on the Club Notice Board.
The athletes in National Development Squad can progress to:
- National Performance Squad – athletes who:
- have consistently attended 6+ sessions per week as prescribed by the coach
- have qualified and competed at National Age or National Open Water Championships
- will be 13+ (females), 14+ (males) years of age
- have consistently attended competitions as prescribed by the coach
- are physically and mentally ready for the increase in commitment
- are physically and mentally ready for the increase in training workload
Progressions from National Development Squad will generally occur at the beginning of each season (after Short Course State Championships or National Age Championships) however a transition phase may take place at any time.
Athlete progression will be decided by the Head Coach.
National Development Squad Swimmers are asked to have their own:
Drink Bottles (required for training)
- Kick Board
- Pull Buoy