STATE DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
The State Development Squad is the third progression in Playford Aquatic Club program and aims to assist athletes strengthen the foundations of competitive technique and skill across all four strokes with an emphasis on medley swimming. Participants will begin to take the step from club/district-based competition toward state level competition as they build the physiological platforms needed to succeed in the age group squads. Athletes will also begin to formulate race plans that are congruent with their individual strengths whilst being encouraged to develop strategies to achieve their longer-term competitive goals.
Age: Primarily between 10-14 years of age
Sessions: Athletes are encouraged to attend at least 4 sessions per week.
Coach: Carole Margrison
The training fee for State Development Squad $120.00 per Month
In a case where a student 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.
State Development Squad competes in Targeted District & Club Meets in order to Qualify for State Age 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 State Development Squad progress to:
- State Squad – athletes who:
- have consistently attended 4+ sessions with at least 1 am session per week as prescribed by the coach
- have Qualified and Compete at State Age Championships
- 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 State Development Squad generally occur at the beginning of each season (after Long Course or Short Course State Championships) however a transition phase may take place at any time.
Athlete progression will be decided by the Head Coach.
State Development Squad Swimmers are asked to have their own:
Drink Bottle (required for training)
- Kick Board
- Pull Buoy