Bassett JSF Athlete Development Pathway 2024

Bassett JSF’s Athlete Development Pathway is designed to provide swimmers with the skills, determination and fitness to achieve success within the demanding sport of competitive swimming.


Our development pathway is divided into three specific learning areas, with three levels within each area.


Academy Pathway (Skills) From age 5
Our Academy Pathway is designed to teach swimmers Swim England Stage 3 to 8 the technical skills needed to perform each stroke correctly and how to perform competitive starts and turns.


These skills are taught through drills and breaking each element of a stroke down so that each swimmer understands the concept and physics behind the stroke.


Pre Academy: 45 minutes per week. Pre Academy is Bassett JSF’s entry level squad for ages 5 to 8 stage 3 to 4.


Swimming widths within the deep end they learn the basic drills of each stroke, how to do competitve starts from a dive and backstroke, and how to do a forward and backward roll.
Junior Academy: 1 hour per week. Junior Academy swim lengths stage 5 to 7 using equipment such as fins, kickboard and pull buoys to further develop the skills learnt in Pre Academy.


Swimmers will cover 1200 metres per session.


Junior Olympic: 2 hours per week. Junior Olympic is designed to fast track swimmers up to the next level in our Athletes Development Pathway.


Swimmers in this squad will train two hours per week covering 2500 metres per week.

Competitive Pathway
Our competitive pathway is where our swimmers start their racing journey. Whilst still developing their skills through drills, they also develop stamina, learn the rules of racing.


Bronze Competitive Squad: From age 8
Minimum attendance 75% of sessions per quarter


This is the first experience of training to become competitive swimmers once moving up from our Academy.


The Bronze Competitive Squad train three one hour sessions per week, with each session providing drills, speed and endurance training, with a normal session covering 1600 metres.


Bronze swimmers are expected to compete in Fun Galas, Novice League, Club Championships, Level 3 Open Meets and compete for places in County Relay Squads.


Bronze swimmers must be available for Arena League if selected.

Silver Competitive Squad: From age 10
Minimum attendance 75% of sessions per quarter, swimmers not achieving minimum attendance will move back to the Bronze Squad.

As swimmers develop and get older and are looking to take competitive swimming more seriously, then a
further increase in hours through the Silver Squad will help swimmers start on their journey to compete in
higher level open meets, and start with some early morning training sessions by mixing and learning from our experienced senior swimmers.


Our Silver Competitive Squad train 5 hours per week over four sessions.


The Silver Squad is a bridging squad where swimmers train one morning and one eveing with the
Performance squad and two one hour sessions per week with the Bronze Squad.

The aims of the Silver Squad is to further improve the swimmers strength and speed and to continue skills improvement through drills within the Bronze sessions.


Silver swimmers are expected to compete in Fun Galas, Novice League, Club Championships, Level 3 Open Meets and compete for places in County Relay Squads.


Silver swimmers must be available for Arena League if selected.


Gold Competitive Squad: From age 10
Minimum attendance 75% of sessions per quarter, swimmers not achieving minimum attendance will move back to the Bronze Squad.


The Gold Competitive Squad is designed to prepare swimmers for the move up to the Performance Pathway. The Gold squad trains solely with the Performance squads, training six hours per week which must include at least two morning sessions.


Gold swimmers are expected to compete in all standards of league galas, Club Championships, Level 3
Open Meets and compete for places in County Relay Squads.


Gold swimmers must be available for Arena League if selected.

Performance Pathway
Our Performance Pathway prepares swimmers to compete at Championship levels, chase County, Regional and National places, and show a level of professionalism that inspires not only themselves but their peers and team mates.


Junior Performance: From age 11
Minimum attendance 75% of sessions per quarter, swimmers not achieving minimum attendance will move back to the Silver Squad.


Junior Performance is the first of our Performance Pathway squads, designed to give swimmers the chance to achieve County consideration times and to compete at both level 1 and 2 meets as well as level 3.


Junior Performance train eight hours per week over five to six sessions which must include at least two
mornings. And are expected to cover at least 22500 metres per week.


Performance: From age 11
Performance train nine hours per week over six sessions which must include at least three mornings.
Performance squad swimmers will be expected to cover up to 25000 metres per week, compete at Level 1,2 and 3 meets. Chase and achieve County consideration and automatic times, and chase Regional
consideration times.


They must also be available for Rother League, Arena League, Club Championships and County Relays.
Minimum attendance 80% of sessions per quarter, swimmers not achieving minimum attendance will move back to the Gold Squad.

Senior Performance: From age 12
There are 12 hours per week available for Senior Performance, although swimmers attendance will be based on 80% of seven sessions per week.


Swimmers not achieving attendance standard will be moved to the Gold Competitive squad.
Senior Performance squad swimmers will be expected to cover up to 30000 metres per week, compete at Level 1,2 and 3 meets. Chase and achieve County automatic times, and chase and achieve Regional
consideration times and chase National qualification.


They must also be available for Rother League, Arena League, Club Championships and County Relays.


Attendance Rules:
To ensure that all swimmers progress and are able to train at the correct level within the squad that they are training in, regular attendance is required.

Swimmers are required to achieve the minimum squad percentage of sessions as stated in the Athletes
Pathway.


Swimmers who fail to achieve their squads quarterly target for two quarters in a row will be asked to improve their attendance, and a further failure to attend minimum standards over the one of the next two quarters will see the swimmer moved to a lower more appropriate squad as set out above.

Swimmers who have long term injuries or illness and are on retention are excluded from the attendance
procedure.
Quarters are from:

1st January to 31st, March, 1st April to 30th, June, 1st July to 30th, March, 1st April to 30th, June, 1st July to 30th, September, 1st October to 31st December.


Holiday closure dates are classes as 100% attendance.


Swimmers taking A Levels, GCSE’s and mock exams aged 16 and over are excluded during the period of
exams.

Performance Pathway

Squads: SENIOR PERFORMANCE – PERFORMANCE – JUNIOR PERFORMANCE
Approximate age group 11 years to 18 years plus
The Performance Pathway is for swimmers who want to maximise their abilities as swimmers, aiming for County, Regional and National level swimming.


Swimmers will take part in regular morning training and will agree to follow the training program which gives the best opportunity to achieve “full potential”. Swimmers must maintain consistent training volume and quality throughout the growth and development years which is vital to long term success as an athlete. Swimmers should consider themselves as athletes and the right education and information will be provided on a range of topics such as lifestyle, diet and nutrition, energy systems, mental preparation and race tactics.


The Performance Pathway aims to develop a strong team spirit and enjoyment for time spent with peers
at training and competition as well a strong social element to allow swimmers time to relax and bond.
with individual improvement both short and long term, a great team spirit and togetherness with a support network of parents, team mates and coach.


Swimmers will develop

  • Great physical abilities; endurance, strength, speed, co-ordination, balance, power, agility.
  • Cognitive skills which will help swimmers as athletes but also as a person throughout their life;
    mental strength, self motivation, self discipline, self belief, relaxation techniques, management of
    emotions, management of anxiety, concentration and focus, self control and self reliance.
  • Personal qualities and characteristics; respect, loyalty, passion, desire, drive, commitment, leadership, communication skills, positivity, ability to take responsibility personal development.
  • The Performance Pathway aims to develop a strong team spirit and enjoyment for time spent with peers at training and competition as well a strong social element to allow swimmers time to relax and bond.

Competitive Pathway

Consisting of: GOLD COMPETITIVE – SILVER COMPETITIVE – BRONZE COMPETITIVE
Approximate age groups 9 years to 13 years
The Competitive Pathway gently introduces talented young swimmers into the competitive environment.
Swimmers learn movement literacy and develop their fundamental technical skills which will last a
lifetime. “Perfect” practice over speed and distance is the focus, once strokes and skills are learnt volume and intensity of training can gradually increase. Swimmers learn stroke discipline, body balance, co- ordination of movements and early development of body weight strengthening through land-based exercise and games with structured warm ups and cool downs.


The Competitive Pathway aims to develop a strong team spirit and enjoyment for time spent with peers
at training and competition as well a strong social element to allow swimmers time to relax and bond.
with individual improvement both short and long term, a great team spirit and togetherness with
a support net work of parents, team mates, professional sport support staff and coach.

Swimmers will develop:

  • A high level of technical skill development and fundamental movement literacy.
  • Swimmers will start to develop a passion for the sport and a love for being in the water
    which can last a lifetime. Swimmers will gradually be introduced to higher level
    competition and will develop a greater awareness of themselves in a sporting
    environment.
  • Personal qualities will develop such as mental strength, work ethic, team bonding and communication skills.
    Swimmers will develop an understanding of being part of a group and team having a strong identity.