Selected to compete at a major Youth Benchmark event (eg. World Junior Championships. Youth Olympic Games, Junior Pan Pacific Championships and/or World University Games)
Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent.
Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to developmental stage will be important.
- Typically associated with 16+ – 19 years.
- Completion of growth & maturation; capability to change physique & fitness
- Capability for muscle strength and power gains post-maturation – Potential ‘catch-up’ period for late maturer’s.
- Coordination & technical skill stabilisation
- Increased emotional intelligence & stability
- Capability to self-regulate, monitor, plan & evaluate training & performance
- Technique + Aerobic Development (AEC)
- Speed + Anaerobic Development (ANC)
- V02 Max
- Enhanced Training and Competition exposure
- Begin to increase training volume and intensity
- Implement a holistic SSSM training methodology
- Consider Event specialisation
- Development of Aerobic capacity
- Further development of racing skills
- Provide a greater variety of training methods
- Implement musculoskeletal assessment
- Periodised strength program
- Maintain flexibility
- Maintain ‘core’ body alignment
8-12 Weeks per season
- Development of an extensive & quality training history & progressive higher competition experience & exposure
- Long-term engagement in focused training targeting performance improvement.
- Committed to higher level and specialisation of training, and other factors such as dry-land training, recovery and lifestyle management.
- Completes fitness tests at home and state/national level programs.
- Development of optimal technique and refinement of co-coordinative profile through an increase in training volume and intensity.
- Particular focus on executing optimal technique for event specialisation.
- Additional focus on minimisation of injury risk. Proactive removal of potentially injurious techniques if relevant, should occur at pre-elite stage
- Strong understanding of race analysis and refinement of optimal race strategy in training and competitive environments.
Optimal development of ecto-mesomorphic profile and musculoskeletal robustness (optimal stability and range of motion/flexibility of major joint complexes). As an example: loaded squats, ballistic multi muscular exercises such as jumping, hopping and skipping.
Base strength capacities in leg extensor movements, trunk rotational activities and arm full extension activities. Understanding of complementary dry-land conditioning options.
- Further development of psychological skills & attributes (e.g., resilience) via training & competition experience & exposure.
- A learned capability to adopt & deploy performance psychological skills in performance situations (e.g., thought control, refocusing, relaxation techniques)
- Integration & adherence of National & Olympic values (e.g., Professional, Respectful, Enjoyable, Resilient, United and Relentless).
- A learned capability to adopt & deploy self-management skills outside performance context. An established mindset on personal growth & development.
- Development of a personal lifestyle & development plan (e.g., skills, education, finance, career)
Evidence-based and holistic coaching characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong inter and intra-personal skills. Effective athlete monitoring through Athlete Management System (AMS), integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship. Promotion of injury prevention strategies. Delivered by Pre-elite Club/Program Senior Coaches
- The Head Coach has demonstrated their ability to coach swimmers who demonstrate the ability to transition from Youth development towards the SA National Senior Team
- Program delivery is striving towards evidence-based and holistic coaching, and demonstrating strong sport-specific knowledge and strong interpersonal skills
- Utilises athlete monitoring and data collections to support evidence-based decision making on the SA AMS
- Integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship
- Proactive coach led injury prevention strategies
- Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Apply a testing protocol that periodically addresses and tests the athletes (e.g. skills, physiology, strength, psychology, body composition etc.) based on identified Strengths and Weaknesses in the IAPP. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.
- Allocation of an assistant coach,
- Coach provided from the club with a supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload and personal development.
- Head Coach with fixed term contract
- Contract to include engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
- employer support to attend any Australian Team competitions and camps
- Training access to a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for developing programs
Water space and partnership requirements:
- 1-2 pools at one or numerous venues, with regular access throughout the season,
- Standardised swimming pool equipment
- Facilities self-contained or with shared access
Athlete support and development facilities:
- Access to gym facilities/dry land areas
- Mobile video analysis for technical intervention
Coach program management:
- Coach office and meeting room is ideal
Athlete wellbeing elements:
- Athletes live in manageable proximity to the training facilities (30-40mins)
Sport Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) support:
- Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Sport Science and Medicine Support
SSSM integration practice:
- Explore the provision of integrated SSSM services as part of the overall training program
- Adopt an athlete-centred/coach managed/driven SSSM support philosophy
- Allocate service provision to our SA categorised athletes
- Support is reactive rather than the proactive provision required at next stage
- Serviced at Head Coach/practitioner’s discretion and resource availability
- Collaborate with other High-Performance service organisations, such as the AIS, SIS/SAS and or other institutions
- Consider the feasibility to access and engage SSSM personnel for research, postgrad scholar and functional support for the high-performance program
- Introduction to daily Athlete monitoring in preparation for best practice for World’s Best performance
- The information that is captured has longitudinal measure of an athlete’s:
- Training load, wellness, injury/illness status, recovery
- Consistently monitored with regular reporting
- Developmental Pathway that provides support to both athletes and coaches
- Overarching agreement with leisure provider that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement
- Support Coordination
- Support to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management
- Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring as required
- Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
- Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the program
- Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and stress
- An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following Policies & Procedures around: Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, Safe Sport Policy, Code of Conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy
- Proactive link with a learn to swim operation
- Self-contained pathway exists internally for flow from junior swimmers
- Accredited coaches supporting Head Coach if required
- Head Coach is actively involved in mentoring club coaches and LTS teachers
- Performance Scientist/General Manager Performance Support and Innovation
- Individualised multidisciplinary athlete case management and athlete education.
- Camps based education continues.
- Regular Individual Athlete Performance Plan and Athlete Management System monitoring.
- Bi-annual multidisciplinary meetings.
- Supported by SIS/SAS providers.
- Delivered by SA Discipline Lead, SA Youth Psychologist, On-Team Psychologist and/or Psychologist on the National Network.
- Continued group and individual education focused on the Resilient MIND & Performance MIND.
- Introduction of the Quiet MIND through understanding mental recovery and sleep, and delivered via online learning, SA camps and competitions.
- Individualised performance psychology strategies and plans in DPE in consultation with the coach.
- SA National Nutrition Lead, SIS/SAS, SSO nutrition provider &/or Accredited Sport Dietitian within Daily Performance Environment.
- Similar to T3 – Major focus on Nutrition related personal excellence skills – cooking, shopping, budgeting, meal planning.
- Individual nutrition assessment and follow- up as required in DPE.
- SA National Lead contracted sports physicians and practitioners who are qualified and comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.
- Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment, the use of prescription medications, supplements.
- ASADA education on teams and camps on ASADA’s Drug testing processes.
- Medical screening.
- Individualised injury prevention and management.
- SA National Lead Physiotherapist & accredited and recognised physiotherapy providers.
- Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.
- Yearly medical and functional movement screening.
- Coordination with S&C to implement injury prevention and management strategies.
- Individualised physiotherapy servicing.
- Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists and SA/ SISSAS contracted soft tissue/massage therapists available at domestic and international competitions.
- Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.
Individualised soft tissue/massage servicing.
- SA National Lead & Accredited as an ASCA Professional level
- Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the National Institute Network or external professionals.
- Education on strength training principles, lifting techniques and load management. Education on other dry-land conditioning options to enhance pool based qualities. Periodisation and planning.
- Individualised strength and conditioning program with ongoing monitoring within DTE from identified provider.
- General Manger Performance Pathways
- National Youth Coach
- State Head Coaches
- Program Coaches
- SSA Development Officers
- SISSAS PE
- AIS PE
- EAFU Advisors
- Internal & External SME’s
- dAIS funding
- GHFSSS funding
- Athlete agreement Classification (para) Career development Parenting through the HP pathway
- Respectful relationships
- Financial literacy
- Personal brand and sponsorship
- Media and social media
- Selection (including Orientation to BME; and post BME engagement)
- Orientation to HP pathway
- Transition (retirement)
- Camp based intake screenings for T 2-4 athletes
- Informing identification of key transition groups (yrs 12 and/or tertiary & other)
- IAPP 2 x yrs review plus monthly status updates for E1-M athletes
- State Institutes and Academies of Sport Biomechanists.
- Individualised and intermediate education on biomechanical principles. Use of quantitative analysis tools (e.g Wetplate)
- Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect technical change.
- Advanced quantitative competition analysis.
- Individualised measurement on a needs basis.
- Competition analysis at Nationals on targeted athletes and International Youth Team Meets.
- Data stored in the AMS.
- SA National Lead & Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network.
- National pre-elite and State Senior coaches.
- Continue in situ coach education on core principles of instruction, practice and feedback. Introduce periodisation of skill development.
- Adhoc support to coach and athlete in camp environment.
- SA National Lead & National Institutes Network Physiologists.
- Intermediate education on physiological capacities, training, testing, and related performance/physiological issues.
- Individualised testing in training and competition: club, state or national camps.
- Support in planning and periodisation.
- 2 x Assessment profiles per season
- Data stored in the AMS.
10+ Comps per year – Peak Performance at 2.
- Youth Team International (e.g. Fina World Junior Championships, Junior Pan Pacs, Youth Olympics, Commonwealth Youth Games)
- FINA World Cups (or similar)
- National, State & Regional Championships including State Team SC
- Grade & School Competitions.
- To select the athletes for the Swimming Australia Youth BME Team
- Practising Peak Performance at Youth qualifying competition
- Confirmation of Youth Team for Benchmark competition
- Youth Team Orientation/Training/Relay Camps.
- Youth Transition Training/Event Camps.
- General Manager Performance Pathways and National Youth Coach
- Paralympic Pathway Senior Coordinator and Paralympic Mentor Coach
- State Head Coach, Club Development Managers/Officers
- Regional Development Managers/Officers
Olympic pathway programs:
- National Youth Transition Program
- National Youth Program/Team
Paralympic pathway programs:
- National Para Development Squad
- State Swimming Association Programs
- National Youth Transition Program Selection Criteria and Policies
- National Youth Team Benchmark Event Selection Policies
- Induction program, Code of Conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy, athlete education.
- Podium Potential 2b Youth Transition program
- Developing 4
- National Youth Team
- AIS dAIS
- IPC Classification
- National Classification
The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming – children and adults alike.
Personnel and accountability:
- National Youth Coach and State Head Coaches
- Paralympic Mentor Coach
- Vertical Integration/Mentoring Pre-elite with Elite Coaches
- SA Coaching Accreditation – Coaching Course
- Provide ‘world’s best practice’ coaching support characterised by:
- Effective training practices (e.g., testing & monitoring, appropriate stroke rates, training under competition-like fatigue, pressure and environmental conditions etc.)
- Effective utilisation of an athlete’s IAPP
- Incorporates Athlete monitoring tools (AMS) to enhance practice, performance and communication
- Appropriate frequency and timing of athlete tapering prior to major competition
- Effective load management
- Effective injury prevention and management strategies
- Strategies to empower an athlete’s self-regulation and well-being
- A strong understanding and management of peer dynamics
- Understanding and facilitating developmental transition
- Senior and Youth Performance Coaches.
- National Training Centre Coaches
- Mentoring from National Youth Coach and Para Mentor Coach
- Senior and Youth Performance Coaches, Club/Program Head Coaches.
- Mentoring from National Youth Coach/State Head Coaches
- Swimming Australia Coach Accreditation – Performance, Advanced and Development
- AIS Performance Coaching and Leadership Program
- SA Coach Mentoring – National Youth Coach
- SA Performance Coaching Program
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
- National Athlete and Coach Development
- Injury rates in athletes T3 onwards (AMS data)
- Examination of transition rates (barriers and facilitators) into Senior Team.
Potential collaborative partners:
- Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
- National Club network
- University Network
- Technological Industry Partners
Potential themes emanating:
- Psychological skill development
- Consolidation of current AMS data on training loads and injury
- Tracking performance changes according to stages of growth and maturation and training load: Identifying (de-)accelerated time points of impact
- Relative Age Effects in swimming – corrective adjustment procedures as a strategy to remove the influence of maturation in competition