The Winter season is just around the corner, and it is important to begin planning competitions through the new-year. Establishing a competition plan is critical for the coaching staff and the swimmers. For the coaches, the competition plan guides our seasonal, monthly, weekly, and daily training plans. It allows us to identify areas of strength and weakness in our swimmers, and helps us decide the type of work necessary, and when to deliver it. For our swimmers, the competition plan allows them to begin to set short-term training and competition goals, as well as long-term goals. Once our swimmers form their own goals, we can begin to look at the personal commitment required to reach their goals.
In general, our competition plan will consist of:
1. Club Nights run by Warringah Aquatic Swim Club
2. Targeted local and regional Club competitions (require official times)
3. Swimming NSW Championship meets (require official times)
4. Swimming Australia Championship meets (require official times)
If you follow along carefully, you will see that we have comprehensive competition plan to help all of our swimmers along the competitive pathway. The emphasis on which competitions to attend and compete in will depend on the swimmer’s current ability, experience, age, and goals. It is very important to finalize the competition plan with our professional and committed coaching staff. We want to avoid two things – swimmers who over-train and under-compete, and swimmers who over-compete, and under-train. It is the right combination of time spent training and competing that promote long term development for all of our swimmers. The competitive pathway is a visual looks like this: