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Objectives and Procedures – 2020 onwards

Purpose

COGST has been providing formal ‘Time Trial’ opportunities for Foundation and Development level swimmers for many years.

Review

A brief review of the Time Trial programme and systems was conducted in October 2019 as a result of feedback received from parents, swimmers and coaches regarding inconsistencies in delivery and confusion over the purpose.  The club’s coaches were consulted and asked to provide ideas for how to improve the Time Trial system in line with meeting its core purpose.

2020 Plan

This would be implemented from the first scheduled time trials in 2020 and monitored throughout the year to assess its effectiveness with possible amendments as needed.

Achievement Standards

The following standards will be used from January 2020.  These times should be used by swimmers as ‘Target Achievements’ to aim for.  Once an event has been ‘Achieved’ the swimmer can no longer contest it at any future Time Trial sessions.

Event 25M 50M 100M 200M 400M

Free

17.00

35.00

1:11.00

2:35.00

5:25.00

Back

19.00

38.00

1:21.00

2:50.00

n/a

Breast

22.00

42.00

1:30.00

3:15.00

n/a

Fly

19.00

38.00

1:21.00

3:00.00

n/a

I.M.

n/a

n/a

1:23.00

2:52.00

5:50.00

Age 9/u

Free & IM Only

Age 10/11

 Free & IM Only

Age 12+

 

Guidelines

  • Swimmers should normally participate in a maximum of 3 events within any Time Trial session. Higher level swimmers may do less than 3 races if they have already achieved most of the target times.
  • Swimmers aged 9/under can only enter 25s, 50s plus 100 Free and 100 IM.
  • Swimmers aged 10/11 can only enter 25s, 50s, 100s plus 200 Free and 200 IM.
  • Swimmers aged 12/over can only enter 50s, 100s, 200s plus 400 Free and 400 IM.
  • All 25m and 50m events are automatically ‘unlocked’.
  • Swimmers must ‘unlock’ at least two 50m Achievement Standards before they can enter any of the 100m events.
  • Swimmers must ‘unlock’ at least two 100m Achievement Standards before they can enter any of the 200m events.
  • Swimmers must ‘unlock’ at least one 200m Achievement Standard before they can enter any of the 400m events.
  • Events can be unlocked or achieved at Time Trials or Local Club or Schools Meets where official results sheets are produced.
  • Once a swimmer has obtained the Achievement Standard for an event they can no longer enter that event at any future Time Trial sessions.
  • Swimmers should consult with their squad coach about what events to participate in at each Time Trial.
  • Ages are as at 31st December in the year or competition.
  • If a swimmer does not easily fit within the above parameters, squad coaches will use their discretion on an individual basis to enable each swimmer to have an effective and meaningful time trial experience.

Future Considerations

Consideration should be given to further developing the Time Trials in the future to enhance the organizational and value of the event.  In particular, the following recommendations should be tested and implemented in the short to medium term.

  • Create the Time Trials as a calendar event on Team Unify which swimmers/parents must declare their intention to participate or not. A list can then be printed out and used on the day to mark attendance by each coach.  This would also allow for better planning of on the day arrangements such as timelines, recording, timekeeping and officiating duties.
  • Add a Time Trial event structure to TU which coaches would use to add swimmers to events in advance of the date. This would enable a draft psych/start sheet to be produced in advance and therefore the meet could be planned and pre-seeded in advance.

Many thanks

Ian Wright

COGST Head Coach