Swimmers Performance Policy

This policy will clearly outline the procedures required if a swimmer fails to meet the criteria in their current squad. To ensure equity within all squads, a Performance Panel will be set up.

The panel will be made up of the Coaching Team and a Committee member without child interest. The panel will then ensure all movements are based on the squad criteria.

In addition to this annual review, Development Plans will be implemented to help the swimmer re-evaluate and focus on their objectives. It is used to improve the swimmers overall performance.

The coaches and Panel will meet quarterly to assess the performance of ALL swimmers and have discretion in consultation with the parents concerned, move swimmers between squads during the season, before the annual review. All reviews and decisions will be made by the Panel.

There are 3 main sections which the criteria fall in to;

1.        Performance during training, competition

2.        Attendance

3.        Behaviour

Performance

If a swimmers training deteriorates or their performance at galas does not show significant improvement, the coach will produce a personal development plan to help the swimmer focus and improve their training. The following steps will be taken;

1.        The coach will speak to the swimmer and their parent/s and inform them of the current situation and what is required. A next meeting date will be agreed (within 2 weeks) with all parties

2.        Constant monitoring

3.        If the swimmer starts to achieve, no action is required. If the swimmer continues to fall below what is expected, then a Development Plan will be implemented. The swimmer, parent/s and coach will then record goals, objectives and test sets. A development plan will last 3 months (in extenuating circumstances).

4.        Constant monitoring will be carried out. A meeting will take place between swimmer, parent/s and coach every month to discuss performance. Minutes must be taken and sent out, and the Development Plan must be updated. At the end of the Plan, all parties will get together with the Head Coach. If targets are not achieved, the swimmer will be moved into a squad where they can continue to perform at their level and continue to compete

Attendance

Every squad has a number of sessions they must attend. However, swimmers with personal circumstances that prevent them from attending sessions (school, logistical & health issues), may be taken into consideration by both Head Coach and squad coach, as long as all of the other criteria is met If a swimmer regularly falls below the minimum the following steps will need to be taken;

1.        Establish why the swimmer has been unable to meet the minimum number of sessions

2.      The coach will speak to the swimmer and their parent/s and inform them of the current situation and what is required. A next meeting date will be agreed (within 2 weeks) with all parties

3.      1 month will be given to the swimmer to improve their attendance record. . If targets are not achieved, the swimmer will be moved into a squad where they can continue to perform at their level and continue to compete

Behaviour

Swimmers and parents are to abide by the Code of Conduct and the Clubs Constitution (accessed via the website). Good, fair and respectful behaviour is expected at all pools during and after training sessions and galas. This also applies to outside of training when emails, texts and MSN can be accessed. Inappropriate communication (whether it be verbal or non verbal) and non-adherence to this Code of Conduct and Constitution violates the terms of your membership. Any incident must be brought to the attention of the Head Coach. The incident will then be reported to the Child Support Officer and the Committee. A meeting will take place to resolve any issues. If the incident happens again, the committee will be in its right to revoke the swimmers/parents membership. Refer to Clubs Constitution.

Swimmers on Trial

Swimmers on a trial (whether internal or external) must show that they have met or agree to achieve the criteria for the squad they are moving in to. Swimmers on trial, by invitation, must satisfy the coach of their ability to adapt to the training and demonstrate dedication, commitment, improvement on timed swims and improvement in stroke technique. A trial will last for 3 months and within that time the swimmer must have achieved the criteria. If the swimmer does not achieve the criteria after 3 months, they will resume training in their original / appropriate group. Any swimmer requesting / requiring a trial will be discussed with the panel. This will ensure equality and adherence to the criteria.

THIS POLICY RELATES TO ALL SWIMMERS AND GIVES EVERYBODY (INCLUDING DISABLED SWIMMERS) THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROGRESS WITHIN DDASC AND BE TREATED WITH EQUAL RESPECT.