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Swimming Long Term Athlete Development Model

Chronological Age

Female
Long Term Athlete
Development Stage

FUNdamentals Learn to Train
n

Active Start
art

Male

Compete to
Win

Train to
Compete

Train to Train

A e for Lif
Active
Life

FUNdamentals

Train to
Compete

Train to Train

Learn to Train

Compete to
Win

Approximate growth
velocity curve for
average maturer

Agility/Balance/Coordination

Flexibility
Speed of Limb Movement
Basic Technique

Athletic
Abilities

Anaerobic Speed
Aerobic Endurance
Tactics & Decision Making
Aerobic Power
Strength Endurance
Advanced Techniques
Speed Endurance
Maximum Strength
Speed Strength

Enjoyment of water, movement

Mental
Development
Focus

Cognitive understanding of training

Will to perform, dealing with failure

Group dynamics
regular participation

Identifying relationships between
effort and performance
Developing independence
skills

Self awareness, critical quest for perfection

Striving towards
independence
Acquisition of theoretical
knowledge of swimming
Volatility, thirst for
adventure, travel

Competitive
Opportunities
Coaching
Focus

Provincial with IM/Free
Entry systems

Club skills meets and time trials

Local-regional
pentathalon format

Swimming Teacher

Provincial with multi
event entry systems

National - IM/Free
Entry System

Skills Coach

National - multi event
entry system

Competition Coach

Fundamentals Coach

Approximate Training
Hours per Week

1-2 hrs

2-3 hrs

3-5 hrs

Masters Coach
High Performance Coach

5-7 hrs

9-12 hrs

12-20 hrs

~20 hrs

Individual

Chronological Age

power