Squads

Squad swimming is a great way for you child to develop lifelong skills, refine their technique and most importantly have fun in the water. All squad members are expected to join the Rackley Swim Team as this enables them to swim at our regular swim club nights every Friday during the summer season as well as have the opportunity to compete at all Brisbane, Queensland and National Swim meets.

Our Swim Squads cater for all abilities and are available at most locations.


Junior Squad

is the stepping stone to competitive swimming. The primary focus is on learning competitive stroke and race techniques, with emphasis on stroke technique, teamwork, basic training etiquette and discipline.

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Bronze Squad

builds upon the fundamental swimming skills, introducing more advanced drills and training techniques. Individual swimmers will be introduced to a variety of racing competitions as they continue to master the four competitive strokes and gain greater proficiency in turns, starts and finishes.

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Senior Squad

(Centenary Only) This squad is designed for swimmers 13years and over who are interested in SWIMMING and are competing on a regular basis or aiming to achieve high standards at their school swimming competitions

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Silver Squad

maintains an emphasis on stroke technique while incorporating more aerobic endurance, racing skills and dry land sessions. Our coaches encourage and teach the lifelong love and appreciation of swimming as we introduce the swimmers to more rigorous training, preparing them for competition at a state level.

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Gold Squad

is our national squad for swimmers who have qualified or are close to qualifying for nationals. Gold swimmers have personal ambitions to reach the highest level in swimming. This squad trains at high intensity, with a focus on three main areas of improvement: swimming technique, strength, and endurance.

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Some of our training locations also have Adult and Triathlon Squad. This level is for those who are looking to improve their swimming technique and fitness. It is suitable for a wide variety of people, from beginners through to advanced age group triathletes.

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Junior Squad is designed for children predominately 6 years and older, and is targeted at swimmers that have completed all the skills associated with learn to swim lessons. Junior Squad’s focus is 1-2 key concepts every session, and swimmers within each individual session will be allocated to the lane & group that provides the optimal learning environment. This optimal learning environment is created through the coaching team encouraging every swimmer to achieve their best and ensuring all swimmers within every individual session are allocated to the appropriate lane & group for that sessions focus (i.e for example if the sessions focus is kicking, swimmers are allocated into appropriate lanes & groups based on their kicking abilities). The coaching team strongly believes that this provides every Junior swimmer attending any Junior session extremely high quality & effectiveness. Junior Squad swimmers are required on a daily basis to meet the behavioural and attitude criteria associated with this level and will be continually assessed. Swimmers must have also met the required technical skills, (these technical skills will be judged at the discretion of the coaching team and will determine the ideal learning environment for every swimmer). The squads’ philosophy is provide an inclusive training environment for all swimmers that meet the required criteria and create the optimal learning environment. Fun & safety is the primary objective of all Junior swimming, coincidentally it is reason we ‘learn to swim’ initially.

Requirements

  • All swimmers are encouraged to become registered ‘Rackley Swim Team’ Members
  • All swimmers are encouraged to attend seasonal club nights & events
  • All swimmers are encouraged to train over school holiday periods
  • All swimmers are encouraged to compete at designated BSA and QSA swim meets throughout the year
  • All swimmers are to possess a positive attitude towards training/competing and an all-around wiliness to reach their potential.
  • All swimmers are encouraged to attend more than 1 session per week
  • All swimmers must be technically capable in all 4 strokes (this will be determined by the coaching staff)
  • Swimmers in this squad are expected to handle sets such as; 20x25m@IM on 50sec cycle, 8×50@Choice stroke on 1:30, 8x25m@KICK on 45sec cycle, complete 200 freestyle with good technique

Swimming Gear Required:

  • Swimming Bag containing FINS, PULL BUOY, KICKBOARD, GOGGLES, WATER BOTTLE.

Bronze squad is designed for children predominately 10 years and older and is targeted to Junior swimmers that have completed all the associated criteria and have begun to see competing as an integral part of their ‘long term pathway’ within the Rackley Program (an exception to this is if a younger swimmer displays exceptional technical form and motor skills and has achieved the requirements for the squad). Bronze squad’s primary focus is to create an optimal training environment so that every Bronze swimmer attending any Bronze session can achieve their best and enjoy learning. This optimal training environment is created through the coaching team encouraging every swimmer to seek out the coaching staff & their fellow team-mates, whilst applying themselves to the 1-2 key concepts within every session. The coaching team strongly believes that this system provides every Bronze session with extremely high quality & effectiveness. Bronze Swimmers will be required to meet the performance, behavioural and attitude criteria associated with this level and will be continually tested. Bronze swimmers must have also met the required technical skills, (these technical skills will be judged at the discretion of the coaching staff). The squads’ philosophy is to provide an inclusive training environment and to assist all swimmers with achieving their goals both swimming and in life.

Requirements

  • All swimmers must be current registered ‘Rackley Swim Team’ members
  • All swimmers must attend seasonal club nights & events
  • All swimmers are encouraged to train over school holiday periods
  • All swimmers must commit to designated BSA and QSA swim meets throughout the season
  • All swimmers are to possess a positive attitude towards training/competing and an all-around wiliness to reach their potential.
  • All swimmers must attend a minimum of 2-3 sessions per week.
  • In addition to the performance criteria, swimmers must be technically proficient in all 4 strokes (this will be determined by the coaching staff)
  • Swimmers in this squad are expected to handle sets such as; 40x25m@IM on 40sec cycle with good technique, 8x50m@Kick on 1:10, 1000m freestyle test with consistent quality technical skills under 18:00.

Swimming Gear Required:

  • Swimming Bag containing FINS, PULL BUOY, KICKBOARD, GOGGLES, FINGER PADDLES,SNORKEL, WATER BOTTLE

(Centenary ONLY)

This squad is designed for swimmers 13years and over who are interested in SWIMMING and are competing on a regular basis or aiming to achieve high standards at their school swimming competitions.

Requirements

  • Swimmers in this squad are encouraged to attend regular club nights and compete for the club.
  • Swimmers in this squad are encouraged to train over holiday periods and are required to be members of Rackley Swim Team competing at designated Brisbane, Queensland or school based competitions.
  • Swimmers in this squad are able to complete most of the following training targets. 400 kick under 8:00, 400 Pull under 7:30, finish 1000m freestyle with good skills and technique and 8×50 IM Switch on 1:10 with good skills and technique.
  • Minimum training requirements: There is no minimum training requirement for this squad, however if swimmers wish to compete at a competitive school level or higher they are encouraged to complete a minimum of 3-4 sessions a week.
  • Swimmers in this squad are to possess a positive attitude towards training and competing and an all-round willingness to strive to reach their potential in the sport.
  • Swimmers will be invited to join this squad at the discretion of the coach.

Swimming Gear Required:

  • Swim bag-containing fins, kick board, pair of goggles, pull buoy, water bottle.’

This squad is designed for swimmers who have SWIMMING as their main sport.

Requirements

  • Swimmers in this squad must have achieved Age National/State Qualifying times
  • Swimmers in this squad are to continue training over holiday periods and are required to be members of Rackley Swim Team competing at designated BSA and QSA meets.
  • Swimmers in this squad are able to complete most of the following training targets. 800 kick under 16:00 (2:00 base) 800 Pull on 14.00, 3000mTT under 42 minutes (Top Tier), 2000mTT under 30 minutes (Bottom Tier) .Swimmers must fulfil regular physiological testing (tested in training every 5-6 weeks).
  • Swimmers must buy into fulfilling the training requirements and preparation.
  • Minimum training requirements: Swimmers is this squad are required to complete a minimum of 6 sessions a week. Younger Swimmers may do fewer sessions at the discretion of the coach. (Gym training will only be available for swimmers who are completing the required sessions).
  • Swimmers in this squad are to possess a positive attitude towards training and competing and an all-round willingness to strive to reach their potential in the sport.
  • Swimmers will be invited to join this squad at the discretion of the coach.

Swimming Gear Required:

  • Swim bag containing fins, snorkel, pair of goggles, pull buoy, water bottle,paddles.
  • Dryland gear required: Skipping rope, foam roller, trigger ball, theroband.

This squad is designed for swimmers who have SWIMMING as their number one sport and also see competition as an integral part of their development.

Requirements

  • Swimmers in this squad MUST have achieved Age National Qualifying times and/or Open National Qualification.
  • Swimmers in this squad are to continue training over holiday periods and are required to be members of Rackley Swim Team competing at designated BSA and QSA meets.
  • Swimmers in this squad are able to cope with a minimum load of e.g.10x100fs on 1.20 cycle. 10x100IM on 1.30 cycle. 800’k’@ SUB 14.00 (1.45 base) 800’p’@ 10.00 (1.15), 3000m TT 38.00 minutes. Swimmers must fulfil regular physiological testing.
  • Swimmers in this squad MUST use a log book to record swimming/strength progression. (Logs will be collected to observe how the swimmer is progressing).
  • Swimmers must buy into fulfilling the training requirements and preparation.
  • Minimum training requirements are as follows;13years-6sessions, 14years-7sessions, 15years-8 sessions, 16&over-9sessions (these sessions will be determined by coaches)
  • Swimmers in this squad are required to fulfil the Strength and conditioning program, receive regular physio and massage for injury prevention and recovery (consult coaches for contacts)
  • Swimmers in this squad are to possess a positive attitude towards training and competing and a willingness to strive to reach their potential.
  • Swimmers in this squad are required to be Injury free.
  • Swimmers will be invited to join this squad at the discretion of the coach.

Swimming Gear Required:

  • Swim bag containing fins, snorkel, pair of goggles, pull buoy, water bottle, paddles, log book, drag pants/parachute.
  • Dryland gear required: Skipping rope, foam roller, trigger ball