Performance Squad Entry Criteria 2017/18

Information on criteria used for squad selection

Squads are usually selected on 1st September however the HST Lead Performance Development Coach, in liaison with the Home club lead coach, can make selections at other times with a 6 monthly review the norm.
You must be an active and committed member of a Highland Swim Team Home Club and applications can only be submitted by the club coach.

Performance Squad

Squad description:

This squad will be focusing on the transition from junior swimming to youth swimming. It is expected that each athlete within this group understand the expectations and pressures that is involved with performance swimming at a high level. It is also expected that they play a major role in leading and assisting within HST training and their home club’s training in creating a strong and positive team ethos.

The major competitive focus of this squad will be the National Open in December; the National Age groups or British Open in April; and the National Summer or British Age groups in July.


Squad timetable:

Training availability for an athlete within this squad will be at the following times at the Inverness Aquadome:

Performance & Performance Elite Squads Training Times

Monday05:45 - 07:3018:00 - 19:45
Tuesday05:45 - 07:3018:00 - 20:15
Wednesday05:45 - 07:30
Thursday18:15 - 20:15
Friday05:45 - 07:30
Sunday16:00 - 18:00

*             Each athlete will have their own timetable of session attendance dependant on stage of development and location

**           Failure to adhere to a minimal of 80% attendance of their timetable without just cause (illness, injury or exams) will call for a review of their squad status.

***        Each session an athlete does not attend, notification, FROM THE ATHLETE, must be given to the coach as to why attendance is not adhered or it will be marked as an unauthorised absence.


Squad criteria:

To gain CONSIDERATION for the squad an athlete must complete the following:


Psychological attributes:

  • Have completed the growth/team mindset questionnaire in liaison with their home coach.
  • Show commitment to training by trying their best within every session.
  • Be honest and mature when dealing with constructive criticism.
  • Plan goals for the season in conjunction with PDC and lead coach of home club.
  • Be responsible, accountable and take ownership of their development.


Teamwork attributes:

  • Regularly cheer on teammates at competitions.
  • Help with younger athletes at least once a month.
  • Show leadership qualities both, in maintain standard of squad, and in empathy to all athletes within squad.
  • Show exemplary behaviour in keeping with the code of conduct.
  • Complete all meterage of a session, if called upon, for other teammates.
  • Help, if needed, at competitions with warm ups, swim down or any other team activity.


Technical attributes:

3 of the following:

  • 2 x 800m front crawl in under 12 min maintaining 6 cycles per length
  • 4 x 400m back crawl on a turnaround of 6 minutes 15 seconds maintaining 6 cycles per length
  • 4 x 200m butterfly on a turnaround of 3 minutes 30 seconds maintaining 7 cycles per length
  • 4 x 200m breaststroke on a turnaround of 3 min 45 seconds maintaining 7 cycles per length
  • 2 x 400m individual medley on a turnaround of 6 minutes 30 seconds maintaining legal turns and three butterfly kicks off of each wall, where appropriate.


Speed standards:

Must complete 1 x 200m kick of any kind in under 3 minutes 30 seconds

2 of the following:

  • 1 long course consideration time.
  • 1 qualifying time of any pool length.



Short Long
Qualifying Consideration Qualifying Consideration
Free 29.28 29.87 29.89 30.49
01:04.14 01:05.42 01:05.60 01:06.91
02:19.57 02:22.36 02:22.34 02:25.19
04:55.47 05:01.38 05:00.32 05:06.33
10:03.93 10:16.01 10:14.07 10:26.35
19:18.76 19:41.94 19:26.03 19:49.35
Back 32.34 32.99 34.09 34.77
01:09.33 01:10.72 01:13.22 01:14.68
02:30.22 02:33.22 02:36.30 02:39.43
Breast 36.28 37.01 37.14 37.88
01:18.56 01:20.13 01:21.07 01:22.69
02:49.54 02:52.93 02:55.26 02:58.77
Butterfly 30.71 31.32 30.77 31.39
01:08.80 01:10.18 01:10.10 01:11.50
02:30.69 02:33.70 02:33.47 02:36.54
IM 01:11.39 01:12.82
02:33.53 02:36.60 02:38.90 02:42.08
05:26.89 05:33.43 05:38.20 05:44.96



Short Long
Qualifying Consideration Qualifying Consideration
Free 26.43 26.96 27.28 27.83
58.64 59.81 01:01.2 01:02.43
02:09.7 02:12.26 02:13.1 02:15.76
04:37.0 04:42.51 04:47.2 04:52.92
09:38.6 09:50.21 09:50.0 10:01.79
18:26.7 18:48.81 18:56.6 19:19.37
Back 28.99 29.57 31.37 32.00
01:03.8 01:05.11 01:07.8 01:09.13
02:17.8 02:20.60 02:26.1 02:28.97
Breast 32.95 33.61 34.47 35.16
01:12.6 01:14.01 01:15.6 01:17.09
02:37.2 02:40.36 02:45.7 02:49.05
Butterfly 28.44 29.01 29.27 29.86
01:03.2 01:04.47 01:05.0 01:06.31
02:21.7 02:24.49 02:25.5 02:28.42
IM 01:06.1 01:07.42
02:23.1 02:25.92 02:28.8 02:31.74
05:07.3 05:13.46 05:18.20 05:24.56

* Times are subject to change on an annual basis. New standards for following August will be published in November of year previous.


Special considerations:

  • Eligibility will be measured on the psychological, teamwork and mindset standard. If an athlete does not maintain a high standard in these attributes failure to be allowed entry into squad will occur.
  • Consideration time standards will only come into effect if psychological, team work and mindset attributes are of a high standard.
  • Athletes who fail to make consideration standard may be allowed entry to the squad, if the PDC feels it will benefit the team psychology, team dynamics or mindset.
  • All moves are subject to the discretion of the PDC.


Review / Exit strategy

  • Each athlete will be subject to a formal review on a yearly basis (every August) and a smaller informal review every 3-4 months.
  • Any athlete who fails to maintain standards of group will be subject to a 6 months temporary membership to raise standard.
  • Age should be limited to 17 years of age for females and 18 years of age for males, after which it is expected an athlete will have made eligibility for “Performance” squad.
  • If any athlete, upon completion of temporary membership, fails to reach the squad standard, the athlete in question will be removed from the squad and, if eligible for another squad, placed accordingly. If no suitable squad standard can be found by the PDC, the athlete will be asked to return to their home program for their full training program.

Once accepted into the Performance Squad you must sign your training agreement and train with HST on a regular basis.
Your training agreement is structured to suit each club.

Code of conduct

Code of conduct

All swimmers selected for HST Squads will be asked to sign a statement of commitment to our code of conduct. The details of this can be found here..


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