What are Targeted Meets?

 

The first step in developing the training plan for the season is setting the Targeted Meets calendar.  These are meets that at least one of our coaches will attend with the swimmers.   Each season the Head Coach will selected targeted meets for our Club.  

 

The  targeted meets generally consist of two different types of meets:

 

1. Major Meets: The Major Meet of the training year is the central factor used to establish the training plan and competitive calendar. Other meets throughout the year are of secondary importance. However, these meets serve an important role in allowing the coach to assess the swimmer’s development and preparation level for the major targeted meet. The major meet is age and/or ability dependent, and usually takes place at the end of the season.

 

2. Preparatory Meets: These Meets are of secondary importance, however, serve an important role in allowing the coach to assess the swimmer's development and preparation level for the major targeted meets and lead into major competitions that are more challenging. Preparatory meets are held in periods of regular training, with a focus on skill development, and physical and psychological preparation. Event selection should be the same for Major Meets and Preparatory Meets.

 

The Meet programs for targeted Meets will be displayed on the noticeboard at the pool. You can also check the Club website for direct website links to each event.

 

What and how many meets should we enter?

 

The number of competitions scheduled in the season plan can have a profound effect on the ability of a swimmer to achieve optimum results at the end of the season. Over-racing throughout the year can often lead to a premature elevation in preparedness that in turn leads to less than optimal performances in the major meet at the end of the season. Conversely, under-racing can decrease preparedness and prevent the swimmer from achieving peak performances in the major meet at the end of the season.  Therefore, competition planning is a delicate balance between too many, and too few competitions in the calendar.  

 

It is the coach's job to construct training to meet the needs of the swimmers they coach.  Swimmers should:

a. Choose events at training with the coach

b. Enter chosen events at home with parents

 

2019-2020 Summer Season targeted Meets calendar