AGD-Age Group Development


Ages: Girls 11-13.5 years, Boys 12-14 years. These swimmers will be capable of competing at iTUP and DAAM Gr.1/2 levels.They must also be committed to attending all practices and competitions as shown in the club calendar. Parents must be prepared for the increased demands on family time this brings.

Focus: LTAD provides specific training emphasis and timing information to support the differing developmental pathways of females and males. Adult training and competitive programs are superimposed on young athletes. This is detrimental as the balance between competition and learning is inappropriate and disregards the principles of childhood development. Appropriate technical benchmarking during an athlete’s development should provide feedback to their needs, not simply the results of adult oriented competition that are based more on developmental age then technical mastery. LTAD provides specific physical, technical, tactical, mental and lifestyle benchmarks, as well as a balanced and individualized approach to competition.

Males and females differ in the growth and development process; both when the growth spurt occurs and ensuing physical changes. It is important to take these differences into account when training adolescent males and females as well as to educate them on the developmental process. Because of the numerous and sometimes drastic changes, it is crucial to allow time for young athletes to get comfortable (physically and emotionally) with their changed bodies. Additionally, adaptation to the growth changes lags behind so expect it to take some time for the athlete to be able to take advantage of changes.

This stage is important for:

  • further development and mastery of sport skills
  • aerobic system development (on-set of growth spurt to peak PHV a critical window)
  • maintenance and consolidation of skill, speed, and flexibility
  • strength development (females immediately after peak PHV/males 12-18 months following peak PHV)
  • learning the mental skills required to deal with competition
  • ongoing monitored flexibility training

Amount of physical activity (progression by age):

  • 6-12 sessions per week
  • 60-120 minute sessions
  • Pool time (hrs): 12-24
  • Pool Volume: 24-30 km/wk building to 40-50 km/wk
  • high volume, aerobic capacity focus from onset of PHV to peak PHV
  • speed intensity following peak PHV
  • Emphasize general and balanced physical conditioning
  • Prioritize aerobic training after the onset of Peak Height Velocity (PHV)
  • Focus on shoulder, elbow, core, spine and ankle stability
  • Continue flexibility training
  • Teach basic nutrition and hydration needs.
  • Promote use of training and performance diary/log
  • Introduce skills of time management
  • Introduce athlete understanding of planning and periodization
  • Promote use of rest and recovery techniques
  • Continue to promote teamwork and personal interaction skills
  • Promote positive communication
  • Promote discipline and personal responsibility

Mandag Tirsdag Onsdag Torsdag Fredag Lørdag Søndag
Dryland 07.25-08.00
Vand 08.00-09.30
Dryland 17.00-17.45 17.00-17.45 14.00-14.30
Vand 18.00-19.45 18.00-19.45 14.30-16.30

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