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Training Returns

We're back in the pool Wed 2nd Dec. Small change around Friday nights with JDS and Phase 4 swapping pools.

Zoom Schedule

Lockdown Zoom schedule continues Mon/Tue. From Wed 2nd onwards we revert to our normal schedules.

We Are Doncaster Dartes

We are Doncaster Dartes, the town's Elite Swimming Training Scheme and traditionally one of the top 4 squads in Yorkshire Swimming. In association with Doncaster's swimming clubs, we provide the high performance training and top class, professional swim coaching required to succeed at the very highest level.

Our objective is to provide Doncaster's ambitious swimmers with the Environment, the Skills, and the Coaching Support required to reach the top in British Swimming.

Headlines and Site Updates

Monitoring Growth

29 Nov 2020: Our growth monitoring project has taken a back seat of late, and it was taking up a lot of land training time.

So instead, we're going to throw it at you to complete. Take out your tape measures each month and email the coaches your stats.

We've created a page to explain the whats and whys. Entirely optional of course, but this is something high level athletes should be doing regularly anyway.
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Resistance Band Work

11 Nov 2020: To kick off lockdown 2, Coach Dave has put together a guidance video for using resistance bands to improve your shoulder health.

Hopefully there's enough detail to help our athletes understand the reasons for doing each exercise.

Follow along at home, but start with light resistance until you're happy with the moves.
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A Successful Level X Round 1

7 Nov 2020: Official Level X leaderboards haven't been published yet, but it looks like a strong showing throughout the Dartes squads.

For the 13yo boys, the 100m IM looks like a 1-2 for Callum Broadhead (Arm) and Luke Gilliver (Drn).

700 race swims in a single week by Dartes swimmers to give everyone a chance at getting on the leaderboard. We have a closer look at those set for a Top 10 finish.
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Results Archive Updated

5 Nov 2020: Results Archive Last night's JDS Level X time trials are now in the archive.

That's 456 time trials run in the past week. It was a bit of a rush due to the impending lockdown, but we got there just in time.

Many thanks to our time keepers, meet officials, athletes, and of course our competition secretary Carol for entering all the times for Swim England.
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Results Archive Updated

4 Nov 2020: Results Archive The final morning of Level X racing saw Phase 4 smashing out the fast times.

We've been drip feeding the results in to the Level X rankings system, so why not pop over there and see where you rank.

Lots of appearances in the Top 10 lists so far. Just JDS to go later today.
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Results Archive Updated

2 Nov 2020: Results Archive Phase 4 and 5 continued their Level X racing this morning.

Lots of big PBs recorded along with a whopping 4 club age-group records. Callum Broadhead (Arm) smashed the 100m IM by 2sec, shaved a bit off the 50m Fly, and took another 1sec off the 50m Fc time he set on Saturday.

Ella Bainbridge (Arm) dropped the 16years 100m IM by nearly 1sec too.

There's another day to go for both squads before we wrap up. Keep an eye on the Level X rankings for more.
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Results Archive Updated

1 Nov 2020: Results Archive More action from Level X at 5am this morning.

This time the turn of Phase 4, with lots of PBs being set. Jesse Goodwin (Adw) slotted himself in to 4th place on the 12 year olds Dartes all-time performers list. His 50m Fly knocking 0.51s off his previous best.

Biggest PB of the morning went to Emily Griffiths (Ros) for knocking 6.51s off her 50 Breaststroke (44.58). Lots of team spirit on show too - great job Phase 4.
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Results Archive Updated

31 Oct 2020: Results Archive They've waited 6 months to race and the nerves were definitely on show for some this morning as Phase 3 joined Phase 5 for Level X racing.

Highlights included a much anticipated pair of club age-group records for Callum Broadhead (Arm). Ella Bainbridge (Arm) forced her way in to the 16 year olds Dartes all-time top 3 in 3 events. And Madison Johnson (Arm) missed her age-group's 50m Butterfly record by 0.09 despite celebrating a birthday just a few weeks ago.

We'll try to squeeze in more sessions before the anticipated national lockdown.
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Level X Arrives

29 Oct 2020: Swim England's exciting new race format "Level X" will be coming to Doncaster first thing Saturday morning.

Phase 5 will be kicking off our Level X racing campaign during training at 5am. We will hopefully squeeze Phase 3 in to the action too.

Race suits, racing goggles, and Dartes caps should be brought along.
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Phase 4 Test Set Results

21 Oct 2020: This Sunday saw the continued return of our long running Phase 4 test sets.

The 4x400m kick saw Grace Burton (Arm) snatch top spot from the hugely improved Emma Mitchell (Drn).

Kicking over this sort of distance is another area likely to suffer during lockdown. Excellent to see so many improvements on previous times.
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Phase 4 Test Set Results

21 Oct 2020: This month saw the return of our long running Phase 4 test sets.

First up they had a crack at the 2x800m Freestyle. Top spot went to the fast improving Rose Keefe (Spa) knocking a solid 20sec off her previous time.

These tests are likely to suffer a lot after a prolonged absence due to lockdown. So seeing so many improvements through the squad speaks highly of the work they've been doing since returning.
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Regional Talent Selection

16 Oct 2020: Another selection to report on the England Talent pathway.

This time it's Jesse Goodwin (Adw) following on from last season's County Pathway selection, with the equivalent call up to the Regional Development Programme.

Due to current restrictions, most of this camp will be held online, with educational videos and other resources available to him.
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Gym Rings for Phase 5

19 Sep 2020: With limited access to gyms due to Coronavirus, we added a little strength training spice for the older members of Phase 5 today.

Gymnastics rings may be simple and cheap, but they sure do make the easiest body weight exercise much harder.

Here's Marise Garbutt (Arm) bravely smiling through a painful plank.
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Mystery Project Revealed

8 Sep 2020: During lockdown our coaches and committee have been locked in discussions with various partners with the aim of improving the Doncaster Swimming pathway.

One of those discussions took an unexpected turn and resulted in an opportunity to create something that we believe will become rather special.

This morning we announced what that proposal is.
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Nutrition Workshop

28 Nov 2020: The next in our series of educational zoom based workshops arrives on Saturday 28th November at 6pm - make a note in your diary.

This will be aimed at Phase 4 and 5, but everyone is welcome to attend. Parents and swimmers alike may bring questions along for YSN's Lead Nutritionist to answer at the end of the workshop.

Zoom details will be distributed nearer the day.

Training Alterations

Phase 4 and JDS Friday evening sessions will be swapping venues when we return to training after lockdown.

Phase 2 and 3 will be at Thorne with Coach Dave. Phase 4 will switch to Armthorpe. Start and end times remain the same.

This way 1 of our lead coaches will be in place to run each session.
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Lockdown 2.0 Dryland Zoom Workouts

8 Nov 2020: For lockdown 2.0 we're heading back to Zoom for our dryland S+C workouts.

The schedule is now available (meeting room details will be emailed out shortly). Some of you might need some equipment to take part, it's all detailed with the schedule.

For those who haven't taken part in our Zoom sessions before, we encourage you to dive in.
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Youth Sport Nutrition

Last week we renewed our relationships with Youth Sport Nutrition for another year.

A bunch of freebies arrived (bottles, shakers, PRO-TEEN pouches, and the new NUTRI-TEEN oat bar - we will probably distribute those based on Level X rankings.

There is also an online nutrition workshop to arrange, which you'll all be invited to.
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Every Mind Matters

In these trying times we should all spend a little time and effort looking out for our mental health.

Many athletes obsess about their physical prowess, their strength and fitness, but often overlook that most powerful and sometimes fragile muscle in their head.

With 1 in 4 people suffering in any given year, learn how to help yourselves and each other.
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Return to Training - updated

1 Aug 2020: We have confirmation that we can return to the pool bright and early (5am) on Saturday 1 August - that's a Phase 5 session. That means Phase 5 is likely the first group back in the pool in Doncaster!

You can now view our massively revised training timetable. To help you understand the decisions made while creating that timetable, Head Coach Dave Cuthbert provides a commentary.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

11 Aug 2020: Meeting Minutes An additional committee meeting was held on 29th July to discuss JDS provision and other club developments.

Those minutes are now available on this website for anyone who would like to review them.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

30 Jul 2020: Meeting Minutes An additional committee meeting was held on 15th July to discuss final preparations for return to pool and bringing coaches off furlough. A few last minute changes were required to Risk Assessments before sign off.

Those minutes are now available on this website for anyone who would like to review them.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

18 Jul 2020: Meeting Minutes An additional committee meeting was held on 1st July to discuss return to pool planning. This involved a discussion around the return to swimming survey that everyone has kindly returned.

Those minutes are now available on this website for anyone who would like to review them.
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Training Idea for the Home

18 Mar 2020: During this time of no-swimming, it's important to keep training regularly. We've created a page to keep you heading in the right direction.

Boredom is another big problem during periods of isolation. Sticking to the training schedule we've published should help with that too.
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Meet Entries: for all

Due to the pandemic all meet licences have been suspended until the new year 2021. We've had no confirmation to date as to when meets will start up. That will be dependent on government guidance, leisure centre operators, and availability of meet officials.

At the moment, you know as much as we do.