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Training Alterations

Due to open evening at Hall Cross school, there will be no P4/5 evening training on Thurs 8th December.

Everyone should attempt to pick up an additional morning session to keep their weekly volume as consistent as possible.

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

JDS catch test set fever!

4 Dec 2016: Welcoming newcomers to Dartes with a test set or two almost seems like a tradition these days. That's what Coach Jordan had in store for Phase 2 and 3 last Thursday; a grueling 5x200m of tough Freestyle kick.

Setting the standard at the front of the pack was James Robinson (Adw) managing to keep his average pace below 4mins.
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Sam selected for Deaflympics

2 Dec 2016: Yesterday Sam Merritt (Drn) learnt that he'd been selected for the GB deaf swimming team to compete at the Deaflympcs in Turkey in the summer.

The team is only 12 strong, so it's extra special for Sam to be named. We're sure to hear more about this over the next few months, but in the mean time congratulations Sam.
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New Record at 2000m Test

1 Dec 2016: It's six years old (plus two months) and to celebrate Ben Wright (Arm) set the fastest time seen in Phase 4's 2000m test set on Tuesday. A gruelling 25mins flat, with a 1500m split worthy of 3rd place on his age group's records.

Plenty of other improvements throughout the squad too, and everyone finished it, which is always a bonus.
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Results Archive Updated

30 Nov 2016: Results Archive Fixing an oversight from last season by adding April's British Championships results to the archive.

A bunch of medals for Joe Litchfield (Spa) and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) before they moved on to big city senior programmes. The third man was Josh Reasbeck (Edl) in his first appearance at British Champs.

A belated well done to all three.
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Butterfly Kick Speed

27 Nov 2016: Monday's 8x25y Fly kick set brought yet more improvement from a lot of Phase 4. Casey Waugh (Arm) is still dominating with the first sub 17sec average, but with a little more consistency two or three could challenge next time.

A big training effort is required across the board to get down to the expected times though. Lots of fast fly kick to come over the coming weeks.
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More Dartes Records Tumble

26 Nov 2016: Another month with over 20 improvements on the Dartes all-time Top 6 Performances lists. Top of the class was Laura Brookes (Edl) setting a new ladies record for 100m Butterfly (along with a few age-group records).

An age-group below her Tilly Arrand (Arm) became 2nd fastest 400m IMer in Dartes history by setting an age-group record of her own.
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Early Season Photos

24 Nov 2016: We've had a few random photos submitted over the last couple of months, so thought they deserved a place of their own. We've long needed a better JDS photo too, so this one on the stairs at Edlington takes centre stage.

There are a few with an Olympian from a month ago too. If there are any other good ones out there, you know what to do.
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Coach Wallace on Coach 2024

20 Nov 2016: A new ASA coach development programme was announced last week with the aim of supporting the best coaches in the country and developing their skills.

Of fifteen coaches selected for Coach 2024, five are from the North East. We're proud to announce that one of those five is Dartes Head Coach Andrew Wallace.
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Welcome to Phase 4

6 Nov 2016: They'd only been moved up to Phase 4 for one day, but seven newcomers from JDS were thrown in at the deep end on Tuesday with the 4x400m kick test.

Leading the way was queen of the test sets Casey Waugh (Arm). Still 10sec off the record, but closing quickly. The new guys all did really well too. PBs were also enjoyed by most of the regulars.
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Christmas Alterations

Over the Christmas period there are significant changes to training arrangements which affect all squads! As always, please try to keep your training volume consistent whenever possible.

The alterations page contains a spreadsheet with full details of available sessions for all squads.
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Adwick ASC: Head Coach Position

13 Dec 2016: Adwick ASC is advertising a Head Coach position on the ASA website.

This is an excellent opportunity for an inspirational coach to lead Doncaster's largest club. If you're an ASA Level 2 coach working towards Level 3 this might just be for you.
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Team Hats and Bags

Just in time for the onset of winter we have team pom pom hats available. Help avoid those winter illnesses by keeping your hair and ears covered on the way to and from training.

The new TYR team bags are also available embroided with Dartes logo and your name. The previous version was extremely popular, we expect nothing else from this new version.
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Using Pace Clocks

Pace Clocks Being able to use pace clocks is an essential skill for swimmers of all ages. We know some of you struggle and shy away from using them, so here are some helpful hints.

The key point is: never give up. Use them on every swim and within a few weeks you'll be happy to use them.
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What do you learn from Swimming?

Successful Team It's not just swimming skills you learn in the pool. Take a look at the top 10 life lessons you can make use of out of the water.

From simply showing up on time to dealing with strange people and managing your time effectively, it all helps mould you in to a successful person.
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Meet Protocol

Blood flow prior to pool warm up at Middlesboro residential weekend To save you thinking first thing on meet day morning, we have a meet protocol to tell you exactly what to do when you arrive at competitions.

Be sure to arrive in time to start your blood flow warm up a good 10mins prior to the start of the first warm up.
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Be Good Lane Mates

Meet Calendar How many times do coaches yell at you for blocking the finish for your team mates in training? Are you one of those annoying swimmers who just loves getting in the way?

Here are a few helpful hints on how you can be a better team mate. You thought this stuff only happened at Dartes, right? Oh how wrong are you!
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