Skill Levels

In the New Year we will be working towards swimmers taking some grades either preliminary, recreational or Skill levels. For those who are not familiar with these please read on!

Preliminary grades are starter levels designed to test basic techniques in the water.

Recreational Grades 1-5 are designed for swimmers who do not want to compete at high levels. These are examined in Club and include a routine and some more advanced skills.

Skill Levels 1-5 are designed for swimmers wanting to compete at high levels, they can only be taken at designated Assessment days and Centres throughout the Country and cost £ 10.00 to enter. These are advanced tests requiring a high level of flexibility, discipline and variety of techniques.

NB All swimmers can choose which type of tests they want to do or even a combination of both or none.

As Coaches we can advise which tests are appropriate but we would like to know from the swimmers and parents which they would like to do.

Current Skill levels of Witney Synchronised Swimmers.

SKILL FIVE

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SKILL FOUR

 Libby Foster, Kathryn Fuller, Louise Fuller, Laura Turberville

SKILL THREE

Rowan Bisp, Caitlin Johns, Maddie Squire,

SKILL TWO

Eloise Archer,  Laurence Boag-Matthews,  Sophie Gray, Olivia Hunt, Emma Johns,  Hannah Lonsdale,  Josephine Marinho, Phoebe Muir, Katie O'Brien, Laura Perry, Millie Perry, Kata Soros, Vicki Spits, Alice Travis.

SKILL ONE

Beatrice Dendy,  Kira Fisher, Flora Kershaw, Fern Larsen, Ria Larsen, Annie McLean, Libby Shaw,  Katherine Stevenson, Wei Yen Tan.

Preliminary Grades

Recreational Grades Coach & Examiners Guide
Skill_1_-_January_2014_-_v.1
Skill_2_-_January_2014_-_v.1
Skill_3_January_2015_FINAL_-_v_2
Skill_4_January_2015_FINAL_-_v_2
Skill_5_January_2015_FINAL_-_v_2

 

Other Useful Links.

Synchro Swimmer's Logbook
Assessors guide to marking levels
National Performance Standards

SS 10 Judgement of Figures

SS 10.1 All judgments are made from the standpoint of perfection.
Design: Consider: the accuracy of positions and transitions as specified in figure description.
Control: Consider: extension, height, stability, clarity, uniform motion, unless otherwise specified in the figure description
Figures are executed in a stationary position (unless otherwise specified in the figure description).

SS 10.1.1 The competitor can obtain points from 0 – 10 using 1/10th points.

Perfect 10
Near perfect 9.9 to 9.5
Excellent 9.4 – 9.0
Very Good 8.9 – 8.0
Good 7.9 – 7.0
Competent 6.9 – 6.0
Satisfactory 5.9 – 5.0
Deficient 4.9 – 4.0
Weak 3.9 – 3.0
Very weak 2.9 – 2.0
Hardly recognizable 1.9 – 0.1
Completely failed 0

SS 17 Judgement of Routines

SS 17.2.1 First Score – Execution Score -30%

Consider
Solo
Duet
 Team
Free
Combination
Highlight
EXECUTION, the level of excellence in performing highly specialised skills.
Execution of all movements
90%
50%
50%
SYNCHRONISATION; the precision of movement in unison, one with the other, and the accompaniment above, at and below the surface. Synchronisation of timing of one with another and with music.
10%
50%
50%

 

SS 17.2.2 Second Score – Artistic Impression Score 40%

Consider
Solo
Duet
Team
Free
Combination
Highlight
CHOREOGRAPHY, the creative skill of composing a routine that combines artistic and technical elements. The design of weaving together a variety and creativity of all movements
100%
100%
100%
MUSIC INTERPRETATION- expressing the mood of the music, use of the  music's structure

MANNER OF PRESENTATION-the manner in which the swimmer(s) present(s) the routine to the viewers.The total command of the performance of the routine

SS 17.2.3 Third Score – Difficulty  Score 30%

Consider
Solo
Duet
 Team
Free
Combination
Highlight

Difficulty -the quality of being hard to achieve. Difficulty of all movements and synchronisation.

100%
100%
100%