The River City Swim League is split into the following competitive age groups: 6 & under, 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. These are the age groups for competition and are determined by the swimmer’s age on May 1. A child who turns 9 on May 5 will still swim as an 8 year old for the entire season.
At our practices, although we roughly keep to these breakouts, we do consider experience and skill level an important factor in placement, regardless of age. Therefore, any practice group may have swimmers of a variety of ages. During the first week of practice, coaches will evaluate swimmers’ skill and experience in order to properly place them in practice groups. It is not uncommon for swimmers to change groups in the first few weeks of the season, and sometimes beyond.
Practices are 30 minutes daily
These children are non-swimmers, usually under the age of 6, but they can be older. For a child to be classified as a non-swimmer, he will not able to swim 10 yards independently (no holding on to ropes, a kickboard, or putting his feet on the pool bottom). Swimmers in this program will be placed in small groups, depending on their level of comfort in the water. In-the-water instructors will guide them through a swim lesson format throughout the swim season. In order to participate in meets, a child must be able to swim an entire lap of the pool without assistance (no kick boards, no instructors in the water). Once a child can swim an entire lap of the pool, he may opt to participate in the competitive portion of the swim team (meets). Any child who is not quite ready for competition may continue to attend practices for the rest of the summer, in preparation for meets next year.
This is the first level of the competitive swim team. Children in this group are usually 6 years old or younger but can be older. Swimmers must be able to swim 10 yards unassisted. Instructors may be in or out of the water. Swimmers will learn freestyle and backstroke as well as dive starts. Breaststroke and butterfly will be introduced. Swimmers in this group may participate in swim meets in events the coach deems appropriate.
Practices are 1 hour daily
Swimmers in this group should be able to swim a lap each of freestyle and backstroke without stopping. Swimmers will hone their technique in these two strokes as well as learn technical skills for breaststroke and butterfly. Starts and turns will be taught. Coaches will mainly be instructing from the pool deck, but may get in the water periodically. Swimmers will swim 25s and 50s in practice.
Swimmers must be able to swim a 50 freestyle and a 25 of each of the other strokes without stopping. Practices will be comprised of stroke drills and longer endurance sets with an emphasis on technique. Swimmers will swim 25s, 50s, and 100s. Coaches will be on-deck.
Practices are 1 - 1 ½ hours daily
Swimmers must be able to swim a 100 freestyle and a 50 of each of the other strokes without stopping. Starts, turns, stroke drills, speed, and endurance will be emphasized. Coaches will be on-deck.
Swimmers must be able to swim a 200 freestyle and a 50 of each of the other strokes without stopping. Starts, turns, stroke drills, speed, and endurance will be emphasized. Swimmers must be able to swim a 50 freestyle in less than 33 seconds. Coaches will be on-deck.