Background-image
Development

[REQUIREMENTS UPDATED ON 7/7/21]

Development Blue (Dev Blue) 

Squad Info

  • This Squad is for swimmers of 11 & Under years old who have completed a tryout with a RAC Coaching Staff Member or has completed the pre-requirements from Olympic Way Blue.
  • This group is intended to be the beginning of competitive swimming. 
  • Swimmers are to sign up for meets that are available for their Age Group.
  • Practice duration is 45 minutes on Mondays and Fridays, and 75 minutes on Wednesdays and Saturdays (30 mins dryland session before the pool session).
  • When the swim meets become available, parents are required to commit their swimmer(s) to attend.
  • If the swimmer is ready to compete, parents will receive an invitation to commit to them via Email & OnDeck from RAC Staff.

Pre-Requirements:

  • Be 11 years old or younger

and

Be able:

  •  to demonstrate proper technical understanding of competitive backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.
  • to legally complete 25 meters of butterfly, and 50 meters of competitive freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.
  • Has shown active participation in team dryland sessions.

Objectives & Expectations

  • Participation at a USA Swim Meet in the following races: 50 Free/100 Free, 50Backstroke/100Backstroke, 50 Fly, 50 Breaststroke / 100 Breaststroke, and 100 Individual Medley with legal turns.
  • Must attend 3 practices per week.
  • Be comfortable with the starting blocks/proper dives.
  • Be active in club events (Squad outings, Banquet, Memorial Day Parade, Swim-a-Thon, etc.)
  • Active participation in team dryland sessions.

Move Up Considerations:

If a swimmer meets the Development Black Pre-Requirements, move-ups will occur 12/20, 4/1, 7/31, or at the coach's discretion.

 


 

Development Black (Dev Black)

Squad Info

  • RAC’s Development Black Program is designed with the intention of providing the curriculum and atmosphere necessary for success at CT Swimming SCY and LCM Regionals Championships.
  • Practice duration is 45 minutes on Mondays and Fridays, and 75 minutes on Wednesdays and Saturdays (30 mins. dryland session before the pool session).
  • Increase in competitive swim meets and dryland/practice attendance.
  • When the swim meets become available, parents are required to commit their swimmer(s) to attend.
  • If the swimmer is ready to compete, parents will receive an invitation to commit to them via Email & OnDeck from RAC Staff.

Pre-Requirements:

  • Be 11 years old or younger
  • Have participated in multiple USA Swim Meets in the following races: 50 Free/100 Free, 50 Backstroke/100Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke  / 100Breaststroke, 50 Fly, and 100 Individual Medley with legal turns
  • Has proven attendance of 3 or more practices per week including dryland sessions. 
  • Has been active in club events (Squad outings, Banquet, Memorial Day Parade, Swim-a-Thon, etc.)

Objectives & Expectations

  • Swimmers must attend 3-4 practices per week. 
  • Swimmers demonstrate a basic understanding of aerobic sets, interval training, and pace clockwork.
  • Become more comfortable with racing longer distances and successfully complete 200 Free and 200 IM at a USA Swim Meet.
  • Swimmers will learn the importance of practice and self-discipline.
  • They will be taught to appreciate competition, and see merit in high-performance athletics.
  • Understands that swimming is not an individual-based sport but a team program and has awareness of all the RAC squads.

Move Up Considerations:

If a swimmer meets the Age Group Pre-Requirements, move-ups will occur 12/20, 4/1, 7/31, or at the coach's discretion.


Primary Coach Contact Development Blue Info:

Thammara Clemente

[email protected]

Primary Coach Contact Development Black Info:

Ronnie Vaughan

[email protected]