Pre-Comp FAQ


Q: What is CCA Pre-Competitive? 

A: Our Pre-Competitive Program, or “Pre-Comp”, is our set of programs and clinics that help support and open the door to competitive swimming!  Whether that means preparing swimmers for their seasonal summer teams or setting them on the path to join the CCA team full time, we are here to support their goals!

Q: Is this a “learn to swim” program? NO! 

A: While we definitely will take competitive beginners, we do have minimum swim requirements to join each respective program.  If you are new to the sport and need to start in a learn to swim program, our friends at the City of Roseville Parks & Rec department have an excellent program we strongly encourage you to join!  Click HERE for City of Roseville learn to swim options!

Q: How do I sign up & do I need to tryout? 

A: Our first recommendation is to email us at   We host regular monthly tryouts on Saturdays, so that would be the next step!  If you have previous swimming experience please let us know- that can help us direct you to the correct program! 

Q: What are the fees? 

A: Each program has a different fee structure, please see the notes below in the program descriptions.  However, swimmers must register with USA Swimming once a year for insurance purposes in order to practice and compete with a USA Swimming team. 

Q: What do equipment will I need? 

A: We recommend our swimmers have a comfortable “training/competitive” style swim suit (no two pieces) and goggles.  We have some training equipment the swimmers may use, and with some programs they will receive a free CCA swimming cap!

Q: What are the different programs within Pre-Comp? 

A: Sessions training: Our main PRE-COMP program, these 4-6 week sessions offer 11-19 workouts (depends on the session!) for your swimmer.  Within each session there are a few groups based on skill level with a set of expectations the swimmer must meet to move to the next level.  The goal is to introduce the swimmer to regular training in a small group atmosphere so they are set up for success when they join the CCA year-round program.  The coach to swimmer ratio goal for each of these groups is 6-8 to one coach.  The coach may be in the water with the athletes in the younger groups.  Fees per session: $200 for our June/July Session.  Additionally we're offering a 50% sibling discount if they are all signed up for the same session!  

Clinics: Clinics range from a few days to a few weeks of training.  They can be broad and serve as a “refresher course” or they can have a specific purpose (high school condition training, start clinics, etc).  These are offered at different points throughout the year.  Clinics have a higher coach to swimmer ratio and are more of a large group teaching environment.  Fees depend on the duration of the clinic.

Fall Program: Our Fall program works as a continuation of summer season training- with an emphasis on fun and skills!  This program runs from early September through mid-November.  Practices are 3-4 times a week for 45min, with occasional “intersquad” meets on Fridays!  Swimmers are also encouraged to tryout a USA Swimming meet or two during their time with the fall program! 2018 Fees: TBD

Starter Program: This is for swimmers who are exploring making the change from seasonal swimming to year-round swimming at CCA!  After a tryout the swimmers will be placed with a regular CCA year-round training group at their appropriate level.  They will get to experience the expectations and team feel we work hard to promote here at CCA!  At the completion of the program, the swimmers will be given the option to join the year-round team, or continue with the Fall Program.  This program runs from late August thru October.  2018 Fees: TBD

Q: What if I have more questions? 

A: Please contact Coach Chad at  Our Director of Competitive Development, Coach Chad has years of experience in developing and teaching Pre-Competitive programs.  He would be glad to answer any additional questions you have!