The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana / Red River Aquatic Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of RRAC to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.
To send an email request for more information, Click Here, or contact Head Coach John Janszen directly by email or by calling the BHP Billiton YMCA at 318-674-9635
Practice Schedules (click to view/print)
Fall/Winter/Spring Practice Schedule
Summer Long Course Schedule - (for When school is out during the summer)
Start Date - Monday May 28th
Required Equipment Lists: (click) effective April 2018
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Age Group Level I (10 & Under)
This level is for 8 & under swimmers and some 9-10 swimmers who are learning all four competitive strokes. The emphasis is on developing the fundamentals of the strokes, starts and turns by means of drills and games in an enjoyable atmosphere for instruction. Swimmers learn the basic rules of competitive swimming.
Attendance: Two to three practices per week are recommended.
Age Group Level II (8-12)
This practice level is designed for established 9-10-year-old swimmers and 11-12 year olds with some skills refining needed. Improving stroke, start and turn techniques will be the primary emphasis in this level. It will serve as an introduction to the highest levels of age group swimming. Mild distances and endurance work will be introduced at practices. Level II swimmers will also begin to learn the basics of dryland movements for motor skill development, coordination, and overall improved body awareness.
Attendance: Three practices per week are recommended.
Age Group Level III (11-14)
This practice level is the top Age Group level for 14 & Under swimmers. This level is designed for established 11-12 year-old swimmers as well as developing 13-14’s.
Strong emphasis is placed on technique refinement with a stronger conditioning experience. General Aerobic, IM, Kick, and Sprint work is also emphasized along with introductory dryland and general body strengthening. Racing strategies and mental preparation are also introduced.
Attendance: Three to four practices per week are recommended.
Senior Level IV (13 & Older)
This introduction to senior swimming begins a more pronounced shift from practicing to training while also maintaining an emphasis on polishing stroke technique, starts and turns. The focus will be IM, Aerobic, and Race Pace training along with a strong focus on kicking. This level is also for those 13 and over athletes that swim seasonally, are multi-sport athletes or who just want to swim to be involved with the sport. Swimmers must have the ability to handle the physical demands of a rigorous training regimen to allow the opportunity to move to the next training level.
Attendance: HS Age Swimmers - Five practices a week recommended. JR HS Age Swimmers - Four practices a week recommended.
Senior Level V (13 & Older)
Training is geared to YMCA National/USA Sectional & Junior National Level competition and beyond. This practice level is only for athletes committed to reaching their full swimming potential. Year-round training is required. The emphasis is on high levels of endurance, strength and speed conditioning with technique refinement. Training includes long and short distances, IM work, interval training, aerobic base development and preparation for a stronger emotional commitment.
Attendance: A maintained minimum 80% Practice Attendance is required, including 1 morning practice per week and strength-training sessions required for high school students.
Skills Expected For Entrance Into This Group:
The physical conditioning required to maintain a rigorous training regimen
Strong Proficiency in All 4 Strokes and All Turns
Advanced Race Strategy Knowledge and Execution
Possess High Performance Goals at the State and National Level
Possess both a willingness and ability to provide leadership on a daily basis to the group and team