The Maryland Suburban Swim Club offers swim practice and training groups for youth of all ages and ability levels. It is our goal to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. Please read each group description carefully for information about the group, swim meets, equipment needed, etc. Please note that tryouts are required for new members prior to registration (please see Tryouts for information on how to schedule one)
The schedules below are subject to change if County or State Government enforce restrictions due to COVID-19.

Overview

Ages 9 & Under

Ages 10 - 14

Ages 14 - 18

Seasonal Programs

 

Mini 1 (M1)

Coach: Lynne Gerlach/Justin Eppard

Ages: 9 & under

Level: Beginner

2 practices per week. September – May commitment

Program fee: $1315 - meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included

Description: This group is designed to be an introduction to swimming as a competitive sport for children ages 9 and under. Swimmers will be instructed in all four competitive swim strokes with legal technique as well as dives and flip turns. Emphasis will be placed on stroke instruction, formation of good practice habits, and proper lane etiquette. Swim meets will be at the coach’s discretion and are encouraged but not required.

Group Requirements: Must be able to complete 25 yards freestyle and backstroke with proper stroke technique and straight leg kick (no bicycle kicking for example). Swimmers should be able to recover arms over the water and breathing to the side for freestyle, arm recovery over water, and proper body position for back stroke. Previous swim team experience is not required.

Required Equipment: Competitive swimming suit, swim cap (for swimmers with long hair), goggles, rubber swim fins, kick board, mesh bag.

Practice times (pick one option at registration)

  • Monday, Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 PM, OR
  • Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 PM

 

 

Mini 2 (M2)

Coach: Justin Eppard

Ages: 9 & Under

Level: Intermediate

3 practices per week. September – May commitment

Program fee: $1600 - meet fees, equipment, registration fee not included

This group is designed for swimmers looking to take the next step in commitment and competition. Focus will be on continued stroke instruction and refinement as well as flip turns and racing starts. Emphasis will be placed on introducing concepts such as interval training, aerobic conditioning, and racing strategies. Participation in swim meets is required. 

Group Requirements: Must be able to complete 25 yards of all four competitive strokes with reasonable competency and speed. Must be able to complete a racing start from the deck. Previous swim team experience is preferred. Must be able to complete repeat 25 yard and 50 yard swims. 

Required Equipment: Competitive swimming suit, swim cap (for swimmers with long hair), goggles, rubber swim fins, kick board, mesh bag.

Practice times:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00 - 7:00 pm OR
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 - 7:00 pm

 

 

Age Group 1 (AG1)

Coach: Justin Eppard

Ages: 9 - 14

Level: Beginner

2 or 3 practices per week. September - May Commitment

Program fee:

  • 2 practices per week: $1315
  • 3 practices per week: $1600
  • meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included

This group is designed to be an introduction to swimming as a competitive sport. Swimmers in this group will be learning the fundamentals of breaststroke and butterfly, flipturns, and dives and will be introduced to interval training and aerobic conditioning. Swim meets are not required but encouraged. 

Group Requirements: Swimmers should be able to complete 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke with reasonable competency and speed. Previous swim team experience is preferred but not required. Swimmers in this group will generally not be legal yet in breaststroke and butterfly and will generally not yet have the aerobic conditioning to complete repeat sets of 50 yard and 100 yard swims on set intervals.

Required Equipment: Competitive swimming suit, swim cap (for swimmers with long hair), goggles, rubber swim fins, kick board, mesh bag, water bottle.

Practice times for Year-round (pick one option at registration):

  • 2x week
    • Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00 PM/ Friday 7:00 – 8:00 PM OR
  • 3x week
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday 5:00 – 6:00 PM

 

 

Age Group 2 (AG2)

Coach: David Miller

Ages: 9 - 14

Level: Intermediate

3 practices per week offered. Year Round September – May commitment OR Seasonal Fall Program

Program fee:

  • Year Round- $2015 - meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included
  • Seasonal Fall series: $550 - meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included

This group is designed for swimmers looking to take the next step in commitment and competition. The program will include instruction on stroke technique and refinement, diving, flip turns, aerobic conditioning, and goal setting. Emphasis is also placed on the formation of good practice habits, cardio development and meet preparation. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate in every meet possible. 

Group Requirements: Swimmers must be able to complete 50 yards of each stroke with proper technique and reasonable competency and speed, be able to complete a racing start from the pool deck, and be able to complete a freestyle and backstroke flip turn. Must be able to complete repeat 50 yard swims. Swimmers are required to maintain at least a 2 times per week practice attendance. Previous swim team experience is preferred.

Required Equipment: Competitive swimming suit, swim cap (for swimmers with long hair), goggles, rubber swim fins, kick board, mesh bag, water bottle.

Practice times for Year-round (pick one option at registration):

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:00pm - 5:30pm OR
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30pm - 7:00pm OR
  • Tuesday Thursday, Friday 4:00pm - 5:30pm OR
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Practices times for Seasonal Fall series: September 19, 2022 – November 10, 2022

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:00 – 8:00 PM

 

 

 

Junior Training Group (JTG)

Coach: Susie Hehir-Keys

Ages: 9-14

Level: Advanced

By invitation of coaching staff after training with MSSC for at least one year

5 practices per week. September - July commitment

Cost: $2500 - meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included

This group is for swimmers ages 9 to 14 years old who plan to compete on a regular basis and can maintain a regular practice attendance. These swimmers are starting to make swimming a priority in their lives with goals to achieve motivational time standards and to qualify for PVS championship meets. Athletes are preparing to swim longer distance events, including 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, etc. Swimmers are expected to compete in all swim meets selected by the coach and swim all days of the competition, unless excused by the coach. Emphasis will be placed on stroke technique and refinement as well as interval training, aerobic conditioning, race strategy and goal setting. This group will practice outdoors during June & July on a modified schedule. Swimmers will be evaluated periodically throughout the season to assure they are maintaining the group standards.

Group Requirements: Meet attendance is required. Must maintain a minimum of 4x per week practice attendance throughout the year. Appropriate attire (t-shirt, shorts, tennis shoes) is required for Dryland activities. Previous swim team experience required.

Swimmers invited to this group will be able to complete the following training intervals

  • 10 x 50 kick on 1:15 
  • 6 x 100 Free on 2:00 
  • 6 x 100 IM on 2:20 

Required Equipment: Competitive swimming suit, swim cap (for swimmers with long hair), goggles, rubber swim fins, kick board, pull buoy, hand paddles, mesh swim bag, water bottle. Shorts, shirt, and sneakers for Dryland.

Practice times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday morning 5:00am - 6:30 AM
  • Saturday (when  available) 7:30 – 9:30 AM
  • Dryland: TBD

 

 

High School Prep (HSP)

Coach: David Miller

Ages: 14-18 (High School)

Level: Intermediate

3 practices per week offered Seasonal Fall series

Cost: $675 per program – meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included

This group is for high school swimmers ages 14-18 who wish to improve their swimming conditioning for High School. Swimmers in this group will generally not have swimming be their main sport but instead are just looking to improve on their stroke technique and speed/stamina. Swim meet participation is optional. Swimmers in this group generally should be no faster than:

  • 50 Free: 35.00
  • 100 Free: 1:20
  • 200 Free: 2:30

**Please note these time standards are just examples and should not be considered hard cut-offs.**

Group requirements: Swimmers must be able to complete 50 yards of each stroke with proper technique and reasonable competency and speed, be able to complete a racing start from the pool deck, and be able to complete a freestyle and backstroke flip turn. Must be able to complete repeat 50 yard swims. Swimmers are required to maintain at least a 2 times per week practice attendance. Previous swim team experience is preferred but not required.

Required Equipment:  Competitive swimming suit, swim cap (for swimmers with long hair), goggles, rubber swim fins, kick board, mesh bag, water bottle.

Practice times (September 19, 2022 – November 10, 2022)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:30 PM

 

 

Senior  Training Group (STG)

Coach: Jim Wenhold

Ages: 14-18 (High School)

Coach’s Approval required

Level: Advanced

6 practices per week offered, recommended attendance is at least 3x week

September - July commitment

Cost: $2650 – meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included

This group is for high school swimmers ages 14-18 who have made swimming a priority in their lives. Athletes are focusing on meet participation and qualifying for Local and Regional Championship meets as well as achieving USA swimming motivational time standards. Emphasis will be placed on stroke technique and refinement as well as interval training, aerobic conditioning, race strategy and goal setting. Swimmers are expected to maintain a consistent practice attendance, meet participation and dryland regimen. This group will practice in the summer at an outdoor location on a modified schedule. Swimmers will be evaluated periodically throughout the season to assure they are maintaining the group standards.

Group requirements: Meet attendance and participation in travel meets are strongly encouraged. Must maintain a regular practice attendance. Dryland attendance (both on deck and in the gym) is encouraged;  proper attire required.

Required Equipment:  Rubber swim fins, kick board, pull buoy, hand paddles, snorkel, parachute, mesh swim bag, water bottle. Shorts, shirt, and sneakers for Dryland.

Practice Times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 4:00-5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 4:00 -6:00 PM
  • Saturdays (when available) 7:30 - 9:30 AM 

 

Seasonal Programs

Spring Tune-up

Coach: David Miller/Justin Eppard

Ages: 9-18

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

3 practices per week offered March to May 2023

Program fee: $550 - meet fees, equipment, registration fees not included

This program will be a "tune up" in all four competitive strokes and endurance in preparation for summer swim team competition. Swimmers will be instructed in proper technique for all four competitive swim strokes, flip turns and dives and be introduced to interval training and aerobic conditioning. Swim meets are not required but encouraged.  

Group Requirements: Swimmers must be able to complete 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke and at least 25 yards of breaststroke and butterfly with proper technique and reasonable competency and speed. Swimmers should be able to complete a racing start from the pool deck, and be able to complete a freestyle and backstroke flip turn. Must be able to complete repeat 50 yard swims. 

Required Equipment: Competitive swimming suit, swim cap (for swimmers with long hair), goggles, rubber swim fins, kick board, mesh bag, water bottle.

Practice Times (pick one option at registration):

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4:30pm – 5:30 pm OR
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:00pm - 8:00pm