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Devil Rays Swim Team

Strong. Fast. Unstoppable.

Our team philosophy is unique in many ways. Like many programs, we stress gradual increase in workload over the swimmer’s career. In the early ages, stress is put on technical improvement, overall physical development, and FUN. As the swimmers age, we encourage them to increase the frequency and duration of their practices and to commit to longer periods of uninterrupted training. These swimmers will eventually be successful if they learn the value of hard work, delayed gratification, and the ability to push themselves out of the comfort zone.

In order to enroll in the Devil Rays Prep Team, you must first schedule an evaluation through the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy.

Registration is now open for the Fall 2022 season. Swimmers must complete a try-out before registering.

Technique Week

Technique Week is a hands-on, intensive, and exciting week of fun training focused on swimming development and advancement. On day one, each participant is evaluated above and below water for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. To improve each swimmer’s technique, the coaching staff will work closely to increase their understanding of strong hydrodynamic principles for each stroke. The swimmers can watch recordings of their swimming to help them evaluate and get a new perspective on their skills outside of normal team practice. The remaining days will build upon their abilities to increase efficiency and speed. A final video taken on the last day should document each participant’s progress.

Dates: August 29 – September 2
Practice Times: 
Monday – Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm and Friday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Ages: 
6-14  (depending on ability)
Pricing: $208 Members | $260 NonMembers

Registration for technique week is for the full weeklong session.

Prep Team

September 6 – December 15

Devil Rays Prep Team is an introduction to competitive swimming offering stroke refinement for all four strokes, endurance training, as well as instruction on starts, dives, and turns. Swimmers will get to participate in home swim meets.

In order to enroll in the Devil Rays Prep Team, you must schedule a tryout if you are a new participant, and then register for the session online or in person. Swimmers must evaluate at the Gliders level in the LKSA program or equivalent competency and also meet the below skill requirements to participate in Devil Rays Prep Team.

The Devil Rays Prep Team is split into three skills levels, Groups 1 through 3. Different skill requirements to qualify for each group will be assessed during a try-out with one of the swim coaches. Swimmers who qualify for a certain group must swim at the scheduled practice time. Below are the requirements to qualify for each level:

  • Group 1: Can swim consistently 50 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Mostly proficient with flip turns for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 25 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly. Can long shallow dive from starting block.
  • Group 2: Can swim consistently 100 yards in Freestyle and Backstroke. Able to flip turn for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 50 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly with an open turn. Familiar with pullout for Breaststroke. Able to Backstroke start from starting block. Familiar with USA-S regulations.
  • Group 3: Can swim consistently 200 yards in Freestyle and Backstroke. Able to flip turn for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 100 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly with an open turn. Proficient with pullout for Breaststroke. Able to Backstroke start from starting block. Familiar with USA-S regulations.

PRACTICE TIMES

Swimmers will be placed in the skill groups during tryouts. Group practice times will be enforced. Swimmers will not be permitted to come to a separate practice time that is not their assigned group. 

GROUP 1

  • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm
  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 4 – 5 pm

GROUP 2

  • Sundays: 2 – 3 pm
  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6 pm

GROUP 3

  • Sundays: 2 – 3:30pm 
  • Tuesday/Wednesdays/Thursday: 5 – 6:30 pm 

SWIM MEETS 

Monthly swim meets are offered throughout the season. All meets are scheduled on Monday evenings and hosted at the JCC with other teams invited to compete. The meets allow swimmers to get their adrenaline pumping and race at their fastest to see the growth throughout the season.

  • Monday,  September 19
  • Monday, October 24
  • Monday, November 14
  • Monday, December 5

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Coach: Steve Thomas
Ages: 6 – 14 (depending on ability)
Pricing:
Group 1 & 2: $320 Members | $400 NonMembers
Group 3: $400 Members | $500 NonMembers

Beginner Prep Team

September 7 – December 18

Devil Rays Beginner Prep Team is an introductory swim team to help your swimmer learn the concepts and rules of the sport in a fun learning environment. The focus of practice will be stroke refinement, team-building skills, and swim team basics.

Requirements for Beginner Prep Team include being co-enrolled in the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Participants must be at the Freestylers level in LKSA or equivalent competency to qualify. In order to enroll in the Beginner Prep Team, you must schedule a tryout if you are a new participant, enroll in LKSA, and then register for the Devil Rays session online or in person. Swimmers who register for Beginner Prep Team but do not enroll in LKSA will not be able to participate on the team.

PRACTICE TIMES

Swimmers will be placed in skill group during tryouts. Group practice times will be enforced. Swimmers will not be permitted to come to a separate practice time that is not their assigned group.

  • Fridays: 4 – 5 pm
  • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm

SWIM MEETS

In-person swim meets will be offered throughout the season. Meets will be intrasquad, with swimmers racing against members of the same team. The meets will allow swimmers to get their adrenaline pumping and race at their fastest to see the growth throughout the season.

Times to be determined, groups may be staggered during meet to allow social distancing.

  • Monday, September 21
  • Monday, October 19
  • Monday, November 16
  • Monday, December 14

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Coach: Steve Thomas

Ages: 5 – 15 (depending on ability)

PRICING

Beginner Prep Team: $220 Members $275 Non Members

LKSA: Click here for more information

May Technique Weeks (May 23 – 27)

Technique Week is a hands-on, intensive, and exciting week of fun training focused on swimming development and advancement. On day one, each participant is evaluated above and below water for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. In an effort to improve each swimmer’s technique, the coaching staff will work closely to increase their understanding of strong hydrodynamic principles for each stroke. The swimmers can watch recordings of their swimming to help them evaluate and get a new perspective on their skills outside of normal team practice. The remaining days will build upon their abilities in an effort to increase efficiency and speed. A final video taken on the last day should document each participant’s progress.

Practice Times: Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Dates: May 23 – 27
Ages: 5 – 14 (depending on ability)

$200 member/$250 non-member

Registration for technique week is for the full weeklong session.

Competitive Summer Session 1 (May 31 -June 30)

The Devil Rays Summer League is a fast-paced five-week swim program that offers beginners and more advanced swimmers the opportunity to participate on a swim team with weekly swim meets held at facilities around the metroplex. Participants will be taught the USA Swimming official rules and regulations during afternoon training sessions. The goals of the coaches will be to improve each individual’s speed and endurance ensuring each swimmer has a positive learning experience, while creating friendships and making sure each swimmer has the best summer ever.

In order to enroll in the Devil Rays swim team, you must schedule a tryout if you are a new participant, and then register for the session online or in person. Swimmers must evaluate at the Gliders level in the LKSA program or equivalent competency and also meet the below skill requirements to participate in Devil Rays swim team.

The Devil Rays swim team is split into three skills levels, Groups 1 through 3. There are different skill requirements to qualify for each group, and this will be assessed during a try-out with one of the swim coaches. Swimmers who qualify for a certain group must swim at the assigned practice time on the schedule. Below are the requirements to qualify for each level:

  • Group 1: Can swim consistently 50 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Mostly proficient with flip turns for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 25 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly. Can long shallow dive from starting block.
  • Group 2: Can swim consistently 100 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Able to flip turn for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 50 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly with an open turn. Familiar with pullout for Breaststroke. Able to Backstroke start from starting block. Familiar with USA-S regulations.
  • Group 3: Can swim consistently 200 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Able to flip turn for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 100 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly with an open turn. Proficient with pullout for Breaststroke. Able to Backstroke start from starting block. Familiar with USA-S regulations.

Season: May 31 -June 30
Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible.
Coach: Steve Thomas 
Ages:
5 – 14 (depending on ability)

Price: Group 1/Group 2 – $247 member/$308 non-member
Group 3 – $350 member/$438 non-member

Practice Times

  • GROUP 1
    • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm
    • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 4 – 5 pm
  • GROUP 2
    • Sundays: 2 – 3 pm
    • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6 pm
  • GROUP 3
    • Sundays: 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6:30pm

Summer Meet Dates

Swim meets are being planned with other swim teams in the Dallas Summer Swim League. All meets will be Mondays. The plan is to host at least one intra-squad (Devil Rays only) meet here at the JCC. Additional meets will be hosted by other teams at outdoor pools. Schedule TBD.

Summer League Session 2 (July 10 - August 11)

Devil Rays Summer League Session 2 is an extension of the Competitive Summer League. This is an opportunity for swimmers to continue practicing before the fall. Practices will follow the same format and schedule as the Competitive Summer Session 1.

July 10 – August 11

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Coach: Steve Thomas
Ages: 5 – 14 (depending on ability)

Price: Group 1/Group 2 – $247 member/$308 non-member
Group 3 – $350 member/$438 non-member

Practice Times

  • GROUP 1
    • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm
    • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 4 – 5 pm
  • GROUP 2
    • Sundays: 2 – 3 pm
    • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6 pm
  • GROUP 3
    • Sundays: 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6:30pm

The Devil Rays Skills Clinics offer your swimmer an opportunity to enhance their proficiency in a particular stroke. Each Skills Clinic date has a different focus to give your swimmer the extra training they need to be successful in the water.

Swimmers do not have to be a part of the JCC Devil Rays Swim Team to register and participate in the skills clinics.

Members: $35 | Non-members: $45
Prices are per one-hour session.

Freestyle

  • Racing Starts
  • Break Out
  • Proper Body Alignment
  • Breath Control

Backstroke

  • Back Racing Starts with “Break Out”
  • Proper Body Alignment
  • Stroke Count from Flags

Breaststroke

  • Racing Starts with “Pull-out”
  • Proper Stroke Timing and Body Position
  • Glide Pull

Butterfly

  • Racing Starts with “Break Out”
  • Proper Stroke Timing and Body Position
  • Breath Control
  • Head Down Finish to Wall

Starts & Turns

  • Racing Starts for All Competitive Swim Strokes
  • Dynamic flip-turns for Freestyle and Backstroke
  • Competitive race open turns for Breaststroke and Butterfly

Mondays from 5 – 6 pm

  • 9/12 Breaststroke
  • 10/3 Butterfly
  • 11/7 Backstroke
  • 11/28 Freestyle

Registration is now open for the Spring 2022 season. New swimmers must complete a try-out before registering.

Technique Week

Technique Week is a hands-on, intensive, and exciting week of fun training focused on swimming development and advancement. On day one, each participant is evaluated above and below water for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. In an effort to improve each swimmer’s technique, the coaching staff will work closely to increase their understanding of strong hydrodynamic principles for each stroke. The swimmers can watch recordings of their swimming to help them evaluate and get a new perspective on their skills outside of normal team practice. The remaining days will build upon their abilities in an effort to increase efficiency and speed. A final video taken on the last day should document each participant’s progress.

Dates:  January 3 – 7
Practice Times: 
Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm 
Ages: 
5 – 17 (depending on ability)
Price:
$200 for Members | $250 for Non-member

Registration for technique week is for the full weeklong session.

Prep Team

January 9 – May 19

Devil Rays Prep Team is an introduction to competitive swimming offering stroke refinement for all four strokes, endurance training, as well as instruction on starts, dives, and turns. Swimmers will get to participate in home swim meets.

In order to enroll in the Devil Rays Prep Team, you must schedule a tryout if you are a new participant, and then register for the session online or in person. Swimmers must evaluate at the Gliders level in the LKSA program or equivalent competency and also meet the below skill requirements to participate in Devil Rays Prep Team.

The Devil Rays Prep Team is split into three skills levels, Groups 1 through 3. There are different skill requirements to qualify for each group, and this will be assessed during a try-out with one of the swim coaches. Swimmers who qualify for a certain group must swim at the assigned practice time on the schedule. Below are the requirements to qualify for each level:

  • Group 1: Can swim consistently 50 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Mostly proficient with flip turns for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 25 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly. Can long shallow dive from starting block.
  • Group 2: Can swim consistently 100 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Able to flip turn for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 50 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly with an open turn. Familiar with pullout for Breaststroke. Able to Backstroke start from starting block. Familiar with USA-S regulations.
  • Group 3: Can swim consistently 200 yards Freestyle and Backstroke. Able to flip turn for Freestyle and Backstroke. Correctly swim 100 yards Breaststroke and Butterfly with an open turn. Proficient with pullout for Breaststroke. Able to Backstroke start from starting block. Familiar with USA-S regulations.

PRACTICE TIMES

Swimmers will be placed in the skill groups during tryouts. Group practice times will be enforced. Swimmers will not be permitted to come to a separate practice time that is not their assigned group. 

GROUP 1

  • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm
  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 4 – 5 pm

GROUP 2

  • Sundays: 2 – 3 pm
  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6 pm

GROUP 3

  • Sundays: 2 – 3:30pm 
  • Tuesday/Wednesdays/Thursday: 5 – 6:30 pm 

SWIM MEETS 

In-person swim meets will be offered throughout the season. Meets will be intrasquad, with swimmers racing against members of the same team. The meets will allow swimmers to get their adrenaline pumping and race at their fastest to see the growth throughout the season. 

Times to be determined, groups may be staggered during the meet to allow social distancing.

  • Mondays – TBD

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Coach: Steve Thomas
Ages: 5 – 17 (depending on ability)

PRICING
Group 1 & 2: $440 for members | $550 for non members
Group 3: $475 for members | $595 for non members

Beginner Prep Team

September 7 – December 18

Devil Rays Beginner Prep Team is an introductory swim team to help your swimmer learn the concepts and rules of the sport in a fun learning environment. The focus of practice will be stroke refinement, team-building skills, and swim team basics.

Requirements for Beginner Prep Team include being co-enrolled in the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Participants must be at the Freestylers level in LKSA or equivalent competency to qualify. In order to enroll in the Beginner Prep Team, you must schedule a tryout if you are a new participant, enroll in LKSA, and then register for the Devil Rays session online or in person. Swimmers who register for Beginner Prep Team but do not enroll in LKSA will not be able to participate on the team.

PRACTICE TIMES

Swimmers will be placed in skill group during tryouts. Group practice times will be enforced. Swimmers will not be permitted to come to a separate practice time that is not their assigned group.

  • Fridays: 4 – 5 pm
  • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm

SWIM MEETS

In-person swim meets will be offered throughout the season. Meets will be intrasquad, with swimmers racing against members of the same team. The meets will allow swimmers to get their adrenaline pumping and race at their fastest to see the growth throughout the season.

Times to be determined, groups may be staggered during meet to allow social distancing.

  • Monday, September 21
  • Monday, October 19
  • Monday, November 16
  • Monday, December 14

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Coach: Steve Thomas

Ages: 5 – 15 (depending on ability)

PRICING

Beginner Prep Team: $220 Members $275 Non Members

LKSA: Click here for more information

More information coming soon!

Devil Rays Swim Team will be offering three different programs this summer! Please check out details below for Competitive Summer League, Summer League Session 2, and Technique Weeks.

New to the team? Schedule a tryout; see dates below.

  • Monday, May 6: 4 – 6 pm
  • Saturday, May 11: 1 – 3 pm
  • Sunday, May 19: 12 – 2 pm

The Devil Rays Skills Clinics offer your swimmer an opportunity to enhance their proficiency in a particular stroke. Each Skills Clinic date has a different focus to give your swimmer the extra training they need to be successful in the water.

Swimmers do not have to be a part of the JCC Devil Rays Swim Team to register and participate in the skills clinics.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $40
Prices are per one-hour session.

Freestyle

  • Racing Starts
  • Break Out
  • Proper Body Alignment
  • Breath Control

Backstroke

  • Back Racing Starts with “Break Out”
  • Proper Body Alignment
  • Stroke Count from Flags

Breaststroke

  • Racing Starts with “Pull-out”
  • Proper Stroke Timing and Body Position
  • Glide Pull

Butterfly

  • Racing Starts with “Break Out”
  • Proper Stroke Timing and Body Position
  • Breath Control
  • Head Down Finish to Wall

Starts & Turns

  • Racing Starts for All Competitive Swim Strokes
  • Dynamic flip-turns for Freestyle and Backstroke
  • Competitive race open turns for Breaststroke and Butterfly

Sundays 12 – 1 pm

  • 1/20 – Freestyle
  • 1/27 – Backstroke
  • 2/10 – Breaststroke
  • 2/24 – Butterfly
  • 3/3 – Starts & Turns
  • 3/17 – Freestyle
  • 3/31 – Backstroke
  • 4/14 – Breaststroke
  • 4/28 – Butterfly
  • 5/5 – Starts & Turns

Saturdays 12 – 1 pm

  • 2/2 – Freestyle
  • 3/2 – Backstroke
  • 3/23 – Breaststroke
  • 4/13 – Butterfly
  • 5/11 – Starts & Turns

Technique Week is a hands-on, intensive, and exciting week of fun training focused on swimming development and advancement. On day one, each participant is evaluated and filmed above and below water for Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. In an effort to improve each swimmer’s technique, the coaching staff will work closely to increase their understanding of strong hydrodynamic principles for each stroke. The swimmers can watch recordings of their swimming to help them evaluate and get a new perspective on their skills outside of normal team practice. The remaining days will build upon their abilities in an effort to increase efficiency and speed. A final video taken on the last day should document each participant’s progress.

Practice Times: Monday – Friday, 4 – 6 pm
Dates: August 13 – 17
Instructors: Coaches Steve Thomas & Colin Campbell
Ages: 5 – 17 (depending on ability)

Registration for technique week is by 4, 1-hour training sessions. Participants may attend from either 4 – 5 pm or 5 – 6 pm each day of the week, or register for both hours each day and attend 4 – 6 pm the whole week. Register for all sessions of technique week to receive a discount.

Member Non-Member
Technique Week: 5, 1-hour Sessions $100 $125
Technique Week: 5, 2-hour Sessions $180 $225

Devil Rays Summer League 2018 is over – see you next year!

The Devil Rays Summer League is a fun six-week swim program that offers beginners and more advanced swimmers the opportunity to participate on a swim team with weekly swim meets held at facilities around the metroplex. Participants will be taught the USA Swimming official rules and regulations during morning and afternoon training sessions. The goals of the coaches will be to improve each individuals speed and endurance ensuring each swimmer has a positive learning experience, while creating friendships and making sure each swimmer has the best summer ever.

Swimmers must evaluate at Gliders level in the LKSA program or demonstrate competency swimming 25 yards freestyle and backstroke to participate in Devil Rays. At try-outs during first week of the session, coaches will determine a swimmer’s skill level and be placed in one of two skill groups.

Season: May 29 – Mid-July
Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible.
Instructor: Coach Steve Thomas & Colin Campbell
Ages: 5 – 16 (depending on ability)

Summer Meet Dates (Mondays)
Summer League Practice Times
Warm-ups at 4:30 pm; meet starts at 5 pm.

  • June 4: Brook Hollow Golf Club
  • June 11: JCC
  • June 18: T Bar M
  • June 25: Dallas Country Club

Final Champs Meet (times TBD)

  • July 9: JCC
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays

  • 7:30 – 8:45 am (all groups)
  • 4 – 5 pm (Group 1)
  • 5 – 6 pm (Group 2)

Sundays

  • 1 – 2 pm (all groups)

For more information, contact Sam Neckar, Aquatics Program Manager, at sneckar@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7198.