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.

Prep Team

January 12 – May 14
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 against other local teams.

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 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.

NEW this season: Conference sessions with Coach Steve. On select Sunday afternoons throughout the season, head swim team coach Steve will be available for conference time with parents and swimmers in order to review goals, progress, and more. Schedule will be available at the start of the season.

Practice Times

Swimmers will be placed in skill group during tryouts.

GROUP 1

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: 4 – 5 pm
  • Sundays: 12 – 1 pm

GROUP 2

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6 pm
  • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm

GROUP 3

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: 6 – 7 pm
  • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm

Conference Time & Dates

  • Sundays: 2 – 3 pm (must schedule prior to session; details TBA)

Spring Swim Meet Dates (Mondays)

(Warm-ups at 5:00 pm | meets begin at 5:30 pm)

  • TBD

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

Member: $360
Non-member: $450

Beginner Prep Team

January 12 – May 14
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 include being co-enrolled in LKSA. 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.

NEW this season: Conference sessions with Coach Steve. On select Sunday afternoons throughout the season, head swim team coach Steve will be available for conference time with parents and swimmers in order to review goals, progress, and more. Schedule will be available at the start of the season.

Practice Times

  • Fridays: 4 – 5 pm
  • Sundays: 12 – 1 pm

Conference Time & Dates

  • Sundays: 2 – 3 pm (must schedule prior to session – details TBA)

Spring Swim Meet Dates (Mondays)

(Warm-ups at 5:00 pm | meets begin at 5:30 pm)

  • TBD

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Coaches: Steve Thomas & Gerardo Rivera
Ages: 5 – 13 (depending on ability)

Member: $240
Non-member: $300

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 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: January 6 – 10
Coaches: Steve Thomas & Gerardo Rivera
Ages: 5 – 17 (depending on ability)

Member: $200
Non-members: $250

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

  • 9/8: Breaststroke
  • 9/22: Freestyle
  • 10/6: Backstroke
  • 10/20: Breaststroke
  • 11/3: Freestyle
  • 11/17: Starts & Turns
  • 12/1: Butterfly

Saturdays

  • 9/14: Starts & Turns
  • 10/12: Butterfly
  • 10/26: Starts & Turns
  • 11/9: Backstroke
  • 12/7: Starts & Turns

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

Competitive Summer League

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 28 – July 8
Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible.
Ages: 5 – 16 (depending on ability)

Pricing

Includes coaching, awards for all meets, swim cap, team t-shirt, meet fees, and end-of-summer league party.
Member: $310
Non-member: $388

Practice Times

  • 7:30 – 8:30 am (all groups; T/W/TH)
  • 4 – 5 pm (Group 1;  T/W/TH)
  • 5 – 6 pm (Group 2;  T/W/TH)
  • 1 – 2 pm (all groups; Sundays)

Summer Meet Dates

Mondays; warm-ups at 4:30 pm; meet starts at 5 pm.

  • June 3: JCC Dallas
  • June 10: Dallas Country Club
  • June 17: Brook Hollow Golf Club
  • June 24: Four Seasons Las Colinas

DSSL Championship Swim Meet

Girls session in the morning; boys session in the afternoon

  • July 8: JCC Dallas

Summer League Session 2

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.

Season: July 16 – August 11
Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible.
Ages: 5 – 16 (depending on ability)

Pricing

Member: $160
Non-member: $200

Practice Times

  • 1 – 2 pm (all groups; Sundays)
  • 4 – 5 pm (Group 1; T/TH)
  • 5 – 6 pm (Group 2; T/TH)

Technique Weeks

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.

August Technique Week

Practice Times: Monday – Friday, 4 – 6 pm
Dates: August 12 – 16
Ages: 5 – 16 (depending on ability)

Member: $200
Non-members: $250

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

Prep Team

September 3 – December 12
Devil Rays Prep Team is an extension of our Competitive Summer League Team. Prep team is an introduction to competitive swimming offering stroke refinement as well as instruction on start dives and turns. Swimmers will get to participate in two in-house competitions for the fall season.

In order to enroll in the Devil Rays Prep Team, you must register for the session online and attend one of the tryout dates if you are a new participant. Swimmers must evaluate at Gliders level in the LKSA program or equivalent competency to participate in Devil Rays Prep Team.

Practice Times:
Swimmers will be placed in skill group during tryouts.

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: 4 – 5 pm (Group 1)
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: 5 – 6 pm (Group 2)
  • Sundays: 1 – 2 pm (all groups)

Fall Swim Meet Dates (Mondays @ JCC Dallas):
(Warm-ups at 4:30 pm | meet begins at 5:00 pm)

  • September 16
  • October 28
  • November 18
  • December 9

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

Member: $290
Non-member: $365

Beginner Prep Team

September 6 – December 12
Devil Rays Beginner Prep Team is designed to help your swimmer prepare for swim team. Requirements include being co-enrolled in LKSA. Participants must be at the Freestylers level in LKSA or equivalent competency. The focus of practice will be stroke refinement, team-building skills, and swim team basics.

Practice Times:

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

Fall Swim Meet Dates (Mondays @ JCC Dallas):
(Warm-ups at 4:30 pm | meet begins at 5:00 pm)

  • September 16
  • October 28
  • November 18
  • December 9

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Ages: 5 – 13 (depending on ability)

Member: $200
Non-member: $250

Must enroll in LKSA – click here for more information.

September 7 – December 14
Devil Rays Beginner Prep Team is designed to help your swimmer prepare for swim team. Requirements include being co-enrolled in LKSA. Participants must be at the Freestylers level in LKSA or equivalent competency. The focus of practice will be stroke refinement, team-building skills, and swim team basics.

Practice Times:

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

Fall Swim Meet Dates (Mondays):
(Warm-ups at 4:30 pm | meet begins at 5:00 pm)

  • 9/17: Jim Montgomery Swim School
  • 10/15: JCC
  • 11/12: Jim Montgomery Swim School
  • 12/10: JCC

Attendance: Participants are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible
Instructor: Coach Steve Thomas & Colin Campbell
Ages: 5 – 13 (depending on ability)

Member: $190
Non-member: $240

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 Director, at sneckar@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7198.