Swim Team


**UPDATED 3/6/22**
The Spring/Summer season will begin on Tuesday, April 5th. 

The practice schedule is posted to the practice calendar page
Spring/Summer Meets & Events
Group descriptions and pricing is below.

Daily health forms are no longer required to submit.
Masks will be optional starting Monday, March 14th.

All practices groups will revert to pre-Covid practice procedures.  Meaning, all swimmers will be organized together at one end of the pool without social distancing being enforced. 


The FCA Swim Team has two seasons each year:

2021-2022 Dates
 September 13th through March 11th (non-championship swimmers) 
Spring/Summer: April 5th through July 8th (non-championship swimmers) 


All FCA swimmers will be registered with United States Swimming through the Middle Atlantic Swimming LSC.  Meets are typically once a month and could require travel outside of the Greater Philadelphia area.  The meet schedule page will breakdown which age groups or ability levels should attend each meet.

Participation in meets is expected for all returning team members.  Swimmers and families who are new to year round competitive swimming are expected to participate in home FCA meets and are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one travel meet. 

Swimmers are automatically entered into all meets on the schedule for their age and ability.  If your schedule does not allow your swimmer to attend the meet, you must use the decommit links provided prior to the deadline or else they will be entered in the meet and you will be responsible for paying the meet fees.  We will communicate how to decommit from each meet throughout the season.

To attend Championship level meets, swimmers must meet practice expectations.   

NEW THIS YEAR.  Historically, your program fee has been all inclusive and you have not had to pay for meets throughout the season.  However, we are expecting Middle Atlantic Swimming to increase the per swim fee at meets from $5.00 to $10.00.  Instead of raising the price for each group, in a continued Covid-19 year where meets could be effected, you will notice the program cost has been reduced when compared to last season.  We will communicate how to pay for meets when the time comes.  Failure to pay for meets in a timely fashion will result in your swimmers not being entered into future meets.  If you do not decommit from a meet and they are entered, you are responsible to pay for those entry fees.


Breakdown of groups, ability require, pricing are below.  Visit our practice schedule page to see the current practice schedule.  Ages listed are a guideline and not always followed as it is generally more important to place swimmers into the group that fits their current skill level.  The top end of the age range is typically followed.

All new prospective team members must have an evaluation before joining the team.  Please email fcaquatics@friendscentral.org to schedule a day and time.  Based on this evaluation we can determine which group or program would be the best fit for your swimmer(s).

Complete practice schedule can be on our Practice Calendar page.

Mini's (8 & Under)
The Mini's swimmer must be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke without stopping.  Swimmers must be comfortable with swimming with their face in the water and demonstrate the ability to breathe to the side on freestyle.  Emphasis will be on making swimming fun while working on developing basic stroke fundamentals through drills.  Freestyle and backstroke will be the primary focus before introducing breaststroke and butterfly.

Currently 3 practices a week are offered.  Attendance at 2 practices a week is required.  For families looking to only swim once a week, we recommend  registering for Swim School.

Novice (10 & Under)
The Novice swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke without stopping to be considered.  Some knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly is required.  Drill progressions in each practice will be used to continue to create a solid foundation that will be build upon as they progress.   

Currently 3 practices a week are offered.  Attendance at 2 practices a week is required.  For families looking to only swim once a week, we recommend  registering for Swim School.

Junior I (previously Junior A & some Junior B) (9 to 12 yrs old)
The Junior I swimmer must be able to swim 75 yards of freestyle and backstroke along with 50 yards of breast and fly.  Practices will continue to focus on stroke development through drills while interval training is introduced.  Competition increases as additional meets and events become available.  Swimmers will begin to be taught about race strategy, and goal setting.  Some dryland practices will be introduced.

Currently 5 practices a week are offered.  Attendance at 3 practices a week is required.  For families not looking to make a commitment to practices, we recommend registering for Team Phoenix. 

Junior II (previously Junior C and some Junior B) (10 to 14 yrs old)
The Junior II swimmer must be able to swim 100 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke along with 50 yards of butterfly.  The Junior II swimmer must be able to complete practices consisting of more interval training and up to an hour and a half.  Drill progressions and technique will still be emphasized.  Race strategies and goal setting will be expanded.  Ideas of work ethic, accountability and commitment to practices will be discussed. More advanced dryland workouts will be introduced.  

Currently 5 main practices a week are offered with the option to attend a morning practice.  Attendance at 3 practices a week is required for 1st year Junior II group swimmers although four is recommended.  Attendance at 4 practices a week is required for 2nd year and above Junior II group swimmers.  For families not looking to make a commitment to practices, we recommend registering for Team Phoenix. 

Senior (13 & Over)
The Senior swimmer must be able to train swimming 100 yards of all four strokes  and be able to complete intense practices of up to 2 hours.  Swimming, dryland/weight lifting, and mental training opportunities will be provided giving participants the opportunity to improve and strengthen on a holistic level.  Various training plans will be developed for the different skill levels within the group.  Coaches will work with swimmers through goal meetings to help them realize their potential.

Practices are offered Monday through Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Morning practices on Tuesday & Thursday will be different from those offered on Tuesday & Thursday evening for those swimmers who are ready to participate in doubles during the school year.  Morning practices on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are offered as alternatives to the evening practices on those days.  These morning practices may end once the high school swim season begins.

Attendance at 4 practices a week is required to remain in the group.  Consideration will be given to swimmers participating in a school sport in the fall/spring season.  We recommend the guide below for practice expectations for swimmers who are focused solely on swimming and/or those who are interested in swimming in college.  Guide is based on how many years your swimmer has been in the Senior group:

1st year: 4-5 practices a week
2nd year: 5-6 
3rd year: 6-7
4th+ year: 7-8



  Mini Novice Junior I Junior II Senior
Registration (once a year) $100 $100 $100 $100 $100
Fall/Winter $885 $960 $1035 $1110 $1210
Spring/Summer $655 $730 $835 $910 $1010


  Mini Novice Junior I Junior II Senior
Registration (once a year) $100 $100 $100 $100 $100
Fall/Winter $935 $1010 $1085 $1160 $1260
Spring/Summer $705 $780 $885 $960 $1060

- Registration fee is once a year and includes USA Swimming membership, 2 FCA shirts, & 1 FCA Cap
- Fees above do not include swim meets entry fees
- Some practice groups will be required to purchase own training equipment.  More information will be announced
- All swimmers must wear a team suit at all meets besides when wearing a tech suit.  Team suits are not included in prices above.  A team store will be setup during registration.

NEW THIS YEAR.  Families with multiple kids on the team will receive $50 off for 2nd and 3rd kids (each).

Fall/Winter: Wednesday, August 18th @ 10am (Returning Families).  Thursday, August 19th @ 10am (New Families)
Spring/Summer: Monday, March 7th @10am (Returning Families).  Thursday, March 10th @ 10am (New Families)

Fall/Winter: Sunday, August 29th
Spring/Summer:  Sunday, March 20th

Refunds: No refunds will be given after week four of each season.  From registration to the end of week one, refunds will be allowed minus 25% of program costs.  After week two 50%.  After week three 75%.  The registration fee is non-refundable after the registration deadline passes.
Late Registration Fee: $100

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