Registration & Tryouts September 12
4:30pm-4:45pm: Ages 10 and under
5:00pm-5:15pm: Ages 11 and over
First Practice: September 17
The Italian Center of Stamford ORCA’s swim team program encompasses all ages, levels of ability, and is structured to provide careful development and steady progression through the stages of competitive swimming. The program is composed of athletes and their families from Stamford and communities throughout southwestern Connecticut. The ORCA’s swim team is a family oriented swimming program. The strength of the volunteer parent organization together with the excellence of the coaching staff and the support of the IC have resulted in a highly successful swim program at all levels.
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- The ORCA long course season begin April 30th and ends at the end of July.
- The indoor session will begin on April 30th and run until June 22nd.
The outdoor (members only) session will follow, from June 25th to end July.
- There will be dry-land practice during the summer season.
- Swimmers will participate in the USA sanctioned meets.
- For the second/third child there is a 15% discount!
- More advanced Silver swimmers will be given an opportunity to swim for additional endurance work out on Thursdays during the indoor summer season, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. The fee will be an additional $50. Strictly under the head coach approval.
- In order to participate on the ORCA’s Swim Team all fees must be paid in full by the first day of team practice!
- The ORCA’s Swim Club is a certified member of USA swimming, the national governing body of the sport.
- The ORCA’s Swim Club is a member of the Connecticut Summer Swim League. Our team pays its dues to join the league as well as dues for participating in the Championships. In addition to the league, we are part of the USA swimming, association, which also requires us to pay for membership and meet entry fees at all USA sanctioned swim meets.
For more information, please contact Head Coach Ausra McKenna at:
The pre-ORCA’s is a level designed for the younger swimmer who has progressed through the Italian Center’s instruction program and learned the four basic strokes. The emphasis is on improving the swimming ability and water sense already developed by the child as well as teaching more advanced skills in the four competitive strokes. Conducted by the swim team coaches, the program is ideal for those swimmers who wish to prepare for swim team and competition swimming and eventually enter the Italian Center ORCAs Swim Team. Children must be able to swim 25 yards or one length of the swimming pool at least Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and some Butterfly to enter this program level.
Bronze are usually nine years and under swimmers of the ORCAs Swim Club. The requirement to participate in this level is to swim 25 yards (1 length of the pool) of four basic strokes and be able to perform a racing dive. This group will learn the concept of team and be introduced to instruction in concentrated stroke mechanics, competition starts, turns, and swimming efficiency. The instructions are presented in a relaxed yet exciting manner with an emphasis on the fun and rewards of team swimming and competitive swimming. The overall objective of ORCA’s BRONZE is to provide individual attention and a positive experience in swimming.
SILVER (novice) & BLUE (advanced)
The Age Group program level is open primarily to swimmers ages 9 through 13 who have demonstrated to the coaches an enthusiasm toward swimming and who wish to experience the challenge of competitive training and the excitement of participating in swim meets run by CT Swimming. Age Group teams involve a yearlong commitment on the part of the swimmer. The program develops team skills and discipline while refining and honing stroke mechanics, racing starts and turns endurance and swimming efficiency. Age Group swimmers will be assigned according to age and ability to the proper practice group, either Silver for 9 to 11 years old or more advanced Blue for 11 to 13 years old.
Gold Swimmers begin to focus their training on distance and individual medley swimming. Swimmers receive individual attention on advance stroke mechanics and dry land workouts. Competition philosophy, mental training and nutritional awareness are important subjects stressed with this group.
This is the elite of training for the ORCAs Swim Club and requires dedication to the sport. The program is a serious regimen that includes stroke mechanics, endurance work, dry land strength and flexibility conditioning, goal setting and an emphasis on team dynamics and mental conditioning.