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Swim Team: The Dolphins Club

There has been something special happening here at the Weinstein JCC with the Dolphin Club Swimming program. With the “Fin Family”, athletes can experience competitive swimming in an environment that facilitates self-confidence, teaches patience throughout a process, and encourages positive relationship building. For more information visit the swim team website at teamunify.com/vadcst. Families now have the option of month-to-month payments! 

Please contact Coach Craig Clift at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org to set up a free evaluation/tryout to see which level is the best fit for your swimmer!

 

 

 

About Head Swim Coach Craig Clift

Coach Clift graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a concentration in Finance and Management. While at VCU from 1982-1986, he swam for the Rams. He holds four individual records and was a part of five record-holding relay teams. Coach Clift has 31 years of coaching experience encompassing all ages and ranges, from Summer League and High School teams to teams with Age Group, Top 10-16 in the USA, Zone and National Select Camp athletes, NCSA Junior National, USA Junior National, US Open, Nationals, Olympic Trial athletes, and top 100 World ranked athletes. He has 25 years of team management experience and brings with him innovative and sound ideas for the Dolphin Club. Coach Craig is a lifetime member of the American Swim Coaches Association and is qualified for Level 4 certification. Craig Clift is the father of two children and enjoys living in Mechanicsville, VA.

Coach Craig brings a consistent philosophy of total involvement with athletes in and out of the water, development and education of swimmers and their families, guidance of swimmers progressively through their swimming experience at their own pace, dedication to the mastery of required technical skills before focusing on training to swim faster, program development from Novice through National programs recognizing that all successful clubs are built on a foundation of younger swimmers, teamwork, friendship, support and training for all athletes.

 

About our Swim Team Groups:

Level 1 / Dolphin 

Level 1 is our introductory Dolphin group for 9- to 12-year-old swimmers as well as advanced 7- 8-year-old swimmers. The Dolphin Group focuses on teaching the basics of all 4 competitive strokes and starts and turns in a fun, challenging environment.  Coaches will emphasize proper stroke technique, starts, and turns, and building cardiovascular endurance through drills, sets, and enjoyable activities. Coaches will work on the interpersonal skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming– working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Tentative Practice Schedule: 

Sunday - 2:45-3:45pm

Monday - Thursday

4:00-5:00pm

DC recommends that Level 1 swimmers participate in monthly area swim meets to assess their progress.  

Practice Recommendations

3 to 4 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each practice session lasts 1 hour.  Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 1,500 to 2,500 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 1 Dolphin Group

7 – 8-year-old swimmers must be legal in 3 of 4 strokes, and perform legal starts and turns 

9–12-year-old swimmers must be able to complete a 25 yd freestyle & backstroke without assistance.


Level 2 / Wahoo 

Level 2 Wahoo Group is designed for swimmers with previous swim team experience who are legal in all four strokes, know how to perform all starts & turns, as well as read the pace clock. The Wahoo Group will continue to work on stroke technique while introducing race strategies in practice by learning and performing stroke-specific drills during practice.  Training will begin to include a focus on longer-distance events and IMs.  Coaches will introduce race strategies and techniques used by swimmers in the next level practice group and continue to emphasize the importance of working with teammates, following directions, listening to the coaches, and having fun. Coaches will work with swimmers to understand and use USA Swimming time standards to set & achieve personal goals using interval training in practice. DC recommends participation in monthly swim meets with a focus on qualifying at the end of the season for regional and state championship meets.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Tentative Practice Schedule:  

Sunday - 3:45-5:00pm

Monday - Thursday 5:00-6:15 pm

Practice Recommendations

4 to 5 practices a week are recommended but not required.  Each swim practice session lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Swimmers can expect to work up to swimming 3,000 yards per practice session. 

Pre-requisites for the Level 2 Wahoo Group:

• 9-14 years of age

• Legal in all four strokes 

• Can perform legal starts and turns 

• Can read the pace clock 

• Familiar with interval training and drills

•USA Swimming B/BB times or higher in their age group

• Able to complete a 200 Free and 200 IM


Level 3 / Sailfish 

Level 3 Sailfish group is designed for 12–18-year-old swimmers who have goals of participating in District, Regional, State, and National level invitational meets. Dolphin Club coaches emphasize proper stroke technique while working on overall athletic conditioning and endurance.  The primary focus will be on competing in every event with a secondary focus on specific individual events. The advanced race strategies and techniques used in the Level 3 group will be introduced. Each Sailfish swimmer will establish personal goals and work towards achieving those goals using interval training in practice.  Coaches will emphasize, encourage, and highlight important topics associated with achieving success both in and out of the pool.  Topics will include teamwork, time management, race strategies, mental training, and other life lessons. Participation in monthly swim meets is suggested to help prepare athletes for end-of-the-season championship meets.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications. 

Tentative Practice Schedule:  

Sunday - 5:00-6:45pm 

Monday - Thursday 6:15-8:00pm

Suggested Practice Commitment

5 practices a week is suggested if the goal is to achieve Age and Senior Championship time standards or higher.


For more information about all of our swim groups, as well as pricing information, practice schedules and more, please visit our Dolphin Club website.

To register download the application forms here and email Coach Craig at cclift@weinsteinjcc.org with the completed applications.