Rockbridge Storm is a club swimming team affiliated with USA Swimming. We offer instruction, training and competition for swimmers in the Rockbridge area.
Storm’s mission is to provide a quality swim program for swimmers of all ages and abilities by providing professional instruction in an innovative, goal-oriented environment. The coaching staff endeavors to teach, train and motivate swimmers to achieve their ultimate potential in swimming in the belief that this experience will prove valuable to them as they grow and develop.
Storm strives to instill an appreciation for personal accountability, self-motivation, goal setting and goal achievement in its swimmers. It is our belief that the process of achieving is as significant as the achievement itself.
The team competes in local and regional competitions sanctioned by United States Swimming Inc., the national governing body for amateur swimming.
The preseason high school age and advanced age group will practice at 4 pm Monday–Friday. They will be finished with practice by 5:15 and be expected to clear the locker rooms by 5:30. This is a closed practice but parents are welcome to come on to the pool deck at 5:15 . The high school does not recognize a Junior varsity swim team. These swimmers swim u.s.s. but practice with the high school students. They can participate in high school home meets by swimming exhibition. Keep in mind, that once high school begins their regular season, some or all of the advanced age group swimmers might go back to the 530-630 time slot. This depends on the size of the High School team. For the purposes of registration, please note that any swimmer who is NOT in high school but is swimming at 4pm is considered an “Advanced Age Group” swimmer. High school swimmers who elect to swim the 4pm STORM practice are considered “High School Preseason”
Age- group practices Monday – Thursday from 5:30-6:30. These swimmers should enter the pool deck no earlier than 5:15 and sit on the bleachers. Non-participating children must be under the care of an adult and must stay in the bleachers.
Our Novice swimmers will swim on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30- 6:15. These children should have completed swim lessons and be able to float on their back and breath comfortably in the water. Novice is the bridge between swim safety lessons and swim team. This group will be lead by Brian Barney.
All swimmers must wear swim caps unless they have a buzz cut. Hair and shampoo residue is very hard on pool chemistry. Please help us keep our pool clean and wear your cap. Also, creams, sunscreens, makeup are all bad for the water. Please wash everything off before you swim.
Levels, Instruction & Training
The Novice level is designed to introduce young or inexperienced swimmers into the sport of swimming while allowing maximum opportunity to participate in other activities. Emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes by means of drills, slow swimming for neurological imprinting, racing and games for fun.
Prerequisites: Elementary backstroke; back floating in deep water; Comfortable with face in the water; able to follow directions and participate in a group setting.
Age Group Swimming
This level allows a slightly intensified and longer practice environment for an experienced swimmers or a rapidly advancing swimmer. There is a continued emphasis on fundamental techniques.
The Advanced Age Group practice sessions increase in length, which allows for physiological adaptations in muscular and aerobic fitness. More intricate strategies for the longer and more difficult events are introduced. This group is for the swimmer who has progressed rapidly as well as experienced swimmers with relatively advanced skills.
Pre-Season swimming provides experienced high school swimmers the necessary training to reach their potential during the competitive season and the inexperienced teenage swimmer the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to participate on their high school team.
Summer League Swim Team
Join the STORM Summer League swim team for excellent stroke instruction and fun competition. Ages 8-18 (or younger with sufficient swimming skills)
IMPORTANT NOTE: USA Swimming registration for all winter league swimmers is mandatory. The annual fee is $68.00 per swimmer and must be paid at registration. Registration ensures that your swimmers and the team are covered by USA Swimming’s insurance program.