The Raccoon Valley Masked Bandits are a charter member of the Suburban Swim Association of South Jersey, an 18-team league spanning six counties and divided into three six-team divisions: Olympic, National, and American. We're proud to be competitive against some of the strongest summer swim programs in South Jersey. But more significantly, our coaching staff and parents stress personal improvement and team spirit as much as winning.
Three times in the past decade, The Masked Bandits have gone undefeated to win the National Division championship, the latest in 2005. In 2006, the Bandits moved up to the Olympic Division and finished fifth, then improved to fourth place in 2007, and a best-ever third place in both 2008 and 2009. Though we dropped back to fourth in 2010, the season ended with a bang: the Bandits finished third at the Peach Bowl to earn our first county trophy ever! We'll be back in the National Division for 2017, looking for another championship and to return to the Olympic.
Annual Events and Traditions
Dual meets are held on Saturday mornings from 8am to noon, and very occasionally on Wednesday evenings; we swim five each year. Next comes the popular "Peach Bowl" – a friendly but fiercely contested all-star meet pitting the eight competitive summer swim clubs in Gloucester County from both the Suburban and Tri-County Leagues. The season ends in late July at the Suburban League Championships. The team also hosts a number of special events and just-for-fun evenings along the way, such as our Photo Day Pancake Breakfast (Monday, June 26), a mid-season Pasta Dinner, an Ice Cream Social party, and a season-ending Awards Banquet. (Just please don't ask about the annual Speedo Run through town.)
2017 Swim Schedule
The first meet of the season is a WIN for our bandits! Congratulations to all of our swimmers, you did a fantastic job. Next meet will be here before you know it. Morning practices start Monday, June 18th. And, it's not too late to join the 2017 team! Stop by the club tomorrow morning and check us out.
June 24 - @ Peachwood
July 8 - @ Lake Kandle
July 15 - Collingswood (Senior Celebration)
July 22 - @ Elmer
July 25 - Peach Bowl
July 28, 29, 30 - Suburban League Championships @ Elmer Swim Club
Looking for our Swim Photos site? That's at http://rvsc.smugmug.com
How To Join
The swim team is open to members who are 18 or younger as of June 18th. You don't need to be a great swimmer to join. If you can swim two laps of a 25-meter pool and tread water for two minutes, you're good to go (and if you can't, our Lane One program will help you get there!) You'll become a stronger swimmer, stay in great shape for your fall and winter sports, participate in many enjoyable swim team activities, make new friends, and have lots of fun.
Swimming teaches children the value of hard work, patience, persistence, and teamwork. It is also truly the most rewarding and egalitarian of youth sports. In a summer swim meet, all age groups are treated equally, and every event is worth the same number of points to the team whether the swimmers are 8 years old or 18. Also, and unlike with most sports today, every award a swimmer receives is earned, not granted, either by competing in an official event or by dropping one's personal best time.
If you're an RVSC member and would like to join, please contact us for more information. Our annual team signup night is usually held in early May and is announced on the web site. Below you can download our most recent registration form, and also our really useful Swim Meet 101 guide for new swim team parents.
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