2020 Masked Bandits Swim Team
Registration for 2020 Masked Bandits Swim and Dive Team is now OPEN! We will run a modified program this season, but we guarantee a fun and rigorous swim training program focused on technique, fitness, and competitive swimming skills.
All full access members between the ages of 4 and 18 as of June 18th are eligible to join. You must be a Full Access member of Raccoon Valley Swim Club to join the Swim and/or Dive Team.
We also offer a Swim Team Only Trial membership for families who might want to try the swim team for a year before making a long term commitment to the Club. Please see the membership page for details.
GIven our modified season, fees for this year are $90 per swimmer with $10 multi-child discount applied after the first two swimmers. Dive Team fees are $100 per diver. Due to the size of the Dive Team, we are not able to offer a multi-child discount for Dive. Also, please note that this year we are collecting an activities fee of $10.00 per swimmer as part of the registration process. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please join us in welcoming Jack Bower as our new Head Coach! We are thrilled to have him leading the Masked Bandits! Coach Jack will be joined by Coach Cassie Bower and Coach Emma Reistle as assistants.. We are equally thrilled to have Coach Cassie and Coach Emma back with us this year! We are also happy to announce that Coach Sam Quinette will continue to lead our Dive Team!
Jack brings a tremendous resume with proven experience leading competitive swim programs. More importantly, he understands the special legacy of Raccoon Valley Swim Club, and is passionate about developing our swimmers and our program to be among the best in the area.
Coach Jack began swimming at the age of 5 at Brookside Swim Club, where he swam for 14 years. During his time with the team he was a Peach Bowl Champion, Tri-County finalist, and team captain. He is a 2002 graduate of Washington Township High School where he was a team captain, all-conference, and all-area swimmer as well as a Meet of Champions Finalist in both swimming and diving. After high school Coach Jack competed for Rowan University under the late, great Tony Lisa where he served as team captain his senior year. Upon graduation from college, Coach Jack spent some time as an assistant coach at Raccoon Valley Swim Club and was the assistant swim coach for Pitman High School while serving as an adjunct professor in the Exercise Science department at Gloucester County College (now RCSJ). Coach Jack’s career path then took him to Baltimore, Maryland where he was the assistant head coach at the Bel Air Athletic Club for three years where he coached multiple Maryland State Champions. In 2012 Coach Jack became the head coach of Jersey Storm Swimming where he served in that position for 7 seasons where he coached numerous Sectional and Junior National Qualifiers and one NJSIAA High School State Champion, along with many future Division I college swimmers.
Coach Jack is currently a Physics teacher and Assistant Swim Coach at Clearview Regional High School. He is married to long time Raccoon Valley swim coach and former Raccoon Valley swimmer, Coach Cassie. Coach Jack hopes to bring a hard work ethic to Raccoon Valley and use his many years of experience to get RVSC swimmers to be faster in the pool, and better young ladies and gentleman out of the pool. He expects swimmers to work hard, be on time, and never settle for less than their best.
2020 Swim Practice Schedule
Practices will start Tuesday June 23rd and run Monday-Friday mornings. We will go at least through the month of July, and may extend the season to August 14th should there be interest in doing so. We will take a survey and decide. Swimmers should arrive at least 10 minutes before practice starts and be ready to get in the pool. Place bags under the pavilion leaving adequate space between yourself and other swimmers and abide by directional markings on the pool deck.
Parents - if you plan to stay, please abide by 6ft social distancing guidance. Masks are required while entering, exiting, and moving about the club but are not required when socially distanced in a seating area. Please limit the number of adults attending practices. We are counting on our swim families to “self-police” proper social distancing. We will also be asking all participating families to sign a waiver regarding COVID-19. Swimmers should have their OWN swim fins and a kickboard marked with their name. We will not be providing shared equipment this year due to sanitation concerns.
||13 and overs
||Experienced 8U (can swim a full lap)
||Beginner 8U (still learning to swim a full lap)
Dive Practices will run along with the Swim Team practices; you can attend dive practice before or after your age group swims.
2020 Swim Events
Saturday July 11th, Time Trials: All swimmers present will swim all events offered for their age group.
Saturday July 18th, Coach vs. Coach: The coaches will split the team up into two different teams (Coach Cassie vs. Coach Jack). We will then run a meet and score the meet to determine which coach won! Each swimmer will swim a maximum of three events.
Saturday July 25th, Choose your own Events: Each swimmer will sign-up for his or her own events. All swimmers will choose three events to swim.
Thursday July 30th, Blue/White Night: This will serve as our senior night and end of the year party. Swimmers will choose two events to swim and we will have some "fun" races following the real races. We will be giving out "best times" ribbons and awards for all swimmers at Blue/White night.
For new swim families, here is a handy guide which includes the swim meet order of events: Swim Meet 101
We hope you consider joining the Masked Bandits in 2020! See you at the pool!
Raccoon Valley Parents Committee