We hold open tryouts twice a year for anyone interested. Below you will find our information regarding the tryout process and minimum qualifications for each age group.
The number of open spaces varies from season to season. Due to these variables not everyone who attends the open tryout will be offered a space with RMSC.
The following criteria are used to determine possible group placement; age, technique and endurance. Listed below are the minimum qualifications for each age group.
6&Unders - Ability to complete 2 lengths of Freestyle and Backstroke stopping only at the wall when the length is complete. Blow bubbles under water while swimming. Have an idea of how to swim Breaststroke and Butterfly even if unable to perform the stroke legally. (Swimmers in the “learn to swim” program should have completed Strokers 3 or Mini Swim Team Prep.)
7 year olds - All the requirements for 6 and under swimmers. Additional ability to swim 1 length of EITHER Breaststroke or Butterfly legally. (Swimmers in the “learn to swim” program should have completed Strokers 3 or Mini Swim Team Prep.)
8 year olds - 8 year olds: All the requirements for 6 and under swimmers. Additional ability to swim 1 length of BOTH Breaststroke and Butterfly legally. Ability to complete a 100 IM legally. (Swimmers in the “learn to swim” program should have completed Mini Swim Team Prep.)
9-18 year olds - Ability to swim 2 lengths of each stroke legally. Complete 4 lengths continuous Freestyle, 4 lengths continuous non-freestyle of a single stroke (Backstroke, Breaststroke or Butterfly), legal 100 IM. Ability to perform or attempt flip turns and hand first dives off the side of the pool. (Swimmers in the “learn to swim program” should have completed Youth 6-Swim Team Prep.)
A “New Swimmer” is any swimmer who did not participate in the 2017-2018 Fall-Winter RMSC program at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center. For these swimmers to have an opportunity to join the team by being evaluated and assigned a practice group.
*Group placement is specific to the site of the tryout
For additional information such as practice times, program fees please click on the individual site flyer below.
USASwimming Club TransfersIf you are looking to transfer to RMSC from a different club please contact the site administrator. Information can be found on each site page or contact page.
What to expectPlease arrive at the pool 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tryout time in case you have any questions for the coach. All swimmers will be required to wear goggles and swimmers with long hair will be expected to wear swim caps. The BASIC stroke requirements are listed on this page in the "Minimum Qualifications" Section.
RMSC TRYOUT DATES AND TIMES