Barracuda Novice Swim Team

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The LFJCC Barracuda Novice swim team is a year-round swimming program for ages 6-12. The team exists to introduce swimmers to the sport of competitive swimming, with particular emphasis on developing stroke technique and racing strategy. We operate on a high intensity coaching style, while maintaining a safe, personable and professional environment.

Our objective- fostering the transferable skills of hard work, personal accountability, good sportsmanship, leadership and personal excellence in each swimmer so that they might develop not only into well-disciplined Athletes ,but ladies and gentlemen of substance and character.

Swimmers are grouped by ages, not by their skill level. Swim practices are held Monday-Friday on a year round basis. Each swimmer must commit to one of the two days a week practice options provided.

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Come Try-out! (ages 6–12 years welcome)

All swimmers must be evaluated before joining the team. Evaluations will be held the last week of every month M-F 2:00–3:30 P.M. by appointment only.

Please call at least one day prior to reserve your child's evaluation space. To schedule an evaluation please call Andrea Cosio, Aquatics Director at 858.362.1126

*All fees are due at the beginning of the quarterly session

Practice Schedule

Swim Practices are Monday through Friday on a year-round basis.

10 & under groups swim for 45 minutes a day, two to three days a week.

11-12 yrs. swim for an hour a day, two to three days a week.

2-Day Practice Commitment Options
Monday, Wednesday 3:45 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday 3:45 - 4:30 pm

3-Day Practice Commitment Options
Monday, Wednesday 3:45-4:30, Friday 3:30-4:15
Tuesday, Thursday 3:45-4:30, Friday 3:30-4:15

2-Day Practice Commitment Options
Monday & Wednesday 4:30-5:15
Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-5:15

3-Day Practice Commitment Options
Monday, Wednesday 4:30-5:15, Friday 3:30-4:15
Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-5:15, Friday 3:30- 4:15

GROUP 3: 11-12 YRS
2-Day Practice Commitment Options
Monday & Wednesday 5:15-6:30
Tuesday & Thursday 5:15-6:30

3- Day Practice Commitment Options
Monday & Wednesday 5:15-6:00, Friday 4:15-5:00
Tuesday & Thursday 5:15-6:00, Friday 4:15-5:00

Meet the coaches

What's expected of the Coaches?

Coaches and staff are here to give the best training possible for your swimmer. Each staff member at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center has been hand-picked. We look for quality and dedication in our staff to provide the best experience for the families we work with. All staff must go through intense trainings that keep them current in American Red Cross standards and USS certifications. We hope that our staff helps your swimmer reach their goals and gives your family a positive experience here at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS.

Barracudas Head Coach Ian McCoy at:
Coach McCoy's Bio

Parent particpation

What's expected of the Parents?

Parents are here to support and encourage their swimmer. All questions and concerns should be addressed with the coach after practice or via email. We ask parents to not interfere while the coach is teaching; please feel free to sit in the bleachers or deck furniture during practice. Talking to the coaches during practice does not allow for the coach to do their job or the swimmers to focus. The Barracudas highly encourage parent participation. Parent volunteers help run fun clinics, inter-squad and monthly meets. If you are interested in volunteering for an event please contact Coach Ian McCoy via email

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Additional opportunities at no extra cost

Swimmers can participate in monthly mini-meets, which are a great way to practice competing and measuring swim times. Swimmers also have an opportunity to attend monthly "stroke clinics" where coaches work on swimmers' individual stroke skills to improve their ability. There are also seasonal events that swimmers can participate in.

Expections and Rules

Barracuda Guidlines

• Swim caps MUST be worn if swimmer's hair falls below ears.

• Respect your swim coach. Actively listening by staying close to the wall, keeping your head above the water, and looking at the swim coach when they are giving directions. This also includes refraining from engaging in side conversations and speaking out of turn.

• Respect your teammates. Keeping your hands to yourself, no splashing, giving space to finish swimming into the wall, and not disturbing fellow teammates while they are listening to directions.

• Respect yourself. Doing your best during each practice, setting goals to achieve, and not cheating one's self.

• NO horseplay. This also includes handstands, flips, splashing, or pushing. This is not tolerated during practice.

• Stay off the lane lines. No laying on the lane lines, these are not a toy and can be harmful if broken.

• Be ready to learn. Come to practice ready to swim, learn, and have fun! Practice is fun but it's not play time.

• Swimmers must have parent supervision while using the JCC Jacuzzi and locker rooms. Please be respectful to other JCC members at all times.


Moving to the Next Step

Swimmers who are interested in moving to a competitive swim team will be assessed by their swim coach to see what level fits their skills best. They will then be evaluated by the competitive swim team coach if spaces are available.

North Coast Aquatics is a great swim team that our Barracudas can join as a competitive team option. For more information about North Coast Aquatics please visit

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I sign up for the swim team?
You can sign up after your child passes his/her evaluation. Registration forms can be submitted to the Aquatics Office.

How do I register for the team?
There is a registration form in the aquatics office or on the JCC Aquatics website that you will need to fill out and turn in to the Aquatic Director and/or Asst. Aquatic director, or to the coach.

What is the evaluation for? What does it consist of?
The evaluation is strictly for the coach to see how well the swimmer understands and demonstrates the four competitive strokes. Even if your child has completed swim lessons this evaluation still needs to be completed so we may place your child in the correct swim level. Each evaluation will include 2 laps of freestyle, 1 lap of backstroke, 1 lap of breaststroke, and 1 lap of butterfly. We may recommend swim lessons if a child is completely unfamiliar with the strokes or is too young to participate. The evaluation takes approx. 10 min. to complete depending on a swimmer’s level. Evaluations will be held the last week of every month M-F 2:00–3:30 P.M. by appointment only.

Can I be on the team without being a member of the Lawrence Family JCC?
Yes. The monthly fee will be higher for a non-member but you do not have to become one in order to participate.

Can I be on the team if I cannot make every practice?
Yes. We understand that kids and parents have other commitments, but we would like the kids to be at practice as much as possible.

Should I come to practice if it’s raining or cold?
Yes. We will shut the pool down if the weather becomes unsafe for the kids to swim (lightning, heavy rain etc.) but unless notified we will still hold practice.
Is the pool heated?
Yes. The pool is heated to 81 degrees, though may feel warmer or cooler, depending on the weather condition of that day.

When are fees due?
All team dues are due at the beginning of the month. We appreciate payment by the second Friday of the month for swimmers to participate.

What equipment should I bring for my child?
Your child should be in proper swim attire (swimsuit, please no street clothes), a cap if your child has hair long enough to be placed into a ponytail, goggles, towel, though we provide fins for the children, if your child would like their own pair you may bring them. We do have Barracuda Novice swim team swim caps to purchase for $3. Please see the Aquatics Office.

If I cannot make it to practice is there a make up time?
No. Special arrangements may be made, but you must speak with the coach or the Aquatic Director and/or Asst. Aquatic Direction in the Aquatics Office.

Where am I allowed to park?
You may use either the front lot off of Executive Dr. in the front of the JCC or the back lot on Eastgate Mall behind the police dept. You may also park along the street, but please be aware of any sign postings.

If I want my child to stay in practice longer can I have them swim with the next group?
No. We ask that all swimmers swim during their level's appropriate time.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation appointment please contact Andrea Cosio, the Aquatics Director at 858.362.1126 or email: