Regional League

Love to Swim? Enjoy Dance? Want to be part of a Team?
Regional League may be for YOU!

Royal City’s Regional League (formerly Novice Competitive) offers swimmers the opportunity to progress their artistic swimming skills over a full season (September to late April/early May). This program is for swimmers who are 7+ and are comfortable swimming in the deep end of the pool.

Participants will learn artistic swimming skills, while having fun and building new friendships. Working together as a team for the full season enables swimmers to develop their skills in a different way than learning alone. The Regional League athletes will compete in two local competitions (typically February and May) and participate in the Club water shows.

This program is a perfect stepping-stone for swimmers who are looking to move from Recreational classes into a competitive stream for the first time. Swimmers will work and compete with other artistic swimmers of the same age and similar skills and abilities. This program is also for brand new swimmers to artistic swimming who want more than the Recreational classes.

All athletes in the Regional League program will be assessed and placed on teams that are age and skill appropriate. As we are a non-profit volunteer led club, there will also be a fundraising requirement for each athlete of $200. A variety of fundraising opportunities will be provided throughout the season.

Fees for Regional League can be paid in full upfront or monthly (September to May). 

Regional League teams practice 2 hours twice a week. (If an 8U team is created, practices will be reduced to 1.5 hours twice a week and fees adjusted accordingly. Please contact us if you are interested in an 8U team).

Teams will be created based on registrations for each session.  The team “age” is determined by the average age of the swimmers on the team.

Register here for Regional League 

All Regional League Programs begin the week of September 18th, 2023.

REGISTRATION for Regional League closes on Saturday, September 30th.


Program Time Location
Regional League


Monday 6:00 – 8:00pm

Thursday 6:00 – 8:00pm

University of Guelph Red Pool

Victoria Road Recreation Centre

Regional League


Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm

Friday 6:30 – 8:30 pm

University of Guelph Red Pool

Victoria Road Recreation Centre


What is the Regional League?

This season, Ontario Artistic Swimming (our provincial sport organization) modified the former novice competitive program to a regional based program that focuses on skills development and local competition opportunities.

Athletes in these programs will practices no more than four hours per week and will compete in two regional competitions (scheduled February and May).

Can we try a lesson?

RCASC offers several free Try Artistic Swimming sessions at various times of the year, where our coaches and volunteers introduce new swimmers to the basics of artistic swimming. Just show up at the pool ready to swim. Watch our website for upcoming dates.

How do I register and pay?

Registration happens through our online form. Payment details vary by program and will be sent to you after we receive your program specific registration.  You can expect recreation programs are either to be paid in full or in tuition instalments by pre-authorized payment.  Competitive programs are paid monthly.

What do we need to bring to class?

All novice swimmers are required to have a one-piece bathing suit, goggles, nose clip and swim cap. Please remember flip flops and towels for poolside. Club swimsuits and gear sample sizes are available to try-on and orders are placed towards the end of September on RCASC fitting night. Once the club (or spacing) suits are in, swimmers are expected to wear these to practice (unless otherwise directed by the coach).

Please explain “artistic swimming age” ?

As the artistic swimming season bridges to calendar years, age is calculated based on the athletes age as of December 31st of the greater calendar year. For example: Jane is currently 7 years old and she is being registered in September 2023.  Her birthday is Oct 1st and she will be 8, she will be 9 before December 31st 2024.  Jane is “synchro” 9 and will compete under that age group for figures.

  • Grade 1, 2 = Artistic Swimming 8 and under
  • Grade 3, 4 = Artistic Swimming 9-10
  • Grade 5, 6 = Artistic Swimming 11-12
  • Grade 7, 8, 9 = Artistic Swimming 13-15
  • Grade 10, 11, 12 = Artistic Swimming 16-20

Please note, that depending on enrollment, teams may be formed based on average artistic swimming age.

Can you give me an idea as to what the fundraising target would be?

As a club our aim is to keep the fees charged to families as low as possible, but in order to cover the pool and training costs each swimmer’s family is expected to assist with club fundraisers. You also have the option to participate in many individual fundraisers throughout the season. Please note that individual fundraising is a deferment of fees and not in addition to fees.

There are many ways to reach your fundraising target, including: sponsorships, Fundscrip (group code NUHGCS), and product sales (such as chicken, bulbs, hockey tickets).

For the 2023-2024 Season, Regional League athletes will be expected to fundraise $200 throughout the season. More information on fundraising is provided at the beginning of the season.


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