Regional League


  • For athletes aged 7-15 interested in learning more about artistic swimming.
  • No prior artistic swimming experience required
  • Provides team experience
  • All teams compete in two regional based competitions and three Club Water shows.
  • Enhance the development of teamwork, team spirit, and discipline,
    as well as respect and sportsmanship towards other athletes and the coaches
  • 8 & Under Team has two 90-minute practices per week from September until end of May
  • 11-12 Team and 13-15 Team have two 120-minute practices per week from September until the end of May
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 May/early June). Participants will learn artistic swimming skills, while having tons of fun and building many new friendships. Working together as a team for the full season enables swimmers to work together to develop their skills. The Regional League athletes will compete in two local competitions (February and May) and participate in the Club water shows.

This program is a wonderful 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.

RCASC will form teams or groupings based on ages, skill levels, and enrollment.

Regional League Program swimmers will practice twice a week at either Victor Davis Pool or the University of Guelph Red pool.

Fees for Regional League can be paid in full upfront or monthly (September to April).  The $250 OAS registration fee is due before the first practice.

Registration for Regional League is currently open for swimmers aged 10-13 (born 2009-2012)

The 2021-22 Regional League practice schedule (As of July 30th) and registration fees are:

8&Under Team:

  • Wednesdays 5:30 -7:00pm & Saturdays 12:30 – 2:00pm
  • Registration Fee: $1870 (includes Ontario Artistic Swimming registration fee, coaching costs, competition fees and competition bathing suit)

11-12 Team:

  • Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00pm & Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Registration Fee: $2050 (includes Ontario Artistic Swimming registration fee, coaching costs, competition fees and competition bathing suit)

13-15 Team: Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm & Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00pm

  • Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm & Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Registration Fee: $2050 (includes Ontario Artistic Swimming registration fee, coaching costs, competition fees and competition bathing suit)

Looking for 10U?  Head over to our Provincial Competitive page for information about 10U programming.



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 in Late August/Early September and over the winter break, 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, click here.   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 installments 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).

Do you sell any of the supplies if we’re missing them?

A RCASC Board Member will usually have swim caps, goggles, and nose clips for sale at practices throughout the season

What is land training?

At the novice level, land training primarily focuses on warming up and stretching the muscles. Dry land drilling is also a component of regional league programs as they learn the routine through hand motions.

What are all those hand motions the coaches do?

As swimmers progress through the levels and/or move into competitive programs, they will learn the secret language of artistic swimming… each hand/arm movement and sequence represents a figure (element) in the water.  At the competitive level these motions become a core part of training referred to as land-drilling.

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 July 2017.  Her birthday is Oct 1st and she will be 8, she will be 9 before December 31st 2018.  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 2021-22 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.

Can you give me an idea as to what the volunteer hours would be? 

Volunteering is a great way to show support to your athlete and can be a good opportunity to get to know all the synchro families.

We need volunteers to run fundraising initiatives, help host events (e.g. water showcases and competitions, executive positions).  We are a volunteer run organization so your assistance is required to run the club successfully. Many hands make light work!

What is “synchro hair” ?

Synchro hair is dance hair plus! For most routine meets and at our water shows, the athletes will be asked to have their hair gelled. This is NOT your father’s gel! The athlete’s hair is first placed in a ponytail, divided into 3+ braids, wrapped into a bun, and then a special formula of gelatin is applied by paint brush.  When the gel cools it creates a water-tight protective layer on the athlete’s hair. The purpose is to keep perfect hair in the water.

Do the athletes wear makeup?

For the purposes of Water Shows and routine events, athletes will have makeup applied under the supervision of the coaching staff. Most swimmers really look forward to wearing makeup for these events. Please note that much of the make-up will disappear in the water! When it comes to figure events, absolutely no makeup or adornment is allowed. All make-up, nail polish, and jewelry must be removed.