About Rocky Mountain Splash
We are a nationally competitive Synchronized Swim team based in Denver, Colorado. We are currently the highest-ranked team in Colorado with 12 coaches and over 32 swimmers ages 6 to 18.
We compete locally, nationally, and internationally and offer lessons and competitive programs for swimmers of all levels. If you are interested in learning more about Rocky Mountain Splash, please take this opportunity to browse our web site to learn more about our swimmers, our coaching staff and our program. Please contact us with any questions!
Rocky Mountain Splash is a member of the Rocky Mountain Association of United States Synchronized Swimming Inc. (USSSI).
The Rocky Mountain Splash Parents’ Corporation, a Colorado non-profit organization, supports Splash. Parents of all swimmers become members of the Corporation upon joining the team. The Corporation is responsible for the financial support of the team as well as helping with recruiting, public relations, and policy matters.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Rocky Mountain Splash is a nationally competitive synchronized swim team. The goal of the team is to promote the health and growth of its athletes through participation in team oriented training and competition. The team promotes the sport of synchronized swimming and encourages its members to attain their highest level of achievement based on individual and team potential. Each team member is expected to learn and practice swim techniques, teamwork, responsibility, and sportsmanship in an environment of dedicated effort and fun.
What is Synchronized Swimming?
The figures, leaps, and spins of a figure skater performed in an unstable medium...
A water polo player's ability to emerge above the surface of the water with power and strength with an added touch of elegance...
A dancer's artistic flair with choreography, musical expressions, and audience contact...
Add grace and fluidity and multiply by two, three or eight individuals synchronizing each part of every movement and...
THAT IS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
Synchronized swimming is a sport requiring overall body strength and agility, grace and beauty, split-second timing, musical interpretation, and dramatic flair. It is a unique sport in which power, strength, and technical skill are displayed in an artistically choreographed piece. The competitive rules and manner of judging of synchronized swimming are similar to its counterparts, figure skating and gymnastics.
There are four events in synchronized swimming: solo, duet, team (four to eight swimmers) and combination (eight to ten swimmers). In addition to these routine events, each competitor must participate in the compulsory figure competition. The scores earned in this event are added to those of the routine competition to determine each event's winners.
To perform a strenuous routine while maintaining an effortless appearance is a very difficult and important quality that is expected by the judges. To understand the physical demands and endurance needed to perform the 3 1/2 to 5 minute routines, consider running while holding your breath for lengths of time up to 30 seconds. The routines demonstrate what has made "synchro" so popular with audiences. Much of the appeal is found in the use of music to demonstrate the athlete's skills, technique and creativity.
Some Competition Basics
The first year may be spent learning basic skills and techniques. As the swimmer develops muscle control and grace, confidence will be built through team identity and competitive experience.Synchronized swimming meets are held approximately once a month, beginning in December.
Competitions are divided into 5 different levels: Novice, intermediate, age group, junior, and senior. Novice: competitors are first year swimmers. Intermediates: usually second or third year swimmers. Age Group: swimmers usually competing in their 3rd year or higher, eligible to compete at all local, regional and National J.O. competitions. Junior: 15-18 years old only, eligible to compete at local junior competitions, North Zone Jr Championships, and Junior National competitions. Senior: 15 & up only, compete at local senior competitions, North Zone Sr Championships and Senior National competitions.
Swimmers compete in the following age categories: 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-15, 16-17, and 18-19. To determine your swimmer's competitive age, subtract the year of birth from the current competitive year. A swimmer may be competing in a certain age category for the entire year even though their birthday is not until December. These age categories are standard throughout USA Synchro.
Splash competes at the local, regional, zone and national levels. Local meets may be held in the metro area as well as in Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs and Boulder. Regional meets include travel to Kansas. We are part of the North Zone & compete at the North Zone Championships in the 13-15 age group & junior/senior levels. The location of both zone and national meets rotate around the country. Usually, all swimmers compete in local meets. The first, second, and third place winners, qualify to attend the next level of competition. The more skilled a swimmer becomes, then the greater opportunity there is for travel.Synchronized swim meets include figure and routine competition. In figure competition, each swimmer is required to perform a predetermined set of figures before a panel of judges. Points are awarded based, in part, on the accuracy of the figure timing, height, and control. The score for each figure is multiplied by its degree of difficulty and the scores are combined for a total figure score. In routine competition, points are awarded in three categories: difficulty, synchronization/execution and artistic impression. To arrive at a composite score, the figures and routine scores are added. For solos, individual figures score are added to the routine score. For duets and teams, individual figures score are averaged and added to the routine score. Figure scores are not added to the routine score for combos. Figure and routine scores have equal value and are added together for the final composite score.
Practice Schedule and Locations
Rocky Mountain Splash is a year-round competitive swim team. Although the competitive season does not last the entire year, the non-competitive months are used for conditioning and skill training. Practice usually begins in August and continues through the first part of June. Swimmers qualifying for national level meets continue their practice schedule through June or July, depending on the meets attended. The majority of the practices are held at Hinkley High School, 1250 Chambers Road Aurora CO 80011. Our normal schedule is:
Novice & Intermediate:
Thursday 5:30 7:30 p.m. Hinkley High School
Saturday 9:00 11:00 a.m. Hinkley High School
12 & Under Age Group Swimmers:
Tuesday 5:30 8:00 p.m. Hinkley High School
Thursday 5:30 8:00 p.m. Hinkley High School
Saturday 8:00 a.m 11:00 a.m. Hinkley High School
13 & Up Age Group Swimmers:
Tuesday 5:30 8:00 p.m. Hinkley High School
Thursday 5:30 8:00 p.m. Hinkley High School
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Hinkley High School
Sunday 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Hinkley High School
Practices may also be held at any other Aurora Public School pool if Hinkley is not available.
Additional practices may be scheduled as necessary to maximize pool time, to prepare for upcoming meets or during school breaks. Your coach will let you know of your exact practice schedule.
Rocky Mountain Splash Parent’s Organization is very fortunate to have a Bingo License with the State
of Colorado so that the team can operate Bingo & Raffle Sessions. Bingo is the primary source of
income for our team. Your participation is the best way for reducing swimmer dues and
Splash's bingo session is run on Saturday afternoons at Slammers Bingo in Lakewood.
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