The AquaStarz team competes in two different leagues, the Valley Foothill Competitive Aquatic League (VFCAL) and USA Synchronized Swimming. Information about both leagues is set forth below. Not all of the AquaStarz swimmers compete, but the team attempts to give as many swimmers the opportunity as possible. All swimmers, regardless whether they participate in the competition portion of the season, will learn a routine and perform at the annual AquaStarz Show in July.
The majority of the AquaStarz team competes in the VFCAL swim league during the March - July season. The league includes five synchronized swimming teams:
AquaStarz swimmers compete in four Dual Meets and the Championships Meet (Champs). Dual Meets are competitions between two teams and take place on weekday evenings. Champs is the culminating meet of the summer. It involves all 5 VFCAL teams and occurs on the third weekend in July.
During these meets, swimmers can compete in figures and routines. Figures are brief combinations of basic compulsory movements that all swimmers must learn in order to compete in synchronized swimming. These movements are performed in front of a panel of 5 league-trained, volunteer parent judges. The judges score swimmers on a 1-10 scale on 4 figures. Scores are combined to place swimmers within their age group. Routines are set to music and provide swimmers the chance to not only show their technical skill, but to perform. Routines are scored on various elements and are given a cumulative score on a 10 point scale.
Champs opportunity for swimmers to showcase what they've worked on all summer. Novice swimmers ages 10 and older have the opportunity to advance to the intermediate level by placing in one of the top eight figure positions in their age group (top six in the 9-10 age group). To quality for Champs figures competition, swimmers must compete in figures at two of the four dual meets. No qualifying placement is required, only participation. Each team is allowed to register 40 figures swimmers and 12 routines to compete at Champs.
*Click here to download the entire VFCAL schedule or here to view the VFCAL website.
In 2018, the AquaStarz joined and began competing in the USA Synchronized Swim (USA) program, with a small group of junior high and high school aged swimmers. AquaStarz swimmers who have completed at least one year of competition at the VFCAL intermediate level and can commit to attending 90% of all practices are eligible to join the USA program at the coach's discretion. The USA program trains and competes from September - July each year and attends meets throughout the Western Region with the anticipation that the swimmers in the program will qualify for and compete at Junior Olympics in early July. The meets for the USA program swimmers are announced on the home page of the website.
Other area synchro teams that participate in USA Synchronized Swim competitions include:
Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team
Walnut Creek Aquanuts