Every kid has swimming abilities – there’s a little Michael Phelps or Simone Manuel in each of them. Help yours find their swimming potential through the County Y’s Blue Dolphins Swim Team! Swimmers of all ages and abilities participate in our Swim Teams. Led by caring coaches, we emphasize personal improvement through stroke technique and training, a strong work ethic and team work through competitive swimming. Swimmers compete locally with the opportunity to advance to the district, state and national level.
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The County Y Swim Team is set up in levels based on achievement, attitude and commitment. This enables swimmers to progress at their individual rate while building bonds with team members in all age ranges. Placement into swimming color levels is based primarily on the ability of swimmers.
The practice groups are as follows: (a swimmer may move up to help promote their growth and excel or be placed down a level to avoid feelings of frustration or overwhelmed in their current group.
- (WHITE) Novice – Generally 8 & under
- (GREEN) Developmental – New 13 & under swimmers
- (BLUE) Age Group – Experienced 9 -15 Developing swimmers
- (GREY) Prep Senior – Excelled in Age Group and preparing for Senior Group *Age Group swimmers may be invited to advance to the Senior group for a practice or permanently upon invitation by the Head Coach.
- (BLACK) Senior – 12 & older upper level experienced swimmers aspiring to excel in the highest levels of swimming.
Minimum Expectations: Complete 25 yards (1 length of pool) freestyle and backstroke without stopping or receiving assistance. This is the introductory level of competitive swimming for swimmers 8 & under. This group teaches the basics of competitive swimming in the Y while having fun. This group builds upon the skills learned in Y swim lessons and to learn the long axis strokes, Freestyle and Backstroke as well as introducing the swimmers to Breaststroke and Butterfly. Additionally, the swimmers are taught how competitive swim meets are run so that they know what to expect when they enter their first meet and participate in meets during the season.
Attendance: Recommended 2 practice per week
Minimum Expectations: Complete 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke with basics of breaststroke and butterfly established. The focus is on improving all four competitive strokes as well increased yardage to practices. Work on establishing start and turn techniques, race management and strategy is introduced to begin to advance as an overall swimmer.
Attendance: Recommended 2 practice per week
Age Group (BLUE)
Minimum Expectations: Complete 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. Focus on stroke development and technique on the four competitive strokes, as well as start and turn technique improvement continues as part of practice. Additionally, athletes spend an average of about 1/2 of practices working on building training volume to increase yardage. Competitive team aspect is introduced and goals to encourage growth through the season.
Attendance: Recommended 3 days per week, including dry land workouts
Prep Senior (GREY)
Have excelled in the criteria of the Age Group level and are preparing to become a Senior level swimmer. Intense Goal setting and stroke work to improve competitive performance.
Attendance: Recommended 4 days commitment per week, including dry land and circuit training
Minimum Expectations: Complete 500 yards freestyle, 200 yards individual medley and repeat 100s of each stroke. Athletes entering this group must display a desire to begin training on a more committed basis. Senior Group is for swimmers who wish to make a stronger commitment to the team and to competitive swimming. Additionally, training focus becomes more individualized to the types of events the swimmers are most successful in for end of season competitions. Attendance, attitude, team support and work ethic expectations are elevated and more is expected of the swimmer. Dry land training and structured goal setting is introduced and expected of the swimmer to advance to their full potential. Teamwork, volunteerism and a positive attitude are essential for this level. Swimmers compete in a full slate of competitive events and place a greater emphasis on team development. Swimmers aspiring to excel in the highest levels of swimming will benefit from the foundations developed at this level.
Attendance: Recommended 5 days commitment per week, including dry land and circuit training