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our Philosophy:

Our Competitive Swim team offers competitive swim instruction for swimmers ages 5-14, at different skills levels. We provide a supportive team environment, for all swimmers of every age and ability. By striving to achieve their own personal goals and coming together as a team to achieve team goals, we believe that every athlete can become a champion. We seek to offer athletes a space to cultivate fun, learning, practice and achievement. 


Spring/Summer Season enrollment:

Current families and families who participated in the try-outs should enroll using the form below. New families who have not completed a try-out should email our team at aquatics@westcookymca.org

enrollment form


2022 spring/summer long course Season practice SCHEDULE

Season Dates: April 18-July 29, 2022
Training Group Training Fees: Pay in Full
Tiny Team $660
Red Squad $852
Yellow Squad $852
Bronze Squad $1,200
Silver Squad $1,200
Gold Squad $1,200

The training fees can be paid in full in or in a payment plan that is split into three payments. Details will be provided on the enrollment form.

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULES

Please note the below schedule is tentative. We are advocating with a few aquatic facility partners to hopefully finalize a schedule for pools closer to the WCY at more convenient times, and will update the season schedule.

April 18-June 10
Training Group Days Times Location
Tiny Team Tue & Thu 4:45-5:30 pm WCY Pool
Red Squad Mon, Wed, Fri 5:30-6:30 pm PAV YMCA Pool
Yellow Squad Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30-7:30 pm PAV YMCA Pool
Bronze Squad Mon-Fri 8:00-9:00 pm WCY Pool
Silver Squad Mon-Fri 8:00-9:00 pm WCY Pool
Gold Squad Mon-Fri 8:00-9:00 pm WCY Pool
 
June 13-July 29
Training Group Days Times Location
Tiny Team Tues & Thu 4:45-5:30 pm WCY Pool
Red Squad Mon, Wed, Fri 7:55-8:55 am Ridgeland Pool
Yellow Squad Mon, Wed, Fri 7:55-8:55 am Ridgeland Pool
Bronze Squad Mon-Fri 7:10-8:30 am Ridgeland Pool
Silver Squad Mon-Fri 7:10-8:30 am Ridgeland Pool
Gold Squad Mon-Fri 7:10-8:30 am Ridgeland Pool

2022-2023 fall/winter season SAVE THE DATEs:

Fall/Winter Tryouts: August 26-27, 2022

Fall/Winter Season Clinics: September 6-16, 2022

Fall/Winter Season: September 18, 2022-March 3, 2023


COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAM GROUPS

TINY TEAM- This team is designed to teach the YMCA’s core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Program participants will be provided opportunities to experience competitive situations designed to develop and sharpen their competitive swimming skills. The goals of our program include: Front start from the pool side then starting blocks, how to push-off and streamline to flags with dolphin kick, all while continuing to learn all 4 competitive strokes and how to practice with a team. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards without assistance to join the team.

RED GROUP: The focus is stroke specific, honing each swimmer’s ability to compete with all four strokes. There is also an increase in interval swimming, getting swimmers ready for higher levels. The goals for Red swimmers are to swim a 100 IM legally, have consistent practice attendance, flip turns and racing! Participants must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle, swim 25 yards backstroke, have a legal breaststroke kick, and be able to dive in the water.

YELLOW GROUP: Yellow swimmers focus on swimming all four strokes. This will prepare them to compete and succeed in swim meets throughout the season. Goals for Yellow swimmers are legally swim all four strokes and strive towards the requirements for Bronze. Participants must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke with an efficient kick.

BRONZE GROUP: The Bronze group is where swimmers learn body awareness in the water. The focus is on getting the swimmers to understand how they need to move the water during their pull in each stroke in order to be as efficient as possible while swimming. Practices involve a warm-up, drills & skills portion, and an endurance based “main set,” and often a cool down.

SILVER GROUP: Silver is where swimmers begin to focus more on long term success by creating good practice habits and setting goals for the season and beyond. Practices involve a warm-up, drills & skills portion, an endurance based “main set,” and often a cool down. 

GOLD GROUP: Gold continues to focus on long term success by practicing good habits and setting goals for the season and the future of swimming for the athlete, such as preparing for high school swimming. Practices involve a warm-up, drills and skills portion, an endurance based “main set”, and often a cool down. 

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