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Welcome to the Home of the North Oakland Waves Swim Team

NOW is a family-friendly year-round competitive swim team based out of the North Oakland Family YMCA that has been offering competitive swimming for all age groups since 1998.  The team has swimmers of all abilities (1st year novice swimmers to advanced national-level swimmers).  Members come from Auburn Hills, Lake Orion, Oakland Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy, and surrounding areas in Michigan.  Instruction, technique, yardage, a positive work ethic, team building, and loads of fun are the NOW experience.  

NOW offers swimming programs throughout the year. A short course season runs from September to March, a spring tune-up session runs in April and May, a summer session runs in June and July, and fall tune-up in August.

NOW is dually affiliated with both the YMCA and USA Swimming (Michigan Swimming LSC). The team attends local and travel meets sanctioned by both organizations.

MISSION

We believe that our greatest strength lies in the positive atmosphere created by our coaches, parents and the swimmers themselves. As a YMCA affiliated team, the staff, volunteers, and participants believe in character development, focusing on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. They are the key to the success of NOW’s program. 

Our mission is to encourage each and every NOW athlete to demonstrate:

  • Caring – Support your teammates in their goals. Support your team by participating in fundraisers and team events
  • Honesty – Be honest with yourself and your coaches as you progress in your training
  • Respect – Value the worth of every person, including yourself, your teammates, opponents and officials. Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Responsibility – Be accountable for your behavior and obligations. Work toward your goals.

JOINING THE TEAM

At the beginning of each session (short course season, spring tune-up, and summer session) NOW offers an open enrollment period. 

To join the team swimmers must, at a minimum, be able to swim 25 yards on their stomach and back without stopping, to listen to and follow coach instructions, and to complete a one-hour practice.  New and experienced swimmers will be placed by the coaches in practice groups at the beginning of the season.  Swimmer evaluation dates are announced on the website prior to the beginning of the season.  Swimmers joining at some other part of the season should contact Coach Landon at (lshively@nowswimming.com) or Registration Chair Amy Frazier at (alf619@aol.com) to set up an evaluation.  Please note that practice groups are subject to size limits.

A YMCA membership is required for all swimmers regardless of training group and practice location.  Swim team registration (payment and forms) is required to be completed at the YMCA front desk each session prior to the start of practices.  Note that swimmers must have a valid YMCA membership for 30 days prior to competing in a YMCA regular season meet and for 90 days prior to competing in a YMCA championship season meet.

An active nowswimming.com website account is required for all families.  Online registration gives you access to your own private account that will enable you to easily sign up for and pay for swim meets and team events, sign up for volunteer opportunities, see you swimmer’s swim times, maintain your contact information, and receive team emails and newsletters.  There is an activity/processing fee and a USA Swimming registration fee charged when activating your website account.  These fees are used to pay for a t-shirt and cap, some team socials throughout the season, year-end awards, and website costs.

It is expected that all parents will volunteer to help to support the operations of the team at some point during the season.  As team activities are organized by parents, the more volunteers we have the more activities (and fun) we can have. All families are required to volunteer and provide concessions for the swim meet our team hosts in November.

PRACTICE GROUPS

Practice groups (Senior Plus, Senior, Gold, Green, Red, and White) have been established to ensure that our swimmers are grouped with swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels, maturity, and goals.  Coaches are responsible for designating group placement and practice lane assignments. 

Senior Plus

The Senior Plus Group is for Senior Swimmers with the addition of morning swim practices from 5:30-7:00 am at the YMCA on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Senior

Senior Group is primarily for our 13 and over swimmers with competitive swimming experience, who are ready for a strong training regimen.  Practices will grow increasingly more difficult as the year goes on, and focus primarily on building up endurance and strength, with most stroke work done through direct interaction with the coaches.  Stroke refinement, speed training, and aerobic training will be at the core of these practices Swimmers in this group are expected to attend practices and meets regularly and should have their eyes on end of the season cut times.

Expected Intervals:  At least 1:30 base for Freestyle and 1:40 base for IM

Expected Equipment: Fins, kick board, paddles, and pool buoy.

Gold

 

 

Gold Group is for our 10-12 year olds who have displayed strong competence in all four strokes, and are ready to be challenged aerobically in practice.  Multiple years of competitive swimming in their background is highly recommended.  Practices will primarily focus on building up endurance and strength, while continuing to refine stroke technique (done primarily through direct interaction with the coaches).  Swimmers in this group are expected to attend meets regularly, and should strive to achieve Indy qualifying times and beyond.

Expected Intervals: Be able to make at least 4 50s Free on the :50

Expected Equipment:  Fins, kick board, paddles, and pool

Green

Green Group is primarily for our 13 and over swimmers who aren’t quite ready for our Senior Groups, but are ready for a challenge beyond that which Red Group has previously offered.  Some competitive swimming experience is recommended, but displayed competence in all four strokes is more important.  Practices will focus on continued stroke development and the beginning of real endurance/aerobic training.  This group is perfect for any returning swimmers who have spent multiple years in White or Red and are ready for the next step.  Swimmers in this group are expected to attend meets regularly.

Expected Equipment: Fins and kick board.

Red

For swimmers 12 and under who have yet to attain time standards of any level. Swimmers should have a basic knowledge or all four strokes. Practices are heavy on stroke technique.

 White

For swimmers 8 and under who are looking to begin the competitive swimming experience. Swimmers are required to be capable of finishing 25 yards of both freestyle and backstroke. Primary focus is on stroke development.

PRACTICE LOCATIONS

NOW’s two main practice locations during the short course season are at the North Oakland Family YMCA (Red and White practice groups) and at Rochester High School (Gold, Green and Senior practice groups).  Spring Tune Up will be held at Rochester High School.  During the summer season, practices are generally held at the YMCA (Red/White Groups), Rochester High School or Rochester Adams High School.

QUESTIONS?

For additional information about NOW, feel free to explore the website.  If you still have questions, you can contact Coach Landon at (lshively@nowswimming.com)  for questions about practices, coaching or for questions about joining the team, YMCA Aquatics Director Omiya Singleton (osingleton@ymcadetroit.org or 248-370-9622 x 215) for questions about YMCA memberships, fees and programs, or Amy Frazier (registration@nowswimming.com for general questions about the team.