Team Tryout information

Team Tryout information


Thank you for your interest in the WAVES swim team.  New members are welcome year round!
Email Head Coach  to find out how your young swimmer can get started.

Is your child age 6, 7, 8, or 9 years old?  If so, these are the ideal years to get started in year-round competitive swimming.  The WAVES swim team is the best place to get a solid foundation for future success!

In order to be placed on one of our practice squads, it is required that swimmers be evaluated by one of our coaches. 

To schedule an evaluation for your swimmer, please contact Head Coach Charles Yourd, and make an appointment.  Email Head Coach

  • The evaluation is free and there is no obligation. 
  • Each swimmer who can demonstrate one length of the pool in freestyle and backstroke and is at least six years old is placed on a practice squad based upon age and skill level.
  • Evaluations are held at Bloomington YMCA at the intersection of South Main Street and Oakland Avenue on the south side of downtown Bloomington (address is 602 S. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701). 
  • Please bring a completed New Swimmer Info form with you to the tryout and give to the coach on deck.

The evaluation will take about 15 minutes or less, and afterwards the coach will tell you the practice squad your swimmer is placed in.  You will then receive a New Member Welcome info packet sent via email. and with details regarding team membership.

Thanks again for your interest in the WAVES YMCA swim team, and we look forward to you being part of the WAVES YMCA family!