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The Montclair YMCA Dolphins Swim Team (MYM) offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes.  The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school. 

As a YMCA program its goal is to strengthen the foundations of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is supported by the YMCA of the USA.  Click here to see why we love YMCA Swimming.

The focus is, first and foremost, on the development of healthy, confident, values-centered individuals where training and competition are the vehicles by which this development occurs. In addition, as laid out by the Guiding Principles for YMCA Amateur Sports Competition, we strive to produce an atmosphere conducive to competition and opportunity for all. Everyone involved in the delivery of the program plays a critical role in this process. Coaches, YMCA leaders and volunteers assist individuals in their development by building positive relationships, acting with integrity and leading by example.

Our goal is to deliver a program that creates an excellent environment for developing multiple levels of competitive swimmer from beginners to swimmers who are nationally ranked. We believe the process of following the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all aspects of our swim program will inevitably lead to success not only in swimming but in all areas of our swimmers’ lives.

The major objective of the program is to offer the competitive swimmer a fun and challenging experience, which will aid him or her in developing a systematic blueprint to succeed. The Montclair YMCA coaching staff stresses individual self-improvement as each swimmer's primary goal. Training in stroke techniques, speed, and conditioning/endurance are customized to ability and age to help achieve this goal. All swimmers will train all of the competitive strokes with attention to "specialties" as they gain experience and demonstrate success.

All swimmers should learn what goals are, how to set them, and how to reach them. All swimmers should get and remain in good physical and mental shape. We want all athletes to learn the value of hard work, sportsmanship, respect, how to work with others, and commitment both to themselves and to a group.

Beyond learning and mastering the competitive swimming skills, one of the most important goals of this program is to teach life skills, which include time management, self-discipline, and sportsmanship. We strive to provide a positive environment at all times.

In addition to working toward each individual's personal success, the program stresses the team concept: each participant is a member of the Montclair YMCA Dolphins Swim Team. Membership on the team carries with it responsibility, loyalty, and dedication to each of the team members. Mutual support during training and competition are valuable assets attributable to the program. Parental support and involvement is required and are major incentives for many swimmers at all levels of competitive swimming.