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.
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
Our mission is to encourage each and every NOW athlete to
- Caring – Support your teammates in their
goals. Support your team by participating in fundraisers and
- 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Registration Chair Amy Frazier at (email@example.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 (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
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 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
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 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
Expected Equipment: Fins, kick board, paddles, and pool
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.
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.
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.
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.
For additional information about NOW, feel free
to explore the website. If you still have questions, you can
contact Coach Landon at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for questions about practices, coaching or for questions about
joining the team, YMCA Aquatics Director Omiya Singleton (email@example.com or
248-370-9622 x 215) for questions about YMCA memberships, fees
and programs, or Amy Frazier (firstname.lastname@example.org for
general questions about the team.