Becoming a Member
Swimmer must be at least 5 years of age and capable of swimming one length freestyle of a 25 yard pool. Swimmers who are not quite ready for club membership, may be interested in our Novice Swim program.
Membership Costs and Registration
Annual registration occurs in late August each year, we also offer a Summer Start program for those ready to begin in May. However, swimmers can join at any time throughout the year. Tryouts are typically held at least 3 times per year and can also be scheduled by request. See details on registration fees. There is an additional fee charged to members that are not residents of Peters Township.
Practice is usually held 5-6 days per week depending on practice group, except during holidays and when the PTHS pool is in use for swim meets. There are also morning practices held periodically throughout the year. The swim season runs September 1st thru August 31st, with a six week break in the spring. The Senior group is strongly encouraged to attend 90% of the practices held, the Junior group 75-80% and the 8 & under group 60% of all practices. For the specific practice schedule, please go the Calendar, which is updated frequently.
Swimmers are divided into five practice groups (please visit the practice groups page for more detailed information on attendance recommendations, etc):
- Nationals (High School swimmers)
- Makos (Middle School and advanced younger swimmers)
- Orcas (transitional group preparing to move to Makos)
- Dolphins (more experienced younger swimmers)
- Piranhas (new and less experienced younger swimmers)
The program is geared toward increasing swimming skills and conditioning, and speed is a natural part of the program. Most of the other club members will be talking about the excitement of preparing for meets and it is likely most kids will eventually give it a try. The coaches will ease the swimmer into the meets and remember, swim meets are not necessarily about being the fastest one there, but rather to beat your own previously best times. You are always swimming against yourself!
PTSC is a Peters Township Recreation Department sponsored organization, sanctioned by US Swimming and Allegheny Mountain Swimming. At PTSC, we offer a year-round developmental program for young people aged 5 through 18, from the beginning swimmer to the most competitive skilled athletes. A progressive age group program is designed to develop each swimmer in a systematic fashion with a long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment. Competition is encouraged in a team setting with swimmers of the same general age and ability.