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Swim Team Fall 2018/ Winter 2019

Tiger Sharks Fall 2018 - Winter 2019 Swim Team  

The Ocean County YMCA’s Tiger Shark Swim Team competes in both YMCA and USA Swimming meets. 
Our team goal is to develop the swimmer in all areas of competitive swimming and prepare the swimmers for a lifelong enjoyment of the sport. Our team emphasizes the development of Spirit, Mind, and Body, and offers opportunities for growth in all areas.

Each Program group has the goal of preparing the athletes for the next level of competition.
As the athlete progresses, commitment, swimming, training knowledge, mental toughness and technical expertise are increased and improved upon. Physical conditioning, mental strength and life lessons from competitive swimming are the desired products of the program.

Practice will start on Monday September 10th,  2018 following the practice schedule for each group. 
- The season will end on Thursday February 21st for LEM, SAN, MKO, THR 
- The season will end on Thursday March 7th for Reef, HMH, WTP, GWT, BUL SRS, SRG, SRN, unless you qualify for YMCA Nationals

Annual memberships  are required for all members of the Tiger Shark Team
and must be up to date
 and good through March 31, 2019 when you pay your deposit on or before August 15th, 2018.

​All swimmers will be required to complete registration agreements,
Online (for existing swimmers only)
In-person (for new swimmers only).
You can review those documents below (not yet available):

2018-2019 Swim Team Hand Book (also under "OCY Parents" tab)​
2018-2019 Swim Team Registration Agreements

New & Existing swimmers Registration:
Click here for Registration instructions = 
August 2018 Time & Date sensitive ! 
 

Practice Schedule & Group Descriptions

GROUP PLACEMENT:
Individual placements are based on the best interest of the swimmer for long term development and are dependent upon training ability, level of commitment, group availability, proficiency in the necessary skills by age group and coaches approval. All group placements are considered by the entire coaching staff.  Achievement of Championship Qualifying Times are used as general guidelines, not specific criteria.


AGE GROUP PROGRAMS:
LEMON SHARKS (Ages 6-9)
For swimmers who wish to start in our competitive program but have yet to complete or need continued lessons. Swimmers must be able to swim Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke. Practices are one time per week and swimmers are required to be enrolled in one lesson each session throughout the season
Saturday   9:45-10:45AM
Annual Member $150 (PAY IN FULL ONLY)

SAND SHARKS (Ages 6-9)
For swimmers who wish to start in our competitive program and have completed at least one session of Youth Stroke Development, lessons or equivalent. Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Sand Sharks may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League and YMCA Invitational meets.
TU, TH        5:45-6:45 PM  
Annual Member $325 plus *Activity Fee

MAKOS  (Ages 7-10)
For swimmers who have a strong background in all four competitive strokes and are ready to learn more advanced stroke skills and technique. Stroke technique and racing skills are emphasized. Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 25 of each competitive stroke as well as a 50 Free to join this group. Mako Sharks may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League and YMCA Invitational meets.
M, W           5:15-6:30PM
SA                8:45-10:00AM 
Annual Member $579 plus *Activity Fee

THRESHER SHARKS  (Ages 8-11)
For the swimmers who are interested in a competitive program and have completed a previous Tiger Shark group or one session of advanced lessons or equivalent. Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Stroke technique and racing skills are emphasized. Group members will be registered as YMCA swimmers, compete in the NJ YMCA dual meet league, Plus YMCA Invitational meets.  Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships.
M       6:30- -7:45PM  
F        7:00-8:15PM
SA     10:30-11:45 AM   
Annual Member $579 plus *Activity Fee

REEF SHARKS (Ages 9-12)
Competitive training is introduced with continued emphasis on stroke technique and racing skills. The 200 Free and 200 IM are introduced at this level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Reef Sharks may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League in any events they have not achieved a YMCA Silver time. Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 50 of each competitive stroke as well as the 100 IM and 100 Free in order to join this group.
M     5:15-6:45 PM
TU    7:00-8:30 PM
TH    6:30-8:00 PM
F       6:45-8:15 PM
Annual Member $950 Plus USA Swimming Registration $68 and *Activity Fee

HAMMERHEADS  (Ages 10-13)
Transitional level where swimmers move from primarily stroke instruction to aerobic and competitive training. Swimmers are motivated and committed to be their best and to practice consistently. Emphasis is on preparation for higher levels of training and competition, and technical efficiency is of utmost importance. 200 Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke are introduced at this level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Hammerheads may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League in any events they have not achieved a YMCA Silver time. Swimmers must have completed a 100 of each competitive stroke as well as the 200 IM and 200 Free legally in order to join this group. In addition, 11-12 swimmers should have achieved at least two YMCA Silver Qualifying Times and 10 & Unders should have achieved at least two YMCA State Qualifying Times in the previous season, or by training ability based on coach approval. Practice times include dry land with a practice attendance requirement of 70%.
M 6:15-8:00 PM
Tu 5:30-7:15 PM includes dryland
W 6:00-8:00 PM includes dryland
F 5:00-7:00 PM includes dryland
SA 7:00-9:00 AM
Annual Member $1,149 Plus USA Swimming Registration $68 and *Activity Fee

BULL SHARKS  (Ages 11-14)
For the swimmers who are interested in a competitive program. Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Stroke technique and racing skills are emphasized. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships.
M       7:30-8:45PM   
W       7:00-8:30PM  
TH      7:15-8:45PM
SU      4:45-6:30 PM
Annual Member $975 Plus USA Swimming Registration $68 and *Activity Fee

GREAT WHITES  (Ages 11-14)
For athletes with desire and ability to train and compete at the highest levels. Swimmers will train to compete at the local and regional level with aspirations of competing at the YMCA National Level. Swimmers must have strong competitive background in all four competitive strokes. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Great Whites may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League in any events they have not achieved a YMCA Silver time. Great White 13-14 swimmers should have achieved at least two YMCA Silver Qualifying Times and 11-12 swimmers should have achieved at least two YMCA State Qualifying Times in the previous season, or by training ability based on coach approval.
Practice times include dry land and practice attendance requirement is 70%.
TU        6:15-8:30PM including dryland
W,F      5:00-7:15PM including dryland
TH        5:45-7:30PM
SA         6:45-8:45AM
SU         4:45-7:00PM
Annual Member $1,275 Plus USA Swimming Registration $68 and *Activity Fee

SENIOR GROUP PROGRAMS:

SILVER  (Ages 13+)
This group will be for swimmers in eighth grade and high school who have the desire and ability to train and compete regularly. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will be required to compete in YMCA and USA Invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season. Swimmers in this group are working to achieve USA Gold and or YMCA State times. Swimmers must have at least one YMCA Silver Qualifying Times in order to join this group. Swimmers can also join this group based on coaches decision and training ability. All swimmers in this group must have desire and ability to train.
As a general guideline for this group, swimmers must be able to train and hold a pace of 1:25 for a minimum 10 x 100’s.
All practice times include dry land training and practice attendance requirement is 75%.
M, W, F          3:45-6:45PM including dryland.
TU, TH           3:45-6:00PM
SU                7:00-9:30AM
Annual Member $1,299 Plus USA Swimming Registration $68 and *Activity Fee

GOLD  (Ages 14+)
This group will be for swimmers in High School or going to High School in the fall. Swimmers in this group will have the desire and ability to train and compete at the highest level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will be required to compete in YMCA and USA Invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season. Swimmers must have USA Gold or YMCA State qualifying times in order to train in this group , or by training ability based on coach approval. As a general guideline for this group, swimmers must be able to train and hold a pace of 1:15 for a minimum 10 x 100’s.Any swimmer in this group who achieves a new National standard is welcome to attend Nationals.
All Practice times include dry land training and practice attendance requirement is 80%.
M, W, F       3:45-6:45PM including dryland.
TU, TH        3:45-6:00PM
SU             7:00-9:30AM
Annual Member $1,299 Plus USA Swimming Registration $68 and *Activity Fee

NATIONAL  (Girls age 13 and up, Boys age 14 and up)
This group will be for swimmers in High School or going to High School in the fall with the desire and ability to train and compete at the Regional and National level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will be required to compete in YMCA and USA Invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season. Swimmers must have a SC National time and/or have participated in the previous SC or LC Nationals season to be considered for the group. Swimmers in this group must attend and be committed to YMCA Nationals as their priority as well as other high level meets (USA Jr. Nationals, Nationals, etc). As a general guideline for this group, swimmers must be able to train and hold a pace of 1:10 to 1:15 or faster for a minimum 10 x 100’s .
Practice attendance requirement is 80%. 
M, W, F       3:45-6:45PM including dryland.
TU, TH        3:45-6:00PM
SU              7:00-9:30AM
Annual Member $1,325 Plus USA Swimming Registration $68 and *Activity Fee

ADDITIONAL FEES
USA Swimming Fee: $68
For all swimmers in the Reef, Hammerhead, Bull Sharks, Great White, National, Gold, and Silver  groups

*Activity Fee: For all swimmers in the Reef, Hammerhead, Great White, National, Gold, and Silver  groups

There will be fundraising opportunities offered through STAC to help pay these fees

These fees are to help subsidize coaches’ travel and banquet fees

Payable in full or will be charged half on 12/15/18 and remaining balance on 2/15/19

Sand - $50

Mako - $50

Thresher - $50

Reef - $75

Hammerhead - $100

Bull - $50

Great White - $150

Gold, Silver - $200
National - $250


Discounts: 
2.5% off for both / 2 swimmers within your family. 
5% off for all 3 or more swimmers within your family. 
25% off for all employees- MUST work more than 5 hrs per week, per OCYMCA Policy.
There are no discounts on the activity fee.