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Winter Short Course Season

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Fall/Winter Competitive Swim Team

Overview:
The Somerset Valley YMCA (SVY) Swim team is a highly competitive team that runs from September through April depending on level. Membership is by tryout only.  We have about 375 swimmers in 15 different practice groups with ages ranging from 6 years old to 18 years old.   We compete in dual meets with other YMCA's in the area and in YMCA and USA Swimming invitational and championship meets.  Meets occur on the weekends and an occasional Friday.  Swim meets begin in October and for those that qualify, end with YMCA Nationals in April.  Swimmers continue to swim and practice until their last championship meet. The winter swim team program begins in September and runs through March or April.  Meets are run on the weekends, with an occasional Friday for some high level meets.  Swim meets begin October, and for those who qualify, end with YMCA Nationals in April.  A swimmer’s last day is determined by their last meet.  Swimmers wanting to stay in shape and improve their skills between seasons should look for our Stroke Clinics, offered in March, April and August.

Attendance:
Swimmers on the winter team are expected to attend the four dual meets scheduled on Saturdays between October and December and the YMCA and USA championship meets they qualify for in February and March. Swimmers ages 11/12 should maintain a minimum of 70% attendance, those 13/14 should maintain a 75% minimum attendance and those 15 and over 80% attendance. This is the minimum attendance and swimmers should aim to have close to 100%.

Tryouts:
An in person tryout is required to join SVY.  Our tryouts are held in July and August for the Fall/Winter team. During the tryout, swimmers will be asked to demonstrate the competitive strokes, Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly (relative to age and ability level).  We will also look at their starts (dives) and turns.  Swimmers 7 years of age and older who can swim freestyle and backstroke are encouraged to tryout.  Although we would like to take everyone, the team is limited to a set amount of swimmers due to lane space and time restrictions.  Emails will be sent to those accepted to the team.

YMCA Membership:
Per YMCA National Policy, all swim team members are required to be Full Privilege members of the greater Somerset County YMCA.  The membership fee is in addition to the fee for the swim team program.  Swimmers must acquire the membership prior to registering for the team, and the membership must remain current throughout the entire season.

Meet Fees:
Teams that host swim meets charge fees for every event and sometimes a surcharge.  This funds are drawn upon a credit card that is set up in your SVY online account. All members must have a credit card on file.

Parent Volunteers:
Volunteers are needed to run the swim meets.  Some jobs require training (Official, timing system operator), and other jobs are trained onsite (Timer, runner, ribbon writer).  Training is available early in the season for those jobs that require training.  Emails will go out about job signups a couple days prior to job signup.  Every family is expected to work a certain number of points.  The number of points required is determine early in the season.  Once signed up, you are required to work your assignment or find a substitute to work the job.   We are encouraged by the state and national offices to have as many parents trained to become certified officials as possible.  This is a great way to gain functional knowledge of the sport, help out the team and at the same time become closer with your swimmer.

Hosted Meets:
SVY hosts several meets during the winter season. These hosted meets are the primary fundraiser for the team. Families may be expected to work at these meets even if their swimmer is not participating.  Meets include but are not limited to the following: Champions Classic, New Year's Splash, Miles and Miles and March Madness.

Summer Long Course Swim Team

Overview:
The long course program is a high level competitive program for swimmers ages 9 and over.  The season begins mid April and runs through the end of July/early August. Practices are held in the afternoons during the week and during the morning/evening on weekends.  When school lets out, practices are moved to the mornings and are held in one of our YMCA's or at one of our outdoor locations.  Swimmers, depending on placement, participate in our hosted long course meets plus championship meets such as Long Course JO's, Zones, YMCA Nationals, and Junior or Senior Nationals. 

Tryouts:
Like the winter team, the long course team requires a tryout. Tryouts for our Long Course Program are held in March and April. 

USA Swimming Membership:
USA Swimming membership is required for all long course swimmers.  Swimmers who participated with the Somerset Valley YMCA swim team on the preceding winter team already have this membership.  Swimmers new to the Somerset Valley swim team, or transfers from another program will need to pay for the USA Swimming membership or a transfer fee.

YMCA Membership:
All swimmers in the long course swim team program must have a full privileged Greater Somerset County YMCA membership by the time they register for the program.  The membership must be current throughout the entire summer season.  This membership is in addition to any team fees.

Meet Fees:
Teams that host swim meets charge fees for every event and sometimes a surcharge.  This funds are drawn upon a credit card that is set up in your SVY online account. All members must have a credit card on file.

Hosted Meets:
SVY hosts one or two meets during the summer long course season: Long Course Cup in June and July Invite in July. These hosted meets are the primary fundraiser for the team. All Short course (Winter team) families are required to work at least one of these meets.  Those with swimmers in Long Course, must work BOTH meets.

Summer Collegiate Swimmers

The 10 Time NJ YMCA State Champions SVY Swim Team is embarking on a new program for current NCAA swimmers with serious individual and group goals for the 2015 summer LCM season. This is NOT a “swim to stay fit” recreational program. The Spring schedule begins Wed 5/27 with the end of season determined by your last meet attending. Program registration is limite.  More Information.

Summer Short Course Swim Team
Hillsborough Hurricanes

Bridgewater Blue Dolphins

Overview:
The short course summer program is open to anyone ages 6 – 19 who can swim at least 25 yards Freestyle and Backstroke.  Swimmers must try-out for this program, generally in March and April.  The coaching staff reserves the right to put swimmers into appropriate practice groups for their skill level.  Summer team swimmers practice in the afternoons/evenings in Hillsborough, Bridgewater and Somerville YMCA starting after Memorial Day and goes through end of July. It is STRONGLY recommended that swimmers sign up for the 6 week Spring Clinic which runs prior to the summer Short Course Program. 

The short course program is a fun, low intensity program.  Swimmers will compete in dual meets with other outdoor summer clubs throughout Central NJ.  The league schedule allows for 8 dual meets and one championship meet during the season.  Swimmers work in practice to improve their skills and endurance, and they will progress at their own pace.  Meets are held on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings beginning in late June and continuing through the end of July.

YMCA Membership:
All swimmers in the summer short course swim team programs must have a full privileged Somerset Valley YMCA membership.  The membership must be current throughout the entire summer season.  This membership is in addition to any team fees.

Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to run the summer dual meets.  Because of the number of volunteers required, families will be assigned to work on a rotating basis.  Some jobs require training (Official, timing system operator), and other jobs are trained onsite (Timer, runner, ribbon writer).  At the beginning of the season, parents are asked which jobs they would prefer to do.  Efforts will be made by the team coordinators to place parents in their preferred jobs and provide any necessary training.  Every family is expected to work their assigned meets, or find a substitute to work the job. 

Clinics

The YMCA runs several clinics during the year to help swimmers improve their competitive skills.  A YMCA membership is not required for these programs.

Stroke Clinics:
Clinic are run by SVY swim team coaches.  There are clinics that are in March, April and May.  There are also clinics prior to the start of the Winter season in September.

 

Spring Clinic  (for swimmers that choose NOT to swim Long Course):
The Spring Clinic is a six week long program which runs from April through the end of May.  This program is recommended for all Short Course summer swimmers, but it is open to anyone ages 6 – 19 who can swim Freestyle and Backstroke. (Note: It is not available for our Long Course summer swimmers because the practice times will conflict.) Swimmers are separated into groups by age and work on the competitive strokes of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.  They will also work on starts, turns, finishes, and transitions.  It is a great way to get ready for a summer team.  A YMCA membership is not required for the clinic.