Becoming a member of the Boise Y Swim Team means fun, fitness, and teamwork.  It also means a financial obligation to pay your monthly dues and other charges in a timely manner.  The following outlines what you can expect to pay as a member of the Boise YMCA Swim Team.  At first glance, it may seem as if the swim team is expensive.  However, when taking into account the hours of coaching your swimmer receives for their monthly dues, the swim team offers a reasonable team experience designed to promote self- esteem, self-discipline, and good sportsmanship.

YMCA MEMBERSHIP:  Because the swim team is a Treasure Valley Family YMCA program, each Swim Team member must also be a member of the Treasure Valley Y.  The membership fee varies depending upon whether you have a youth or family membership.  Arrangements for becoming a Y member should be made at the front desk.  Your membership allows you full use of the Downtown, West, and Caldwell facilities.  Currently, the youth (10-18) membership is $26.39 (includes tax) per month if paid by monthly bank draft.  If you choose not to do the bank draft, monthly dues are $39.59 (includes tax), payable in advance. There is no joining fee required for a youth membership.

USA SWIMMING: As the Boise Y Swim Team is a member of USA Swimming, all members are required to pay a yearly membership fee. This annual fee for 2018 is $68. This fee is reduced considerably for those swimmers who qualify for free or reduced hot lunch through the school system (letter from school district stating such is required as proof).  The USA Swimming membership provides secondary health and accident insurance in case of injury during swim team practice and during swim meets. 


TEAM REGISTRATION/JOINING FEE:  A non-refundable joining fee of $35 will be charged to all NEW swimmers.  This is a one-time only fee unless swimmers leave the team for longer than two years.


MONTHLY DUES:  Unlike most Treasure Valley Family YMCA programs, the Boise Y Swim Team is responsible for paying all program costs including coaches salaries, team travel, financial assistance, and operating expenses.  Therefore, the Boise Y Swim Team must charge each swimmer monthly dues.  The dues are dependent upon the group which your swimmer is placed in and will change as your swimmer moves from group to group.  Monthly dues are billed on an 11 month basis--we do not bill for August.  2017-18 dues are as follows: Sockeye II - $60; Sockeye I - $62.50; Bronze - $73.00; High School - $73; Silver - $82; Gold - $91; Senior/National - $115. 


A discount will be given at the rate of 10% for a second swimmer, 50% for a third swimmer, and no charge for additional swimmers after three.  (The swimmer in the most advanced practice group will be charged 100%, the second highest group 90%, etc.)  The discount applies to dues only.  Families will receive a dues invoice via email each month which can be paid by bank draft, credit card, or check.

ADMIN FEE:  In February, each family will be charged $48 ($4 per month) to cover the cost of relays throughout the year, credit card and bank draft fees, miscellaneous fees, etc..  This fee is pro-rated for new members who join from January thru August.  Swimmers joining the team for the first time after September 1 will not be charged this fee.  (This fee is different than the Joining Fee.)


FUNDRAISING/PROGRAM FEE:   Because of the expense of staffing three pools and providing a quality staff and program for almost 350 children, monthly dues are simply not enough to cover the costs involved in running our swim team.  Therefore, the Boise Y Swim Team is initiating a Program Fee in the Fall of 2017.  The Team offers two ways for swimmers to pay this fee, other than just writing a check.  Swimmers can participate in Aquathon.  Swimmers obtain pledges from neighbors, friends, and family for swimming a certain number of laps (max of 200 in 2 hours).  We will have a Swim-Off in late November when everyone can swim their laps.  Program Fee amounts for 2017-18 are as follows: Sockeye I and II Group Swimmers = $100; Bronze, Silver, and High School Group Swimmers = $200; and Gold, Senior, and National Group Swimmers = $300.  Money raised through Aquathon/Scrip in November 2017 will satisfy the 2018 Program Fee requirement.  Please see the Fundraising tab for more information.


We also have a SCRIP program which runs year round.  Details on SCRIP are available for our members on the Fundraising Tab. 


TEAM SERVICE:  We expect all families to help at home meets, away meets, and team events.  Each family is required to work 2 hours each quarter (Oct-Dec; Jan-Mar; April-June; July-Sept.).  Unfulfilled hours will be billed at $25 per hour.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:  Financial Assistance (FA) for Boise Y Swim Team monthly dues is available.  If you are in need of Financial Assistance, the swim team asks that you apply through the Treasure Valley Family YMCA for assistance with their membership fee.  Applications for Financial Assistance are available at the front desk.  Once you have been approved for assistance by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, notify the Administrative Assistant of the swim team.  The Swim Team will then grant Financial Assistance at the same percentage and in the same method as the Treasure Valley Y. Financial Assistance provided by the swim team is not available for anything except monthly dues.  In addition, families on Financial Assistance are expected to fulfill their Service Requirement and to pay the Program Fee.  Please direct all financial questions to our Team Admin, Patty Stratton (376-1135).

LEAVE OF ABSENCE:  Because of the size of our team (250 families), it has become more and more difficult to keep track of swimmers who take a leave of absence for a short period of time. In addition, it is extremely hard to prepare an annual budget which takes into consideration the income lost by swimmers who decide to take a leave of absence of any length. Therefore, we have developed a Leave of Absence policy. This policy is as follows:  A reinstatement fee of ½ of your current monthly dues will be assessed upon the swimmer’s return to the team after the leave. This reinstatement fee will be waived if the LOA is less than or equal to 60 days. LOA requests must be received no later than the 27th of the month preceding the leave.


TEAM UNIFORM:   We require all swimmers purchase the Boise Y Swim Team suit, team t-shirts, and team cap.  These items are not required to be worn during practices, only during meets.  We also require swimmers purchase swim fins, water bottles, paddles, and snorkels as follows:

  1. Sockeye I & II = Swim Fins
  2. Bronze & High School = Swim Fins, Water Bottle, Snorkel, Mesh Bag
  3. Silver, Gold, and  Senior = Swim Fins, Water Bottle, Paddles, Snorkel, Mesh Bag. 

Check with your swimmer's coach to see if he/she has specific requirements.  Most of these items can be purchased from the Swim & Sun Shop.


SWIM MEETS: The Boise Y Swim Team hosts 2-3 swim meets each year.  In order to run these meets, we need parents to help.  We ask each swim team family, whether or not your swimmer is participating in the meet to take a timing shift or other job during these weekends.  Helping is a great way to meet new people and get involved in your child’s activity.  Swim meets are also major fund-raisers for the team.  Through the sale of t-shirts and heat sheets we generate needed funds to help with our fund raising goals. 

The average meet will cost a swimmer approximately $40-50 in entry fees and may or may not be dependent upon the number of events entered.  Some host teams charge a fee based on the number of events entered and some teams charge a flat rate no matter how many events are entered.  Swimmers are billed for these entry fees.  Our team must pay the host club for all entry fees in advance.  A swimmer who enters a meet and does not cancel the entry with Patty Stratton before the check is sent to the host club must pay for his/her entry whether or not he/she ultimately attends the meet.                       


QUESTIONS: If you have further questions, do not hesitate to talk to the coaching staff (please do not interrupt practice but contact coaches before or after practice) or any of the following:
            Head Coach                 Todd Marsh                  377-4886 ext 426 (West Y)
            Team Administration     Patty Stratton              376-1135
            New Members Chair       Melanie Rubocki           968-4550

Mail the Swim Team payments to         

Boise Y Swim Team
Attn:  Patty Stratton, Admin.
2017 S. Roosevelt Street
Boise, ID  83705