Tryout Information

DSMY Youth Swim Team "Tryout Evaluations"

Are you interested in joining one of the Greater Des Moines YMCA youth swim teams?  Five of our branches are offering youth swim teams for the Spring/Summer 2019 season (April 1- July 2019): Ankeny, Indianola, Walnut Creek, Waukee and Wellmark. Each branch will host their own "tryout and evaluation" session. Interested swimmers new to the DSMY team (including siblings of current team members) only need to attend one of the sessions, if the YMCA swim team you are interested in offers multiple sessions. Pricing and schedules are located on each youth swim team Practice Site page on our website. A YMCA membership is required to be a part of the DSMY swim teams.

Tryout details:

  • Open to swimmers 6-21 years old
  • Bring your own swimsuit, swim cap, swim goggles and a water bottle
  • Each swimmer will be asked to show their in-water skills.  The skills consists of 25 yards of the four competitive strokes: freestyle (with side breathing), backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  • After the in-water skill evaluation, the coach will discuss next steps with you and your swimmer.  Outcomes may include training group placement and/or continuing with swim lessons.

Ankeny Practice Site Tryouts

Thursday, March 14, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Thursday, March 21, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Thursday, March 28, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Thursday, April 11, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Thursday, April 25, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM


Boone Practice Site Tryouts

Please email the practice site head coach to schedule a time for the Fall/Winter 2019 season.


Indianola Practice Site Tryouts

Tuesday, March 5 at 6pm

Thursday, April 4 at 6pm


South Suburban Practice Site Tryouts

Monday, October 15 at 7pm OR Thursday, October 18 at 6:30pm OR Sunday, October 21 at 11:30am

Walnut Creek Practice Site Tryouts

Thursday, March 28 at 7pm

Sunday, March 31 at 4pm

Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm

Sunday, April 28 at 4:45pm

Waukee Practice Site Tryouts

Please complete the Google doc before attending a tryout session.

Monday, March 4 at 6pm

Tuesday, March 5 at 6pm

Thursday, March 14 at 6pm

Tuesday, April 2 at 6pm


Wellmark Practice Site Tryouts

Monday, March 25 at 6pm
Tuesday, March 26 at 6pm
Monday, April 29 at 6pm
Tuesday, April 30 at 6pm