The Youngstown YMCA Neptunes offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Y Neptunes to offer specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. Neptune practices will be grouped based on swimming ability. This is done so our coaches can provide the best education and exercises for all of our swimmers.

The practice structure and schedule is listed below. New and beginner swimmers should plan to attend the Group 1 practice unless they have been assigned to a different practice group by a coach. Swimmers will be placed into groups by the Head Coach, and can only be moved up by the Head Coach if there is space to accommodate additional swimmers. Please note that the Head Coach reserves the right to close practices, which means that parents, guardians, or family members will not be permitted on the pool deck during practice times. From time to time, the Head Coach may invite parents to observe practices from the bleachers so that they can see the progress that their child is making. 

All swimmers are expected to attend practice on a regular basis. The coaches would like all swimmers to aim for 100% attendance in all groups. Each day, the coaches give valuable instruction and carefully planned workouts. In the world of swimming, there is no such thing as “make up work”. Consistently missing practice will mean missing out on specific work each day. This can seriously hinder a swimmers long term development when it comes to stroke technique and fundamentals. In the situation of a prolonged illness, please notify the Head Coach.  Swimmers are not permitted to attend practices outside of their assigned practice group or attend more than the prescribed number of practices for the group.



2020-21 Practice Schedule 

Group 1: Monday-Friday 4:15pm - 5:00pm

Group 2: Monday-Friday 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Group 3: Monday-Friday 6:30pm - 8:00pm



* Coach Terry will email all swimmers with their group assignment.

*Practice groups are assigned by the Head Coach, please contact Terry with any questions.


** NO PRACTICE on 11/26-27 **


1. Boys and Girls locker rooms will be open for changing into dry clothes AFTER practice ONLY

2. Swimmers must still come directly to the pool dressed to swim and leave belongings in the bleachers

3. Swimmers must wear a mask at all times while going to, inside, and leaving the locker room

4. Swimmers must maintain appropriate distance while in locker rooms

5. Swimmers are only allowed in the locker room for 10 minutes. No exceptions. Parents can accompany their swimmer(s) if desired.

6. There will be no use of showers, toilets, OR lockers (entrance to showers/toilets will be blocked off)

7. All swimmers will exit out of the front of the building. No one will be permitted to enter or exit from the deep pool doors to Commerce Street.

8. The font entrance is well-lit, parents can pull up to the front curb while their kids wait in the foyer OR on the front stoop, while still “in view” of Y staff.

9. Parents also now have the option to wait inside in the Lobby where the tables and chairs are, just as they could pre-COVID.

10. Locker room door handles and benches will be sanitized by a staff member in between practice groups