Parent Resources

As of June 23, 2019 the YMCA Kraken Swim Team will implement the

USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy.

You can read the Policy at the link below:


All 18 and older athletes registered with the club must have completed the Athlete Protection Training.

Here is the link for more information and training:

All policies updated to include the changes found in the Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy.

This new policy includes carpools, traveling to meets with athletes not your own children, lodging with children not your own at meets, and volunteering on deck.

Please scroll down through all the forms to the Acknowledgement of Policy.

        -Carpool/local transportation - if an 18 or older athlete drives a minor to/from practice or  team activities the parent/guardian must sign this permission form:


        -Travel to meets - if an 18 or older athlete drives a minor to/from an out of town meet the parent/guardian must sign this permission form:


      -Travel accommodations - if a minor athlete rooms with an 18 or older athlete for an away meet the parent/guardian must sign this permission form:


All applicable Adults, USAS members, and non-athlete USAS members must acknowledge having read or been explained MAAPP.  This includes anyone who acts as a timer, runner, finish judge- if you work a meet, this form must be filled out and filed with our team. You can print the acknowledgement below:



Kraken Payment Matrix

Families with more than 1 child receive a 10% discount for child #2 and a 15% discount for child #3.

There is also a discount for families who have children in multiple YMCA programs.

Lastly, the YMCA will not turn a family or child away for the inability to pay. If you desire your child to participate, but feel it may be financially unavailable, please contact Coach Niki. Scholarships are available.

The 10 Commandments of Being a Great Swim Parent:


Thou shall not impose thy ambitions on thy child.


Thou shall be supportive no matter what.

Thou shall not coach thy child.


Thou shall only have positive things to say at a competition.


Thou shall acknowledge thy child's fears.


Thou shall not criticize the officials.


Thou shall honor thy child's coach.


Thou shall be loyal and supportive of thy team.


Thy child shall have goals besides winning.


Thou shall not expect thy child to become an Olympian.


Below are some links and articles for you to use as resources as you grow in your knowledge of this great sport.  


AA Qualifying Times and Great Lakes Zone Qualifying Times

USA Swimming Parent Library

Common Language for Swimmers


Coach email list:

Kaitlin Horton            [email protected]

Melissa McGlothen    [email protected]

Rob St. Jean.             [email protected]