Welcome to the YMCA Westside Silver Fins USA Swim Team


This Parent Hand Book has been prepared by your coaches and YMCA administrative members to help your family get off to a great start with the team.


By choosing YMCA Westside Silver Fins, you have joined one of the premier swim teams in the United States.  YMCA Westside Silver Fins is a Swim Team and YMCA program designed to offer young athletes a challenging path of self-discovery through the vehicle of sport - providing an opportunity to strengthen spirit, mind and body. Keeping in line with the YMCA's four core values, YMCA WSF swimmers and their families are expected to be caring, honest, respectful and responsible, exemplifying the ideals set forth by the YMCA's founders.


Our vision statement is “Developing Champions in Life through Excellence in Swimming”.  Our philosophy to obtain this goal is to subscribe to a program of teaching and training that provides for maximum long-term enjoyment for our swimmers both in and out of the pool.   YWSF is divided into nine (9) different groups based on a variety of factors that include age, ability, commitment and attitude.  The core of YWSF’s coaching philosophy is a foundation of strong technique through fun, structured activities. Swimmers learn self-discipline, time management, sportsmanship and goal setting - important lessons that prepare them for life as well as swimming.


Our staff is dedicated to the success and improvement of our team as a whole and of each individual swimmer.  We are confident that you will enjoy the YWSF experience and wish you success in your swimming endeavors.