Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team



2019-20 Seasonal Evaluations

The Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team has seven team levels (see the brochure link for level details) and will hold swimmer evaluations for the 19-20 season on these dates:

Tue. Sept. 3 – Open Evaluations ages 8-and-under – 5:15-6:15 pm

Tue. Sept. 3 – Open Evaluations ages 9-and-over – 6:15-7:15 pm

Wed. Sept. 4 – Open Evaluation ages 8-and-under – 5:15-6:15 pm

Wed. Sept. 4 - Open Evaluation – ages 9-and-over – 6:15-7:15 pm

Thur. Sept. 5 – Open Evaluation ages 8-and-under – 5:15-6:15 pm

Thur. Sept. 5 - Open Evaluation – ages 9-and-over – 6:15-7:15 pm

Sat. Sept. 7– Open Evaluation ages 8-and-under – 1:30-2:30 pm

Sat. Sept. 7 - Open Evaluation – ages 9-and-over – 2:30-3:30 pm

No appointment, membership or fee is required for this evaluation. Please arrive on time and be ready to swim and stay the entire hour. Swimmers need only to attend one session.

Parents are welcome to watch from the pool balcony and additional information and forms will be available at site.


Q: How many Placement and Evaluation sessions do I need to come to?

A: In order to be considered for placement on a team level, swimmers must attend 1 of the sessions offered. There is no advantage in attending multiple sessions; in fact, it detracts from the staff’s ability to evaluate all swimmers in the limited time available. This includes candidates for Future Team and returning swimmers who have asked for re-evaluation.

Q. What exactly occurs in the P&E sessions?

A. Swimmers will be asked to demonstrate all 4 strokes if possible, as well as dives and turns. Swimmers receive some instruction on skills and then will be timed in free, back and breaststroke and evaluated by the coaches.

Q. What happens if a swimmer cannot do a skill or stroke?

A.  This is not a problem; however, this gives the coaches just one more piece of information on a swimmer's ability at this time, so they can make an accurate evaluation of the swimmer.

Q. Is there any fee involved in the P & E sessions?

A. There is no fee or membership necessary for the P&E sessions.

Q. Do swimmers need a racing suit/speedo, cap and goggles on evaluation day?

A. All 3 of these items are helpful! Swimmers can wear any type of one-piece suit. Specific team suits and caps will be available at a fitting date noted in the newsletter text.

Q. Does everyone "make" the team?

A. From time to time, over the past few years, we have been overloaded with certain ages and ability levels and have had to place swimmers on a "waiting list" and recommend other swimmers to "lesson classes" to stay within our guidelines noted in the team brochure regarding size limits. Since we have no pre-registration for the P&E, there is no way to tell if this is a possibility in 2019-20. The decision as to who makes what level is done by the coaches, with the goal of developing the most workable team levels of similar ability.  However, every effort is made to place all swimmers; however, occasionally some swimmers may not be placed on a level due to over enrollment and recommended to classes or placed on a waiting list.


Q. What determines the team level of my swimmer?

A. The coaches review all swimmers on a total of over 20 skill items, including the ability (or inability, which is understandable with many swimmers possibly new to competitive swimming) to perform racing starts, turns and stroke technique skills and integrate time trials as well. The staff evaluates all this information - as well as considers past experience when available - and places the swimmer on the most appropriate level based on a review of their overall skills using our existing guidelines.

Q. What about rosters, carpools, meets, equipment, meeting the coaches and a parents meeting?

A. Those are all critical questions and we will detail all of them via e-mails and at the new parents meeting on Sept. 11; however, there are no “travel” meets until October. The new parents meeting will at the YWCA from 6:30-7:30 pm where we will detail our season, goals, meets and organization and take all questions.

Q. When do I find out my team level?

A. Typically, we e-mail out complete team rosters to all swimmers on Sunday, September 8. Normal practices begin the week of Sept. 9.

Q. What about the commitment?

A. The Dolphins have a long standing policy of encouraging strong commitment to practice and participation in meets. We feel this leads to optimal results for individuals and the team. This commitment has led to year round scheduling and billing. However, we recognize and support swimmers and parents involved in outside sports and programs; however, if you have a substantial seasonal or year round commitment to another sport and or activity, in addition to maintaining quality school work, please discuss this with the head coach prior to placement.

 ● The bulk of competitive season occurs in the period of Sept 9-to March 31 and this is where we stress attendance requirements of 85% for all levels. However, the State and National levels should target 100% attendance and can complement their attendance through “extra” morning sessions. Meet participation is a key component of a successful season. Over the past decade we have seen a great jump forward in participation in the "long course" phase of our season, which is April-July. The long course season is particularly important for the development of swimmers ages 9-and-over.

● All swimmers are expected to participate in our Grand Prix Intersquad Meets, team sponsored Town Championship and State Championships, when qualified. All other meets are on a sign-up basis and this will be detailed at the parent’s meeting on Sept. 11.

Q.  How do I reach Coach Nick Cavataro?

A.  The best way to reach Nick, is to call him at his office at Iona College (914-633-2323 from 9am-2pm) Monday through Friday or by e-mail at or