Fall 2020/Winter 2021

HERE is the link to the Practice Groups.

HERE is the link to Registration.

 

Hello, Current - Past - New Dolphins, 

We are excited to be able to run our program through this Fall/Winter. We continue to go above and beyond with the safety procedures at our YMCA. This was our main consideration as we planned for this swim season. While we might have limitations, this season will come with increased capacity and a return to competition. 

 

Registration will open on a rolling basis, starting Tuesday, 8/25. 

  • Returning from Summer 2020 Season, including wait-list and siblings: 8/25
  • Returning from Fall 19/Winter 20 Season: 8/28
  • New Swimmers: 8/31

The Fall/Winter season will run from Monday, September 14th to Friday, February 19th (23 weeks). 

 

Season Overview:

We will have five practice groups this season: AG3/Pups, AG2, AG1, Juniors and Seniors. You can read further about those groups on our website, HERE.

 

CAPACITY:

During the summer, we were limited to 8 swimmers per group (one on both ends of the pool). After discussing with teams in the Yankee Cluster League, almost all have either 3 swimmers per lane (one on both ends and one in the middle) or 4 swimmers (one on both ends and one under both sets of flags) per lane. Yes, this means that the middle swimmer(s) are essentially floating through practice. Those individuals will store their gear on the side of the pool. Rather than splitting the lane in half, swimmers will circle swim. I’ll change up who is in the middle position on a regular basis. This is a new approach for all of us and I’m excited to have more swimmers in each group. 

 

We’ve limited each group based on those lane restrictions and the age of the group. Once swimmers have registered for the team, we will assign groups. This schedule is considered tentative. Group placement will be determined by 9/1. 

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration is a commitment for the full season. The full season fee will be spread out over six monthly installments. Leaving the team early for any reason does not reduce the fees.
 

To register click here. There is no fee at the time of registration. Once the placement for your swimmer is determined, we will reach out to you to confirm the price & payment for that specific practice group. Payment will be drafted automatically on the first of each month, from September 2020 through February 2021. You must have a payment method on file with the YMCA.

 

GROUPS + PRICING:

AG3/Pups: 

Schedule: 4:30pm - 5:15pm (45 minutes) on Tuesday and Thursday

Limit: 8 (2 per lane)

Fee: $390 (6 payments of $65)

 

AG2:

Schedule: 4:30 - 5:15 (45 minutes) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Limit: 10 (1 + 4 with 3 per lane / 2 + 3 with 2 per lane)

Fee: $450 (6 monthly payments of $75)

 

AG1:

Schedule: 5:30pm - 6:45pm (1.25 hours) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Limit: 12 (3 per lane)

Fee: $750 (6 monthly payments of $125)

 

Juniors:

Schedule: 7:00pm - 8:00pm (1 hour) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

5:30pm - 7:00pm (1.5 hours) on Tuesday and Thursday

Limit: 16 (4 per lane)

Fee: $900 (6 monthly payments of $150)

 

Seniors

Schedule: 8:15pm - 9:30pm (1.25 hours) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

7:15pm - 9:15pm (2 hours) on Tuesday and Thursday

Limit: 16 (4 per lane)

Fee: $1,050 (6 monthly payments of $175)

 

**High School Swimmers: 

High school swimmers will be assigned to the Senior group. 

  • Fee will be reduced by 50% for the two months of high school practice 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AG2

AG3/Pups

AG2

AG3/Pups

AG2

4:30pm - 5:15pm

4:30pm - 5:15pm

4:30pm - 5:15pm

4:30pm - 5:15pm

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Coach Amber

Coach Bryan/Meg

Coach Amber

Coach Bryan/Meg

Coach Amber

         

AG1

Juniors

AG1

Juniors

AG1

5:30pm-6:45pm

5:30pm -7:00pm

5:30pm-6:45pm

5:30pm -7:00pm

5:30pm - 6:45pm

Coach Amber

Coach Carlo

Coach Amber

Coach Carlo

Coach Amber

         

Juniors

Seniors

Juniors

Seniors

Juniors

7:00pm-8:00pm

7:15pm - 9:15pm

7:00pm - 8:00pm

7:15pm - 9:15pm

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Coach Amber

Coach Carlo

Coach Amber

Coach Carlo

Coach Amber

         

Seniors

 

Seniors

 

Seniors

8:15pm - 9:30pm

 

8:15pm - 9:30pm

 

8:15pm - 9:30pm

Coach Amber

 

Coach Amber

 

Coach Amber

 

***Sheehan High School: We were informed that Sheehan will not be renting their pool for any outside use for the foreseeable future. If this becomes an option, we will assess the need at that time.

 

Return to Competition:

The Yankee Cluster Swim League (consisting of YMCA teams from Meriden, Farmington Valley, Indian Valley, Northwest, among others), are in unanimous agreement about wanting to pursue small dual meets during the Fall/Winter. While neither YMCA nor USA Swimming are sanctioning any meets through this season, we can still participate in small, controlled competitions. Many of the YMCAs in our league have large enough facilities to accommodate these events. We are even in conversation about a Yankee Cluster Championships at the end of the season and how that might work. We are to create a schedule in early September and will share that wil the team as soon as possible. There will be no USA Swimming meets until at least January 2021.

 

Meet fees will not be included in the seasonal fees, given the uncertainty of how frequent these meets will occur and what needs will be at that time. Meet fees will be automatically billed to the account on file.

 

Dolphins Commitment will be discussed with the Parents Association and revisions will be made to reflect volunteer needs. Volunteers are an essential part of the Dolphins Swim Team, and all families will be expected to do their part.

 

COVID-19 Procedures:

Check-In:

As we did in the summer, swimmers will still have their temperatures checked and a health survey administered. While it remains warm out, we’ll continue to use the Wallace Street side doors for check in. Rather than coming to vehicles, please send swimmers to the door for this. Masks and 6 feet of social distance are required when entering and exiting the building, as well as on-deck until swimming.

Spectators:

We will still not have any parent spectators on deck or on the observation deck during practices. The East Side Y will be opening up to members for fitness, but no one will be allowed in the above areas during swim team time. 

Locker rooms / Showers:

Locker rooms and showers will be closed to swimmers until further notice. Swimmers must show up to practice in their suits, dry off and leave in their suits. 

 

Thank you! Looking forward to a great season with the Dolphins. 

-Coach Amber