YMCA & USA Swimming Leagues

The DEFY Dolphins are members of both the Pine Tree Swim League (YMCA) and Maine Swimming Incorporated (USA).

What's the Difference?

As a Y team, we participate in more YMCA meets during the winter season than USA meets.

USA Swimming offers additional opportunities, including exposure to more racing and longer distance events than offered at many Y meets. Most of the USA meets require more travel, have entry fees associated with them and may include qualifying time standards. 

Swimmers who meet qualifying standards for USA Championship meets will be encouraged to register with USA Swimming. We also encourage any swimmer who wishes to participate in more meets to consider registering with USA Swimming. 

Contact the coaching staff to see if USA Swimming is right for your swimmer.

Click here to register for USA Swimming.

How they Compare

  YMCA Swimming USA Swimming
Membership  Must be a YMCA member and registered with DEFY swim team. Must be a USA Swim member. Learn more and register here.
Membership Fees All swimmers who register with DEFY are automatically registered with YMCA swimming.

Swimmers must pay an additional registration fee to participate in USA meets/events.

Ages YMCA recognizes the following age groups: 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and15-20. A swimmer's age is determined by their age as of December 1, of the current season. USA recognizes the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15 & over. A swimmer’s age is determined by their age as of the first day of the meet contested.
Qualifications YMCA State Championships is open for any swimmer who competes in 3 YMCA dual meets during the season. The USA State Championships (Junior Olympics) is open for any swimmer who is registered and meets the qualifying times.
Entry & Participation Fees The team covers all entry fees and coaches' expenses for all YMCA meets, including championships. The swimmer is responsible for all entry fees and coach expenses for all USA meets, including championships.
Event Choice Coaches choose the events for swimmers in most YMCA meets. Swimmers often may choose their events in USA meets.
Season Most YMCA meets take place in the "Winter" sports season. Most of the Spring and Summer meets are USA meets.

Additional Swim Resources

Down East Family YMCA

YMCA Swimming

Maine Swimming

Maine YMCA Swim League

USA Swimming