Welcome to the home of the OCY Tiger Sharks Swim Team.

We are a coach directed, parent supported YMCA program.

OCY offers a variety of competitive programs that are designed to accommodate children of all age groups and skill levels. At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer's physical, mental, and emotional level of development. Contact us using the "Contact Us" button on this webpage.

Our philosophy is "BELIEVE".

To have confidence in the truth.

To trust in yourself and your team.

Only if one BELIEVES in something, can one act purposefully.

Tiger Sharks Fall 2019 - Winter 2020 Swim Team  

The Ocean County YMCA’s Tiger Shark Swim Team competes in both YMCA and USA Swimming meets. 
Our team goal is to develop the swimmer in all areas of competitive swimming and prepare the swimmers for a lifelong enjoyment of the sport. Our team emphasizes the development of Spirit, Mind, and Body, and offers opportunities for growth in all areas.

Each Program group has the goal of preparing the athletes for the next level of competition.
As the athlete progresses, commitment, swimming, training knowledge, mental toughness and technical expertise are increased and improved upon. Physical conditioning, mental strength and life lessons from competitive swimming are the desired products of the program.

Practice will start on Wednesday September 11th, 2019 following your groups' practice schedule. 
- The season will end on Thursday February 20th for LEM, SAN, MKO, THR 
- The season will end on Thursday March 5th for REF, HMH, GWT, BUL, SRB, SRS, SRG, SRN,    
   unless you qualify for Championship meets.

 

 

All swimmers will be required to purchase a 2019 team suit. 
A team cap will be included with suit purchase. 

If you wear a cap in practice, we ask that you wear the OCY team cap.
**Other team caps, including High School team caps will not be allowed***

The Suit price is not reflected in program fee

 


Practice Schedule & Group Descriptions

GROUP PLACEMENT:
Individual placements are based on the best interest of the swimmer for long term development and are dependent upon  training ability, level of commitment, group availability, proficiency in the necessary skills by age group and coaches approval. All group placements are considered by the entire coaching staff. The achievement of Championship Qualifying Times are used as general guidelines, not specific criteria.


AGE GROUP PROGRAMS:
LEMON SHARKS (Ages 6-9)
For swimmers who wish to start in our competitive program but have yet to complete or need continued lessons.Swimmers must be able to swim Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke. Lemon Sharks will participate in some closed YMCA swim meets but will not be registered for the YMCA Dual Meet League or YMCA Championships. 
Swimmers will practice one time per week and are required to be enrolled in one lesson each session throughout the season
Saturday   9:45-10:45 AM
Annual Member $150 (PAY IN FULL ONLY with no discounts)  plus *Activity fee, see Activity information below.

SAND SHARKS (Ages 6-9)
For swimmers who wish to start in our competitive program and have completed at least one session of Youth Stroke Development, lessons or equivalent. Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Sand Sharks may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League and YMCA Invitational meets. Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships
TU, TH        5:45-6:45 PM  
Annual Member $325 plus *Activity Fee

MAKOS  (Ages 7-10)
For swimmers who have a strong background in all four competitive strokes and are ready to learn more advanced stroke skills and technique. Stroke technique and racing skills are emphasized. Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 25 of each competitive stroke as well as a 50 Free to join this group. Mako Sharks may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League and YMCA Invitational meets. Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships
M, W           5:15-6:30 PM
SA                8:45-10:00 AM 
Annual Member $579 plus *Activity Fee

THRESHER SHARKS  (Ages 8-11)
For the swimmers who are interested in a competitive program and have completed a previous Tiger Shark group or one session of advanced lessons or equivalent. Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Stroke technique and racing skills are emphasized. Group members will be registered as YMCA swimmers, compete in the NJ YMCA dual meet league, Plus YMCA Invitational meets.  Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships.
M       6:30- -7:45 PM  
F        7:00-8:15 PM
SA     10:30-11:45 AM   
Annual Member $579 plus *Activity Fee

REEF SHARKS (Ages 9-12)
Competitive training is introduced with continued emphasis on stroke technique and racing skills. The 200 Free and 200 IM are introduced at this level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Reef Sharks may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League in any events they have not achieved a YMCA Silver time. ​Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships. Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 50 of each competitive stroke as well as the 100 IM and 100 Free in order to join this group.
M     5:15-6:45 PM
TU    7:00-8:30 PM
TH    6:30-8:00 PM
F       6:45-8:15 PM
Annual Member $950 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

HAMMERHEADS  (Ages 10-13)
Transitional level where swimmers move from primarily stroke instruction to aerobic and competitive training. Swimmers are motivated and committed to be their best and to practice consistently. Emphasis is on preparation for higher levels of training and competition, and technical efficiency is of utmost importance. 200 Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke are introduced at this level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Hammerheads may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League in any events they have not achieved a YMCA Silver time. Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships. Swimmers must have completed a 100 of each competitive stroke as well as the 200 IM and 200 Free legally in order to join this group. In addition, 11-12 swimmers should have achieved at least two YMCA Silver Qualifying Times and 10 & Unders should have achieved at least two YMCA State Qualifying Times in the previous season, or by training ability based on coach approval. Practice times include dry land with a practice attendance requirement of 70%.
M    6:15-8:00 PM
Tu   5:30-7:15 PM includes dryland
W   6:00-8:00 PM includes dryland
F    5:00-7:00 PM includes dryland
SU  4:45-6:30 PM
Annual Member $1,149 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

BULL SHARKS  (Ages 11-14)
For the swimmers who are interested in a competitive program. Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Stroke technique and racing skills are emphasized. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships.
M       7:30-8:45 PM   
W       7:00-8:30 PM  
TH      7:15-8:45 PM
SA      7:15-9:00 AM
Annual Member $975 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

GREAT WHITES  (Ages 11-14)
For athletes with desire and ability to train and compete at the highest levels. Swimmers will train to compete at the local and regional level with aspirations of competing at the YMCA National Level. Swimmers must have strong competitive background in all four competitive strokes. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in YMCA and USA invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Great Whites may participate in the YMCA Dual Meet League in any events they have not achieved a YMCA Silver time. Group members must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships. Great White 13-14 swimmers should have achieved at least two YMCA Silver Qualifying Times and 11-12 swimmers should have achieved at least two YMCA State Qualifying Times in the previous season, or by training ability based on coach approval. 
Practice times include dry land and practice attendance requirement is 70%.
TU        6:15-8:30 PM including dryland
W,F      5:00-7:15 PM including dryland
TH        5:45-7:30 PM  
SA         7:00-9:00 AM
SU         4:45-7:00 PM
Annual Member $1,275 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

SENIOR GROUP PROGRAMS:

Bronze  (Ages 13+)
This group will be for swimmers in eighth grade and high school who have the desire to train and compete regularly for the Ocean County YMCA Swim Team. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will be required to compete in YMCA and USA Invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season. Swimmers in this group have YMCA Bronze times only and have a desire to achieve YMCA Silver times. Swimmers can also join this group based on coaches decision and training ability. All swimmers in this group must have desire and ability to train. As a general guideline for this group, swimmers must be able to train and hold a pace of 1:35 for a minimum 10 x 100’s. All practice times include dry land training and practice attendance requirement is 75%.
M, W, F          3:45-6:45 PM including dryland.
TU, TH           3:45-5:30 PM
Annual Member $1,285 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

SILVER  (Ages 13+)
This group will be for swimmers in eighth grade and high school who have the desire and ability to train and compete regularly. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will be required to compete in YMCA and USA Invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season. Swimmers in this group are working to achieve USA Gold and or YMCA State times. Swimmers must have at least one YMCA Silver Qualifying Times in order to join this group. Swimmers can also join this group based on coaches decision and training ability. All swimmers in this group must have desire and ability to train.
As a general guideline for this group, swimmers must be able to train and hold a pace of 1:25 for a minimum 10 x 100’s.
All practice times include dry land training and practice attendance requirement is 75%.
M, W, F          3:45-6:45 PM including dryland.
TU, TH           3:45-6:00 PM
SU                7:00-9:30 AM (Fall Only, ends 11/24/19)
SU                4:45-7:00 PM  
Annual Member $1,299 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

GOLD  (Ages 14+)
This group will be for swimmers in High School or going to High School in the fall. Swimmers in this group will have the desire and ability to train and compete at the highest level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will be required to compete in YMCA and USA Invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season. Swimmers must have a YMCA State qualifying times in order to train in this group , or by training ability based on coach approval. As a general guideline for this group, swimmers must be able to train and hold a pace of 1:15 for a minimum 10 x 100’s.Any swimmer in this group who achieves a new National standard is welcome to attend Nationals.
All Practice times include dry land training and practice attendance requirement is 80%.
M, W, F       3:45-6:45 PM including dryland.
TU, TH        3:45-6:00 PM
SU                7:00-9:30 AM (Fall only, ends 11/24/19)
SU                4:45-7:00 PM (required doubles, you must come to both Sunday practices) 
Annual Member $1,299 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

NATIONAL  (Girls age 13 and up, Boys age 14 and up)
This group will be for swimmers in High School or going to High School in the fall with the desire and ability to train and compete at the Regional and National level. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will be required to compete in YMCA and USA Invitational meets and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season. Swimmers must have a SC National time and/or have participated in the previous SC or LC Nationals season to be considered for the group. Swimmers in this group must attend and be committed to YMCA Nationals as their priority as well as other high level meets (USA Jr. Nationals, Nationals, etc). As a general guideline for this group, swimmers must be able to train and hold a pace of 1:10 to 1:15 or faster for a minimum 10 x 100’s .
Practice attendance requirement is 80%. 
M, W, F       3:45-6:45 PM including dryland.
TU, TH        3:45-6:00 PM
SU                7:00-9:30 AM (Fall Only, ends 11/24/19)
SU                4:45-7:00 PM (required doubles, you must come to both Sunday practices) 
Annual Member $1,325 Plus USA Swimming Registration $70 and *Activity Fee

ADDITIONAL FEES

USA Swimming Fee: $70
For all swimmers in the Reef, Hammerhead, Bull Sharks, Great White, National, Gold, Silver and Bronze groups

 

*Activity FeeRequired for each swimmer on the team.
The Activity Fee is Payable in full 
or  can be charged half on 12/16/19 and remaining balance on 2/16/20
To help you pay these fees, There will be fundraising opportunities offered through STAC.
Your individual fundraising will be applied to your activity fee.
These fees are to help subsidize coaches’ travel and banquet fees.
 Note: All Fall/Winter OCY swimmers can attend the Banquet at no charge in April 2020.
Lemon Sharks - $15 *paid in full at registration
Sand - $30
Mako - $50
Thresher - $50
Reef - $100
Hammerhead - $100
Bull - $75
Great White - $150
Bronze - $100
Gold & Silver - $200
National - $250

Discounts: 
2.5% off for 2 swimmers within your family. Not including the Lemon shark group.
5% off for 3 or more swimmers within your family. Not including the Lemon shark group.
25% off for all employees- MUST work more than 5 hrs per week, per OCYMCA Policy.
-There are no discounts on the activity fee.

-There are no discounts on the USA swimming fee.