Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Tiger Sharks Swim Team  


 

The Ocean County YMCA Tiger Sharks Swim Team is a year-round competitive swim team for swimmers 6-18 years old. Swimmers are trained in all 4 competitive strokes, compete in swim meets and learn life-long lessons in sportsmanship and fitness.

Each training level is designed to prepare athletes for the next level of competition.
As the athlete progresses through the program expectations on commitment, training knowledge, training intensity and technical expertise are increased.


The desired products of the program are to foster a love for the sport of swimming, develop long term commitment to the team, physical conditioning, technical expertise, mental toughness and instill life lessons through training and competition.

 

Tentative Season Start Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 (following your group’s practice schedule)

Tentative Season End Dates:

Friday, February 20th for LS, INT2, AG2

Friday, March 3rd for AG1, INT1, JR2, JR1, SR2, SR1    

*Post-season championship practices will extend the season for qualifying swimmers

 

All swimmers will be required to purchase a 2022 team suit. 

A team cap will be included with suit purchase. 

Team suit price is not reflected in the program fee.

For swimmers who wear a cap in practice, it is recommended that you purchase additional caps.

OCY team caps will be available at the time of suit purchase.

Only OCY and plain caps will be permitted at practice.

Caps bearing other teams logos (including high schools) may not be worn.


 

GROUP PLACEMENT:

Individual placements are based on the best interest of the swimmer for long term development and are dependent upon training ability, stroke proficiency, maturity, coachability, physical development, level of commitment, and group availability. Trying out does not guarantee placement on the team.

 

ATTENDANCE:

Swimmers are expected to attend as many practices as possible, but we understand that swimmers may have other commitments. Repeated absences from practice will inhibit the development and advancement of the swimmer.



Practice Level Descriptions & Schedule

LITTLE SHARKS (Ages 8/under)

Introductory level for swimmers who wish to learn or improve on the skills needed for the competitive program. Following directions and listening are essential skills for this group. Stroke instruction and fundamental skills are the core of this level.

Requirements: Swimmers must be able to swim Freestyle (with lateral breathing) and Backstroke. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke unassisted and without stopping.

A basic understanding of Butterfly and Breaststroke is preferred.

Some swimmers in this group may need continued lessons to supplement their development.

Group practices 2 times per week.

 

AGE GROUP 2 (Ages 8-10)

For swimmers who can perform all four competitive strokes and are ready to learn more advanced skills and technique. Stroke development and racing skills are emphasized. Following directions and listening are essential skills for this group.

Requirements: Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 25 of each competitive stroke as well as a 50 Free to swim at this level.
Group practices 3 times per week.

 

INTERMEDIATE 2 (Ages 9-11)

For swimmers who are working towards legally performing all 4 competitive strokes or need continued aerobic development. Stroke development is the primary focus of this level. 

Requirements: Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle (with lateral breathing) and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 50 of Freestyle and Backstroke to swim at this level.
Group practices 3 times per week.


 

AGE GROUP 1 (Ages 10-12)

Competitive training is introduced with continued emphasis on stroke development. This level is for swimmers who are physically and developmentally ready to learn more advanced skills and techniques. The 200 Free and 200 IM are introduced at this level.

Requirements: Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 50 of each competitive stroke as well as 100 IM and 100 Free in order to swim at this level.
Group practices 4 times per week.


 

INTERMEDIATE 1 (Ages 12-14)

For swimmers seeking to improve their competitive ability and need continued stroke and aerobic development. Improving the skills needed for higher levels of training is the focus of this group.

Swimmers in this group are working toward becoming proficient in some strokes.

Requirements: Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle and Backstroke. Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 100 of Freestyle and Backstroke and a 50 of Fly and Breaststroke to swim at this level.
Group practices 4 times per week.


 

JUNIOR 2 (Ages 11-13)

Transitional level where aerobic training is introduced and overall training intensity is increased. Swimmers are motivated and committed to be their best and to attend 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.

Requirements: Swimmers must have a strong background in all 4 competitive strokes. Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 100 of all 4 strokes as well as 200 Free and 200 IM to swim at this level. Swimmers must maintain 80% practice attendance.
Group practices 5 times per week.


 

Junior 1 (Ages 12-15)

For swimmers with the desire and ability to train and compete at the highest levels. Aerobic development and race strategy are the primary focus of this level. Swimmers will train to compete at the local and regional level with aspirations of competing at YMCA State and National Championships. Swimmers must have a strong competitive background in all four strokes. The goal of this group is to train and compete in all available events (all strokes, all distances).

Requirements: Swimmers must be proficient in all 4 strokes. Swimmers should have legal times in all events except 200 Fly prior to joining this level. Swimmers must maintain 80% practice attendance.
Group practices 5 times per week.



SENIOR 2  (Ages 13+)

For swimmers in eighth grade and High School who have the desire to improve their competitive performance and have aspirations of competing at NJ YMCA Silver and State Championships. Training ability, event times and physical development are the primary factors when being considered for this level.

Swimmers in this group are working toward becoming proficient in some strokes.

As a general rule swimmers must be able to maintain a minimum interval of 1:35 for 100’s Freestyle throughout the duration of workouts.

Swimmers must maintain a minimum 75% practice attendance.
Group practices 6 times per week.


 

SENIOR 1  (Ages 14+)

For swimmers in High School who have the desire and ability to train and compete at the highest level. Swimmers will compete at the local and regional level with aspirations of competing at NJ YMCA State and National Championships.

Training ability, event times and physical development are the primary factors when being considered for this level. Swimmers must demonstrate a high level of maturity and coachability to train at this level. Swimmers must be proficient in all 4 strokes. As a general rule swimmers must be able to maintain a minimum interval of 1:25 for 100’s Freestyle throughout the duration of workouts.

Swimmers must maintain a minimum 80% practice attendance.
Group practices 6 times per week.