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.

 

2020 TIGER SHARK SWIM TEAM – SPRING TRAINING
There are limited YMCA and USA swim meets available during our spring training season.
Some Groups may only have 1 or 2 competitive meets during the spring, which may include intersquad meets.
The session is April 20th – June 23nd

Registration for returning swimmers
Starting March 2nd, (Click here) to register for spring swim training.
*Note: You will need to log-in to register.
Existing swimmers will register under the same group they participated in during their fall/winter season.
Registration will close after 3/15!

New Swimmers Registration for New Swimmers
New swimmers who tryout and make the team will need to register in person at the Welcome Center.
Dates and times will be provided if you are notified you made the team.

TRYOUTS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW SWIMMERS.
Please choose one of the following dates (no appointment necessary):
Wednesday 2/19 or Friday 3/6
Please arrive by 7:15pm for paperwork; swimmers will be in the water by 7:30pm
Each swimmer will participate in a group warm up and then be expected to swim the events listed below. 

Ages 6 - 8 will swim: 25 free, 25 Back & any additional strokes they know.
Ages 9 - 10 will swim: 50 free, 50 Back, 25 Fly, 25 Breast

Ages 11 - 12 will swim: 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly
**Swimmer age group for tryouts will be based on their age as of 04/20/2020**

Swimmers will be offered spots on the team based on tryout times, stroke mechanics and group availability.
You wil be notified if your swimmer makes the team the week of March 9th 2020.


Please contact swim team adminstrators Nicole or Jacqui with questions
(E) nicole@ocytigersharks.org
(E) jacqui@ocytigersharks.org  
(P) (732) 341-9622 x2222

Swimmers Age 13/over who wish to tryout for the swim team must contact
Interim Head Coach Corey Matthews at CoachCorey@ocytigersharks.org
In your inquiry please provide top times in all events as well as a brief
summary of your competitive swimming background and experience.



AGE GROUP PROGRAMS:

LEMON SHARKS (Ages 6-9)
For swimmers who wish to start or continue in a competitive program but have yet to complete or need continued lessons. Swimmers must be able to swim Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke. The Lemon Sharks will be offered one intrasquad meet at the end of the spring session.
Practices one time per week plus are required to be enrolled in one lesson each session throughout the season:
Spring Season: Annual Members $115 (PAY IN FULL ONLY with no discounts)
Saturday   9:45-10:45 AM

SAND SHARKS (Ages 6-9)
For swimmers who wish to start in our competitive program and have completed at least one session of Fish lessons or equivalent.  Swimmers must have strong technique in Freestyle with lateral breathing and Backstroke with an understanding of Breaststroke and Butterfly. The Sand Sharks will be offered one intrasquad meet at the end of the spring session. Practices two times per week:
Spring Season: Annual Members $229
TU, TH        5:45-6:45 PM  

MAKOS  (Ages 7-10)
For swimmers 7-10 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. The Makos will be offered one intrasquad meet at the end of the spring session.
Spring Season: Annual Members $329
M, W           5:15-6:30 PM
SA                8:45-10:00 AM  

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. Thresher Sharks will be offered one intrasquad meet at the end of the spring session.
Spring Season: Annual Members $329
M       6:30-7:45 PM  
F        7:00-8:15 PM
SA     10:30-11:45 AM   

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. Group members will be registered as YMCA swimmers, compete in the NJ YMCA dual meet league, Plus YMCA Invitational meets , and must attend three closed YMCA meets during the season if they would like to participate in YMCA Championships. Stroke technique and racing skills are emphasized.
Bull Sharks will be offered a minimum of one intrasquad meet at the end of the spring session plus any YMCA or USA meets they may qualify in.
Spring Season Only: Annual Members $455

M       7:30-8:45 PM   
W       7:00-8:30 PM  
TH      7:15-8:45 PM
SU      4:45-6:30 PM

REEF SHARKS (Ages 9-12)
Competitive training is introduced, but the emphasis is still on stroke technique and proper skills. Practice includes dry land. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in the Friday Night Distance Series, YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. 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.

Spring Season: Annual Members $455

M     5:15-6:45 PM
TU    7:00-8:30 PM
TH    6:30-8:00 PM
F       6:45-8:15 PM
 

HAMMERHEADS  (Ages 10-13)
Transitional level where swimmers move from primarily stroke instruction to actual 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, with technical efficiency of utmost important. Practice times include dry land and practice attendance recommendation is 70% or more. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in the Friday Night Distance Series, YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. 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 must have achieved at least two YMCA Silver Qualifying Times and 10&Unders must have achieved at least two YMCA State Qualifying Times in prior season.
Spring Season: Annual Members $485
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
SA 7:00-9:00 AM
 

GREAT WHITES (Ages 11-14)
For athletes with the desire and ability to train and compete at the highest levels. Swimmers will train to compete at the local and regional level with goals of competing at the YMCA National Level. Practice times include dry land and practice attendance recommendation is 70% or more. Group members will be registered as YMCA and USA swimmers and will compete in the Friday Night Distance Series, YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Great White 13-14 swimmers must have achieved at least two YMCA Silver Qualifying Times and 11-12 swimmers must have achieved at least two YMCA State Qualifying Times in prior season,
or by training ability based on coach approval.

Spring Season: Annual Members $549
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
 

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

SILVER  (Ages 14+)
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 compete in the Friday Night Distance Series, YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers in this group are working to achieve USA Gold and or YMCA State times. Swimmers must have at least two YMCA Silver Qualifying Times in order to join this group with a desire and ability to train . All practice times include dry land training and practice attendance requirement is 70%.
Spring Season: Annual Members $575
M, W, F          3:45-6:45 PM including dryland.
TU, TH           3:45-6:00 PM
SU                7:00-9:30 AM and 4:45-7:00 PM (required doubles unless a change is posted during the season) 
 

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 compete in the Friday Night Distance Series, YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must have USA Gold or YMCA State qualifying times in order to train in this group , or by training ability based on coach approval. 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%.
Spring Season: Annual Members $575
M, W, F          3:45-6:45 PM including dryland.
TU, TH           3:45-6:00 PM
SU                7:00-9:30 AM and 4:45-7:00 PM (required doubles unless a change is posted during the season) 
 

NATIONAL  (Girls age 13 & up, Boys ages 14 & 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 compete in the Friday Night Distance Series, YMCA and USA invitational meets, and the highest YMCA and USA Championship meet in which they qualify. Swimmers must have a SC National time and/or have participated in the previous SC or LC Nationals season in order to join this 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). Practice attendance requirement is 80%. 
Spring Season: Annual Members $575
M, W, F          3:45-6:45 PM including dryland.
TU, TH           3:45-6:00 PM
SU                7:00-9:30 AM and 4:45-7:00 PM (required doubles unless a change is posted during the season)  

 

USA Swimming Fee: $68
*Only for those who haven’t already paid this fee in the fall-winter season. Registration lasts until December 31, 2018.) For all swimmers in the Reef, Hammerhead, Great White, National, Gold, and Silver groups

Discounts:
2.5% off for both / 2 swimmers within your family. 
5% off for all 3 or more swimmers within your family. 
25% off for all employees who work more than 5 hrs per week, per OCYMCA Policy.
There are no multi swimmer discounts for Lemon sharks.