Watertown Family YMCA

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Blue Sharks

Program
Aquatics
Age
  • 4yrs-7yrs
  • 8yrs-12yrs
  • 13yrs-17yrs
  • 18yrs+
Location
Downtown YMCA
Fee

First Child: $275

Additional siblings: $250

Modified/Varsity Swimmers: $225

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Parental Downloads

Blue Sharks Brochure

Registration and Fees

Parent Manual

Parent and Swimmer Code of Conduct

NYS YMCA Qualifying Times

State Meet Fine Policy

Dual Meet Schedule for 2017-2018

Check list for Meets

 

Registration Forms:

Enrollment Form (Front)

Enrollment Form (Back)

Medical Permission Form

Medical and Emergency Info. Card

New York State YMCA Championship Swim Meet Website: www.yswimmingnewyork.wikidot.com

The Watertown Blue Sharks is a competitive swim team from Watertown, NY pulling swimmers from around the North Country. We are in the Central New York YMCA league, with practices running from late September until early February or March. Also, we send many swimmers to the New York State YMCA Swimming Championship meet in March annually and sometimes even a few to the YMCA National Meet held in Florida!

All swimmers compete within their age group, broken down as follows:

A: 15 - 19yrs    

B:  13 - 14yrs    

C:  11 - 12yrs                

D:  9 - 10yrs      

E:  8 & under

Mighty-Mini Program

This is an introduction to competitive swimming for young people ages 8 years and under. Proper technique of the four competitive strokes is stressed. The child must be able to swim a form of the front crawl for the length of the pool (25 yards) without stopping and without the use of aids. The child should also have a comfort level in the deep end.

Intermediate and Senior Programs

Swimmers ages 9 to 19 years receive training in four competitive strokes with emphasis on refining technique, stamina and discipline. 

Purpose and Goals:

The purpose of this swim team is to enrich the emotional, mental and physical development of our swimmers through the discipline of competitive swimming.  With this purpose in mind, these five goals have been set for the team:

  • Maintain a competitive swim team
  • Promote good sportsmanship, fair play and discipline
  • Promote physical and mental well-being
  • Promote team unity
  • Promote a lifetime leisure activity

FAQ's:

Does my child have to be a good swimmer to join the Blue Sharks?

  • No, but we do expect a minimum skill level equal to that of an intermediate swimmer through recreational lessons.

Does my child have to be at every practice and meet?

  • The Blue Sharks does not have an attendance policy for practices or meets, but if a child wants to swim in a meet they must attend at least one practice the week prior.  The staff will encourage consistent participation to better develop skills and proficiency.

What should my child expect from practice?

  • Depending upon what age group the child is placed in, he/she will be exposed to a wide variety of water drills which make the swimmer repeat fundamental of a stroke, turn or start.  Where the older group will be training for endurance more than instructional drill work thus swimming many more laps, the Mighty-Mini group swimmers will be doing fewer laps and more individual drills, having hands on instruction and demonstrations.

How can parents get involved?

The Parent Board of Directors has a list of volunteer positions that are vital to the operation of the team.  Any parent wishing to find out more about how they can help can let a Board member know.

 


Mighty-Mini Program: Practices are held 3 days per week

Tuesday and Thursday: 6:00-7:00pm at the Wiley pool

 Friday:  6:30-7:30pm at the Watertown High School pool

Intermediate and Senior Program:  Practice is held daily at the Watertown High School pool from 6:30-8:00 pm.

*Times may change slightly during the season based on pool availability due to Modified and Varsity Swim team schedules. Practice is not held on days that the school is not in session with the exception of some optional practices during the Christmas and February school vacations.

Meet Participation

With the understanding that Blue Sharks is a full time competitive swim team, all participants are encouraged to attend all swim meets, both home and away. It is in the best interest of our team for all swimmers to attend all meets to have a successful year. All swimmers compete within their age group, broken down as follows:

A: 15 - 19yrs      B: 13 - 14yrs     C: 11 - 12yrs        

D:  9 - 10yrs       E:  8 & under

There will be 6 league meets during the season... both away and home. Some travel is required. There are 5 additional meets:  Terror on the Blocks, Winter Whiteout, New Year-New Times, Districts and the NY State Championship Meet

District Meet Schedule and Information:

Dual Meet Schedule for 2017-2018

Check list for Meets

 NYS YMCA Qualifying Times


Registration must be completed at the Downtown YMCA
Registration Deadline is DECEMBER 1, 2017. 
NO EXCEPTIONS!

Program Fees:

First Child: $275

Additional siblings: $250

Modified/Varsity Swimmer: $225

YMCA membership is included in the program cost, but does NOT include team swim suits. 

To register please pick up the enrollment card at the Downtown YMCA, OR download and complete the forms below, and return them to the Downtown YMCA.
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Registration Forms:

Enrollment Form (Front)

Enrollment Form (Back)

Medical Permission Form

Medical and Emergency Info. Card

If you have questions about registration contact Brooke Boulter at 315-782-3100. 

Please note: Your child is not allowed to participat in any practices, until an enrollment form has been completed and returned.