Y of the North Shore Sharks Mission
Through its key strengths of
innovative coaching techniques and strategies and supportive
parental involvement, the YNS team is driven towards developing the
best combination of competitive swimmers and human beings. The YNS
team maintains a strong integration of the core values of the YMCA
- Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility while helping to
build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.
YNS Documents for Registration:
YNS Swimmer and Parent
YNS Final Sheet of Handbook (to be signed by parents and
Data entry worksheet
The Practice Schedule
for each site is available under 'Team Information - Schedules'. In
the event that practice needs to be canceled due to inclement
weather or weather events, the information will be posted as soon
as possible. All swimmers affected by the cancelation will be
emailed and a message will be left on the Competitive Aquatics
Office telephone (978-927-6855 x1204)
PDF of Practice
- Age Group 3 is the entry-level group of
the YNS Sharks and is designed to introduce young
swimmers and their parents to competitive swimming while allowing
maximum opportunity to participate in other activities.
Coaching emphasizes teaching the fundamentals of the four
competitive strokes by means of drills and games designed to make
swimming fun. Swimmers in this group will compete in some
meets, particularly dual meets and other events hosted by YNS.
Swimmers in this level are generally age 7-9 years of age.
Young swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend a minimum of
2 practices per week.
- Age Group 2 is the second group in the progression of
the YNS education of fundamentals of competitive
swimming. Swimmers are encouraged to do the “little
things” correctly: be on time for practice, being prepared
with cap and goggles, being attentive and listening to the
coach. Two important aspects of this group are the
introduction of interval training and the continued emphasis of all
4 competitive strokes. Swimmers will attend the same meets
as AG3, while also being exposed to some close
“away” meets and some regional YMCA championship meets.
The primary age range of this group is 8-10 years of age and the
coaching staff will encourage 3 or more training sessions per week.
Basic body weight dryland will be introduced at this
level during distinct phases of the season.
- This training group is designed to introduce and advance
swimmers in year-round swimming (short course and long course). The
group is based on stroke instruction and progressing to competitive
training. These swimmers will work together as a group to
become better YNS teammates. Coaches will demand
more from these young swimmers with commitment to attendance,
though other activities are still emphasized. Dryland is
a very important aspect of the group to build overall fitness.
Swimmers in this level are generally age 10-13 years of age. There
will be 5-6 training opportunities (including association) per week
and swimmers will be asked to attend 4 practices.
- The main focus of the Junior 3 group is to continue with
competitive training. While these athletes might not have the
commitment or stroke mechanics to move into the Junior 2 or 1
group, they continue to compete at local and regional swim meets.
Swimmers will range from 11-14. There will be an emphasis
from the coaches to attend 3 workouts per week, but an
understanding of other activities is acceptable.
- This training group is for committed and motivated young
swimmers and emphasizes serious training in preparation for higher
levels of swimming. The group will focus on stroke refinement,
aerobic training, and strength building. Swimmers in this level are
generally age 12-14 years of age. The practice schedule of
most sites will allow for 6 opportunities or more and the coaches
will require a maximum number of practices possible per
individual. Swimmers in the Junior 2 group are looking to
make YMCA and USA Swimming Age Group championship time limits and
are focused on year round swimming.
- This group has one distinct difference from the other junior
groups: commitment to training and swimming as a potential
long-term sport. Swimmers in this group will advance
either to Senior 2 or Senior 1 directly because of their early
decision in regards to commitment. Young athletes in this group
understand all the key aspects to competitive training and have
learned to take ownership of their swimming goals. The age of
swimmers in this group will range from 11-14 and with the Head
Coaches discretion, possibly younger. Attendance for Junior 1
swimmers is a key element and a 85% participation must be
maintained. Junior 1 swimmers usually have New England Age
Group standards and YMCA National standards are a real objective
for these athletes. Dryland training is also
required and it will move from simple body weight training to some
more complex strength work (i.e. stretch cords, yoga, paddles,
- This training group provides an opportunity for high school
swimmers to develop and improve skills and fitness levels necessary
to train and compete. The opportunity to progress to higher groups
exists for those swimmers willing to put in the necessary time and
commitment. Many members of this group swim concurrently with
their high school swim teams. Swimming with this group will
work hand in hand to provide the additional training needed for the
high school swimmer to be competitive in YMCA, USA Swimming and
High School programs. Though attendance is less of a focus,
coaches will encourage 3 practices per
week. Dryland training will work in conjunction
with their individual goals.
- The Senior 2 group is the cornerstone of
the YNS senior program. This group is for swimmers
who have shown a high level of commitment to practice attendance
and swim meet participation. These swimmers have interest in
all 3 levels of swimming: YMCA, USA and High School. Swimmers
in this group are highly involved in the YNS Sharks swim
team and participate in activities outside of the pool, such as
volunteer activities. To be considered for this group, a swimmer
should be able to practice a minimum 4 times per week out of the
maximum number of practices that are offered. Swimmers are
encouraged to come to 5‐7 practices per week. To be
considered for this group, swimmers should be at least in their
freshman year in high school. Dryland training is a
requirement. Much like the other groups, dryland is
focused on strength and conditioning and it will be in different
phases throughout the season.
- This is considered the highest group that YNS has to
offer. Automatic consideration for entry into this group is YMCA
National Championship qualifying time standards. These swimmers
have completely developed the fundamentals of competitive training
and have moved into very specific distances and strokes, as well as
race planning and strategy. Swimmers in this group must maintain a
90% workout attendance with constant communication with the
coaching staff for any unexcused absence. There will be a
minimum of 8 practices per week, however that requirement will
increase and decrease with the structure of the season.
Swimmers in this group have the primary goal to swim in college,
compete nationally, and possibly internationally.