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Join YNS: Step Two - Register


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Practice Groups:

Level I: Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark is the entry-level developmental group in the YNS age group progression and is designed to introduce swimmers and their parents to competitive swimming.  Emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes by means of drills and activities designed to make swimming fun.  Swimmers in this group are encouraged to participate in YMCA swim meets, particularly dual meets hosted by YNS. These swimmers will work together as a group to get to know each other and bond as YNS teammates. Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend a minimum of 3 practices per week.

Requirements: Ability to complete a 25 of the four competitive strokes – fly, back, breast, and free. Swimmers must also be able to complete a 50 of kick on their back without stopping.

 

Level II: Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark is the mid-level developmental group in the YNS age group progression.  Emphasis is placed heavily on stroke technique while mastering the essentials of competitive swimming such as understanding how to use the pace clock, proper lane etiquette, and how to create a race strategy. Swimmers are encouraged to attend YMCA meets as well as several level appropriate USA swimming meets. These swimmers will work together as a group to get to know each other and bond as YNS teammates. Hammerhead shark swimmers are encouraged to attend 3-4 practices per week.

Requirements: Ability to swim a 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 IM, 50 breaststroke, and 50 butterfly. Swimmers must be able to complete legal turns for all four strokes, dive off of the blocks, and have a basic understanding of the pace clock.

Evaluation for entrance: All of the above, in addition to 4x50 kick choice @1:20.

 

Level III: Mako Shark

Mako Shark is the top developmental group in the YNS age group progression. Swimmers in this group have already had experience competing for and training in the USA and YMCA swimming environment. Emphasis is placed on advanced stroke technique and the progression towards competitive training.  Emphasis is also placed on a strong commitment to attendance. These swimmers will work together as a group to become better YNS teammates. Mako Shark swimmers are encouraged to attend 4-5 practices per week.

Requirements: Ability to swim a 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, and 100 butterfly. Swimmers must be able to complete legal turns for all four strokes, dive off of the blocks, and have a basic understanding of the pace clock.

Evaluation for entrance: All of the above, in addition to 6x100 Free @1:40, 6x50 kick choice @1:10.

 

Level IV: Age Group Elite

Age Group Elite is for highly committed and motivated 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 are required to swim a minimum of 5 practices per week. Dryland training is a requirement and will be focused on strength and conditioning.

Requirements: Ability to swim a 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, and 100 butterfly. Swimmers must be able to complete legal turns for all four strokes, dive off of the blocks, and have an understanding of the pace clock.

Evaluation for entrance:

4x100 Free @1:20

4x100 non-free stroke @1:30

8x50 kick @1:00

 

Level V: High School

High School Group is intended for swimmers who are training and competing at high school swim meets or are in high school and would like to participate in other sports or activities. This group will be offered 6-9 practices per week but there are no practice attendance requirements. Swimmers will focus on stroke refinement, aerobic training, and strength building. Dryland training is also offered and will be focused on strength and conditioning.

Requirements: Ability to swim a 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, and 100 butterfly. Swimmers must be able to complete legal turns for all four strokes, dive off of the blocks, and have a basic understanding of the pace clock.

 

Level VI: Pre-National/National

Pre-National:
Pre-National is for higher achieving, committed, and motivated swimmers who are on the pathway towards National level swimming.  Swimmers will focus on stroke refinement, aerobic training, and strength building. Swimmers are required to attend 7 of the 8 practices offered, including mornings. Dryland training is a requirement and will be focused on strength and conditioning.

Requirements: Ability to swim a 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, and 100 butterfly. Swimmers must be able to complete legal turns for all four strokes, dive off of the blocks, and have an understanding of the pace clock. The main difference between Pre-National and Age Group Elite is the 7 practice attendance requirement.

Evaluation for entrance:

4x100 Free @1:20

4x100 non-free stroke @1:30

8x50 kick @1:00

National:

National group is a rigorous training group for swimmers who have shown a high level of commitment to practice attendance and swim meet participation. Swimmers in this group are highly involved with the YNS Sharks swim team and participate in activities outside of the pool, such as volunteer activities. Swimmers in this group are required to be at all practices with only an occasional missed practice.  The only exception to this rule is during the high school season if high school practices/meets interfere. Dryland training is a requirement and will be focused on strength and conditioning. Swimmers in this group must be able to complete the daily practices without modification 90% of the time.

Requirements: Ability to swim a 400 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 400 IM, 200 breaststroke, and 200 butterfly. Swimmers must be able to complete legal turns for all four strokes, dive off of the blocks, and have an understanding of the pace clock.

Evaluation for entrance: All of the above, in addition to head coach approval.