Ambler Area YMCA Arrows Swim Team
Thank you for your interest in the Ambler Area YMCA Swim Team Program. We look forward to working with you and your children throughout the 2016-2017 swim team season.
The Arrows are a competitive swimming team that balances the goals of the beginner and serious athletes alike, with an environment that promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Swim team practice will begin October 3rd, 2016. The season will conclude on February 27th, 2017. See the attached practice schedule below for specific days and times.
The Ambler Area YMCA Arrows are a part of the PennDel Swimming League. Children must be at least 5 years old in order to participate. Children also must be able to swim one length of Freestyle and one length of Backstroke. The AAY coaches will teach participants the other competitive stroke.
The AAY Arrows divide the team up into three groups based on age and/or swimming ability. This is done so our coaches can provide the best education and exercises for all of our swimmers. The groups are as follows: Red (beginner), Blue (Intermediate) and Yellow (Advance). We provide practices Monday-Friday. (Please see appropriate group for practice times on the practice schedule). Once the season begins your child may be invited to participate in “Development Days”. This special practice is held on Saturday Mornings. This smaller practice is by coach’s invite so swimmers can work on specific skills in small groups. Saturday practices will being on November, 7th. They will be held only Saturdays when the team does not have a Dual Meet, Invitations, etc.
Dry Land Training
AAY Fitness Professionals and AAY Arrows coaching staff will conduct dry-land training sessions off the pool deck. The goal of dry land training is to condition, stretch and strengthen muscles that are used in swimming while building fitness and athleticism. Dry land training is very similar to training for land based sports, however, the equipment and focus of training is slightly different. Dry land training for children should be modified for ability and age group. Dry land training will not only improve our swimmers ability but it will also create more opportunities to meet new teammates, create relationships, and reinforce teamwork. Dry land training is open to blue group and yellow group swimmers. SWIMMERS ARE ASKED TO ATTEND AT LEAST 1 DRY LAND TRAINING PER MONTH.
Team suits are available from our vendor, Sports Unlimited. Swimmers do not have to wear the team suit to participate in swim meets, but they’re asked not to wear swim suits that have other organizations’ team names (i.e.: WCAC, NPY, UMLY) on them. Swimmers can use their Ambler Area YMCA team suits from previous years. The Ambler Area YMCA will host a swim suit sale in the lobby. Meet Suits, Practice Suits and other accessories can be purchased at that time. Cash is not accepted. You may pay with check or credit card.
The league offers home and away meets on Saturday afternoons. We ask that all swimmers participate in meets. However, if a child cannot participate, we ask that they be signed out of the meet one week prior to the meet date. Throughout the league many YMCA’s host Invitational’s. Invitational’s are not required however they do provide your child with additional experience and an opportunity to improve their times. Dates and locations of Invitational’s will be announced during the season.
The Ambler Area YMCA cannot wait for this exciting season to begin. This season brings new beginnings and we are excited to be sharing it with all of you!
Financial Agreement and Responsibilities
YMCA Full Membership: The swimmer must have an active YMCA Full membership.
Tuition fees: Are due in full at registration. Payment plans may be arranged, if needed. All financial assistance and payment arrangements must be approved by YMCA Aquatic Director.
Full tuition is $340.00 for the first swimmer.
Sibling swimmers receive a sibling discount. The cost is $300.00.
In addition to the registration fee, there will be additional fees incurred during the swimming season. Such fees include;
- Competition swim suits, caps, goggles
- Championship entry fees
- T-shirt fees (optional for specialty meets and Championship meets)
- Swimmer Banquet