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The Bellefonte Family YMCA’s Swim Team is a competitive program for boys and girls ages 5-18. Through instruction, practice, and teamwork, our goal is to develop positive activities that build athletic, social and interpersonal skills in our youth. We encourage hard work, stress a team atmosphere and require having fun along the way! We compete with other teams around the state and measure progress by improving on personal best times. Swim team members are required to have a yearlong membership to the YMCA and must be able to swim one length of each freestyle and backstroke. All new swimmers must be evaluated by coaching staff prior to signing up for the swim team. Practices are held at the Bellefonte Family YMCA. For additional information please contact Steve Greecher at 814-355-5551. Come join our team today!
2016-17 Fall/Winter Season begins Monday, October 24th.
This level is for the 8 and under age group. They will swim between 800 and 1200 yards during practice. Practice will follow a systematic approach to competitive swimming, using drill and stroke progressions. Starts, streamlines, turns and stroke mechanics are the focus of this group. Major emphasis will be placed on freestyle and backstroke, with an introduction to butterfly and breaststroke.
This group will swim from 1200 to 2000 yards each practice. This group is physically and mentally mature enough to do more yardage and conditioning. Swimmers move into this group to increase their level of conditioning and are also introduced to advanced racing techniques, pace clock use, and basic goal setting. There is a balance between stroke mechanics and conditioning at this level.
The junior group swims from 4000 to 5000 yards per day. This age group program is for swimmers who are serious about training and competition. Conditioning is a major priority for the group. Swimmers must be proficient and competent in turns, starts, and the four competitive strokes. Reinforcement of proper technique will run in conjunction with training. A commitment of 4 to 5 practices a week is expected.
This group will swim between 4000 and 6000 yards per day. The priorities of this group are to improve and emphasize technique, race strategy, proper practice habits, nutrition, teamwork, conditioning, and goal setting. This group is primarily for swimmers who are reaching state qualifying times within their age groups.
Swimmers from the Bellefonte High School team can participate in YMCA practices when school is cancelled and participate in all YMCA Meets.