Smithfield YMCA Dolphins Competitive Swim Team
The Smithfield YMCA Dolphins Swim Team trains swimmers from ages 5 - 18 years of age in the area of competitive swimming. The emphasis of the Y’s Swim Team is on teaching the value of competition through teamwork, sportsmanship and doing one’s best.
Our coaches are dedicated to providing all swimmers with a positive and healthy swimming experience. The Competitive Swim Season is a huge commitment by both swimmers and their families, and the YMCA is here to help swimmers fulfill their commitment to their teammates & their school responsibilities.
The Y even offers homework assistance times to help swimmers with their school work and assist parents with ensuring children stay in shape for swim team but continue with their academics at school. Homework times will be determined and a schedule will be given out during the first month of swim team.
All swimmers will practice at the same time but swimmers will be divided by ability level between lanes 1 through 5. All age groups for swim meets are determined by a child’s age as of December 1, 2014.
A trial week will be held for new swimmers on Tues- day 9/8 and Wednesday 9/9 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the Smithfield YMCA. One of the Dolphin’s Coaches will assist any new swimmers! All swimmers MUST be members of the Smithfield YMCA. Trial week will assist coaches on what lane your new swimmer would fit best with.
Junior Dolphins Swim Team
The Junior Dolphins is for swimmers that are still practicing stroke technique & building their endurance. All Junior Dolphins swimmers will join the regular practice times within their age group by January of the season. A Y Swim Team Coach will get in the water with the Junior Dolphins each week to help refine strokes, increase endurance and speed, and encourage the swimmers.
Junior Dolphins cannot wear a floatation device and must be able to swim 25 yards at a time without stopping. Junior Dolphins will attend all swim meets and are considered a part of the official Smithfield YMCA Dolphins Swim Team. The Junior Dolphin practice times will provide swimmers with actual stroke technique and critiquing, in a smaller setting than the full swim team practices. The fee for both swim teams is the same, as the Junior Dolphins will enter regular Dolphin practice times as soon as the Coach deems them ready, and the Junior Dolphins will receive much more personalized attention both inside and outside of the pool!
*Swimmer’s practice schedule will vary based on age/ability and what lane a swimmer is assigned. Returning swimmers will receive an email from Head Coach, Jen with their practice times the week of August 3rd. New swimmers will either attend the trial week days/times or schedule an appointment with Coach Jen to receive their lane assignment and practice times.