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Parents Aquatic Committee (PAC)
All Parents are members of the PAC! Currently, there are many openings on the PAC Board. Please consider volunteering and sharing your ideas and talents.
The PAC Board meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6pm in the Y's conference room.
Winter Team Forms
All Winter 2013/14 swimmers must have current copies of the following forms on file with the BCY Aquatic Office prior to practice on 10/14/13:
- Team Parent Information Form
- Registration Form
- Medical Release Form
- Athlete Code of Conduct
- Parent Code of Conduct
- 10 Commandments for Swim Parents
Please fill out the forms and submit them to any Coach.
Just a quick note regarding the use of the glass
doors at the far end of the pool near the Aquatic Office. Please do not
use these doors except in the case of emergency. The regular opening and closing
of these doors has become a safety concern as guests and non-members have been
witnessed coming into the pool area without having checked in at the front desk.
What has happened is that when a non-staff person is coming out those glass
doors and another person is trying to come in them, the non-staff person simply
lets them pass into the pool area.
1) In the event of an emergency, it might be deemed safest to use that as an exit.
2) During a swim meet where additional staff and volunteers are on hand, we will remove this restriction to ease the traffic patterns.
3) From time to time you might witness YMCA staff moving through this doorway. They are held responsible for safety at all points of entry and are held accountable for not allowing anyone to pass through these doors when they are heading to the Y administrative areas. Our expectation is that they will maintain a safe aquatic environment for you and your family.
Thank you for adhering to this policy. Should you have any
questions or concerns, please feel free to contact
Associate Executive Director at
at610-380-9622 ext. 2463 or email@example.com. (6/7)
This year for the Annual Good Kid’s campaign we have created our own Aquatics Team to help fundraise. Our team captain is Kate Furcon and with the help of Kate, Jill, Carolina, Kim and Kristin we were already able to raise over $500 at the phon-a-thon last month. If you would like to donate to the Aquatics Team Good Kid’s Campaign please click on the link below. If each swim team family donates $10.00 our aquatics team can raise well over $1000. Any donation amount will be greatly appreciated by the YMCA families in need. If you have questions about the Good Kid’s Donation please feel free to email Kristy Cornman at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do decide to donate make sure to follow the directions below so that our team gets credit for the donation. (4/4)
Good Kid’s Campaign Donation Link: http://YGoodKids.kintera.org/BW
Team Name: Kristy and the Aquanauts
General Team Donation
Once you click on the link, look on the right side of the page to where it says top teams. Our team is called Kristy and the Aquanauts. Click on our team name. Once on our donation page click on General Team Donation and you can easily make your donation to the Good Kid’s campaign.
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Brandywine Tiger Sharks Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
1) What is a “Dual” Meet?
These are included in your swim team fees. They are when we swim one other team only. Parent volunteers are needed to help at these meets or they will not start on time.
2) What is an “Invitational” Meet?
These meets may have an extra fee per event; unlike dual meets the swimmers may choose their events. Some have restrictions based on age, qualifying times etc.
Multiple teams are in attendance, some do last 4-6 hours.
3) What is USA Swimming Meet and fees?
USA swimming is a competitive swimming program; the decision to join USA Swimming is made only by the Head Coach. USA Swimming has meets that are all over the Mid-Atlantic area. Swimmers will pay per event. For more info, visit www.usaswimming.org Swimmers typically swim the age they are on the day of meet
4) Do I need to volunteer at meets?
YES! We expect every parent to help at meets. There are many different ways to help the team and many are easy to learn! You can mark positions you are interested in on the Swimmer registration form.
5) Do I need to fill all these papers (team forms) out?
Yes! Your swimmer(s) may not be able to participate at practices or meets if we do not have your paperwork, please fill them out and hand them into to one of the Coaches.
6) Definitions for the following you will see on Meet programs:
NT- No Time. Your swimmer has yet to swim a time in the event
“X” – Exhibition. Your swimmer is not being scored in this event.
“Live Heat”- Only the first heat of each event is a live, scored heat.
NS - No show. Your swimmer did not swim in a scheduled event
7) Why is the Pool Deck "Parent Free" during practice?
Studies have shown, and we have found that swimmers practice much better, and pay more attention when their parents are not on the deck. We ask that if you feel you need to be on deck, do so rarely. If you do come on deck, you need to sit on the bleachers between pool doors, not by the windows, on the benches, on white tubs, or window sills. Also, please do not speak to your child during practice unless it is an emergency. We have many group fitness classes, an outside track, a Wellness Center, and member Lounge to utilize.
8) Suits & Caps
All swimmers will need either our team suit or a plain black competition suit for all Dual Meets. Older swimmers may use Tech suits at Championship Meets, USA and Invitational meets only. Practice suits can be any competition suit. Team caps must be worn at all meets if swimmer wears a cap. Each swimmer will receive a Team cap.
9) Meters & Yards
Our pool is a 25 Meter pool, some pools will be 25 Yards so make sure you look at program. The Meter pool times are “slower” then Yard times as meters pool are longer.
We encourage all parents to utilize the website, www.bcyswim.org
Any questions, please feel free to email Coach Jenne (email@example.com) or Head Coach Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
General Meet Rules
- Parents are only allowed on the pool deck during meets if they are volunteering. All other parents must remain in the bleachers.
- Swimmers need to stay on deck with swimmers except to go to restroom or snack bar but must let a coach know.
- Swimmers are expected to behave in ALL locker rooms and represent the BCY Swim Team in a positive light.
- It is a good idea to let your swimmer know where to meet you after the meet.
- Swimmers are expected to stay until the end of all dual meets to cheer on their teammates and participate in the BCY Team Cheer.
- Relays will be decided by the Head Coach.
What should we bring to a meet?
- Check the swimmers page for what should be in your swimmers bag.
- An extra towel or blanket for your swimmer to sit on while they are waiting.
- Some invitationals allow parents and swimmers to wait together, usually in a gym. Keep a chair in your trunk for these situations (unless you want to sit on a gym floor!)
- Snacks and drinks and/or money for the snack bar.
- At dual meets you are welcome to volunteer to help pass the time. Books, magazines, a laptop or work help pass the time while you wait at invitationals and USA meets.
- A lightweight sweater or sweatshirt comes in handy. The pool area is often very warm but the waiting area at invitationals and USA meets usually are not.
Coaches reserve the right to evaluate swimmers at any point and move them throughout levels as they see fit
Developmental Team: (Mini Red) October 15–February 22 Swimmers learn how to swim competitively including proper starts off the block, turns, team and individual sportsmanship in two 30-minute practices weekly. Prerequisites: Must be at a Ray, Minnow, or higher lesson level, or have the ability to swim one length of pool of both front crawl with rotary breathing, and back crawl with proper kicks without flippers. No practices the weeks of November 26, December 24, and December 30. Swimmers may attend home dual meets, but must attend placement in early October. Member: $220 • Non-Member: $440 non-members cannot compete in meets.
Mini Level – Ages 5-10: An introduction to competitive swimming. Swimmers attend all dual meets. Swimmers practice 2-3 times weekly for 45 minutes. Prerequisites: One year of Developmental, completed Fall Stroke Clinic, or Summer Swim Team. Must be able to swim one length of pool front crawl with basic rotary breathing and proper kick, and one length of back crawl with proper kick.
Level 1- Ages 7-11: Proper stroke and kick, along with starts and turns are the emphasis for this level. Swimmers practice 2-4 times weekly and must attend home and away dual meets. Prerequisites: Must be able to swim one length of each stroke (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle) legally.
Level 2- Ages 9-15: Divided into two levels, Yellow and Black, by Coaches, swimmers practice 3-4 times weekly.
Yellow: (Ages 9-15) Must be able to swim two lengths (50s) of each stroke legally in practice and at meets. Emphasis is on stroke technique and specific training concepts.
Black: (Ages 11-15) Must be able to swim a 500 freestyle, 200IM, and 100s of each stroke legally in practices and meets. Swimmers must demonstrate listening skills, and correct training techniques in practices.
Level 3- Ages 12-18: Swimmers practice 4-5 times weekly. Proper stroke technique, conditioning, dryland training, mental conditioning, drill work, and introduction of goal setting are emphasized. Swimmers must be able to make repeats of 200 freestyle on 3:15; 500 freestyle on 7 minutes; and practice up to 90 minutes demonstrating proper stoke, kick and technique.
Jr. National- Head Coach decision only Swimmers 13-19yrs as of 12/1/13: Swimmers are expected to set goals, communicate with Coaches, begin to be a leader, and follow a training plan. Stroke mechanics, conditioning, goal setting, dryland training, nutrition, mental conditioning are part of this level of training. Swimmers are expected to do hyperextensions, correct turns and strong finishes every repeat. Swimmers must also be able to do repeats of 200s Free on 3:15, 200s IM on 3:40, 500s under 6:40. Practices can run up to 2hrs a day, 5-6 times a week. Swimmers are expected to come to practice ready to train, any swimmer unable to train at the level required of them, may be moved down. Coaches reserve the right to evaluate and move swimmers at any point of season.
National- Head Coach decision only Swimmers 14-19yrs as of 12/1/13 who wish to represent the Brandywine YMCA in YMCA National Competition Meets: Swimmers need to set goals, be a strong leader and follow a training plan. This level utilizes stroke mechanics, conditioning, goal setting, dryland training, weight training, nutrition, mental conditioning, classroom and video sessions. Swimmers must do hyperextensions, correct turns and strong finishes every repeat. Swimmers must also be able to do repeats of 200s Free under 3 minutes, 200s IM on 3:30, 500s on 6 minutes, 400 IMs on 6:30. Practices are 2hrs a day, 5-6 times a week. Swimmers are expected to come to practice ready to train. Swimmers unable to train and compete at this level may be moved down. Coaches reserve the right to evaluate swimmers at any point of season and adjust levels as they see fit.
Jr National and National level swimmers are expected to
take a more active role in communicating with coaches.
Jr National and National level swimmers are expected to take a more active role in communicating with coaches.