SWIM TEAM – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions About Tryouts

We know that being part of a swim team might be new to you and your child.  Please read through our FAQs about swim team tryouts to enable you to arrive ready and prepared to put your best stroke forward!

COVID-19 Regulations

Please arrive to the facility wearing your face covering.  Individuals who are not wearing a mask will not be allowed into the building.

Make sure your swimmer arrives wearing their bathing suit. Changing rooms will not be available.

What is the Swim Team?

Metro North Tritons is a YMCA & USA Swimming year-round competitive swim team offering technique instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities. There are many benefits to getting your child involved in competitive swimming, including:

  • Swimming promotes physical development.
  • Swimming develops aerobic endurance and is one of the most beneficial forms of cardiovascular exercise.
  • Swimming enhances a child’s natural flexibility and promotes muscle development.
  • Swimming develops superior coordination.
  • Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.
  • Swimming is a sport that will bring children fitness and enjoyment for life.
  • Swimming promotes time management and is one of the top academically achieving sports.
  • Swimming is an important safety skill for young children.
Why would I want my child to participate?

It’s fun. It’s great exercise. It builds confidence. It’s a great way for your child to meet other kids in the neighborhood. It’s a great way for you to meet other parents.

What is a tryout/evaluation?

A tryout is an evaluation done by our coaching staff to identify which group would be best for your child to practice with.  Each swimmer is different and may or may not be ready to join the team. The tryout will last up to 15 minutes. Swimmers should be ready to swim with swimsuit, goggles, and a towel.

What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?

If your child is 6 to 18 and can swim a lap of the pool then they should register for tryouts.  Generally, our minimum requirement for entry level swimmers on the team consists of being able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with proper breathing technique and 25 yards of backstroke all unassisted.

Does my child need to complete Level 6 of swim lessons to join the team?

NO!  We recommend kids complete Level 4 in our swim lesson program before trying out for the team.  No child is required to complete a specific lesson level before attending tryouts.

What forms do we need to bring to join the team?

The only form you need to is our evaluation form, you will may get it right when you arrive.

What should I expect the day of tryouts?

When you arrive at the pool please wait for the coaches to address the group.  They will instruct each swimmer which lane their evaluation will be in.  After the coach evaluates the swimmer they will direct the swimmer back to their adult.  At this time the coach will give a brief assessment of their performance.  You will be contacted within one week after tryouts to inform you if your child is able to join the team at this time.

What to wear?

Swimmers must come to tryouts ready to swim. This includes:

  • Proper swimming attire.
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap (kids with long hair should wear a cap)
How do I schedule a tryout?

Contact our Welcome Center or register online under Aquatics – swim team to schedule a try-out/evaluation time slot. We generally hold them during the second to last week of April and August, however, days and times are flexible, especially during our summer session.

Will my child automatically join the team?

Unfortunately, we have limited spaces available in each practice group.  We are NOT able to accept every child who attends tryouts.  You will be contacted by one of the coaches within 1 week of your tryout to let you know if your child is able to join our team or if they will be put on the waitlist.

What if my child is on the waitlist?

We will keep a list of all swimmers who attend tryouts and which practice group they are best suited for.  If space does become available you will be contacted by one of the coaches.  They will let you know which practice group your child will be in and how to register.

  

Who can answer my questions about the swim team?

Send your email questions to ymntritons@metronorthymca.org and your question will be answered or directed to the right person.

What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?

If your child is 5 to 18 and can swim a lap of the pool then they should contact the coaches for an evaluation.  Generally our minimum requirement for entry level on the team consists of being able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with proper breathing technique unassisted and 25 yards of backstroke.

What is a tryout/evaluation and what should I expect?

A tryout is an evaluation done by our coaching staff to place each swimmer in the best possible squad. Each swimmer is different and may or may not be ready. The tryout will last about 15 minutes. Swimmers should be ready to swim with swimsuit, goggles, and a towel.

What to wear?

Swimmers must come to the evaluation session ready to swim. This includes:

  • Proper swimming attire.
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap (kids with long hair should wear a cap)
How do I schedule a tryout?

Contact our Welcome Center or register online under Aquatics – swim team to schedule a try-out/evaluation time slot. We generally hold them during the second to last week of April and August, however, days and times are flexible, especially during our summer session.

What forms do we need to bring to join the team?

The only form you need to is our evaluation form, you will may get it right when you arrive.

Why should my child swim?

Metro North Tritons is a YMCA & USA Swimming year-round competitive swim team offering technique instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities. There are many benefits to getting your child involved in competitive swimming, including:

  • Swimming promotes physical development.
  • Swimming develops aerobic endurance and is one of the most beneficial forms of cardiovascular exercise.
  • Swimming enhances a child’s natural flexibility and promotes muscle development.
  • Swimming develops superior coordination.
  • Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.
  • Swimming is a sport that will bring children fitness and enjoyment for life.
  • Swimming promotes time management and is one of the top academically achieving sports.
  • Swimming is an important safety skill for young children.
What is the swim team and why would I want my child to participate?

It’s fun. It’s great exercise. It builds confidence. It’s a great way for your child to meet other kids in the neighborhood. It’s a great way for you to meet other parents.

Who can answer my questions about the swim team?

Send your email questions to ymntritons@metronorthymca.org and your question will be answered or directed to the right person.

What strokes do the swimmers use in competition?

Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

I see that there are different age groups for the swimmers. How does that work?

 The age groups are 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. Every other year your child will have an “up” year when they are the oldest in their age group and a “down” year when they are the youngest in their age group. The system generally works well.

What if I can't make the recommended practices per week?

We believe attendance is one of the keys to successful swimming.  You should make every effort to be at all practices.  Should you have an emergency or appointment that necessitates missing a session, try to let the coach know in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Swim Team

 If you are asking yourself, “What did I just get myself into?”, you are not alone! Being a new swim parent can be overwhelming, with tryouts and registrations, equipment purchasing, and deciphering the meet schedule.  We are here to help!!  Please read the following FAQ as well as the YMNT handbook.

What are the Covid-19 regulations?

Any athlete or coach experiencing any symptoms of fever, recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache, or who has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms, should remain at home and seek medical treatment. Any athlete or coach with a fever or symptoms of illnesses may not attend practice until 14 days after the fever or symptoms has ceased.  Swimmers and staff must see a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19. For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our swimmers to please practice responsible social distancing (staying 6’ away from others, avoiding large gatherings) when they are away from the pool as well.

What is the commitment level for swimmers?

Be Responsible, Respectful, Caring, and Honest.  Show up to practice prepared, positive, and ready to work.

What is the commitment level for parents?

The Metro North YMCA Tritons Swimming & Dive team has a strong tradition of parent involvement.  You are expected to arrange transportation for your swimmer to all scheduled practices as well as swim meets. Every meet requires parent volunteers.

What if I can’t make every practice each week?

We believe attendance is one of the keys to successful swimming.  You should make every effort to be at all practices.  Should you have an emergency or appointment that necessitates missing a session, try to let the coach know in advance.

What and where are swim meets?

As a competitive swimming program, Metro North supports YMCA swimming and United States Swimming competitions. The focus of Metro North is on providing opportunities for all of our athletes to showcase their hard work and dedication by racing against other swimmers within their age group.  Meets are held at a variety of locations throughout the New England area.  It is expected that parents arrange transportation for their swimmers to attend meets.

What if I can’t make every swim meet?

We believe it is best for swimmers to attend as many meets as possible.  We understand there will be meets your family will not be able to attend.  It is your responsibility as the parent to “decline” attendance to any meet you are not able to attend.

What strokes do the swimmers use in competition?

Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

I see that there are different age groups for the swimmers. How does that work?

The age groups are 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. Every other year your child will have an “up” year when they are the oldest in their age group and a “down” year when they are the youngest in their age group. The system generally works well.

Who can answer my questions about the swim team?

Send your email questions to ymntritons@metronorthymca.org and your questions will be answered or directed to the right person.

Tritons Swim Team