MARLINS SWIM TEAM
The Marlins Team uses a “progressive” age group program designed to develop a child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer’s physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation is placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport.
The YMCA Mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. It is extremely important that YMCA competitive swimming and diving programs are consistent with the YMCA mission, as well as the YMCA’s commitment to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. This means that YMCA competitive swimming programs will focus on the development of the whole person, the strengthening of the family and the inclusion of all in the community who desire to participate. This program will use competitive swimming as a means by which to build positive character and assets. The focus will be on competing with dignity and respect while striving for one’s personal best. Winning is not the primary goal in YMCA competitive sports.
The swim team season begins in October and continues until early April. Practices are held 5 days a week with meets throughout the season. Practices and meets are optional, however, it is strongly encouraged that swimmers attend as many practices and meets as they can. Practices are held in the afternoons and evenings Monday through Friday. Meets are held on the weekends, with most occurring on Saturdays and a few of the larger meets on Sunday.