2020-2021 Season

Registration opens Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Marlins 2020-2021 Program 

New this year, we will have five sessions between September and March. Dates are listed below for each session. Swimmers must register for each session they wish to participate.

Location: Mankato YMCA

Session Dates:
Session 1: September 14 – October 9 (Chips and Bronze only)
Session 2: October 12 – November 20
Session 3: November 30 – December 30
Session 4: January 11 – February 12
Session 5: February 22 – March 28

Practice Time Slots:
Chips: Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 3:05 – 3:50 p.m.
Bronze A: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Bronze B: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 4:50 – 5:35 p.m. and Friday: 3:55 – 4:40 p.m.
Platinum: Monday/Wednesday 5:40 – 6:50 p.m. and Thursday/Friday: 4:45 – 5:40 p.m.

Program Capacity: 12 swimmers per group
Program Fees:
Chips: $90 per session
Bronze/Platinum: $100 per session

Program/Practice Protocols

  1.  If your swimmer(s) has a temperature above 100.3 please DO NOT COME TO PRACTICE.
  2. Do not come to practice if you or anyone in your household is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. The use of masks is mandatory inside the YMCA building and while on deck before and after practices. This will help protect others around you.
  4. Locker rooms will be available for changing. Coaches and teammates can’t help you with your caps; please make sure you know how to put on your swim cap if you use one. The goal here is to maintain physical distance at all times.
  5. Upon entering the YMCA, swimmers must use hand sanitizer (available at the front desk).
  6. Swimmers will need to answer a few questions before being approved to participate in practice.
  7. Swimmers must place their bags along the pool desk. There will be markers on the floor/walls for bags.
  8. We will have a maximum of 12 swimmers per group.
  9. We will only have swimmers on deck and in pool areas. Parents are NOT allowed on deck/in the YMCA at this time. (Unless approved by Jose)
  10. Swimmers are encouraged to have their own equipment.
  11. Please do not share water bottles or equipment – this is very important!
  12. Swimmers will need to keep a distance of six feet from other swimmers while on deck and in the water.
  13. Swim practice will start promptly so swimmers must be ready to be at the water at that time.

Thank you! 


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.