SWIMMING WITH HORSE POWER!
The Seahorses are a YMCA sanctioned swim team that focuses on providing children with a consistent opportunity to develop and refine their swim endurance and stroke technique. Instruction is provided to meet each individual swimmer’s needs within a safe, motivating, and challenging environment. Allowing your child to develop their competitive skills and instill a lifelong interest in swimming.
At the YMCA we practice a holistic approach to sports, with an emphasis on positive physical, mental, and spiritual development. We believe that there is too much emphasis on winning at all costs and on special recognition for sporting ability. Our program holds other values that are important:
- Developing self-confidence, self-respect, and an appreciation of your own worth as an individual.
- Developing a commitment for daily living based on values such as Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
- Growing as a responsible member of the family and as a citizen of the community.
- Appreciating that health of mind and body is a sacred gift and that physical fitness and mental well-being are conditions to be achieved and maintained.
- Recognizing the worth of all people and working for inter-group understanding.
- Developing the capacity for leadership and using it responsibly in groups and community life.
To be ready for a competitive team, the swimmer must be able to complete 25 yards each of Freestyle and Backstroke, without stopping. They will also need to display a general knowledge of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Tryout dates will be announced before the start of our Fall/Winter Season. If you should choose to begin on our less competitive Summer team, our coaches will evaluate swimmers as needed.
Introduction to Competitive Swimming includes explanation of procedures, rules and legalities of strokes. We will begin with the, “ABC’s” of block diving and beginner level stroke drills starting with Freestyle and Backstroke. When those basic strokes are close to being mastered, both Breaststroke and Butterfly will be introduced. Successful completion of American Red Cross Level 3 or equivalent is also required.
This level mainly focuses on Breaststroke and Butterfly, while still improving on Freestyle and Backstroke. The Backstroke flip turn will be introduced through different types of drills. Yardage will also start to increase to build endurance and begin training to move up to the Advanced level. Mastery of Basic Freestyle, Backstroke and diving skills are required to participate in this level.
This level is used to build background, fine tune strokes, speed techniques and prepare swimmers to compete with District, State and National level swimmers. Swimmers must be able to swim a, “legal” 100 yard I.M. and a solid 500 yard Freestyle to be able to swim at the Advanced Level.
Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis by submitting a completed registration form along with payment. Space is limited within each level. Once these levels fill, we are unable to add additional swimmers. A YMCA membership is required to be a Seahorse. Dual Meets are included in registration fee, however invitationals are optional and have additional fees associated with them.
Practice will be held at the Kenosha YMCA & Waukegan High School, Brookside (West) Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue, Waukegan, IL.
There are 4 Easy Ways to Register…
1) Walk In 2) Mail In 3) Fax 4) Online
Please contact Beth Volbrecht, 262.654.9622 ext. 224 with questions.
Visit the Seahorse website
FALL SWIM TEAM
(SEPTEMBER ‘16 – MARCH ‘17)
NEW SWIMMER TRY-OUTS: Wednesday, September 14th, 6:30pm at the Kenosha YMCA. *Coaches will assign a practice location that evening.
Member: $200 + Y Membership
High School Student: $175 + Y Membership
@ KENOSHA YMCA PRACTICES
September 19th – March 1st
Mondays & Wednesdays Times: 6:30-7:30pm
@ WAUKEGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES**
September 12th – March 1st
Monday – Thursday Times: 5:45-7:45pm
**For planning purposes all (@ Waukegan) swimmers must be registered no later then September 12th to participate.
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