Sharks Swim Team

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Gettysburg Sharks Swim Team

Winter 2022-23 Season Information 

Practice Begins on Monday, October 17, 2022, for all groups!

The Sharks Swim Team is for youth between the ages of 6 and 18.  The four main goals of our team are sportsmanship, teamwork, fellowship, and fun!

If you are interested in joining the Sharks, please email the Aquatic Director at gro.grubsyttegacwy@buarb
To be eligible to join the team, swimmers must demonstrate that they can swim 25 meters each in freestyle and backstroke.  The Sharks swim team should not be confused with swimming lessons.  Instead, we expect those trying out for the team to have basic swimming skills and endurance.
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Team Tryouts 

  • New swimmers must demonstrate they can swim 25 meters of the pool, each in freestyle and backstroke.  (25 meters is the length of our pool)
  • Our coaches would love to see any additional skills your swimmer can perform, such as breaststroke, butterfly, dives, or flip turns.  However, these skills are not required to join the team.
  • Our coaches will determine if your swimmer is ready to join the team.
  • Tryouts for new swimmers can be scheduled with Beth Raub, Aquatic & Wellness Director and Sharks Developmental Coach.  To schedule an appointment, email gro.grubsyttegacwy@buarb.

What happens after team tryouts?

  • If your swimmer successfully passes the tryout requirements, you can have them try the team for two weeks before committing to the entire season.  For just $25, your swimmer can practice with the team for two weeks and see how they like it.  If you choose to register them for the team at the end of the two weeks,  the $25 will be put toward your team fee.
  • If the coaches feel your child is not ready to join the team, they recommend you enroll them in swimming lessons at the YWCA. We offer swimming lessons throughout the year that can prepare your child to become a Shark in the future!

Register for the Shark’s Two-Week Trial!

Practice Groups

All swimmers are required to participate in Swims Meets as available.  Note: Some practices may be canceled due to holidays, special aquatic events, and inclement weather.  Swimmers will be notified of practice cancellations in advance.

Team fees may be paid in full upon registration, or you may opt for four equal EFT payments!  

All swimmers MUST be registered before coming to their first practice.

USA PRESEASON TRAINING GROUP

Becoming a member of the Sharks’ USA Team is an opportunity to become more involved in competitive swimming.  Tiger Sharks, Blue Sharks, and High School Sharks are eligible for USA swimming with the approval from a coach.  USA swimmers participate in preseason practices beginning in mid-September and have the opportunity to attend additional meets throughout the season and compete in events that are not offered in our dual meets.  The fee to join USA swimming is paid directly to USA Swimming and is in addition to the YWCA team fees.

Swimmers registered with USA Swimming are expected to participate in USA meets as available.

If you want to learn more about USA Swimming, please contact the coaches at gro.grubsyttegacwy@skrahSACWY.

MAKO SHARKS (LEVEL 1)

Ages 6 – 8, and any new swimmer between the ages of 9 – 11.  Some participants will have little or no competitive swimming experience.  This level focuses on 70% technique and 30% endurance training.  Recommended attendance is 2+ times/per week.  *Mako Sharks will attend Friday practices the day before a Saturday meet and on special event days.  The schedule will be announced after we receive our dual meet schedule.

Practice Schedule:

Monday – Thursday: 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm.
Friday: 5:30–6:30 pm *See above

Register for Mako Sharks!

Register for Trial to Mako!

TIGER SHARKS (LEVEL 2 )

Ages 9 – 12and any new swimmer between the ages of 13 – 15.  This level focuses on 50% technique and 50% endurance training.  Recommended attendance is 3+ times/per week.

Practice Schedule:

Preseason:  
Monday-Thursday: 6–8 pm.
Friday:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Regular Season:
Monday & Wednesday: 6:45–8 pm.
Tuesday & Thursday:  6:45-8:15 p.m.
Friday:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register for Tiger Sharks!

Register for Trial to Tiger!

BLUE SHARKS (LEVEL 3) 

Ages 13 – 18.  This level focuses on 40% advanced technique and 60% endurance training.  Recommended attendance is 3-4+ times/per week.

Practice Schedule:

Preseason & Regular Season:
Monday-Thursday: 6–8 pm.
Friday:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register for Blue Sharks!

HIGH SCHOOL – USA SHARKS (lEVEL 4)

This level is for those swimming for high schools that hold regular team practices.  These swimmers will practice with the Sharks through Friday, November 11, 2022, and then transition to their high school practices.  During the high school season, select times are reserved for swimmers who wish to extend their practices with Sharks coaches.  High School Sharks, also members of USA Swimming, may attend regular Sharks practices during High School season when needed.

All high school Sharks are expected to compete for the Sharks in at least three dual meets and attend Divisionals.

Practice Schedule:

Preseason & Regular season through 11/11/22:

Monday-Thursday: 6–8 pm.
Friday:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

During High School season:

Monday & Wednesday:  5-5:45 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 6–7 am.
Friday:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register for High School-USA Sharks!

DUAL HIGH SCHOOL & SHARKS, NON-USA SWIMMERS

This group is for swimmers in grades 9-12 who are participating with their High School swim team and the YWCA Sharks Swim Team but are not members of USA Swimming.  Swimmers registered for this option may attend up to two Sharks practices per week and are expected to compete in at least three Sharks dual
meets and Divisionals.

Practice Schedules:

October 17-November 11:

Monday-Thursday:  6-8 p.m.
Friday:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

November 14-February 24: 

Monday & Wednesday:  5-5:45 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday:  6-7 a.m.
Fridays:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register for Dual High School & Sharks – Non-USA!

Registration & Payment

Register for the season by clicking on the link at the bottom of your child’s group description.

Before the swimmer attends the first practice, fees must be paid in full or set up on an EFT payment plan.

    Financial Aid

    Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.  If you would like to apply for financial aid, please complete our form and submit it to gro.grubsyttegacwy@ofni.

    Practice for the regular season begins on Monday, October 17, 2022!

     

    Swim Meet Schedule

    All Sharks are required to participate in our dual meetsA meet schedule will be shared as soon as it is available.

    Dual meets occur on Saturday mornings/early afternoons.  Plan for 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. as the earliest start and latest finish times.  All facilities, including ours, will have their own restrictions/policies regarding spectators, food and drink, etc.  We will share them with you as we receive them.  

     

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    Program Highlights

     

    • The Sharks Swim Team is a well-rounded program that is instructional, inclusive, competitive, and fun!
    • Our coaching staff has many years of experience and has several members who started their swimming careers as Sharks themselves!  Coach Megan Maslowski has led the Sharks for over 20 years!
    • The Sharks have a Winter and Summer season, and most team members swim year-round.
    • Financial Aid is available to assist families who qualify.

    Financial Aid

    Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. 

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