Dynamo Swim Team Fall & Winter Season

General Information

Dynamo is a fall and winter competitive swim team for youth, teens and adults. Our short course season runs from October through March with all meets held in 25-yard pools. We are an open and balanced team that serves swimmers from first time team members to national competitors. We are a competitive team at heart; but want each swimmer to grow at the speed that is right for them regarding the amount of practice and competition.

YMCA membership is required to swim with Dynamo. YMCA membership fees can be found on the web at gbymca.org or at Member Services. 

**COVID-19 UPDATE** We are operating this fall and winter in a modified capacity and with significantly reduced numbers in order to keep swimmers safe. The program is currently full but if you are interested in getting on the waiting-list, should a spot open up, please email Jacsen Callanan, Head Coach, jcallanan@gbymca.org 

Jr. Age Group 8 & Under

Junior Age Group practice is designed for our 8 and Under swimmers who can swim 50 yards of freestyle, 25 yards of backstroke and breaststroke and 10 yards of butterfly. The program focuses on improving stroke beauty and efficiency and building endurance. Practices are offered 2 times per week for 1 hour per practice.

Season Dates: October 20, 2020- December 17, 2020

Practice Time: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:30pm

Cost per month: $95 Members

**COVID-19 UPDATE** We are operating this fall and winter in a modified capacity and with significantly reduced numbers in order to keep swimmers safe. The program is currently full but if you are interested in getting on the waiting-list, should a spot open up, please email Jacsen Callanan, Head Coach, jcallanan@gbymca.org 

Age Group 7-12y.o.

Age Group 1

Age Group 1 practice is designed for swimmers 7-10 years old who can swim 100 yards of freestyle, 50 yards of backstroke and breaststroke and 25 yards of butterfly. The program focuses on improving stroke beauty and efficiency, endurance building and learning the technical aspects of competitive swimming. Practices are offered 2 times per week for 1 hour per practice.

Season Dates: October 20, 2020- December 17, 2020

Practice Options: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:30pm

Cost per month: $95 Members

**COVID-19 UPDATE** We are operating this fall and winter in a modified capacity and with significantly reduced numbers in order to keep swimmers safe. The program is currently full but if you are interested in getting on the waiting-list, should a spot open up, please email Jacsen Callanan, Head Coach, jcallanan@gbymca.org 

 

 

Age Group 2

Age Group 2 practice is designed for swimmers 9-12 years old who can swim 200 yards of freestyle, 100 yards of backstroke and breaststroke and 50 yards of butterfly. The program focuses on improving stroke beauty and efficiency, endurance building and learning the technical aspects of competitive swimming. Practices are offered 2 times per week for 1 hour per practice.

Season Dates: October 19, 2020- December 17, 2020

Practice Options: Monday & Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm OR Tuesday & Thursday  5:30-6:30pm, 

Cost per month: $95 Members

**COVID-19 UPDATE** We are operating this fall and winter in a modified capacity and with significantly reduced numbers in order to keep swimmers safe. The program is currently full but if you are interested in getting on the waiting-list, should a spot open up, please email Jacsen Callanan, Head Coach, jcallanan@gbymca.org 

Seniors 11-18y.o.

Senior Transition 11-13y.o.

Senior Transition is build to help swimmers move between the stroke and skill development focus of the Age Group practices to the more rigorous and competition focused practices of the Seniors group. The goal is to prepare swimmers for meet competition through specific and focused training. Advanced swimmers work all four strokes in both distance and sprint-based workouts. Dryland and strength training are key parts of the workout. Practices are offered 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per practice.

Season Dates: October 19, 2020- December 17, 2020

Practice Options: Monday and Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm

Cost per month:  $125 Members

**COVID-19 UPDATE** We are operating this fall and winter in a modified capacity and with significantly reduced numbers in order to keep swimmers safe. The program is currently full but if you are interested in getting on the waiting-list, should a spot open up, please email Jacsen Callanan, Head Coach, jcallanan@gbymca.org 

 

Seniors 12-18y.o.

Senior Swim Team is designed for our older competitive swimmers. The goal is to prepare swimmers for meet competition through specific and focused training. Advanced swimmers work all four strokes in both distance and sprint-based workouts. Dryland and strength training are key parts of the workout. Practices are offered 2 times per week for 2 hours per practice.

Season Dates: October 19, 2020- December 17, 2020

Practice Options: Monday and Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm OR Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-7:30pm

Cost per month: $145 Members

**COVID-19 UPDATE** We are operating this fall and winter in a modified capacity and with significantly reduced numbers in order to keep swimmers safe. The program is currently full but if you are interested in getting on the waiting-list, should a spot open up, please email Jacsen Callanan, Head Coach, jcallanan@gbymca.org 

 

 

Nationals Team 14-18y.o.

Nationals Team is the highest level of Dynamo and is designed for our oldest competitive swimmers who are working towards a goal of making YMCA and USA Swimming National Cut Times. The goal is to prepare swimmers for high level meet competition through specific and focused training. Advanced swimmers work all four strokes in both distance and sprint-based workouts. Individualized dryland and strength training are key parts of the workout.   Practices are offered 4 times per week for 2 hours per practice.

Season Dates: October 19, 2020- December 17, 2020

Practice Options: Monday and Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:30pm

Cost per month: $160 Members 

Contact Head Coach for further information on registration

Season Calendar

Swim Meet Calendar

**COVID-19 Update** We will be attending meets on Nov 7-8 and Dec 5-6 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center with a small number of swimmers in each session. We are also planning to have our Senior/National swimmers host a meet at our Y for the 12 & Under swimmers some time in November, more information coming soon. 

Holidays with no practice

November 27-29 (Thanksgiving week)

No practice between December 17 and January 3

 

Team Events

Updates through email during season

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2019-2020 Season Meet Schedule

Date Location Registration Due Date
11/3/19 GMA St. Michaels College 10/25/19
11/8-10/19 UVAC White River Jct. 10/25/19
12/6-8/19 UVAC White River Jct. 11/20/19
12/13-15/19 YMCA Winter Champs in Boston 12/2/19
1/3-5/20 GMA St. Michaels College 12/19/19
1/12/20 CVSC Norwich University 1/3/20
1/25-26/20 13+ Only at UNH 12/4/19
2/2/20 GMA St. Michaels College 1/24/20
2/7-9/20 Regional Champs UVAC White River Jct. 1/30/20
2/21-23/20 10 & Under Age Group Champs at University of NH 2/10/20
2/27-3/1/20 11-14 Age Group Champs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2/10/20
3/6-8/20 15-18 Age Group Champs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2/10/20
3/13-15/20 Silver Champs UVAC White River Jct. 3/4/20
3/21-22/20 Y New England Championships at MIT 3/9/20
3/30-4/3/20 YMCA National Championships in Greensboro NC 3/16/20

Payment & Other Fees

To pay monthly you will need to provide a bank account or credit card information for the monthly draft.

The monthly fees include a team swim cap, a piece of team gear, coaching at practices and meets, coaching during the dryland program, and practice gear like kickboards, pull buoys, flippers and paddles.

USA Swimming Registration ($80 per season) is separate from swim team fees and is required to compete in meets. Each swim meet has an entry and per-race fee associated with it. For swimmers who want to try meets but are not sure if it's the right thing for them there is a $20 Flex Membership to USA swimming that allows them to compete in two regular season meets and they can upgrade to a full membership later if they decide they want to do more meets. If swimmers are eligible for free/reduced school lunch or Dr. Dynasaur/Medicaid then they are eligible for a USA Swimming scholarship which reduces the USA Swimming Registration fee to $5 per season and covers the cost of swim meet entry fees and races that they participate in. Please connect with the Head Coach, Jacsen, to get the necessary forms.

Financial assistance for monthly cost is available for those families who qualify. Click here to apply.

Guidelines and Expectations for Practice

Swimmers are expected to follow the guidelines in order to sustain a safe and fun environment for everyone.  If swimmers do not follow guidelines the coaches will directly communicate with the swimmer and request behavior they expect from the swimmer. If the swimmer chooses not to modify their behavior after this request the coach will communicate with the parent or guardian and ask for additional assistance to help the swimmer modify their behavior.

  1. Arrive on time to practice and stay on deck the whole time. Check in with your coach before getting in if you are late.
  2. Be prepared for dryland activities before all practices by staying dry and wearing appropriate clothes.
  3. If you arrive and you are not ready to participate please communicate with a coach about what is going on and formulate a plan.
  4. Swimmers and coaches should communicate with each other respectfully by using kind and thoughtful words and making direct requests.
  5. Please treat the team equipment with the same respect that you would treat a favorite toy or possession, including returning equipment at the end of practice.
  6. Let a coach know before going to the bathroom or getting water.
  7. Swimmers should start and finish at the walls.
  8. Respect and follow all directions of coaches and lifeguards. Do not hesitate to ask questions if you need clarification on directions.
  9. All pool rules apply during swim practice and the lifeguard on duty has the final say about rules.
  10. Locker Room and Lobby Expectations: Walk, use inside voices, place all belonging in a locker for the duration of practice, use showers and soap responsibly, treat the YMCA and other members with respect. If you need help ask a coach, YMCA staff member, lifeguard or parent.
Swim Meets

**COVID-19 UPDATE** Our team will be competing in a few Vermont only meets this season at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center but the scope of who will be able to attend is still being determined. We hope to have more information posted soon. 

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See meet schedule in season calendar tab above.

All swimmers are encouraged to compete with an expectation that swimmers will try at least 2 meets every season. Swim meets are fun and provide a chance for the team to achieve their goals together.  Meets provide individual swimmers with a goal to work towards and a chance to see the progress that their work has reaped.

At any meet it is important that the swimmer receive unconditional support from their family and the coaches.  This means being ready with a big smile and a warm towel at the end of every swim regardless of what happened in the water.

We compete in 8-10 meets between November and February and then there are Championship meets in February and March depending on if swimmers times qualify them for those meets. Swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming, which is a separate fee of $80 per season and registration forms will be sent out at the beginning of each season. There is an option for a 2 meet membership that is $20 to allow swimmers to try out meets without committing for the season. Individual meet registrations will be done online with swimmers choosing the events they want to swim and the links to registration will be sent out a few weeks before they are due back to the coach. Swim meets are broken up into sessions with only some age group competing in the morning and other competing in the afternoon, the times of which will be specified in the meet registrations.

Meet fees are separate from the regular registration fees and vary from meet to meet but information will be included in each individual meet registration. Meet registrations must be cancelled more than seven days in advance of the meet or fees will not be refunded. Swimmers travel to and from meets with their families. While at meets only swimmers and coaches are allowed on the pool deck but swimmers are welcome to spend time in the stands with their families.

Equipment Needs

Required: practice swim suit and goggles, gym shoes and shorts for dryland time

Recommended: swim cap (to keep hair out of face and help keep goggles on), water bottles, racing suit (for older competitive swimmers)

Team Provides: kickboards, pullbuoys, flippers, paddles and other varied equipment.



GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA LOCATIONS

Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties