The National Track is our advanced swim team experience with multiple practice and competition opportunities along with increased expectations on commitment and performance. Swimmers will focus on becoming smarter in and out of the water including an advanced awareness of race strategy, mental preparation, personal nutrition and an introduction to strength training. Swimmers in this track will also have the option to earn participation in select clinics, outings and swim meets. USA Swimming and YMCA swim meets are offered once every three to four weeks and participation will be expected.
Regular attendance at practices and meets becomes essential in the National Track. Each group has its own minimum attendance standards that must be maintained to remain on the roster, (4 practices/week for NP and 5 practices/week for National). Swimmers who cannot maintain these standards will need to return to the Competitive Track on a month to month basis until they return their attendance to the National Track standards.
Criteria also considered when moving swimmers into the National Track include how well a swimmer uses the YMCA Core Values within the team environment. Examples include, (but are not limited to), encouraging teammates, maintaining a positive attitude, completing sets to each swimmer’s honest ability, keeping attention on the coach or practice sets and being on time and prepared for the start of practice.
The process to join the National Track will include the following items in the order listed:
- Achieve the qualifying times, (you will receive notification)
- Request the recommendation from your current coach
- Complete the entrance workout, (you will receive notification AND this may take more than one attempt)
- Have a conference with the potential new coach, (if different than your current coach)
- Receive the official invitation to join the new group
Placement into this group is by coach invitation only for swimmers age 9-14 who have achieved the NP time standard in two different strokes and can complete the NP entrance workout. Practices are 120 minutes and are offered five+ days/week with an expectation that swimmers will maintain a minimum average of four primary practices/week. Strength and injury prevention workouts will be available for swimmers age 12 & over. The monthly program fee is $100, (which INCLUDES all swim meet entry fees), and all NP swimmers must have a Y membership. There is an annual, required and non-refundable $25 registration fee, along with a $100 team fee, which includes USA Swimming membership, unlimited swim caps, three team t-shirts and a car magnet.
Placement into this group is by coach invitation only for swimmers who are 13 & up and who have achieved three NAT time standards and can complete the NAT entrance workout. Practices are 150 minutes and are offered six+ days/week with an expectation that swimmers will maintain a minimum average of five primary practices/week. Strength and injury prevention workouts will be available as well. The monthly program fee is $120, (which INCLUDES all swim meet entry fees), and all NAT swimmers must have a Y membership. There is an annual, required and non-refundable $25 registration fee, along with a $100 team fee, which includes USA Swimming membership, unlimited swim caps, three team t-shirts and a car magnet.
All groups have multi-swimmer discounts available for our families, (10% off second swimmer, 20% off third swimmer and 30% off fourth swimmer). Also, participants at our YCF Outreach family centers, which includes Cocoa, Osceola, Suntree, Titusville and Wayne Densch, receive a 20% discount on program fees. NOTE: We are only able to apply one (1) discount per swimmer, (either multi-swimmer or Outreach Y).