Whether you are a new swimmer developing the four competitive strokes, a national championship swimmer, or somewhere in between, we have a place for you on our team.
The WILD Swim Team program offers the best of both swimming worlds by participating in YMCA and USA Swimming competition. YMCA swimming promotes youth development in a supportive team setting. USA Swimming provides additional competitive opportunities with teams and swimmers from around the Midwest and across the country.
Family support is important for the success of each swimmer and the program as a whole. WILD parents volunteer at meets and team activities and serve in other roles as needed by the coaching staff. WILD parents model positive sport parenting attitudes and behaviors.
We offer three convenient locations for training. Our primary locations are at the Tri-County YMCA and the Charleston Family YMCA, with their 25 yard pools where WILD swimmers practice year-round. The team also utilizes the Coonskin training facility during the summer with its 50 meter x 25 yard pool.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Head Coach, Scott Ellis 304.757.0016
Available year-round | All participants must be YMCA members. There is a one time family registration fee of $75 due each fall.
Age Group Level I (10 & Under) This level is for 8 & under swimmers and some 9-10 swimmers who are learning all four competitive strokes. The emphasis is on developing the fundamentals of the strokes, starts and turns by means of drills and games in an enjoyable atmosphere for instruction. Swimmers learn the basic rules of competitive swimming. Cost: $55.00/month.
Age Group Level II (8-12) This practice level is designed for 9-10, 11-12 year olds and some experienced 8-year-olds. Improving stroke, start and turn techniques will be the primary emphasis in this level. It will serve as an introduction to the highest levels of age group swimming. Mid distances and endurance work will be introduced in training. Cost: $65.00/month
Age Group Level III (10-14) This is WILD’S top Age Group level for 14 & Under swimmers. Strong emphasis is placed on technique refinement with a stronger conditioning experience. General distance and IM work is also emphasized along with a strong dryland commitment and general body strengthening. Racing strategies and mental preparation are also introduced. Cost: $90.00/month
Senior Level IV (13 & Older) This introduction to senior swimming emphasizes polishing stroke technique, starts and turns. The focus will be IM and distance training. This level is also for those 13 and over athletes that swim seasonally, are multisport athletes or who just want to swim to be involved with the sport. Swimmers must have the ability to handle the physical demands of a rigorous training regimen to allow the opportunity to move to the next training level. Cost: $100.00/month
Senior Level V (13 & Older) Training is geared to YMCA National competition and beyond. This practice level is only for athletes committed to reaching their full swimming potential. Year-round training is required. The emphasis is on high levels of endurance, strength and speed conditioning with technique refinement. Training includes longer distances, IM work, interval training, aerobic base development and preparation for a stronger emotional commitment, working toward invitation to the National level. Cost: $105.00/month
National Level VI (13 & Older - Invitation Only) This level is for high school and college-age athletes with a strong commitment to train and compete at the highest level, physically and mentally. Strict practice attendance including two-assigned strength training sessions is required. Practices include high level endurance, strength and speed training, technique refinement and conditioning. In addition, there will be stretching, dryland, running and other fitness sessions incorporated into this practice level. The objective of this level is to prepare and compete in the National YMCA Top 16, USA National and collegiate levels and beyond. Cost: $115.00/month