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 competitions. 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.
Available year round. All participants must be YMCA members. There is a one time family registration fee of $75 due each fall.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ----- Contact Erin Ballard @ 304.757.0016
Age Group Level I (10 & under) This level is for 8 and under swimmers and some 9-10 swimmers who are learning all four competitive swim 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 will learn the basic rules of competitive swimming. Cost: $55.00/month.
Age Group Level II (8-12) This 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 be introduced in training. Cost: $65.00/month.
Age Group Level III (10-14) This is WILD's top Age Group level for 14 and 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: $105.00/month.