The YMCA of Greater Richmond’s Swim Team program promotes healthy living, youth development and social responsibility through this fun competitive swim league! Swim Team is a whole-family sport: the swimmers develop endurance, strength, and flexibility, along with team building and sportsmanship skills while learning all four competitive strokes with their friends. Parent partition is required to run successful swim meets!
Payment and registration for any of our branch swim teams can be done online. Teams are broken up into smaller groups based on age or swimming ability. Contact the Swim Team coach or staff at each branch for specific information.
The YMCA of Greater Richmond will now be using Team Unify to digitally manage all of our swim teams! Team Unify is used to:
- Swim Team Website
- Schedules and Events
- Participant Meet Sign Up
- Parent Volunteer Sign Up
- Swim Meet Entries, Scoring, and Results
- Announcements and Communication
Click below for each branch’s swim team Team Unify page.
|Chester Gators||Chickahominy Twisters||Goochland Manta Rays||Midlothian Tidal Waves|
|Manchester Marlins||Northside Dolphins||Patrick Henry Piranhas||Petersburg Tsunamis|
|Powhatan Barracudas||Shady Grove Sting Rays||Tuckahoe Tiger Sharks|
Swim Meet Schedule
|Date||Home Team||Away Teams||Theme|
|March 4, 2017||Chester
|Goochland, Manchester, Northside
Shady Grove, Powhatan
Patrick Henry, Petersburg, Chickahominy
|March 18, 2017||Championship Swim Meet at SwimRVA||Rock the Block Team Spirit|
Volunteer Training Opportunities
Swim meets are successful in large part because of our parent and volunteer participation. Each Team is required to provide parent volunteers for swim meets. We cannot run a meet without your help!
We have several specific volunteer opportunities where you can help.
|Starter||The starter controls the “pace” of the meet, to keep it moving!
Inexperienced Starters will do an overview training with the Head Referee and/or Aquatics Director.
Experienced starters may be “shadowed” in order to train inexperienced starters.
|Head Timer||Meets with timers prior to start of meet.
Ensures all stopwatches are working properly, verifies all timers have their timer sheets and reviews the process with them.
Every time an event starts, head timer starts two (2) stop watches in case of a malfunctioning stopwatch with a timer.
|Timer||Needs to be able to operate a stopwatch correctly.
Verifies swimmer in their lane is in the proper lane (checks timer sheet).
|Strokes and Turns Judge||Must be knowledgeable and familiar with competitive swimming rules and regulations and be able to fill out DQ cards
It is highly encouraged to watch these few videos from USS Swimming.
Interaction is with the head referee only. Please direct all questions or concerns to the head referee.
|Head Referee||A thorough knowledge of strokes and turns is necessary. Must be trained in strokes and turns.
Calls a “meeting”with strokes and turns judges prior to start of meet.
Must sign off on all DQ’s.
Communicates closely with aquatics and meet directors.
|Clerk of Course||Recommended to have three (3) clerks of course per meet. One person calls names.
Second person organizes and seats the swimmers in heats.
Third person releases swimmers to the blocks and assists person seating heats.
|Computer/Table Workers||We will be using TeamUnify Touchpad software this season, which is similar to Meet Manager/Team Manager.
Table workers need to know how to verify results and place labels on ribbons.
Table workers verify that computer data entry is correct.
|Announcer||Volunteer uses PA system or bullhorn to announce what event is being called to Clerk of Course and any other pertinent information.|
|Runners||Recommended to have three (3) runners per meet.
First runner takes timer cards from timers to scoring table after each event, not heat.
Second runner takes DQ cards from strokes and turns judge to head referee, then to scoring table.
Third runner assists other runners, posts results and gets DQ cards to coaches.
|Mite Parent||Assists mite swimmers to clerk of course and behind starting blocks for their events.
Follows the direction from clerk of course to keep swimmers in appropriate seating order.
If you are willing to volunteer at our next swim meet, please complete this short online form: