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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