Beginning in 2002, the Harrisburg Area YMCA partnered with the Northern York County School District to provide aquatics programming for district residents. Programming has included swim lessons, water fitness, competitive swimming as well as lap and recreational swimming. During the school year, programming starts after the school day and Saturday mornings. During the summer, the pool is programmed throughout the day.
The YMCA at Northern York also offers competitive swimming programs that are held at the Northern High School Natatorium (the natatorium is to the far right end of the building). The Northern York Swim Team is open to youth and teens in a variety of age groups and seeks to develop swimming skills in a competitive environment. CLICK HERE to visit the YMCA of Northern York Summer League website.
Spring/Summer Swim Team
The Northern York Swim Team hosts a competitive swimming program for kids ages 6-18 in the Northern York School District. Swimmers are divided into five age groups that match their swimming abilities from the beginning competitive swimmer to the experienced senior level athlete. It is the desire of the YMCA competitive swimming programs to provide each swimmer fun, excitement and challenges in an environment of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Age Group A (AGA) – 3 days per week for 60 minutes (Ages 6-9)
Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards in any manner and be comfortable in deep water and in a group setting away from parents. Swimmers will learn basic floating, kicking, body balance and breathing skills allowing them to kick repeated distances of 25 yards on the front and back. The Northern York Swim Team practices are held at Northern York High School.
- Age Group B (AGB) – 4 days per week for 75 minutes (Ages 8-12)
To move from AGA to AGB practice group, swimmers must be able to demonstrate a legal 100 IM, and swim at least 300 yards non-stop with flip turns. AGB swimmers will be developing proper stroke technique and forming correct practice habits. Swimmers should be comfortable with training up to 75 minutes per day with good listening skills. Practices held at Northern York High School, except Fridays will be held at Messiah College.
- Age Group C (AGC) – 4 days per week for 90 minutes (Ages 10-14)
Goals of the AG-C practice group include: Swim 8 x 100 1:40 freestyle, Flutter kick 20 x 25 :35, Swim faster than 1:15 in 100yard free and 1:30 in 100yard IM, Kick-out 6 kicks off walls in backstroke. Practice discipline, further skill development, challenges, and training are the primary goals of this group. The Northern York Swim Team practices are held at Northern York High School.
- High School (HS) – Monday-Thursday for 120 minutes
This program is structured for Northern York High School swim team members, plus those students that recently completed 8th grade and will be entering 9th grade in the fall of 2016. These workouts will be endurance based with an appropriate amount of times spent on skill development and technical aspects of strokes. The Northern York Swim Team will also incorporate a dry land training program with this program. This program will be led by NYSD Alumni and supervised by Mike Gobrecht, WSY Director of Competitive Swimming, as well as advised by Northern York High School Head Coach, Bill Resser.