Welcome to the Northern Berkshire YMCA Betta Swim Team. Parents and swimmers are equally important to the success of this program. The team cannot exist without each other’s support, hard work, encouragement, respect and spirit. We hope that you and your family have fun, success and build lasting relationships and memories.
This program offers the swimmer structure, leadership opportunities, stroke instruction, physical exercise and good fun. Being a member of the swim team will help develop strength, coordination, endurance and discipline. Being a member of any team helps develop values, tolerance, co-operation, relationships and positive self image.
The regular swim season runs from late September to early February, with some swimmers qualifying to swim in championship meets in March. The regular season includes approximately 6-7 meets. These meets are typically on Saturdays. Meets are our competitions with other YMCA swim teams. We do offer a shorter and less competitive summer program as well, which offers newer swimmers a chance to give the swim team a try without the longer commitment of the fall/winter season. Competitive swimming is a yearlong sport in terms of training and ongoing improvement.
We swim our regular season meets as part of the Western Massachusetts YMCA District League. The league website is: www.hyvswimming.org/WinterLeagueWeb/index.htm. There is also opportunity for swimmers to participate in additional competition through the USA Swim program. Further information about USA swimming is found later in this handbook and attached to the end of the Betta Swimteam Handbook.
There are many events other than swimming scheduled throughout the year to bring families, coaches and friends together. These events are designed for fun, making friends and building team spirit.
Summer Practice Schedule:
ONLY requirement – swimming full length of pool- any stroke-
PRACTICE BEGINS- MAY 20th 6pm at the Y
Monday Wednesday and Thursday -
9 and under – 6-7pm
10 and older -6-730
$165 May 20th thru August 31st (payment plan available)
$82.50 YMCA Family Members
IMPROVE YOUR STROKE, STRENGTHEN YOUR FORM before the swim team season begins.
For more information call 413-663-6529
Fall & Winter Practice Schedule:
9 & Under
Mon, Wed, Thurs. 6 – 6:45pm Friday 4 – 4:45pm Sunday 3 – 3:45pm**
10 & Over
Mon, Wed 6 – 7:30pm Thurs 6 – 8pm Fri 4 – 5:30pm Sunday 3 – 4:30pm**
** No practice on Sunday if there is a Saturday meet
Please try to make at least 2 or more practices a week
Coach: Noella Bartlett
Cost: Member $265 Additional siblings $132.50
For more information please print out and read the Northern Berkshire Betta Handbook.
Western MASS YMCA Swim League
Event Schedule Sumer 2013