KEENE FAMILY YMCA
200 SUMMIT ROAD, KEENE, NH 03431   | 603.352.6002

Open Monday to Friday, 5 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 6 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday. 

Monday-Friday: 5am to 9pm, Saturday: 6am to 6pm, Sunday: 8am to 5pm

Keene Family YMCA

Dolphins Swim Team

The Dolphins Swim Team trains athletes between the ages of 6 and 18 from the greater Keene, New Hampshire area to become competitive swimmers. We believe that competitive swimming nurtures healthy development, and we encourage dedication to sportsmanship, academics, community involvement, and life-long fitness. Our coaches work with all swimmers to set goals and foster commitment to achieving those goals as a responsible member of a team.

About the Team

The Keene Family YMCA Dolphins Swim Team (KYD) is one of the oldest swim teams in New Hampshire. The team has been competing in swim meets for decades. 

The swim team participates in several meets throughout the season and is a member of the Western Massachusetts YMCA District Swim League. The team also participates in league  and regional championships.

Swim team season typically runs from September-March. It is a commitment of time, energy, and effort. The team counts on the commitment of the swimmer and the family to the team. Depending on the program, practice can be 2-4 days per week and will combine both dry land and in pool experiences.

We encourage you to speak with the coach and/or the Aquatics Director if you have any questions about anything connected to the swim team.

Registration Process

Joining the Team
The Keene Family YMCA (KYD) Dolphins Swim Team is comprised of children ages 6-18. All team members must be a  member at the Keene Family YMCA.

All swimmers interested in becoming a member of KYD should inquire with Menachi Pillai, Aquatics Director or the team head coach .

To join the team, swimmers must complete the registration packet for the current season. The packet includes Health Forms, Proof of Active Membership, Copy of Birth Certificate, and Acknowledgement of Swimmer and Parent Codes of Conduct, and USA Swimming Registration. KYD is a dual-affiliated YMCA/USA swim team and requires all team members be registered members of USA Swimming. More information on USA Swimming can be found at www.usaswimming.org.

KYD Coaching Staff

Pedr Seymour, Head Swim Coach
Pedr swam in high school and Division 3 college. He started as an assistant coach for the Brattleboro Swim Team in 1984. In 1993 he started The Edge Swim Team in Essex, Vermont where he coached for 3 years. In 2012 he joined the Connecticut River Valley Stingrays and became the head coach in 2013. He left the Stingrays and joined KYD in 2016. Pedr’s coaching philosophy is based on developing the whole athlete; water-comfort, body-awareness, positive eating habits and conscientious behavior are some of the topics contributing to his coaching philosophy. Pedr is a video editor and lives in Brattleboro with his wife and 2 daughters.

Megan Weltler, Lead 10 & Under Coach
Megan swam for the Beverly YMCA where she became a coach. Her exceptional skills at transitioning our youngest swimmers from lessons to a structured competitive team are apparent whenever she’s on the pool deck. Megan is an elementary school teacher and is finishing her Masters Degree in Education.

KYD Training Group Description and Requirements

One must consider the required commitment and skill set required for each type of training group. This includes the training regimen, the coaches, your friends, and your family’s ability to support the requirements of each program. Coaches, swimmers, and parents all play a role in ensuring the best training program is most appropriate for each child. An important first step for determining the best program is for swimmers and parents to consider the athlete’s individual objectives, and how those objectives align with the programs described below. As you will see KYD has a place for any skill level and commitment desired.

Group selection depends on the swimmers age, background, and swimming skills. 

Group selection process

Chronological age is important for group placement, however, emotional and physical maturity can vary greatly among children of the same chronological age. Even, if a swimmer is fast, he or she may not be prepared for the workload of a particular training group. Social considerations are prioritized to ensure children have a positive social experience while training.

Athletic history is strongly considered when assigning new swimmers to a particular training group.

Participants must possess the swimming skills necessary to swim with a given group. If a child has not yet mastered the skills necessary to move up to the next group it is more difficult to progress through the next set of skills. Consequently, that group’s coach will be unfairly focused on that swimmer, neglecting the others who have mastered those skills.

The coaching staff possess decades of experience working with children in schools, as parents and as coaches. All of them were competitive swimmers. This experience guides the coach’s intuition in placing a candidate in the right practice group and, ultimately, supports the coach as an instructor and role model.

KYD TRAINING PROGRAMS

Pre-Team Ages 6 to 12 years

Our competitive swim instruction program is designed to teach swimmers the basic necessary skills for swim team. Participants must attend two sessions per week. When the participant has exhibited the necessary skill base, he or she will be encouraged to join the swim team.

2019-2020 Practice Times

Junior Spinners
Monday & Wednesday
4:00pm-5:00pm 

Senior Spinners
Tuesday & Thursday
4:00pm-5:00pm 

 

Spinners—Development Program

Water comfort and body awareness are the foundations of teaching for this program. This group focuses on developing the 4 competitive strokes they’ve already learned in Pre-Competitive swimming lessons. Starts and Turns, Lane Etiquette, and Sportsmanship are the fundamental skills mastered in the Spinners group. Participants will also be shepherded through their first swim meet. There are 2 Spinners groups: Junior for 10 & Under and Senior for 11 & Up.

Commitment:

Swimmers not meeting the minimum standards will be referred to Swim Lessons. When minimum standards have been met, the group coach will recommend team membership. All swimmers must register for USA Swimming Membership.

Strypers—Ages 8 to 12 years

This group is for solid swimmers who swim the four competitive strokes legally and have developed the endurance to swim a 100 IM legally. Technique is the prime focus for this group as swimmers experience their first taste of conditioning and cardiovascular training.

2019-2020 Practice Times

Tuesday 4:00–5:00
Wednesday 5:00–6:00
Thursday 4:00–5:00

Commitment:

Swimmers in this group must participate 2 days per week. Stryper practices are available as specified by the Team Training Schedule. This program recognizes the importance of other youth activities, and encourages participants to benefit from the cross-training gleaned from other sports, dance, etc. Swimmers admitted to this program possess age-appropriate cognitive learning skills and exhibit advanced swimming skills with a basic understanding of all four competitive strokes. Swimmers will be evaluated before being admitted to this group.

Swimmers looking to advance to the Strypers must be able to swim repeat 50s of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and 25 yard swims of Butterfly at set intervals. Swimmers must also have a basic understanding of how to read a pace clock and a swim workout.

Silver—Ages 10 to 13 years

Athletes in the Silver group have mastered the four competitive strokes, turns and starts. The Silver group is all about refinement. These athletes have participated in many swim meets. Age-appropriate Dryland Training may be introduced to those 11 & up. Silver group athletes must be USA registered through New England Swimming.

2019-2020 Practice Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00–6:30
Friday 4:30-6:00

Commitment:

Swimmers in this group must participate 3 days per week. Silver practices are available as specified by the Team Training Schedule. This program recognizes the importance of other youth activities, however, swimmers in this group must prioritize swimming as their primary activity. They must demonstrate the cognitive learning and advanced swimming skills required of all four competitive strokes. Swimmers will be evaluated before being admitted to this group.

Swimmers looking to advance to the Silver group must be able to swim repeats of 100 yards of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and 50 yard swims of Butterfly at set intervals. Swimmers must also have a complete understanding of how to read a pace clock and a written swim workout.

Gold & Gold Senior—Ages 12 to 18 years

This group is for those who have dedicated themselves to the sport. These athletes must be USA registered through New England Swimming. Competition begins in October and ends in March. Some may continue competing throughout the year. Permission of Head Coach is required for participation in the Gold and Gold Senior groups.

2019-2020 Practice Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00–6:30
Friday 4:30-6:00

Commitment:

The Gold group is expected to practice 4 times per week. The Gold Senior group is required to attend 5 practices per week. Absences must be excused by the head coach. Participants must also have shown a history of dedication to the sport. Swimmers will be moved to the Silver group if the time commitment proves too rigorous. This group will be limited in size.

Practice requirements at certain times of the season will include Saturdays or Sundays when no meets are scheduled.

Attendance requirements may be satisfied through participation in an approved high school swim program and unlimited KYD practice participation is encouraged and welcomed during the athlete’s high school season. USA membership is required and swimmers in this group must register for and enter 75% of USA meets. The goal of this group is to qualify for and compete at New England Age Groups and YMCA New England Championships.

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