Who are the Wayne Waves?
The Wayne Waves Swim Team is the official Swim Team of the Township of Wayne run through the Department of Parks and Recreation. This year Jen Shea and Tracy Gorab will be the coaches of the team. We compete in two leagues, the Ramapo Hills and Lakeland Swim Conference. The Wayne Waves is open to any Wayne resident between the ages of 5 and 18. Although no team experience is required, swimmers 10 and under must be able to swim at least 25 meters of freestyle and swimmers 11 and up must be able to swim 50 meters of freestyle. First and foremost, the Wayne Waves Swim Team is a recreational activity through which children can learn the sport of competitive swimming.
What time commitments are required?
The Wayne Waves Swim Team runs from the middle of June to the middle of August. Once school ends, practices take place during the day. Meets begin on Friday, July 30, 2017. We have two meets per week, one at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings (swimmers report by 6:15) and the other at 10 am on Friday mornings (Swimmers report by 9:15). These meets usually last approximately two hours and take place at our lake (North Cove) or at the opposing team’s lake. Practice is required to be allowed to swim in the meets. Practice times will be determined based on the ability level of the swimmer. In addition, swimmers will have the option of entering Lakeland Swim Conference Invitational Meets held on Saturday mornings. There is a nominal fee for participation in these events ($2-$3 per event), but these are completely optional.
What will be required of parents?
First and foremost, the Wayne Waves Swim Team is meant to foster the development of competitive swimmers. Therefore, good sportsmanship will be required from both swimmers and parents. Swimmers will be expected to attend practices and meets, and parents will help to ensure swimmers are able to do so. Each family is required to volunteer to work at meets, whether it be a parent, guardian, older sibling, aunt, uncle, family friend, etc. There is absolutely no way this team can function without the support of the families, and it is therefore required that all families help out. If your swimmers attend invitationals, you will be asked to help out at them as well.
Who are Coach Shea and Coach Lauren?
Coach Shea and Coach Tracy have numerous years of experience coaching the Wayne Waves and have both spent their childhood swimming for the Waves with their families. Coach Shea is a teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Wayne and the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Wayne Valley. Coach Tracy is a recent graduate of Wayne Valley High School and an experienced high school and club level swimmer. They are both dedicated educators and coaches who bring their extensive experience working with student athletes of all ages to the Waves. They are both excited for another summer with the Wayne Waves and are looking forward to a great season!
Is the swim team right for my child?
Once again, it is important to stress that the swim team requires no previous team experience. All that is required is the ability to swim 25 meters of any stroke, the desire to learn, and the willingness to participate in all events. The coaches will work with the swimmers to develop endurance, confidence, and racing skills. The Wayne Waves Swim Team is an opportunity to learn and develop swimming skills. The swim team is a great way for children to meet others who share an interest in swimming, and many friendships have developed as a result of participation in the Wayne Waves Swim Team program
To join the Wayne Waves Swim Team, all swimmers must hand in the registration and medical forms at the Parks and Recreation department in Town Hall. There is a $50 registration fee for swimmers who are members of one of the town’s swim facilities, and a $75 registration fee for swimmers who decide not to join another swim facility. In addition you are asked to join our parent organization, the Friends of the Wayne Swim Team (FOWST) and pay their dues once the season starts. After school practices will begin on Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 23, 2017 at North Cove swim lanes. All swimmers can practice from 4:00-5:30. Attendance at every after school practice is not mandatory, but it is suggested that you try to attend as many as possible. Our first meet is June 30th, please keep this in mind and make sure we know before that date whether or not your swimmer will be attending. This is an official meet and we need everyone there who can attend, even if they have not competed before