2018-2019 Winter Season

2016-swim-caps

Early Sign Up Special!

We’re doing swim caps with your name on them again.  The first 125 swimmers who sign up before October 15th will receive 2 swim caps sporting his or her name and a t-shirt.  No swim caps will be given after we reach 125 swimmers or the October 15, 2018 deadline, whichever comes first.


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Practice Schedule

 

Practices begin November 12th and ending mid-February at the conference championships.

Practice schedule is similar to previous seasons – generally 4 days a week. This is meant to accommodate the busy family. Multiple days are offered with the expectation that your swimmer will be able to attend at least 3 practices a week (on average – we’re all busy families.)

NEW Practice Times for this season:

  • Gold Group – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Silver Group – 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
  • Bronze Group – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (NEW start time for 2018)
  1. In order to participate in the NCST your swimmer must be able to compete in the distances for his or her age group:
    1. Swimmers competing 8 & under – swim 25 yards unassisted
    2. Swimmers competing 9 & up – swim at least 50 yards unassisted
  2. It’s possible coaches may change your swimmers group either up or down to adjust to your athlete’s ability.
  3. NCST is a competitive swim team.
  4. Your swimmer is expected to compete in swim meets. This is a personal challenge to improve your own times throughout the season.
  5. NCST is not swim lessons.

Note: Every season we have to balance the training groups depending on who signs up. It’s possible you trained with a different group last season and will be moved up or down this season. We won’t know until everyone has registered, but please be flexible. We want to keep similar ability and ages together.

Bronze Group (Novice)

The Bronze Group focuses on the fundamentals of competitive swimming. Swimmers are introduced to proper kick, streamline and correct stroke technique.

  • Recommended for ages 10 and under, first and second year swimmers.
  • Practices 6:00 – 7:00 PM (New times this season!)

Silver Group (Intermediate)

The Silver Group focuses on advancing stroke technique and aerobic conditioning. Swimmers prepare for swim competitions and develop racing skills and experience.

  • Recommended for advanced swimmers ages 10 and under and swimmers ages 11 to 12
  • Practices 6:00 – 7:15 PM

Gold Group (Advanced)

The Gold Group focuses on aerobic conditioning and race preparation. Swimmers are introduced to aerobic and anaerobic training, race strategy techniques and advanced strength and conditioning skills.

  • Recommended for advanced swimmers ages 12 and under, middle school and high school athletes.
  • Practices 7:00 – 8:30 PM

New Swimmer Evaluation

First time swimmers must attend a New Swimmer Evaluation.

We will have New Swimmer Evaluations on the following nights.

  • Monday, November 5 from 6:00-7:15
  • Tuesday November 6 from 6:00-7:15

Your swimmer must be able to compete in the distances for his or her age group:

  1. Swimmers competing 8 & under – swim 25 yards unassisted
  2. Swimmers competing 9 & up – swim at least 50 yards unassisted

Coaches will determine which practice level is appropriate for your athlete.


Pricing Information

Notice we have pricing for in-district and out-of-district athletes. There is also a discount for swimmers who compete on the Northview High School or Crossroads Middle School Boys swim teams since this forces a shortened season.

Please Note: Due to scheduling, Northview HS or Crossroads Girls Swim Team Members are able to participate in NCST’s entire season and therefore do not have a discounted registration.

1ST SWIMMER

Northview Public Schools: $150
Northview HS or Crossroads Boys Swim Team Member: $100 (shortened season)
Out of District: $200

ADDITIONAL SWIMMERS IN SAME HOUSEHOLD

Northview Public Schools: $125
Northview HS or Crossroads Boys Swim Team Member: $100 (shortened season)
Out of district: $175

Sign Ups

We’d love to have you join our team. Please register your swimmers online at http://ncst-swim.com/join/.


2016-swim-caps

Early Sign Up Special!

We’re doing swim caps with your name on them again.  The first 125 swimmers who sign up before 6:00 PM on October 15th will receive 2 swim caps sporting his or her name and a t-shirt.  No swim caps will be given after we reach 125 swimmers or the 6:00 PM on October 15, 2018 deadline, whichever comes first.


Team T-Shirts Deadline – 12/1/2018

Your swimmers must be registered before December 1st to receive a team t-shirt. Please double check the size you select for your athletes. We will not be able to reorder shirts or order additional shirts after December 1st.

The whole sign up process can be completed online, including credit card payment.

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Sign Up Nights

Don’t want to sign up online. Please attend one of our Registration Nights.

We currently have 2 scheduled:

  • Monday, November 5 from 6:00-7:15
  • Tuesday November 6 from 6:00-7:15

These are the same times as New Swimmer Evaluations.

 


Ribbons

For Invitationals the hosting school provides ribbons and sometimes the medals. What they award varies.

For regular season meets, we will have ribbons for first through fifth place finishes. We will also have time improvement ribbons for when swimmers beat their own personal times in events (until we run out).


Invitationals, Meets & Conference Championships*

Invitationals

Note: Invitationals are optional meets and entry costs are not included with your NCST registration.

DateLocationInvitationalTimesRegistration
12/15ZeelandZeeland Winter ClassicTBDOptional invititational not included with your registration costs.

Meets

DateLocationTeamsTimesInfo
Saturday
1/5/18
HomeWayland & East Kentwood at NCSTWarm Up:
8:00 AM
Check In Ends:
8:15 AM
Meet Starts:
9:00 AM
We are unable to attend. (by 12/28 6:00 PM)
I can donate.
I can volunteer.
Saturday 1/12/18
Friday
1/11/18
East KentwoodNCST & Wayland at East KentwoodWarm Up:
8:00 AM
Check In Ends:
8:45 AM
Meet Starts:
9:00 AM
We are unable to attend. (by 1/7 6:00 PM)
Saturday
1/19/18
HomeEast Grand Rapids at NCSTWarm Up:
8:00 AM
Check In Ends:
8:15 AM
Meet Starts:
9:00 AM
We are unable to attend. (by 1/14 6:00 PM)
I can donate.
I can volunteer.
Saturday
1/26/18
HomeWayland at NCSTWarm Up:
8:00 AM
Check In Ends:
8:15 AM
Meet Starts:
9:00 AM
We are unable to attend. (by 1/21 6:00 PM)
I can donate.
I can volunteer.

Conference Championships

DateChampionshipLocationTimes (TBD)Info
Saturday
2/2/18
B Meet
Ages 12 and Under
HomeWarm Up:
8:00 AM
Check In Ends:
8:15 AM
Meet Starts:
9:00 AM
We are unable to attend. (by 1/28 6:00 PM)

I can donate.
I can volunteer.

Friday
2/8/18
A Meet
Ages 11 -14
West OttawaWarm Up:
5:00 PM
Check In Ends:
5:15 PM
Meet Starts:
6:00 PM
We are unable to attend. (by 1/28 6:00 PM)
Saturday
2/9/18
A Meet
Ages 10 and Under
ZeelandWarm Up:
8:30 AM
Check In Ends:
8:45 AM
Meet Starts:
10:00 AM
We are unable to attend. (by 1/28 6:00 PM)

What’s the difference between invitationals, meets and conference championships? Read about it on our First Time Swimmers page.

* Schedules subject to change.

Reminders

  • WMSL A and B Meet Qualifying Times (Updated 5/15/2016)
  • Your swimmer will compete in only one Championship meet – A or B.
  • If your swimmer is 13 or over, he or she will attend the A meet.
  • If you swimmer is 12 or under and not on the list of A meet qualifiers, he or she will attend the B meet.