SWIM TEAM – BERKELEY BREAKERS

GENERAL INFORMATION

Interested in joining the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Berkeley Breakers Swim Team or Pre-Swim Team? We are excited to begin another great summer season in 2020, at our brand new state-of-the-art olympic-sized (50m x 25m) long course outdoor pool! A special welcome to all our new swimmers and we look forward to seeing our returning swimmers!

The Berkeley Breakers Swim Team competes in the North Jersey Summer Swim League - Division 3; swimming against Maplewood, Morris Township, South Orange, and Springfield. The season consists of 8 dual meets, plus a Championship Meet. The mission of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Swim Team Staff is to help each swimmer maximize their ability through swimmer-specific training and competition. The coaching staff seeks to work with children and parents to create a positive environment where personal excellence, honesty, and commitment are fostered and expected. Together we seek to instill a lifelong love of swimming and achieve our highest potential in swimming and life.

Every new swimmer is welcome on our team, regardless of ability or prior experience. Our coaches will make the final decision regarding specific team placement based on your child’s swimming ability and with your child’s best interest in mind. Due to the size of our team and a desire to have each swimmer get to swim as much as possible, we also coach a non-competitive Pre-Swim Team. The Pre-Swim Team is designed to develop swimming skills in a non-competitive environment, this is a great option for swimmers who have exceeded the coursework covered in group swim lessons but are not yet ready to be on the competitive BHCP Breakers. Click here for details about Pre-Swim Team.

Our mission is help each swimmer maximize their ability in a encouraging, team-oriented, fun environment. We accomplish this through swimmer-specific training and competition with other teams, while maintaining a fun-filled atmosphere full of team parties and other special events. Many of the swimmers who start out on the Berkeley Breakers Swim Team go on to compete at high school and college levels.


SWIM TEAM (COMPETITIVE) Qualifications

  • You must have a Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Membership in order to participate in the swim team (competitive), pre-swim team (non-competitive) and related activities.
  • The Berkeley Breakers is open to all Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA members ages 7-18. Swimmers MUST be 7 years of age by September 1, 2020 in order to participate.
  • All swimmers MUST tryout for the Swim Team.
  • To pass tryouts, swimmers must demonstrate proficiency in both front crawl and backstroke through consistent forward motion and rotary breathing, swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke consecutively, touch the bottom of the pool, jump into deep water and safely resurface, be able to tread water for 1 minute while demonstrating stamina and efficient body motion throughout the duration of the evaluation.
  • Placement on either team is determined by the coaches based primarily on tryout results. Swimmers who do not make the team will be invited to join the Pre-Swim Team.

 

Registration Fees

• $150 Swim Team Registration (Includes registration fees, BHCP T-shirt + Swim Cap)
• $45-70 for Team Branded Bathing Suit (Required for all swimmers)

REGISTER


SWIM TEAM TRYOUTS


New Swimmer Tryouts

Saturday, June 6, 2020*
• 10:00 - 11:30 AM

 

PRE-SEASON PRACTICE

Monday, June 8, 2020*
• 7-8 YRS 3:30 - 4:15 PM
• 9-10 YRS 4:15 - 5:00 PM
• 11+ YRS 5:00 - 5:45 PM


Time Trials

Friday, June 19, 2020*

• Time slots will be assigned for specific age groups TBD

*Please note: All dates and times are subject to change. As we move closer to these dates the website will be updated and team members will be notified directly.


SWIM TEAM EVENTS

Meet the Coaches & Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Swimsuit Fitting by Metro Swim
Wednesday, May 27, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Swim Team Time Trials
Friday, June 19, TBD

Team End of Year Party
Wednesday, August 5, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

*Please note: All dates and times are subject to change. As we move closer to these dates the website will be updated and registered team members will be notified directly.


SWIM TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE

2020 Pre-Season

MONDAY, JUNE 8 & TUESDAY, JUNE 9
• 7-8 YRS   3:30 - 4:15 PM
• 9-10 YRS 4:15 - 5:00 PM
• 11+ YRS  5:00 - 5:45 PM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 - FRIDAY, JUNE 12
• 7-8 YRS  3:30 - 4:15 PM
• 9+ YRS  4:15 - 5:15 PM

MONDAY, JUNE 15 & TUESDAY, JUNE 16
• 7-8 YRS   3:30 - 4:15 PM
• 9-10 YRS 4:15 - 5:00 PM
• 11+ YRS  5:00 - 5:45 PM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 & THURSDAY, JUNE 18
• 7-8 YRS  3:30 - 4:15 PM
• 9+ YRS  4:15 - 5:15 PM

 

2020 Regular Season

BEGINS FRIDAY, JUNE 19
• 7-8 YRS    9:00 - 9:45 AM
• 9-10 YRS  9:30 - 10:30 AM
• 11+ YRS   10:15 - 11:15 AM

Please note: Full practices will not be held on meet days. However the coaching staff may elect to hold shortened practices on days of meets. Team members will be notified of this well in advance.


Swim Team Meet Schedule*

The BHCP Swim Team will be swimming in Division 3 this year. Meets are typically held Mondays through Thursdays starting at approximately 6:00 PM, however, two teams in this division host morning meetings beginning at 8:00 AM.

*Please note: All dates and times are subject to change. As we move closer to these dates the website will be updated and team members will be notified directly.

DATE LOCATION
Tuesday
June 26
Springfield
at BHCP
Thursday
June 28
At Maplewood
Tuesday
July 3
Morris Township
at BHCP
Thursday
July 5
At South Orange
Monday
July 9
Maplewood
at BHCP
Thursday
July 12
At Springfield
Tuesday
July 17
At Morris Township
Wednesday
July 18
South Orange
at BHCP
Monday
July 23
Divisional Meet
at Springfield
Thursday
July 26
Meet of Champions
at New Providence

Swim Meet Locations


Verona Pool
257 Fairview Ave.
Verona, NJ 07044
(973-857-4840)

Go on Route 78 East (stay in local lanes). Take Exit 49A onto Springfield Ave/NJ-124 W towards RT-82/Springfield/Union. Turn right onto Main St. (before Morris Ave.). Continue to follow Main Street through Millburn. Main Street becomes Old Short Hills Road. Turn slight right onto Brookside Drive/Paper Mill Way and continue to follow Brookside Drive. Brookside Drive becomes Cherry Lane and then Cherry Lane becomes CR-636 N/Pleasant Valley Way. Go under Route 280. At end of road, turn left onto Bloomfield Ave. Turn right onto Fairview Ave. Go past Verona High School on right. Make first right after Valley View Road into pool complex. If you pass Dill Drive you've gone too far.

Maplewood Community Pool
187 Boyden Ave.
Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973-761-6330)

Go on Route 78 East (stay in local lanes). Take Exit 49B to merge onto Springfield Ave./124 E towards Maplewood. Continue on Springfield Ave. past Home Depot for about 2.7 miles. At the light, make a slight left onto Boyden Ave (if you pass the Maplewood Diner you've gone too far on Springfield Ave.). The pool will be on the left on Boyden Ave.

Alternate Route (via Valley Street to avoid traffic on Springfield Ave.): Go on Route 78 East (stay in local lanes). Take Exit 49B to merge onto Springfield Ave./124 E towards Maplewood. Follow the signs to Valley Street jughandle (approximately 0.3 mile once you are off the exit ramp and onto Springfield Avenue). Make right onto jughandle (to effectively make a left hand turn onto Valley Street). Continue on Valley Street for about 2 miles through Maplewood. Turn right at Parker Ave. Turn right at Boyden Ave. and bear right to stay on Boyden Ave. The pool entrance will be on the right.

Mountainside Pool
1005 Mountain Ave.
Mountainside, NJ 07092
(908-232-0132)

Go on Route 22 East. Once in Mountainside, go pass Viking Pest Control and get in the right lane. Take the exit for Mountain Ave/Westfield and make a right turn onto Mountain Ave. Proceed about 800’ (0.15 mi) and make a right turn into the pool entrance (small pool sign) located right before the small stone-walled bridge. If you reach the 7-Eleven store (on right), you’ve gone too far. Follow the winding road into the pool parking lot.

New Providence Community Pool
1378 Springfield Ave.
New Providence, NJ 07974
(908-464-4141)

Take Springfield Ave. into New Providence. Pool will be on your right, before South Street.

Livingston Pool – M.V.T. Haines Memorial Pool
5 Wahler Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973-535-7928)

Take JFK Parkway past Short Hills Mall and through light at South Orange Ave. Follow into Livingston. JFK Parkway becomes Livingston Ave. Take Livingston Ave. to Memorial Park (across from Town Hall). Turn left into Oval. Go halfway around the oval, turn right after the former Recreation Department Office but before Livingston High School. The pool is next door to the Livingston High School on Wahler Rd.

South Orange Community Pool at Cameron Field
(For GPS and nearest parking, use South Orange Middle School)
70 North Ridgewood Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973-378-7766)

Go on Route 78 East (stay in local lanes). Take Exit 49B to merge onto Springfield Ave./124 E towards Maplewood. Follow the signs to Valley Street jughandle (approximately 0.3 mile once you are off the exit ramp and onto Springfield Avenue). Make right onto jughandle (to effectively make a left hand turn onto Valley Street). Continue on Valley Street through Maplewood, into South Orange to the intersection of South Orange Avenue. Make a left turn onto South Orange Ave. Turn right onto North Ridgewood Road. Make right turn into South Orange Middle School driveway (the one farthest from South Orange Ave. and closest to the pond). Drive to the back of the school and park your car in the parking lot. Look for the pedestrian bridge behind the parking lot and to the left. Cross over the bridge and pass the tennis courts on your right. Continue straight ahead to the entrance of the pool.

Millburn Pool
315 White Oak Ridge Road
Millburn, New Jersey 07078
(973-376-3882)

Take JFK Parkway past the Short Hills Mall. Take the exit towards Parsonage Hill Road. Turn right onto Parsonage Hill Road. Make the first right onto White Oak Ridge Road. The pool entrance will be on your right. The pool is within Gero Park.

Madison Pool
97 Rosedale Ave
Madison, NJ 07940
(973-377-0043)

Take Springfield Ave. east into New Providence. Make a left onto Passaic Street (CR 647) which is right after the Prestige Diner. Make a Left onto Southern Blvd. Turn right on Fairmount Ave (CR 638) at the light. You will pass the Chatham Train Station on your left. Turn Left onto Main Street (Rt 124) at the light. You will be on Main Street for about 1.6 miles and then make a right onto Rosedale Ave. You will then take a right into the Pool Parking lot.

Florham Park Pool
111 Ridgedale Ave.
Florham Park, NJ 07932
(973-377-8215)

From BHCP, make a Right onto Snyder Ave. Go straight through traffic light across Springfield Ave (pass Walgreens on left). Take Snyder Ave. to the end and turn Right onto River Rd. When it looks like you have come to the end of River Rd. make a Left, you will still be on River Rd. (The street makes a 90 degree turn). At the first light make a Left onto Southern Blvd (which will turn into Green Village Rd). Continue into Madison for 3.5 miles on this road. Go under the train tracks. At the light immediately after the train tracks make a Left onto Main Street. At the next light bear Right onto Park Ave. And make a Right onto Ridgedale Ave. You will pass Madison High School on your left. When you hit the cemetery on your left, bear left and continue on Ridgedale Ave (the street bends). You will pass Ridgedale Middle School on your left. Make a Left at the light onto Briarwood Rd. (If you hit Calvary Presbyterian Church you’ve gone too far!!) You will pass a Gazebo on your right hand side as you enter the facility on Briarwood Rd.

Alternate route: Take Route 24 West toward Millburn. Take exit 2A-2B toward Florham Park/Morristown/Morris County 510, keep right at the fork to continue toward Columbia Turnpike/County Road 510 (heading east). Continue on Columbia Turnpike for 1.8 miles. Make a Right onto Ridgedale Ave. After 0.6 miles, make a Right onto Briarwood Rd. (at the Gazebo).

Berkeley Swim Club
200 Hamilton Ave.
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
(908-464-2125)

 


PRE-SWIM TEAM

The Pre-Swim Team is designed to develop swimming skills in a non-competitive environment, this is a great option for swimmers who have exceeded the coursework covered in group swim lessons but are not yet ready to be on the competitive BHCP Breakers. Pre-Swim Team provides a great transition between group lessons and swim team by introducing swimmers to a swim team practice structure, while still providing specific and consistent feedback through an evaluation card every two weeks.

The Pre-Team will focus on the content of Levels 4-6 in the Red Cross's Learn to Swim Program, which includes:

• Stroke development / refinement
• Competitive swimming skills (i.e. flip turns, dives, etc.)
• Introduction to swim team practice structure

Please note: Over the course of the summer, at the coaches discretion, some pre-swim team swimmers may improve to meet the requirements of the Berkeley Breakers competitive swim team and be invited to participate in practices and/or meets.

PRE-SWIM TEAM (NON-COMPETITIVE) Qualifications

  • You must have a Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Membership in order to participate in the pre-swim team and related activities.
  • The Berkeley Breakers is open to all Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA members ages 6-18. Swimmers MUST be 6 years of age by September 1, 2020 in order to participate.
  • All swimmers MUST tryout for the Pre-Swim Team.
  • To pass tryouts, swimmers must swim 25 yards of freestyle consecutively, swim length of shallow end on front and back continuously (maintaining horizontal body position) and touch the bottom of the pool in the yellow area.
  • Placement on either team is determined by the coaches based primarily on tryout results.

 

Registration Fees

• $125 Swim Team Registration (Includes registration fees + BHCP T-shirt)

REGISTER


PRE-SWIM TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE

2020 REGULAR SEASON

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 - FRIDAY, JULY 31
Practices are held 8:00 - 8:45 AM every Monday, Wednesday, Friday

*Please note: All dates and times are subject to change. As we move closer to these dates the website will be updated and team members will be notified directly.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, use the form below or email bhcpswimteam@thesay.org.

 


 

 

Berkeley Heights YMCA

550 Springfield Avenue
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

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Contacts

  • Patrick Collins

    • Director of Competitive Swim
      • Summit YMCA
    • (908) 273-3330 ext. 1150
  • Mike Mirabella

    • Director - Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA
    • 908-464-6214