Swim Team


Kids discover the joy of being part of a team, while striving to reach their personal best.

Swim Teams at the Y are designed for all levels of ability. They’re a great way for elementary-aged kids and teens to make friends, have fun, and enjoy a little bit of friendly competition.

  • Younger swimmers are introduced to the team environment and learn all four competitive strokes
  • More experienced swimmers develop their technique and endurance level
  • All swimmers develop the values of goal-setting, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and hard work

Kids who swim on a team discover so much more than their athletic abilities. They experience a sense of belonging and learn what working together accomplishes. They gain confidence and strive to reach goals with each new practice and meet.

Our coach(es) know how to encourage fun while maximizing individual potential and promote swimming in the community. To provide quality instruction and development for each team member, swimmers are placed in practice groups based on ability, commitment level, age, and peer group.

If your child is still getting comfortable in the water and unable to swim the length of the pool, we have progressive swim lessons to fit every child’s ability. Kids increase their strength and confidence in the water, physical fitness, and swimming ability while having fun with new friends. Swim Lessons run year-round.


  • Parent/Swimmer Information Meeting –Monday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the blue & white room overlooking the pool at the Y.
  • Practices begin Monday, September 16th.
  • Swim season runs through March 15th, and ending practice date will depend on your swimmer and their championship meet in which they qualify.


  • All 8 & unders and any 9-10s that are new or non-state qualifiers 6:00-7:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs
  • 9-10 state qualifiers, most 11-12s, any other new swimmers                                 6:00-7:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs
  • 11-12 state qualifiers and most 13+                                             5:30-7:30 p.m. on Mon & Wed and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tues & Thurs
  • Practice for all ages on Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Practice – bring suit, cap, goggles, and water bottle. Swimmers 11 & up also need a drag suit (drag suit for girls is any suit that is several sizes too big or an old suit that is baggy, and boys have specific drag suits that can be purchased or also any suit that is baggy or a non-swimmer summer swim suit to wear over their practice suit) and/or tights/hose for each practice starting the beginning of October.

Meets- team suit & cap will be available to purchase starting at the Parent/Swimmer Information Meeting. The team suit & cap are required attire, as we do go to meets as a team. At the State Meet (and potentially the District Meet), swimmers 13 & older will be allowed to wear tech suits if they choose, but they are not mandatory. We have not enforced the team attire in the past, but are starting this year. As with any of our programming, if you need financial assistance in purchasing the team suit & cap (or team fees, etc.), please talk with Coach Joyce.

*Tie-back suits will not be allowed for meets. Swimmers 12 and under should not be purchasing Tech suits for championship meets. Please see Coach Joyce for more information, if necessary for clarification.


Everyone – $15 registration fee

Members – First Swimmer $250; $225 multi-child discount (2nd or more swimmers)

Optional 3-month payment plan – $90.00 each month in September, October, and November. Multiple child discount rate is 10%.

Optional 6/7-month payment plan – $47 each month in October, November, December, January, and February, with a set prorated fee for September (and March for those swimmers attending Y State) for $24.62. Multiple child discount rate is 10%.

Note 1: All Swimmers during the winter season must be members of the Danville Family YMCA to swim during the winter season.

Note 2: There are additional fees for invitational swim meets, to include personal travel expenses for the family. Meet fees are usually between $3-$5 per event.

Note 4: Coach Joyce usually is on deck at the girls’ & boys’ high school sectional meet (and therefore the state meet as well, if someone qualifies). Any non-DHS swimmer interested in swimming should discuss competing at these meets ASAP so their school can register as having swimmers. I am currently taking swimmers from Oakwood, Salt Fork, and Schlarman Academy.


Registration is open in the computer system and must be completed prior to the first day your swimmer decides to practice. Registration packets with family information and health information forms will be available at the Welcome Center at the Y or at the Parent/Swimmer Information Meeting.


Tentative 2019-2020 Winter Swim Meet Schedule

Monday, September 9         Parent Information Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. at the Y

Monday, September 16       First Day of Practice

Fri, Oct 4- Sun, Oct 6            Season Opener @ Springfield – by invite only (reg. due 9/19)

Saturday, October 12             Octoberfest @ Decatur Y

Saturday, October 26             Ghouls in the Pool @ Mattoon Y

Saturday, November 2            Jacksonville Pentathlon @ Bob Freesen Y

Saturday, November 9            Tri-Meet @ Clinton with Christian County

Saturday, November 16        Girls High School Sectional Meet                                                                                – Coach Joyce in attendance with Salt Fork,                                                              Schlarman, & Oakwood

Nov 18-22                           Virtual Meet one night that week at practice TBD

Saturday, November 23       Home Meet with Mattoon

Saturday, December 7         Waterbugs Splash Bash @ Y of Warren County

Saturday, December 14       Reindeer Classic @ Clinton

Saturday, December 20       Team Holiday Party at the Y @ 6:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan 10 – Sun, Jan 12       Snowball Invitation @ Springfield – by invite only

Saturday, January 25            Home Invitational

Saturday, February 8            Looking at a different Invitational or Valentine Classic @ Decatur

Saturday, February 15          Junior Districts (location TBD)                                                                                    – cannot have District times to attend

Friday, February 28              Time Trials @ Springfield –by invite only

Sat, Feb 29-Sun, Mar 1          Y Illini Districts @ Springfield – qualifying time to attend, no prelim/final, swimmer can or will swim both days if qualified

Fri, Mar 13-Sun, Mar 15        Y State @ St. John, IN – qualifying time to attend

Sat, April 4                               Team Banquet @ 6:00 p.m.

*Summer Y State will most likely be July 17-19 @ Lake Central High School in St. John, IN