The Wayne YMCA Bluestreaks Team (NJBL) is a Northern NJ competitive swim team for youth ages 6 to 18, located in Wayne, NJ (Passaic County), a community of 55,000+ residents. After 11 seasons, our Head Coach/Director of Competitive Aquatics is stepping down from his role, creating an opportunity for a committed and talented Head Coach to take the helm of the Bluestreaks into the future.
The Bluestreaks, a diverse team of 117 swimmers (2022-23 season), practice at the Wayne YMCA in our six lane/25 yard pool with Colorado Timing System. Practice currently takes place five days/week (Monday – Friday), with swim meets on the weekends. Access to the YMCA’s extensive fitness facilities and equipment is available to the Bluestreaks for dryland training.
Supporting the full-time Director of Competitive Aquatics are three part-time Assistant Coaches, as well as two substitute Assistant Coaches. The Bluestreaks have ten certified swim officials, and up to 100+ parent volunteers to support both swim meets and team activities. Our coaches work very closely with the parent's committee, and collaboration plays an important role in our team’s success. The Bluestreaks offer a comprehensive year-round swimming program. The team is organized into five groups according to their ability and swimming skills. These include: Intro, Novice, Junior Pre- Seniors and Seniors.
In the winter season we are part of the Northern New Jersey YMCA swim league. The competition schedule begins in October and runs through the end of March where we swim at YMCA State Championships and invitational meets. Between April and July, 90-95 swimmers compete in the spring/summer season, with swimmers participating in long course invitational meets. The team competes at Y Nationals (both short course and long course). Our swimmers were winners at YMCA State Championships and finalists at Y National Championships in the 2021-22 season, with one swimmer the overall winner in backstroke events. A member of the Bluestreaks has also established NJ State records for 11-12, 13-14 and 15 & Over age groups in both long and short course events.
We are also a USA swimming team, competing at all NJ Swimming Championships as well as invitational meets. Our swimmers have qualified for JO’s, Zone Age Championships, Sectionals, as well as the USA National Junior Championship.
The Bluestreaks also offer an 8-week stroke clinic annually from July through August. New swimmers are drawn from the Wayne YMCA extensive lesson programs and local summer lake leagues in town and surrounding areas.The Bluestreaks prides itself on working together as a “big machine”, where everyone is a part of the machine (swimmers, Coaches, parents, volunteers and officials) and driving its success FOR ALL!
YMCA COMPETENCIES (Team Leader):
Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.
Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.
Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.
Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
Coach (s), Asst. Coach (s)