• Youth


Child Care

At YWCA, we are a fitness family. We make it easy for busy parents to get to the gym! Our dedicated staff will take care of your child(ren) while you attend a class, jump in the pool, or hop on the treadmill.

Our childcare is free for all family memberships and allows children ages 6 months to 12 years old. For other members and guests, the fee is $5 per child for a single visit or $35 for a 10 visit punch card.  Our center is open in the morning and evenings:

Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. to Noon

Monday – Thursday 5pm – 7:30pm

You can view and complete our childcare room policies and procedures form and bring to the front desk on your next visit.

Orange Crush

Orange Crush is YWCA's co-ed recreational league swim team for kids ages 5-18 and runs January - early March. We are gearing up for our 2018 season, and registration is currently closed (Information is below). 



2018 Orange Crush Practice schedule


Ages  5 – 6 

Ages  7 – 10 

Ages 11 - 18

No Practice

Ages  5 – 6
No Practice

Ages  7 – 10
6:45 -7:30pm

 Ages 11 - 18 

Ages  5 – 6

Ages  7 - 10

Ages 11 - 18

No Practice


2018 Meet Schedule


Opponent/Location: JCC / Levine Jewish Community Center  5007 Providence Road

Times: Warm-ups at 4:00 pm / Meet starts at 4:30 pm     

Opponent/ Location: MCAC  / YWCA                                                   

Times: Team Pictures 3:00pm / Warm-ups at 4:00 pm / Meet starts at 4:30 pm

Opponent/Location: Fort Mill Dolphins / Anne Springs Close Greenway  971 Tom Hall Street

Times: Warm-ups at 4:30 pm / Meet starts at 5:00pm

Opponent/Location: Marion Diehl Swim Team / YWCA     

Times:  Warm-ups at 4:00 pm / Meet starts at 4:30 pm

Opponent/Location: Fort Mill Sharks / YWCA                                             

Times: Warm-ups at 4:00 pm / Meet starts at 4:30 pm

Championship Meet       

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center       

Details TBA

Parent Meeting = Monday January 8, 2018 from 6:00-6:30pm. We will not have the swimmers get in the water on the first day.

Team suit sizing = Monday, January 8th (6:30pm): Girl’s suits: $58.00; Boy’s jammers: $40.00. The suits will be identical to last year (all black with an Orange Crush Logo embroidered on them.)  Unless needed, previous swimmers do not need to purchase new suits

Picture Day = February 3, 2018 – Please be at the YWCA by 3:00pm for team and Individual pictures. We want every swimmer in the team pictures even if you do not plan on purchasing a picture package.

Championship Meet = March 10th, 2018 at MCAC (details to be announced)

Team Banquet = March 17th, 2018 (details to be announced)


Other Important Information for a Successful Orange Crush Season:

For Administration or Registration questions, please Contact Jeff Nerret

Aquatics Manager - Jeff Nerret




For Coaching or Team related questions, please Contact Brian Coffey

Head Coach - Brian Coffey




Assistant Coaches

Emma Brown

Mary Catherine Hargrove


The YWCA will communicate primarily through email with our swim team families. Please be sure that we have your correct email address on file by sending it to aquatics@ywcacentralcarolinas.org.

Orange Crush statement of purpose

The YWCA Orange Crush swim team seeks to promote each swimmer’s personal best in a non-competitive, team-oriented and fun environment. Our coaches are committed to developing strong swimmers through quality instruction while encouraging each child to improve at their own level.


Hornets Nest Swim League statement of purpose

It is the vision of Hornets Nest Swim League to promote a less competitive swim league in which children may compete, learn and improve without pressure or controversy. 

It is the League’s intent to provide an atmosphere

  • which will enhance the enjoyment of athletic competition
  • where it is understood that children compete for enjoyment and self-improvement
  • that compassionately encourages each child to swim to the best of his or her ability
  • which gets back to basics, creating a fun program and positive childhood memories.

 Orange Crush swimmers are required to order a team suit for meets. T-shirts and swim caps are included in the registration fees.  Specialty swim cap orders are available for an additional fee.

Boys and Girls, ages 5 -18. Minimum requirement is the ability to swim 25 yd. front crawl (freestyle) and 25 yd. backstroke within 3 minutes. League Rules limit teams to 100 participants at each swim meet. 

Participation is open to YWCA members and non-members who have paid the registration fee.  Every swimmer must be 18 years or younger and not more than a high school senior. Currently active U.S.S. swimmers are not eligible to participate. High school swimmers must attend at least 50% of practices with the team they represent. Team roster for any meet (dual or league) may not exceed 100.

The age level of each swimmer shall be determined by age as of January 1, 2018.  Each swimmer shall swim in that level for the entire season. However, if a swimmer's birthday is during the season, he/she may elect to move up for the entire season.  This choice must be made before the first meet and may not be reversed.

To participate in the Championship Meet, a swimmer must have competed in at least ONE of the regular season meets.

  • Foul language and inappropriate behavior are prohibited during practices, meets, or any event held or attended by the Orange Crush Team.
  • To remain in good standing, team members must participate in at least two YWCA practices per week. Swimmers must participate in at least one meet to compete in the championship meet at the end of the season.
  • Parents of team members are asked to volunteer for at least two swim meets.
  • Team swim caps will be worn by all team members at all swim meets.
  • If participating in a swim meet, the swimmer must attend at least one practice the preceding week.
  • Coaches must focus on swimmers and may not communicate with parents during practice.  Conversations on deck during practice are absolutely prohibited. All concerns will be communicated directly to the Head Coach.
  • All swimmers are required to arrive on time to avoid rushing through their stretches and to allow time for a proper “warm up” in the pool before the meet begins.
  • Swimmers/Siblings/Guests must have adult supervision at all times while at the YWCA. (This includes at Practices and/or Meets.)
  • Swimmers will sit in the Orange Crush "team area" as a group to allow coaches and volunteers ample time to organize them for their races. Swimmers will not sit with their parents during the meets (unless special permission is given by the coaches.)
  • Team members and parents will display proper respect and sportsmanship toward coaches, officials, administrators, fellow competitors and the public.
  • During meets, swimmers will know what events they are swimming and the heat number they are in.  The coaches and the parent helpers will assist with this information.
  • In between races, swimmers will stay warm and rest to allow more energy for the race but must stay with the team.  Do not eat a lot of heavy foods.  Water is the recommended beverage.  Healthy snacks are recommended.
  • Before leaving a meet, after your last scheduled event, check with the coaches to make sure you are not needed in a relay.
  • Parents must respond to the meet RSVP to inform the head coach of participation in each meet.
  • Any additional guidelines for the team will be established as needed by the coaches.
  • Remember to have fun and do your best.  We believe in everyone’s abilities here at the YWCAGo Orange Crush!


Volunteer Duties

 Parents are a vital support system for our Orange Crush team.  Throughout the year, we will need parents to volunteer for various duties, including:  

Home meets             

1 starter

1 announcer

1 stroke/turn judge

5 timers

1 head timer

1 heat winner judge

1 clerk of course

2 concession helpers

3 swim team general helpers


Away meets             
1 stroke/turn judge

7 timers

1 assistant clerk of course

1 ribbon labeler (if necessary)

3 swim team general helpers


Thank you to our 2018 Team Sponsors! 





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