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Chemung Sailfish Swim Team est. 1973

2019-2020 Fall/Winter Season Information


Chemung Sailfish is a competitive swim team open to swimmers who are a minimum of 6 years of age and comfortable in the water. An in-water assessment will be conducted by our coaching staff in order to join. Please note this is not a learn-to-swim program.


Registration is done entirely online at the beginning of each season; Fall/Winter.

Swim Assessment/Tryout

Prior to registration, swimmers should come to the pool for the open week of tryouts beginning October 1, 2018 prepared to swim with swimsuit, and goggles. Sailfish coaches will assess the swimmers' ability in the water to determine their appropriate practice group. Swimmers then would complete on-line registration.


Swimmers not required to attend a certain number of practice sessions each week, or compete in all of the meets.  However, in order to keep improving and achieving better times, swimmers are encouraged to practice and compete as often as they can.

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. - Pat Riley

Level 1 Swimmers: (typically our younger swimmers)
Can swim 25 yards without stopping
Practice sessions are 1 hour from 6:00-7:00 Monday - Thursday
Note that practices follow the Elmira City School District Schedule - if school or after school activities are cancelled, so is practice.

  • Overview: Beginning competitive swimmers learning stroke and kick techniques for each stroke, alternative breathing, beginning starts, turns and competition rules and regulations.
  • Meet distances for competition are most often 25-50 yds for 8 & under age group
  • General Ages: 6-8 yrs

Level 2 Swimmers: (typically our returning and more advanced swimmers)
Can swim up to 400 yards without stopping, proficient in 3-4 strokes.
Practice sessions are 2 hours from 6:00-8:00 Monday - Thursday
Note that practices follow the Elmira City School District Schedule - if school or after school activities are cancelled, so is practice.

  • Overview: Seasoned or progressing competitive swimmers, increasing endurance, refining technique, starts and turns, increasing competitive swimming experience.
  • Meet distances for competition for 9-10 year old age group are most often 50-200 yds.
  • Meet distances for competition for 11 & up age groups are most often 50-500 yds.
  • General Ages: 9 & Up

Location: Ernie Davis Academy Pool
  933 Hoffman St, Elmira, NY 14905

Season Dates:  October 21, 2019 – March 30, 2020

Pricing: (Includes the mandatory USA Swimming Membership Fee)
Level 1 Swimmers: $350 
Level 2 Swimmers: $400 
Special discounts are applied for school swim team members

USA Swimming Membership 2019/20: annual membership fee is $82 per swimmer.

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