Welcome to the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Swim Team!  

You must have a BHCP Membership in order to participate in the Swim Team and related activities.

We are excited to begin another great season. A special welcome to all our new teammates as well! We are sure you will have a great experience this summer as a member of our team.

The BHCP Swim Team is open to all BHCP members age 7-18. Our competitors range from first-timers to year-round, national-level swimmers.

Due to the size of our team and a desire to have each swimmer get to swim as much as possible, we will again have a competition team and a pre-team. Placement on these teams is determined by the coaches based primarily on tryout results. The Pre Team is designed to develop swimming skills in a non-competitive environment.

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 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. Included is important information for the 2018 Summer Season.  

Our mission is help each swimmer maximize their ability in a 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 BHCP team go on to compete at high school and college levels.


Swim Team Participation Requirements

  • Swimmers MUST be 7 years of age by September 1, 2018 in order to participate
  • All swimmers MUST tryout for the Swim Team. Try outs include: Successfully completing the BHCP Green Bracelet Swim Evaluation and swimming two consecutive laps of freestyle and backstroke (25 yards each).
  • Fees:
    • $125 swim team (includes registration for team, t-shirt, and swim cap)
    • $40-60 for bathing suit (mandatory in 2018 for all swimmers)

Swimmers who do not make the team will be invited to join the Pre-Swim Team (Learn More)

Swim Team Registration
(Includes Registration Fees, BHCP T-shirt and Swim Cap)
$125 Purchase

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Meet the Coaches & Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, May 29
6:30PM - 8:00PM

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

Swim Team Time Trials
Saturday, June 16
Specific Times TBD

Team End of Year Party
Wednesday, August 1
6:00PM - 8:00PM

 


 
KATIE HENDRIX
BHCP Head Swim Coach
Katie.Hendrix@theSAY.org


Swim Team Tryouts & Practices

New Swimmer Tryouts

  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Swimmers must successfully complete the Green Swim Evaluation and
  • 25 freestyle; 25 backstroke (consecutive laps)

Returning Swimmer Tryouts will occur on first day of practices

  • Swimmers must successfully complete the Green Swim Evaluation and
  • 25 freestyle; 25 backstroke (consecutive laps)

Time Trials

  • Saturday, June 16
  • Specific ages will be assigned specific times at a later date

*All dates and times are subject to change. As we move closer to these dates team members will be notified directly. 

 


2018 Pre-Season Swim Practice Schedule

Monday, June 11:

  • 8 and under: 6:45pm - 7:15pm
  • 9+: 7:15pm - 8:00pm

Tuesday, June 12:

  • 8 and under: 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • 9-10: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 11+: 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Wednesday, June 13:

  • 8 and under: 6:45pm - 7:15pm
  • 9+: 7:15pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 14:

  • 8 and under: 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • 9-10: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 11+: 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Friday, June 15:

  • 8 and under: 3:30pm-4:15pm
  • 9-10: 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • 11+: 4:45pm-5:45pm

 


Regular Season Practice Begins Wednesday, June 20

  • Practice Times:
    • 8 and under: 9:00am - 9:45am
    • 9 - 10: 9:30am - 10:30am
    • 11+: 10:15am - 11:15am

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.  

  • There will be NO practice on Wednesday July 4

 


Swim Team General Information

If you are interested in joining the swim team, please contact us. Every new swimmer is welcome on our team, regardless of ability or prior experience. The 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. Swimmers who do not make the BHCP Swim Team are welcome to join the Pre-Swim Team!  Click here to learn more about the Pre-Swim Team!

Important Dates:

    • Swim Suit Fitting: Wednesday, May 30, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    • Bathing Suit Order: TBD
    • Meet the Coaches: Tuesday, May 29, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    • Swim Team Time Trials: Saturday, June 16
    • Swim Divisional: Tuesday, July 24 (Rain date Wednesday, July 25)
    • Swim Championships: Thursday, July 26
    • Team End of Year Party: Wednesday, August 1, 6:00pm - 8:00pm


If you have any questions please contact the coaching staff directly at bhcpswimteam@thesay.org.
As a reminder, before and after practices is NOT an appropriate time to discuss personal questions with the coaching staff.


2018 Swim Meet Schedule

The BHCP Swim Team will be swimming in Division 3 this year.  Two teams in this division host morning meetings beginning at 8:00am.

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

Meets are typically held Mondays through Thursdays starting at approximately 6:00pm.

Blue = Home Swim Meet at BHCP
Red = Away Swim Meet

 


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)