The Amsterdam Sea Rams youth swim team is a non-profit age group competitive swim team for girls and boys between the ages of 6 to 18. Tryouts are held in August and September for new swimmers who are interested in becoming a member of the Sea Rams. Swimmers who try out should have some swimming ability. Swimmers will practice between three to five nights per week depending on what level they are at. The team has swimmers from Amsterdam and the surrounding area and has been serving the area for almost 20 years.
The Sea Rams are a registered swim team thru USA Swimming. The Sea Rams are also a member of Adirondack swimming, which is part of USA Swimming. Within Adirondack Swimming there are close to 30 registered swim teams. A number of these teams host USA Swimming meets on weekends for swimmers to participate in.
The Sea Rams also belong to the Central Valley Swim League. The swim league is made up of four teams from Amsterdam, Canajoharie, Cooperstown, and Schoharie. The league schedules swim meets for the swimmers to participate in and a CVSL Championship meet at the end of every season.
The goal for the season is to have swimmers qualify for the two championship meets that Adirondack Swimming has in March. The first is Adirondack Short Course Gold's Championships. There are certain qualifying times that the swimmers must achieve in order to qualify for the championships. Swimmers participate in numerous USA swim meets held throughout the swim season starting in October thru February in order to meet the qualifying times for certain events and strokes.
Adirondack Swimming competes in the Eastern Age Group Zone Meet. All swimmers that are registered USA swimmers and affiliated with Adirondack Swimming can apply to attend this meet. Adirondack Swimming has certain requirements that swimmers must meet to be considered for this meet. They must meet certain time standards, be either first or second fastest in that event or stroke, have participated in a certain number of USA Swimming meets, and must have qualified for Adirondack Short Course Gold's Championships.
All Sea Rams coaches meet the high criteria set forth by USA Swimming. Each coach is a certified lifeguard and has first aid and CPR training. Coaches are also required to take a safety training class for swim coaches. Mike Schanthal is the head coach and has been a swim coach for 29 years. He is assisted by Jef Martin and Marie Thomas who both have many successful coaching years, as well. The team encourages any interested swimmers to go to www.amsterdamsearams.com for additional information about the team.