NCAT is a team for swimmers of almost ALL abilities; your child does not need to be an experienced competitive swimmer to join our team. A tryout is required for all new members 8th grade and younger in order to assess swim team readiness and determine appropriate group placement.  High School level swimmers do not need to schedule a tryout.  

Minimum Requirements to Join NCAT

Pre-Competitive Group

  • Swimmers must be able to complete one length of the pool on their front (freestyle or front crawl) and back (backstroke). 
  • Swimmers must be at least 6 years of age.
  • Swimmers must be ready to listen and follow instructions.

Developmental 1 Group

  • Swimmers must be able to complete a 50 freestyle with rotary breathing and a 50 backstroke. 
  • Swimmers must be familiar with butterfly and breaststroke and basic swimming postures (position 11 and streamline)
  • Swimmers must wear appropriate swimming attire to practice. 

Additonal group skills are listed under Training Groups from the drop-down menu under the About tab.  


We are fortunate to have three (3) primary locations for NCAT.  Solon, Shaker Heights and Brecksville-Broadview Heights (1 Eagle Valley Ct.).  Please choose the contact listed below for the site that would best suit your schedule and location.  


Head Site Coach

David Perchinske

[email protected]
Shaker Hts.

Head Age Group Coach

Steven Jacobs

[email protected]


Broadview Hts.

Head Site Coach

Liz Hastings

[email protected]


When reaching out regarding a tryout, please type TRYOUT in the subject line of your email.  Including a day of the week that works best for your schedule will also help expedite the process.  A coach should respond to you within 48 hours of your email.  

New high school swimmers interested in the Brecksville-Broadview Hts. site will be given a 2-week trial period.  Please complete a Medical Emergency Form and bring it with you to give to Coach Liz at your first practice.