Age Group

Alligator Aquatics Swimming offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of Alligator Swimming to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

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Alligator Training Levels

Green Gators

Novice swimmers ages 8 & under. Practices will be 85% stroke correction and 15% training. This level is pre competitive; however, attending the Alligator meets is welcomed. Swimmers may swim in additional meets upon discussion and agreement with the coaches, however competition is not required.

·        2 practices a week is recommended.

Silver Gators

Swimmers ages 7 -9. Practices will be between 30% - 50% training and 50%- 70% stroke corrections depending on the swimmers’ ability. This level is early competitive. Attending the Alligator meets is all that is expected. Additional meets are optional and should be discussed with the coaches.

·        2 to 3 practices a week is recommended.

Gold Gators

Swimmers ages 9 - 11 (exceptions on both ends of age range are rare, but are considered based on specific circumstances determined by Head Coach).  The focus in practice will be 20%-40% stroke correction and 60%-80% training. These swimmers should have grasped the basics of swimming and be legal in all four of the competitive strokes. This level is expected to attend one meet a month.

·        3 to 4 practices a week is recommended.

Blue Gators

Swimmers ages 11-13 (exceptions are considered for swimmers with a minimum of 4 - 9/10 age group state cuts). The focus in this group is age group appropriate conditioning. Progression through this group takes a swimmer from solid age group practices to more focused, age group competitive conditioning. Swimmers are expected to commit to training on a regular basis, as more advanced methods of training are introduced at this level.  This level is expected to attend a minimum of one meet a month and any upper level swim meet a swimmer has qualified for.

·        3 to 4 practices a week is recommended.

Black Gators

Swimmers ages 13 and over (exceptions are considered for swimmers with a minimum of 4 - 11/12 age group state cuts).  Training at this level is more advanced over all. Swimmers in this training group will practice with a higher intensity. The focus in this group is to transition age group level swimmers into senior level swimmers. This group consists of both HS swimmers, and other swimmers that have exhibited a high level of swimming and workout ability.  These swimmers are expected to be mature, dedicated, responsible and dependable. They will be prepared to compete in multiple High School events all the way up to College level competition. Competing in 2 meets in the LC season and any higher level meet qualified for is expected.

·        4-5 practice a week is recommended.

Xtreme Gators

This group is for ages 13 and over by Head Coach approval only.  Swimmer must have a high level of training capability, dedication and self motivation. Attendance is expected at 100% unless excused by the Head Coach. These swimmers are focused on reaching High School state and National level competition.

Please Note ~ Swimmers age as of June 1st determines level placement. Level changes within the season are allowed ONLY with Head Coach approval.  Fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each returning swimmer must register in the level assigned by the Head Coach. For new athletes, please sign up for the level that best suits your child.  If you are unsure which level is most appropriate, please contact the Head Coach Mary Ruffin to headcoach@alligatoraquatics.org . During the first week of practices all swimmers will be reviewed to assure their group placement is a good fit.


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