The Leading Group
The Leading Group is so named because it is comprised of swimmers who lead the Gator organization with a history of advanced training and a commitment to achieve their maximum potential and beyond. This is our top training group and these swimmers are motivated and ready for the challenges and demands of training to compete at the Sectional, Jr. National, and National levels. Many aspire to and achieve success in top college swim programs.
Leading swimmers are expected to attend 6 practices per week to ensure that a complete training regimen is followed and continued progress at the elite level is maintained. Practices will focus on preparation for success at nationally recognized events as well a successful collegiate experience. Swimmers have already shown they are able to balance Gator requirements and school before being considered for this group. Swimmers in this group have maintained the highest level of practice attendance and participation with the Gator team. After-school dryland exercise programs and in-water technique practices are set up individually to improve fitness, flexibility, and core body strength as needed.
Leading swimmers are encouraged to attend all meets assigned by the Head Coach.
Equipment and Training Tools
Fins, snorkel, pull buoy and paddles are required for practice so that swimmers can fine tune their technique. Swimmers increase speed, strength and endurance by using other training tools such as Tempo Trainers, to optimize their stroke rate, and swim parachutes, providing additional weight to pull. The Gators continually test and utilize the most advanced training tools and techniques to maximize swimmer improvement.
At the beginning of the season, Leading swimmers are invited to join the Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is comprised of parents who provide swimmers with a good breakfast each morning on the pool deck before swimmers head to school. Each morning, breakfast is produced and served by one of the parents of a national swimmer, on a rotating schedule, so that all families participate equally. Sign-Up Genius is used to manage the breakfast club so that parents will receive reminders via email and can easily switch if need be. The Breakfast Club is entirely managed by Leading group parents and can include carpool planning and information as needed by the group. Just a reminder, parents are responsible for making their own arrangements with other families if they need to switch days. Please click here (Gator account login required) for more details and the link to the Breakfast Club Sign-Up.
Morning AHS Carpool(for non-drivers)
Parents of AHS students (non-drivers) are asked to support the morning carpool from the pool to AHS, depending upon the number of non-driving swimmers that need a ride to AHS each morning. Go to the Please click here (login required) for more details and the link to the Breakfast Club Sign-Up Genius.
Each Leading swimmer is assigned a storage bin located on the shelves outside JJ’s office. Please use these bins to store personal items, such as shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Swimmers should also store their bags, towels, and bathing suits in this area which is solely for the nationals' use and is not used by any other swimming group. Feel free to leave anything that makes the mornings and afternoons easier. Remember that all personal belongings should be gathered and stored in the bins each morning after swimmers have showered and prepared for school. The locker rooms need to be kept clear so the cleaning staff can clean the facility.
USA Swimming “Safe Sport” policies and the Gator communication policy prohibit coaches from texting or emailing swimmers prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. This poses a problem for the Leading swimmers due to their practice times and schedules. As a result, during registration, we ask that each parent and swimmer grant permission to override this policy.