Frequently Asked Questions
About the GATOR Coaches:
- How Long have the Southglenn Gators been around?
- Southglenn Country Club is embarking on its 53rd year. The Gators Swim Team has a longstanding history over several decades.
- In what League/Division are they?
- The Southglenn Gators are a summer swim team in the Mountain Hi Swim League. The Gators have won the B Division twice in the last five years.
- What is the Gator Philosophy?
- The Gators are a summer swim team with the main focus being having fun, educating everyone on water safety, developing sportsmanship, and creating an environment where kids love to swim. The team is made up of a broad spectrum of abilities ranging from USA Swimming competitive swimmers to first-time swimmers of all ages.
- Who is on the Gator Board?
- The Gator Board consists of 9 board member positions who attend regular meetings and plan the Gator season and lead the volunteer efforts at the swim meets.
- The Board Members are:
- President: Meg Sandusky
- Treasurer and Sponsorship: Heidi Kaye
- Communications: Robin Fisher
- League Parent Rep: Jenny Dobmeier
- Equipment & Awards: Erin Hehn
- Stroke and Turn: Andy Farner
- Volunteer Coordinator and Member Relations: Erin Bennetts
- Concessions: Nacho Yogues
- Timing: Mike Montgomery
- Social Chairs: Kelly Gaudet and Amy McDowell
About the GATOR Coaches:
- Who are the coaches?
- The Gators are fortunate to have 4 great coaches this year: Co-Head Coaches Courtney Helseth and Henry Kline, and Assistant Coaches Evan Montgomery and Abbey Doherty. Read more about them here!
- Each coach will be responsible for heading up one age group for practices and meets, however all coaches will work collectively to coach all swimmers.
- Private lessons are available and can be coordinated with the coaches.
- What opportunities are there for Junior Coaches?
- Junior Coaches are a key component to the Gator program. Each year high school students are given the opportunity to apply to be a Junior Coach. The program provides the swimmers an opportunity to work with the younger swimmers, learn how to create workouts and determine if coaching is something they want to pursue. Henry and Courtney will communicate more details regarding this year's Junior Coaching opportunities in May.
- When will Registration open?
- Registration will open in April. Communication will be emailed once the online registration is available. You will be able to register directly on the Gators website. Just click Start Registration on the left-hand navigation.
- What is the cost to swim Gators?
- You must be a member of the Southglenn Country Club to swim for the Southglenn Gators. The Gators do offer tiered pricing, discounting additional swimmers. The team fees do include 5 practices a week all season long (except for holidays and poor weather), all stroke clinics, 5 regular season swim meets, Prelims & Championships, as well as all team pep rallies and other fun events. In addition to the team fees, a volunteer deposit is required.
- First Swimmer: $160
- Second Swimmer: $140
- Third Swimmer: $115
- Additional Swimmers: $90
- All fees must be paid before the first practice.
- When is the Registration Open House?
- The Registration Open House is scheduled for Sunday, April 11th 2020 from 1:00-3:00 pm, with a recorded online presentation and attendance in person optional and by time slot for social distancing.
- Why should I attend the Registration Open House?
- The Registration Open House is a great opportunity to meet the coaches (or see them again), meet the board, get any questions have may have answered and to order your suit and equipment for the season. We have great new GATOR suits, team gear, and again will be offering parent shirts. (Note the 2021 open house will not be as robust due to Covid.)
- Do I need to be a member of Southglenn Country Club?
- All swim team families must be a member of Southglenn Country Club. More information on membership options can be found here.
- What swim levels are required to be a Gator?
- The Gators swim team is made up of swimmers of all different levels from competitive year-round swimmers to first-time swimmers. Recently, we had a 15-year-old swim her first ever season of swim team, and she went on to swim for her high school that winter.
- To swim for the Gators swim team, your child must be able to support themselves safely in the water without the coaches' assistance for one length of the pool. Swimmers are not required to have proper strokes as this instruction will occur in practice and through the stroke clinics.
- For children 8 and younger, most meet events are just one length of the pool.
- What is the practice schedule?
- Practice is held 5 days a week for most of the season. Practice may be canceled for inclement or just "too cold" weather.
- Ages 6 & Under and 8 & Under practice from 9:00-9:45 am
- 9-10s practice from 8:00-9:15 am
- 11-12s practice from 7:00-8:15 am
- 13-18s practice from 6:00-7:15 am
- Practices will start in Mid-May in the afternoon to provide swimmers the opportunity to practice after school to prepare for their first meet.
- Why do the older kids practice so early?
- Many of the older kids either have summer jobs or other sports practices that they need to attend. The early practice time allows them to still practice and meet their other commitments. We have a large number of 13-18 year olds who start their summer mornings with a nice swim.
- What is the time commitment?
- Swimmers are encouraged to practice at least 3 times a week. Of course family vacations, camps, etc. may create conflicts. Please let your coaches know in advance.
- What is the meet schedule?
- See Calendar and Events on the website. Meets are almost every Saturday morning in June through mid-July. There will be one weekday meet in early July.
- What are the volunteer requirements?
- All summer swim meets are fully run by parent volunteers; without them, summer swim would not be possible. As part of the registration process the Southglenn Gators require a $200 volunteer deposit (via check). Upon completion of your volunteer commitment for the summer, your check will be destroyed.
- Last summer, each family was required to complete 4 volunteer shifts. Typically, 2 shifts can be completed in a given meet if desired, or they can be spread over the meets, prelims, and championships. The volunteer requirements for this season will be determined once registration is complete.
- Can my child also swim USA Swimming?
- Yes, the Mountain Hi Swim League allows swimmers to also swim USA.
- What does the "post-season" entail?
- The summer "Regular" season consists of 5 dual meets. The Post-Season entails Prelims, and for those who qualify, Championships. Prelims are held 2-3 weekdays in early July. Each Prelim session will be for all teams, but just 2-3 age groups. The top 16 swimmers in each event will then qualify for Championships on Saturday July 11th. Swimmers may be asked to swim relays at Championships even if they do not qualify in any individual events.
- On Saturday, July 24th, the All Star meet is held. Swimmers who achieve the All Star qualifying times any time during the season (including Prelims/Championships) are invited to come swim.
What are the volunteering requirements?
All summer swim meets are fully run by parent volunteers; without them, summer swim would not be possible. As part of the registration process the Southglenn Gators require a $200 volunteer deposit (via check). Upon completion of your volunteer commitment for the summer, your check will be destroyed.
It takes approximately 55 volunteers to run a home meet. Last summer, each family was required to complete 4 volunteer shifts. Typically, 2 shifts can be completed in a given meet (by one person or two) if desired, or they can be spread over the meets, prelims and championships. The volunteer requirements for this season will be determined once registration is complete.
How can I become an official?
Do you want front-row viewing for the meet? Do you want to wear a really cool headset? Then Officiating may be the volunteer opportunity for you! This is a developmental swim league, and officiating is about fairness, not nitpicking. With one simple two-hour training session in May, you, too, can become a Mountain Hi Swim League official. The schedule has not been posted yet, but training classes will likely take place in late April and May. More details about officiating can be found here.
How do I sign up for volunteering?