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2022 Gator Swim Information

 

2022 Gator Swim Information

Updated April 30, 2022

Please be sure to read through all of this information before registering and attending the first practice. You must be a resident of Franklin Glen to join the swim team.

An information session will be held May 2, 2022, 7:00pm, at the Lees Corner Elementary School cafeteria.  Please join us to hear details about the upcoming season and how the team operates, especially if you are new to the team.  All information will also be available in the team handbook; if you are unable to attend the meeting, you will be able to access the handbook on this website on that date.  Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

‚ÄčThe FG Gators swim team is open to all interested swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18 who are residents of Franklin Glen. Only those participants comfortable in a group swim setting and who have the maturity and attention span required to ensure the safety of all swimmers will be admitted to the program.

 

COVID-19 Procedures

If a team member tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to COVID-19, that person must follow CDC guidance for quarantine/isolation prior to returning to swim team activities. 

CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine can be found here.  

If a team member develops symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you test prior to participation in team activities.  

 

Season Goals

The philosophy of the Franklin Glen Gators Swim Team is to provide a positive swimming program that will:

·      Develop self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of personal achievement for each swimmer by teaching sound swimming mechanics and techniques.

·      Develop team spirit by teaching discipline, individual responsibility, and commitment.

We hope to provide our swimmers with an opportunity to improve their swimming skills and exercise in a safe environment.

Registration

The season will begin May 31st.  Registration will be open from May 3rd through June 4th.  A $20 late fee will apply after June 4th. Just go to www.fggators.org and click “Register”.

Our primary forms of communications with you are this website, email, and the Gators Facebook page.  Please carefully read any emails you receive as they contain important information.

2022 Swimsuits - Our swimsuits will be the same as last year.  Suits can be ordered online through a special Cassel's team link that will be posted here when available.  A separate message will also be sent out with this link.  A team sizing event will be held at Cassel's, the date is TBD, but the suit must be ordered through the website.  The team suit site will be open for a set period of time, after which a bulk order will be placed which allows us to receive their bulk order discount, and takes approximately 2 weeks to arrive.  Please note Cassel's will not offer returns or refunds.  If you need to check your swimmer's suit size, you may do so at Cassel's during their regular operating hours or at the team sizing event.  When the swimsuits arrive, we will notify you where to pickup your suit(s).

2022 Swim Coaches

Coach Simon Rothleder will be joining us for his first season as Head Coach.  Simon has been an assistant coach for several previous seasons.

Coaches Miranda Schuman, Zaria Stovall and Arun Sheanh will be returning as Assistant Coaches.

Coach Sergey Patsuk will be joining us as Junior Coach.

 

Junior Gators

The goal of the Junior Gator program is to keep all Gators safe in the water, build confidence, and manage the developmental needs of our newest swimmers.  Swimmers that pass the swim test but do not meet the qualification times at Time Trials to be a competitive Gator will be eligible to participate in our Junior Gator program.  Please see the Gator handbook for additional information, when available.

PRACTICE

The 2022 Gator swim team season kicks off on May 31st! Swim team practices will be held after school daily from Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, June 10th. After school practice times are as follows; swimmers should attend the practice that corresponds with their age on June 15th.

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm 13 & over

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm New 8 & Under (for those aged 8 & under that are new to the team) or previous Junior Gators       

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Returning 8 & Under       

6:15 pm – 7:00 pm 9 & 10 year-olds 

7:00 pm – 7:45 pm 11 & 12 year-olds             

Once school is out, practices will move to the mornings.  Morning practices begin on Monday, June 13th and continue through Friday until July 22nd.  

Morning practice times are Monday-Friday as follows:

8:00 am - 9:00 am  13 & Over

8:50 am - 9:45 am  11 & 12 year-olds

9:35 am - 10:30 am  9 & 10 year-olds  

10:20 am - 11:15 am  8 & Under

Monday, Tuesday and Friday Only:

7:15 am - 8:00 am  Camp Practice

11:05 am - 11:45 am  Junior Gators

 

TIME TRIALS

Time Trials are scheduled for Saturday, June 11th at 8:00am. Time Trials is a practice meet for all Gators so that swimmers understand how swim meets work and for them to obtain legal times for the Swim Ladder.  All children interested in being on the swim team and participating in Time Trials must pass the Franklin Glen Pool swim test by Friday, June 10th.

PARENTS

Parents are required to be present for swimmers ages 8 and under, and are permitted to attend practice for other ages.  Siblings of swimmers ages 8 and under may accompany a parent while their child is in practice, as needed for child care purposes, but must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.   

Practice Dismissal

At the end of practice, swimmers will need to leave the pool area (with all their gear).  There will be no lifeguards on duty during practices, only the coaches who are all lifeguard certified.  However, their attention will be focused on the practice session at the time, and will not supervise your swimmers beyond their designated practice times.  If you as a parent are at the pool with a child not in a practice session (due to siblings in other practices), you are solely responsible for supervising your child that is not practicing.