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2023 Gator Swim Information

2023 Gator Swim Information

Updated July 15, 2023

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 was held April 18, 2023, 7:00pm, at the Lees Corner Elementary School cafeteria.  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.

 

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 30.. egistration will be open from March 15 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.

2023 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. 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).

2023 Swim Coaches

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

Coaches Sara Lisenby and Arun Sheanh will be our Assistant Coaches.

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 2023 Gator swim team season kicks off on May 30! Swim team practices will be held after school daily from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 17. After-school practice times are as follows; swimmers should attend the practice that corresponds with their age on June 19.

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 19, and continue through Friday until July 21.

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 10 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.