Gator Update (October 16)

Club Administrator
Sign-up is open for the following fall meets:
  • SPA Sunday Morning at the Races, November 3 in St. Petersburg: This meet is a fun, fast, one-day meet open to all groups (White and above). Sign-up deadline is October 21.
  • YCF Almost Turkey Open, November 22-24 in Orlando: This meet is open to all groups (White and above). Meet information with event list will be posted as soon as it is available from the host team. Sign-up deadline is November 4.
Total Team Wares at the O'Dome October 21
Total Team Wares will be at the O'Dome on Monday, October 21, to take orders for GSC team suits and other gear and to sell tech suits for high school and club championship meets this fall and winter. TTW will be set up on the outdoor pool deck between 4:30 and 7:00 pm.
GSC Calendar
We have begun making more use of the Calendar function on the GSC website to note days without practice, GSC meets, and days when events at the O'Dome might make getting to practice at that location challenging or cause the closing of the viewing balcony above the pool. We will also try to send out reminders, but please use the calendar to plan for days when travel to and parking at practice on campus may take more time than usual!
For the remainder of October, we have the following events at the O'Dome:
  • Wednesday, October 16: UF volleyball
  • Friday, October 25: UF volleyball
  • Tuesday, October 29: UF men's basketball (viewing balcony will be closed; Blue group practice will end at 7:00 instead of 7:15 as the O'Dome will be locking the pool doors at 7:00)
  • Wednesday, October 30: UF women's basketball
Practice Time and Location Changes
Starting November 4, the Senior group will be practicing at the Northeast pool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, as the Mickle pool will be closing for the winter. Watch for more details from Coach Erin.
As of this week, all Saturday practices (Silver, Gold, Sectional, and National) will be from 7:00 to 9:00 am at the Northeast pool. If the time or location change, groups will be notified at least one day ahead of time.
Halloween Practices
This year's Halloween-themed swim practices are coming up! Practices will be part regular workout for each group and part fun drills; we might even have a coach relay or cannonball contest! Unlike last year we will not be doing a whole-team practice, but kids will have fun activities to do together within their groups. The Halloween practice for O'Dome groups will be on Monday, October 28, and the Halloween practice for Sun Country groups will be on Wednesday, October 30.
GSC Holiday Classic Meet
This year's Holiday Classic is scheduled for December 6-8, which will be here before we know it! This is one of the two major meets we host at the O'Connell Center each year, and thus it is one of the main opportunities to complete the volunteer shifts required of each GSC member family. More information will be posted soon, but please put the meet on your calendars!
Volunteer Fee Charge Moved from November 1 Invoice to January 1
When we opened registration for this year, we had planned to charge the annual $120 volunteering fee to each account on November 1, to be credited back after the completion of three volunteer shifts at our home meets through the course of 2019-2020 year. Because many of you will fulfill some or all of your family volunteering obligation at the Holiday Classic in early December, we have decided to move the charge to the January 1 invoice so that many accounts will not be charged the fee at all rather than charging it in November only to credit it back in December. Please send any questions about the fee or volunteering to
Online Team Store
Just a reminder that we are now able to sell you select Speedo training equipment directly at the pool (kickboards, etc.). We have partnered with Total Team Wares to do this, and they are extending to us the same discount on Speedo items that you would get if you order through them directly. Please check out the offerings by clicking on the "Team Store" button on the home page of the GSC website.
As always:
  • For group level and practice-related questions, contact your group coach first.
  • If he or she is not available or not able to answer your group or practice question or concern fully please contact Coach Robert at or call/text 319-471-5054.
  • For all registration, billing, account-related, or other administrative questions, contact