Virginia Gators of Charlottesville

Since 2000, the Virginia Gators of Charlottesville has offered high-quality swim training from beginner to elite with a focus on balancing physical, social, and emotional development in assisting swimmers to reach their personal goals. Head Coach JJ Bean, in his 23rd year leading the Gators, is committed to providing a personal approach to helping every swimmer improve every day. 

This Fall we will begin practices on September 6th at Fairview Pool until September 18th. We will then move to the Key West Swim Club outdoor, heated pool until September 30th and finally to our fall indoor home at Crow Pool on Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville until the Fairview renovations are completed and our Bubble goes up again. 

Virginia Gators of Charlottesville Swim Programs 2022-2023

(minor time adjustments may happen prior to season start)

               Group, Age, Requirements                                                 Focus                                                               Practice Times

Age Group Prep: Beginning at age 4. This is NOT learn-to-swim. The child must be able to float and kick independently on front and back, follow coach instructions, and have the ability to swim half the pool length independently in some manner.

Introduces competitive strokes and builds endurance to prepare for team programs.

3 Day Option: MWF 4:15-5:00 pm

2 Day Option: Tue/Thurs 4:15-5:00 pm

Age Group 1: Ages 6-10 and able to swim the full length of the pool on front and back with some knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly.

Improve stroke technique and learn the fundamentals of training, such as time-based sets and following coach instructions.

3 Days of your choice:

Mon-Fri  4:15-5:15 pm

Sat 8:00-9:00 am

Age Group 2: Ages 8-12 and able to swim all 4 competitive strokes as well as handle multiple length sets.

Perfect stroke and racing technique and build endurance and confidence.

3-4 days per week recommended.

Mon-Fri 5:15-6:30 pm

Sat 8:00-9:15 am

Age Group 3: Ages 9-12 who show ability and commitment to train at a high level and compete in state-level meets and higher.

Invitation by Head Coach.

Train for high-level competition and introduce goal setting and dryland techniques.

Expected practice attendance is at least 4 days per week.

Mon - Fri 5:00-6:30 pm

Sat 9:00-10:30 am

Junior Group: Ages 11-14 swimmers with at least some competitive swim experience.

Focus on perfecting stroke technique and endurance towards a goal of improved performance.

3 -4 days per week recommended:

Mon - Fri 6:30-8:00 pm

Sat 9:15-10:45 am.

Senior Group: Ages 13-18 swimmers with competitive experience. Perfect for swimmers preparing for High School team tryouts and competition.

Focus on technique, speed, and endurance, with goal of successfully competing at the high school level and beyond. No practice requirements, but at least 4 times per week are recommended for the greatest success

Practices: M-F 6:30-8:30 pm,

Sat 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

3-Day Option:  Choose any 3 days per week from the schedule. Swimmers attending more than 3 practices per week will be moved to 6 Day option.

6-Day Option: Offers additional training time and flexibility.

Gold Group: Ages 13-18 swimmers who place a priority on training and competing at the highest levels, including national competition and college swimming. Invitation by Head Coach required.

6 two-hour practices weekly are expected of all members of this group. The focus will be on building training capacity and discipline as well as improving competitive technique, speed, and endurance.

Practices M-F 5:30 am – 7:30 am and Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Extra in-water practices, as well as structured dryland, will be offered as desired and needed to meet swimmer goals.