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. Our team practices at the Fairview Swim and Tennis Club pool at 707 Belvedere Drive in Charlottesville, under our climate-controlled Gator Dome. Head Coach JJ Bean, in his 22nd year leading the Gators, is committed to providing a personal approach to helping every swimmer improve every day. 

We hope to begin the 2020-2021 Gator short course practice season on the Tuesday after Labor Day for most groups. We appreciate our team members' patience and support during the pandemic and we know that we are not yet at the end of the changes it will mean for us. We ask that you frequently check the website for updates and read each email and newsletter carefully.

As you know, a new Gator satellite team is forming to serve the Crozet/Waynesboro community. This team will operate separately but cooperatively with our Charlottesville team. We are so excited about the opportunities for camaraderie that this new team will bring to our area. The practice groups and schedules for each team will be available soon under the specific tabs for either Charlottesville (at the Gator Dome at Fairview) or Crozet/Waynesboro.

Inclement Weather Policy

Your family's health and well-being is our primary concern. Safe travel conditions must be a priority for everyone so please exercise sound judgment about attending practice when faced with severe weather conditions. Changes or cancellations to the practice or meet schedules will be communicated via email and posted on our website.

Thunder & Lightning

In the event of thunder or lightning, pool activities will be suspended and the facility will be evacuated until 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder or lightning. The distance from a facility to an approaching thunderstorm can be five to eight miles away, but lightning can strike from a much farther distance. As with most outdoor recreational facilities, safe shelter from weather-related events is limited. The restrooms and changing areas afford some protection, but the safest place is probably inside a hard-topped metal vehicle. Seeking shelter under trees and in the open are more dangerous than being in the pool. The pool area will be reopened 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder or lightning. 

Tornados, High Winds, Snow Storms, Ice, and other dangerous weather conditions

In the event of tornados, high winds, snow storms, ice, and other dangerous weather conditions, practices may be ended, canceled or postponed based on the severity of the weather.


Albemarle County Public School Closings and Delays

Albemarle County Public School ("ACPS") school closings and two-hour delay can affect practice schedules

We adjust our schedule based on the Albemarle County Public Schools (“ACPS”) closing and delay schedule. ACPS school closings or two-hour delays, due to weather, may also affect our practice schedule, but may not cancel practice entirely.

If an ACPS announcement is made prior to 5:00 a.m. that: 

  • there is a two-hour delay, then the national group morning practice (6:00 a.m.) will typically be delayed two hours to 8:00 a.m.  All other afternoon and evening practices will be held as regularly scheduled.
  • school is canceled, there will likely be changes to the practice schedule, however, practices are rarely canceled.

If an ACPS announcement is made after 5:00 a.m. that there is a two-hour delay or school is closed:

  • the national group morning practice (6:00 a.m.) will be held as scheduled, given that the swimmers are typically on their way to practice or already in the water.
  • All other afternoon and evening practices will be held as regularly scheduled unless notified otherwise.