GET YOUR FEET WET: If you are new to competitive swimming, or can swim 25 Yards without stopping or assistance, there is a place for you on the FM Gators Swim Team. We have many different levels to cater to all skills and experience. You can even try it for FREE for 1 week. Just contact Head Coach Erich Richardson for more information. 701-364-4151.



JOIN GATORS: If you are a competitive swimmer that is new to the area or just looking to find a team home, please arrange a meeting with Coach Erich to discuss enrollment options. Erich can be reached at his office at the YMCA by calling 701.364.4151 or emailing [email protected].


Group Stipulations

The FM Gators have a variety of Groups to cater to the beginning swimmer and to the elite athlete. These groups are based on a number of things, i.e. skill, age, maturity, competition commitment, etc. Our coaching staff makes the decisions on where to place a child on these things, and makes sure that it is the right fit. Below are some of the guidlines we use before considering having a swimmer move groups.

Developmental 1

  • must be able to swim 25 yards of Freestyle & Backstroke

               Unassisted, with no stops

Developmental 2

  • Must be able to swim 25 yards of Freestyle, backstroke, & Breaststroke legally


Developmental to Age Group I

  • All 4 legal strokes for at least 25 yards
  • All legal turns
  • Faster than 2:00.00 in SC in 100 IM/ 4:29.50 LC in 200 IM
  • Complete 10 x 25 @ 1:00 freestyle, comfortably


Age Group I to Age Group II

  • Faster than 1:40.00 in 100 IM
  • Faster than 3:20.00 SC in 200 IM/ 3:40.00 LC
  • Be able to complete 10 x 50 @ 1:00 comfortably


Age Group II to Senior I

  • Faster than 5:45.00SC/6:29.35 LC in 400 IM
  • Be able to complete 10 x 100 @ 1:30 comfortably


Senior I to Senior II

  • Be able to complete 10 x 100 @ 1:20 comfortably
  • Have at least 1 Sectional or National time


Family Work Commitment

 - We do not do very much fundraising on our team, however, we do expect families to volunteer to help run our home meets successfully. Please click below to view our family work commitment.

Family Work Commitment