Gators Summer Team

 

Updated May 29th, 2018

Oakdale Gators Recreational Swim Team

Introduction:

The Oakdale Swim Team's Gator program has served as the place for an introduction to swim skills and introduction to competitive swimming. Swimmers learn the fundamentals of the four competitive swimming strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle), racing starts, turns, streamlines, underwater kicking, and breath control. There are four meets in the season, two in June and two in July. Check the schedule below for more info. Although the competitive nature of swim meets can be exhilarating, we make it a key point that swim meets are not the primary focus of our summer team. Attending practice, becoming comfortable and strong in the water, learning the fundamentals of competitive swimming, and listening to coaches are just some of the key to becoming a successful swimmer in our organization.

The Gators program has multiple coaches for every ability level. We have coaches in the water to help aid younger swimmers. We have coaches on deck for all levels of swimmer. Also, have coaches for junior high and high school level swimmers looking for a team over the summer! Gators practice, while being a place to learn and improve, is also an excellent social setting for kids to make new friends while learning a new sport and life skill!

 

 

Practice Times:

    

First day of Gators starts Monday, April 9th

 

·        6 & Under practice times: 4:30 – 5:00 pm, 5:00 – 5:30 pm, 5:30 - 6:00 (Monday – Thursday) with Coach Kayla

 

·        7 – 8 practice times: 4:30 - 5:00 pm or 5:00 – 5:30 pm or 5:30 – 6:00 pm (Monday – Thursday) with Coach Emily and Coach Rhett

 

·        9 – 10 practice times: 4:30 – 5:15 pm (Monday – Friday) with Coach Bre and Coach Kassidy

 

·        11 & Older practice times: 4:30 – 5:15 pm (Monday – Friday) with Coach Kalen 

 

 ***Note: Starting April 30th the 11 & Older practice times will change to 4:30-5:15 pm for the remainder of the season. ****

New Swimmers:

To pass the swim test and become a Gator, a swimmer must demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. Completely submerse their head while blowing bubbles 
  2. Float on their stomach while blowing bubbles for 10 seconds unassisted.
  3. Kick on their stomach while blowing bubbles for 10 seconds unassisted.
  4. Float on their back for 10 seconds unassisted.
  5. Kick on their back for 10 seconds unassisted. 

If they do not pass the swim test: We offer swim lessons with the aim of promoting swim skills, confidence, and increasing the chance that the swimmer will make the team. For more information regarding lesson, please look to the swim lessons tab

·       Sign-up for swim test under the following link:  Swim Test Sign Up

 

New swimmers need to bring a suit, a towel, and preferably goggles.

Season:

Sign-ups open: February 1, 2018

 

Register for Gators

 

Season: April 9 - July 28

Cost:

·       8 & Under = $100 per swimmer

·       9 & Older = $150 per swimmer

Swim Meet Dates:

·       June 2, Location: Tokay High School, Lodi

·       June 16, Location: Pitman High School, Turlock

·       July 14, Location: Merrill F. West High School, Tracy

·       July 28, Location: Oakdale High School

Note that meet locations are tentative and are subject to change.

Junior Gator Meets:

8 & Under swimmer will swim in mini swim meets known as Junior Gator Meets instead of the regular scheduled swim meets. These Junior Gator Meets will beheld on Friday nights at OHS starting at 5:00

·       June 1st

·       June 15th

·       July 13th

·       July 27th

The Junior Gator Meets will be used a teaching tool for the younger swimmers. These meets will help them learn how to compete without the pressures of an actual meet and to teach them how to finish their races properly, all the while earning a time in their events.

Awards Night:

Date: July 27th at 6:30 pm. 

Location: Oakdale High School Aquatics Center.

Swim-A-Thon Prizes will be handed out then as well.

There will be pizza and ice cream provided after the awards are handed out.

***Swimmers must attend at least one meet to receive any awards***

More information regarding meet will be available closer to the meet dates.

Important Dates:

·       Parent Info Night: Tuesday, May 1st

-        T-Shirts and Picture Packets will be distributed during this time.

·       Picture Day: Wednesday, May 16th

·       Swim-A-Thon*: July 20th (Note that there will be no make up Swim-A-Thon this year)

*Oakdale Swim Team has two fundraisers, the first is the crab feed in February, and the second is the Swim-A-Thon. These two fundraisers help OST keep registration fees down, buy new training equipment, and rent and use pool facilities. Thus, participation in the Swim-A-Thon is crucial to the continuing function of the team and is therefore mandatory. A minimum contribution of $50 per family is required. Families that do not meet this requirement will be charged the difference two weeks after the Swim-A-Thon.

Additional Forms:

Athlete Code of Conduct

Parent Guardian Code of Conduct

Gator Family Expectations

Liability Waiver

Medical Release Waiver

Oakdale Swim Team Mission Statement

For any questions, contact Coach Emily at emrbasnight@gmail.com