Oakdale Gators Recreational Swim Team

Updated January 12th, 2019

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 1st

Swim Times

6 - Unders

With

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

4:00 - 4:30

4:30 - 5:00

5:00 - 5:30

7 - 8

With

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

4:00 - 4:30

4:30 - 5:00

5:00 - 5:30

9 - 10:

With

Session 1

4:30-5:15

11 - Older:

With

Session 1

5:15-6:00

New Swimmers:

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

  1. Completely submerge 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

Swim test will be conducted by Coach Ronny held Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 4:30 starting February 5th with time slots at 4:00/ 4:10/ 4:20.

Schedule a 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 1 - July 27

Cost:

·       8 & under = TBA per swimmer

·       9 & older = TBA per swimmer

Swim Meet Dates:

·       June 1st, Location: Tokay High School, Lodi

·       June 15th, Location: Pitman High School, Turlock

·       July 13th, Location: Merrill F. West High School, Tracy

·       July 27th, 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 be held on Friday nights at OHS starting at 5:00

·       May 31st

·       June 14th

·       July 12th

·       July 26th

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 26th 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: Wednesday, May 1st

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

·       Picture Day: Wednesday, May 15th

·       Swim-A-Thon*: July 19th (Note that there is no make up Swim-A-Thon)

*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, please contact Coach Ronny at oakdaleswimteam1@gmail.com