Little Hunting Park's Gators Swim Team is a seasonal team and charter member of the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL). Summer 2020 marks LHP's 65th season. The Team's goal is to provide every swimmer an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success for the Team and for themselves. The Gators focus on stroke development, sportsmanship, Team camaraderie, recognition of achievement and fun!
Swim Team Eligibility
Little Hunting Park members, who are between the ages of 5 and 18 (as of June 1) are eligible to join the Gators. Additionally, swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted and be judged by the Head Coach to be capable of effectively participating in 30-minute practice sessions. Swimmers who have developed sufficient skills to participate in practice sessions may join the Team anytime throughout the season and are strongly encouraged to do so.
Always bring a water bottle to practices and meets.
NEW to 2019: SWIM FINS All swimmers should bring swim training fins to practice.
Swimmers should wear an appropriate swimsuit, well-fitting goggles and cap to practice and meets.
Good quality goggles, suits, training fins and other swimming related gear are available at Sport Fair in Arlington.
Spare goggles and caps are often handy. Don't forget a towel (or two)!
Please declare swimmers' availability at all meets on this site.
Please remain off the deck during practices and meets (unless in an official capacity).
Please refrain from conversation with Coaches during practices and meets.
Please ensure your swimmer remains in the Team area during meets.
These requests are made with the intent to maximize the success of the Team.
Friday Night FUN!
Friday Nights are FUN nights during the Swim Season. The following events are
OPEN to ALL LHP MEMBERS.
Fridays June 14- July 19
Lollipop Races 5:45 pm
An opportunity for the youngest Gators (and pre-Gators) to get their first taste of competition and a sweet treat! Perfect for Green Gators, who may be not quite ready for Meets. Flotation assistance (kickboards/noodles) allowed and strongly encouraged if there are any doubts. Note: No Lollipop Races held June 21, Team Photo.
Pasta Dinner 6:30 pm
A long-standing, popular tradition at LHP. Potluck celebration with a pasta theme. Socialize with old friends, while making new friends. Swim and Tennis Teams' weekly awards presentations and pep rally. The Coaches judge the coveted "Pasta of the Week" award.
Why should the kids have all the fun? Parents may participate in swim meets in a variety of fun and exciting ways: marshals, concessions, timers, data table, judges, starters, announcers, runner, clerks of course etc.
While updating your swimmers' availability at meets, be sure to volunteer for your preferred role, before someone else does!
More detailed descriptions of roles found here
Tentative Practice Schedule (2020)
Practices are offered every weekday from May 26 through July 24.
Pre-Season May 26 - June 23 (Afternoons)
11&Over 4:30-5:30 pm
Green Gators 5:30-6:30 pm (two 30 minute sessions)
10&Under 6:30-7:30 pm
Regular Season June 15 - July 26 (Mornings)
11&Over 8:00-9:00 am
10&Under 9:00-10:00 am
Green Gators 10:00-10:30 am
All Groups Make-Up Practice: Tues/Wed/Thur, 6/23-7/23 7:00-8:00 PM
No Make-Up Practices 6/24, 7/8
Maximum participation in practice sessions is highly encouraged for all swimmers. However, there are no minimum attendance requirements for participation in meets or other team events.
Practice Groups are "labelled" by AGE, but are actually arranged by SKILL LEVEL. Go HERE to find descriptions of practice groups.