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Little Hunting Park's Gators Swim Team is a seasonal team and charter member of the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL). Summer 2018 marks LHP's 63rd swim season. Our Team is made up of members of Little Hunting Park. 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!

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MONDAY DEVELOPMENTAL (B) MEET

It's gonna be a hot one: hydration, hydration, hydration (Swimmers AND Parents)

Monday evening, 5:00 pm warm-ups @ LHP with Pinewood Lake.

Please have swimmers in the team area at least 10 minutes prior to warm-ups.

Learn more about B-Meets HERE

We still need MANY TIMERS, a position which offers THE BEST views of the competition.

THANK YOU to all parents who already have volunteered for this meet.

NOTES: Pinewood Lake is a very small team.  We will need provide more than half of the volunteer positions (think TIMERS).  Please volunteer for "relief timer" once lanes are full, expect that "relief timer" will be a "full-time" position.

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WOW: Time Trials

Did we most recently host a meet just a week ago, or a year ago? Can't tell the difference, as Swimmers, Coaches and Volunteer Parents stepped up to Host an OUTSTANDING Time Trials Meet.  No rust to shake off with the Gators! THANK YOU to ALL for making this meet amazingly efficient and FUN for all!  Much gratitude to Hollin Hills, a VERY capable Team, which brought more than their share of resources to the deck.

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PARKING VIOLATION

During Swim Meets, the LHP parking lot WILL overflow.

PLEASE use the Bucknell Elementary School Lots (Back AND Front) as your first choice of overflow parking. Super-secret-locals only tip: there are a handful of nice spots tucked up right behind the school, beyond the street-side lots.

Many of our residential neighbors have no driveways and depend on street parking. PLEASE be considerate of our neighbors' needs. Park only on the school side of Canterbury/University, if the school's lots are full.

Whatever you do, AVOID parking on Coventry. This is a super narrow street with no shoulder and with residents quick to call local law enforcement. While Tim and Tony ordinarily enjoy conversing with the brave men and women who protect Fairfax County; during meets, they would rather be watching Gators race.

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Update Swim Meet Availability

PLEASE take few moments to declare swimmers' availability for upcoming meets and social events by clicking Swim Meets tab above.  For each event click Meet Entry button and Edit each swimmers' availability.  It's extremely important for the Coaches to know who is (and who is not) available to swim, particularly for Saturday morning Dual Meets!  It's also very helpful to have a good idea of participation at Monday evening Developmental Meets (B-meets) and Time Trials.

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Save the Date(s)

Gators Swim Team isn't just about a ton of training laps and races.  Lots of dry activities are offered for team-building and FUN.  Mark your calendars for these great events. RSVP to each event by using the Swim Meets tab above.

Friday evenings: Pasta Dinner: a longstanding Team tradition, which is a potluck party for the whole family.  Coaches present weekly awards, including "Pasta of the Week"  (No glass, pyrex, ceramic, earthenware containers, PLEASE!)  This event happens every Friday throughout the season (6/15-7/20). No RSVP needed for Pasta Dinners.  Mini-meets for our smallest swimmers precede each Pasta Dinner.  No registration required.

Friday 6/22: Team Photo and Pasta Dinner: All swimmers pose poolside for the team photo.  (No Mini-meet this date).  No RSVP required.  Rain date 6/29.

Tuesday 6/26: Pancake Brunch AND Tie Dye Spirit Wear Craft:  A combination of two very popular activities.  Many parents will be needed to help: food donation and food preparation. The coaches will supervise the Tie-Dyeing (but sure would appreciate additional help.)  Swimmers should bring a clean, light-colored, cotton tee-shirt. (Rain date 6/28)

Friday 6/29:  Gators' Matinee: Incredibles 2:  At the Hoffman AMC around 1:00 pm.  This is not a drop-off event, please ensure your swimmer has a chaperone.

Thursday 7/12: Great Waves Water Park:  Team outing at local water park. Approximately 1:00 pm.

Thursday 7/19  Pancake Brunch Part 2: It was so much fun the first time, let's do it again. (rain date 7/24)

Friday 7/20: Gators' Matinee II: Hotel Transylvania 3

Wednesday 7/25 Laser Tag, Shadowlands: Culminating "off-campus" social outing.

Saturday 7/28 Gators' Sports Banquet: @LHP  5:00-10:30pm

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The Basics

Always bring a water bottle to practices and meets.

Swimmers should wear an appropriate swimsuit, well-fitting goggles and cap to practice and meets.

Finding well-fitting goggles for younger swimmers may be difficult.  Experimenting with different styles is often necessary. Your swimmer's comfort takes priority.

Good quality goggles, suits 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)!

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Volunteer Opportunities

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, marshals, judges, starters, announcers, marshals, runner, clerks of course etc. Did we mention marshals? 

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

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Reminders

For Parents:

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.

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Swim Team 2017

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