Gators Swim Team: The Best Local Year-Round Swim Program
In 2009 the Great Lewisville YMCA Gators swim team will transition from a summer-only swim
program to a year-round swim program. The Gators immediately become the superior local
choice for a year-round swim program. Here are some reasons:
• The program serves a very broad spectrum of swimmers: beginner, recreational, part -
time, curious, casual, cross-trainer, skilled, committed, serious, advanced, competitive.
• You can choose a level of commitment to match your needs. Attend practices and meets
as it fits your swimmer and your family schedule. The casual swimmer may participate
loosely. The driven swimmer may pour effort into every practice and every meet.
• Participation in swim meet events is in your hands. Swim whichever events you want.
• It’s fun. There is no pressure at all – except to the degree that your swimmer wants to
pressure him/herself. The fun aspect of the Gators program is why the regional club
swimmers keep coming back to the Gators.
• It’s inexpensive relative to club swimming.
• The meets are nearby. Typically meets are in Coppell, Lewisville, White Rock, Rockwall,
Highland Park, north Dallas and Frisco. These venues are much closer than many
venues for the regional club program.
• Practices are nearby -- at the YMCA in the summer and at the LISD Natatorium in fall,
winter and spring. In contrast, local swimmers for the regional club have practices in
Keller, The Colony and other locations.
• The coaches are excellent – from training swimmers to guiding swimmers on technique
improvements to keeping it fun.
• The competition is good. At meets – especially the YMCA state championship meet –
swimmers compete against top swimmers. For older swimmers, the meets include
swimmers from various high school teams. Some of those high school swimmers have
been UIL regional and state qualifiers.
• The Gators coaches are committed to cooperating with high school coaches and
accommodating high school swimmers. This makes it more manageable to participate
on both a year-round team and the high school team.
The core myth about swim clubs
Sometimes people hold club swim programs in high esteem because it appears that they create
good swimmers. In fact, that is putting the cart before the horse. The truth is that swim clubs do
not create good swimmers; good swimmers are simply drawn to club swimming – when there is
no other alternative such as the Gators year-round swim program.
A YMCA model proving that the Gators program can fill the same role as a swim club
Did you know that the year-round Coppell YMCA swim team program essentially functions as a
swim club in the sense that it develops swimmers for the high school team since there is no swim
club in Coppell? That can essentially be the same model for the Gators swim program. The
Gators program offers everything competitive swimmers would need or want – except for
unusually talented competitive swimmers. However, unusually talented competitive swimmers
are typically drawn away from the regional swim club and toward the Dallas -based premier swim
club anyway so this exception does not give the regional swim club an advantage over the Gators
Gators Swim Team: The Best Local Year-Round Swim Program
For competitive swimmers: YMCA results vs. regional swim club results
Did you know that in the past few years there have been more swimmers from the YMCA in
individual events at the UIL high school state meet than from the regional swim club? Did you
know that in the past few years there have been more swimmers from the YMCA that have won
individual event championships at the UIL high school state meet than from the regional swim
Excellent Gators coaches
The Gators coaches are top flight. Just ask the regional swim club; they hold the YMCA coaches
in high regard. How do we know? Simple. The regional swim club hired the last two Gators
head coaches. In addition, the Gators head coach that preceded the last two Gators head
coaches became the head coach of another large USA Swimming club program.
Gators swim program: the superior choice
It’s obvious that the Gators swim team is the superior choice – the only choice really – for the
following types of swimmers: beginner, recreational, part-time, curious, casual and cross-trainer.
It’s obvious that the Dallas-based premier swim club is superior to the Gators swim team and the
regional swim club for unusually talented competitive swimmers. That leaves the middle ground:
competitive, talented and serious swimmers. Clearly the YMCA is a solid choice for these
swimmers. Just look at the Coppell YMCA swim team. First, it provides younger swimmers with
a strong developmental experience without burning them out on the sport or wearing them out
physically. The YMCA swim program keeps swimming fun for the swimmers. Second, it feeds
excellent swimmers to the high school program including UIL regional qualifiers, UIL state
qualifiers and UIL state champions. Other YMCA swim teams can make the same claims.
Furthermore, if a swimmer is on the high school swim team, the high school swim team will
provide thorough workouts and preparation while the YMCA swim team can be a supplemental
swim team experience that does not result in over-training and increased likelihood of injury. In
contrast, the regional swim club does not adapt to the high school training program. They expect
swimmers to continue with a full schedule of intense workouts with the swim club.
The role of technique training in swimmers’ development
Technique training is important to swimmers’ development. The fact is that participation on any
swim team does not involve significant technique training. Swimmers on the regional club team
commonly get private technique instruction. Gators swimmers would be wise to do the same.
The scholarship myth
One of the hottest topics from the regional swim club is the potential value of college swim
scholarships. Ludicrous figures have been cited. Please check out the facts before you fall for
the myths thrown around wildly.