Louisa Gators Swim Team Information

posted Mar 11, 2020, 7:37 AM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gators,

 I hope the warm weather is beginning to remind you all of summer and The Gators!  The deadline for the Early Gators Sign Ups is approaching quickly – March 31.  You can register and get the $175 per swimmer in several ways:

             Print forms from and mail to POGA

            Print attached registration form and mail to POGA

            Come to our first sign-up meeting on March 30 from 6-7:30 at the Betty Queen Center


Effective April 1, all registration fees will be $200 per swimmer.  There is no sibling discount this year.

If you would like to pay by credit card, please go to the following link:


I am also attaching our 2020 Sponsor letter.  Please pass this information onto any business which you and your family frequent!  A personal touch often helps with getting donations.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions!  See you soon!

Coach Debra

Debra Bickley
LCHS Swim & Dive - Varsity Coach
Louisa Gators Swim Team - Head Coach
540 760-1464

Louisa Gators Summer 2020 Information

posted Mar 4, 2020, 1:40 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Happy New Year Gator Families,

I hope you all are having a safe and fantastic school year.  Although it is January, I wanted to let you have the important Gator Information for the summer of 2020.  Hopefully, this will help you plan and maybe use your tax refund to pay early and get the reduced price offered throughout the spring.

I have a few important dates for you – regardless of whether you are returning or are a new family.  I am also including information about our group text option and team store for swim apparel.

Registration Fee Information:

Early Gator Price         $175 per swimmer through 3/31

Gator Price                  $200 per swimmer beginning 4/1 (no sibling discount)

Prep Team                  $90 per swimmer, you will receive $70 credit when swimmer progresses to team – remaining fees will be $105 if                                         registered by 3/31, $130 beginning 4/1.  Additional fees will be due when swimmer transfers to the team.

Payment Plan              In the event you are registering multiple swimmers you may agree to a payment plan.  Monthly payments are                                             expected (amount to be determined based on total due). All fees should be paid by June 5, 2020.   

Registration Meeting Information:

I will hold two meetings during which you can come in, complete ALL the paperwork needed, get answers to questions and pay fees.  Note – you do NOT need to attend any/all meetings and may also choose to register by mail using the attached registration form.  Forms are also available on the Gator website.  (

March 30 – Betty Queen Center, 6:30-7:30 PM, registration meeting to handle all paperwork.  Registration fee is $175 thru 3/31

May 13 – Betty Queen Center, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, registration meeting to handle all paperwork.  Registration fee is $200.

All registrations received after 3/31 will require a $200 registration fee per swimmer.

Payment by debit/credit card

We are in the process of updating our ability to accept payments by debit/credit card.   In the event you would like to make payment in this manner, please send me an email with your contact information (email, phone & address) as well as your swimmer’s information (name, gender, date of birth).  I will then send you the link to our Square account.


Each swimmer is required to provide $100 towards our fundraising efforts each summer.  Our team pays for guards, coaching staff, awards, swimmer registration fees and other expense.  Registration fees only cover a portion of costs each summer.   I will be distributing the 2020 sponsor form within the next few weeks.  Upon receipt, please distribute this to any business which you frequent (let me know so we do not inundate the same business).  Any sponsorships which you acquire will be credited towards your account.  

In the event you do not wish to solicit a sponsor, you can pay the $100 outright or participate in our fundraising efforts this summer.  Previous efforts have included selling raffle tickets.

Swim Team Practice

Morning & Evening practice will begin on 5/26.  Schedules will be available at registration meetings.  Prep Team will meet evenings from 5/26-6/5.

Swim Team Opening Picnic

We will be celebrating the 2020 season with a family picnic on May 29 at the Louisa County Aquatic Facility from 7-9 PM.  All families are invited, please bring a side dish & dessert!  Pool will be open so get ready to be wet!  

Group Text Information (Remind Text)

If you have not signed up for our group text, please do so in the following manner:

Text to:  81010, message:  @louisa  I will receive a notification that you have joined our group.


If you would like to join our Facebook Group, please submit request at Louisa Gators Swim Team.

Team Store

This year all suits & apparel will be available at our team store with the exception of our 2020 team t-shirt.  The team store can be accessed at

Our team suits are purple & black with our team logo.  Females will have the choice of two different suits, one with thin straps & one with thick straps.  Males have the choice of either design in jammers.  Please check the sizing guide if you are unsure what size you need.  NOTE – the turnaround time for suits is 3 weeks or more…please order EARLY!  Our first meet will probably June 10.

In addition to suits, you will see a variety of shirts, sweats, warm-ups and other items with our logo.  Any items you order from the website will be shipped directly to your home!  

I will continue to send updates and information via email as we get closer to practice beginning.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  If you received this email and your swimmer(s) will not be returning this summer, let me know so that I can remove you from our email group.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Coach Debra

JSL Championship Webstore Info

posted Jul 20, 2019, 7:41 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I would like to announce that the 2019 Jefferson Swim League Webstore is now open and live for purchases.  Please spread the word to your coaches, parents and teams.  I would ask that Charlie Hall and Toby Korn post this information on all of JSL’s social media sites and website.

The JSL Webstore can be accessed by this link: or by clicking on the JSL banner on our homepage

  • The webstore will be open until 12:00pm on Thursday July 25th. 
  • During pre-sales items are only available for purchase online and will not be available in store or by phone or email. 
  • All items will be available for pick up on Friday and Saturday at the University of Virginia Aquatics and Fitness Center during JSL Champs hours.  There will be no items for pick up at Freestyle or shipping to alternate locations/addresses.
  • T-shirts are on sale for $15.00 and Heat Sheets/Highlighter combo for $14.  
  • Prices will increase at the event and be limited to stock on hand.  Pre-order to get your discount!
  • All but one size of T-shirt sold out in 2018 so pre-order to ensure you get yours!

Message from Coach Debra

posted Jul 20, 2019, 7:35 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gators!


Congratulations on a great job last night…finishing the season 3-1!  Meet results are attached.  Thanks for your patience and hard work last night as we experienced quite a storm!


 A few updates on tomorrow!



We will have a fun (no workout) practice in the morning from 8:00-9:45 for all age groups.  This will be the last practice for those swimmers not competing in the JSL Champs meet next weekend. 



We are having our team picnic tomorrow night from 7-9:30.   Hopefully, the weather will be a bit more accommodating this time!  Please bring side dishes and desserts to share!  Also, drinks for your family!  The pool is open to everyone and it will be HOT, prepare to get wet!!  Ribbons from last night will be available (and those from earlier if you haven’t picked them up yet!)



As everyone knows, each swimmer is responsible for raising $100 per season.  We have raffle tickets available for you to pick up and sell.  The raffle has three chances to win per ticket and are $5 each or 5/$20.  All tickets must sold and returned to us by AUGUST 23, at our awards picnic.  If you are unable to attend, let me know and we will arrange to meet ahead of time.  All raffle ticket sold per swimmer will count towards their $100 requirement



We are selling bracelets at practices and through swimmers at $6 each.  If you would like to receive fundraising credit you must take the bracelets in increments of ten and pay in ADVANCE.  You will receive $2 credit per bracelet and will then keep the money as bracelets are sold.  Please see POGA Board Members to pick them up if interested.



We are in the process of establishing a ballot for the POGA board.  We are looking for parents who are willing to serve on the board as At-Large members.  This will entail monthly meetings in the fall (usually skipping holiday months) and then monthly Jan-May.  Meetings during season are scheduled in evenings during practice.  At-Large members are expected to attend meetings and assist with organizational things such as picnics and set up/clean up for swim meets.  Please let Colleen Moore know if you are interested (  Ballots will be set and voted on at JSL Champs meet.  If you are not coming to Champs but would like to vote, please let us know, we can send you a ballot.  This is a great way to have input on swim team events!



I need to know by NOON tomorrow if your swimmers are not competing in the Championship meet.  Please respond directly to me via email or text even if you have already signed the book or told someone!!  If I do not hear from you, I am expecting your child to swim!  Failure to do so means another swimmer in the league did NOT get to participate!  Thanks for your cooperation!!



I will be sending out a separate email with Champs Info and T-shirt/Heat sheat sale information.  NOTE – prices are cheaper if you order online than if purchased at CHAMPS so pre-order if possible!!


Coach Debra

Louisa Gators Champs Info

posted Jul 20, 2019, 7:31 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Attached is the Parent's Memo for Champs,  This will answer a lot of questions.  Specific information on timelines and events will be given out by Tuesday.  We hope to hold a meeting at the picnic tomorrow night to talk about Champs.

Coach Debra

Update: 6/28/19

posted Jul 2, 2019, 7:34 AM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gators,


I apologize for the multiple texts tonight, unfortunately I am limited to a certain number of letters per Remind Text!  We had a lot of important information to get out quickly.


Last night’s meet went well, the Louisa Gators barely beat Greene Hills.  Thanks to everyone who worked and those who were ready to work if needed!   I am attaching the meet results, we won by 18 points.  Please note, this pool was a meter pool and our pool is a yard pool therefore you cannot compare times without converting them.  Our swimmers got 66 time improvements and the swimmers will receive Time Improvement ribbons at the picnic tomorrow night.


Team Picnic

We are having our first team picnic tomorrow night (Friday, 6/28) from 7-9.  As I mentioned, the pool will be open for all family members and swimmers to enjoy.  Please bring a side dish and dessert to share as well as drinks for YOUR family.  We will be cooking hot dogs and have condiments, plates, utensils etc.  Ribbons will be distributed after dinner.


Team T-Shirts

If you have not picked up your team shirts, they are at the pool and we can give them to you at practice or the picnic.  If you purchased family shirts and have not paid, please due do so as soon as possible.


Team Picture

We will be taking our team picture at the picnic tomorrow, at approximately 7:15.  Please try to make it, this picture will be featured in the JSL Champs Meet Heat Sheet Book.  Wear/bring t-shirts, make sure you have your name in the shirt.



We are selling ads for the JSL Champs Meet Heat Sheet Book, Colleen Moore is coordinating our ads.  She will be at the picnic to show you examples of ads and take your information.  Payment can occur within the next two weeks.  You can purchase a $35 ad and include a picture of your child(ren) as well as a good luck message.  Your family will receive $18 towards your fundraising requirement.  April Pekary will be available directly after the team picture to take individual pics for your ads.  Larger ads are also available and companies are able to advertise as well.


Swim Meet at ELKS – July 2

We are signing up workers for the meet and will have the list available at the picnic.  The Elks team is small and we may need to provide extra workers so be sure to sign up.  Parents with younger swimmers will be given priority for the first half of the meet.


The deadline for letting me know if your family will NOT be attending the July 2 meet is tomorrow night.  I have looked in the notebook and know who has already signed up to be on vacation.  If you have NOT signed the book, please let me know directly.   I am required to put the meet together and submit it to our league several days in advance of the meet.  We will be swimming IM’s and Free Relays at this meet.  Free relays are a great chance for all swimmers to participate in a relay but it is important to realize that if your swimmer is in a relay and you do not attend the meet or leave early you are also potentially penalizing three other swimmers.   A great deal of time goes into the preparation of a meet as well as expenses for supplies.  We like to run a quick organized meet but when swimmers are missing or decide not to swim an event it makes things much more confusing.


Clerk of Course Area

We have completed two meets and it is time for our swimmers to learn to be independent.  It is important that swimmers remain in the Clerk area (usually noticeable because of the benches) once they have been called and given their cards.  We would like for parents to allow children to walk with the Gator Wranglers.  In the event it is necessary to accompany the child to the clerk area we ask parents leave their children once they have been delivered to the Clerks and return to the pool to be available at the end of the race.  It is helpful to remind younger swimmers to go to the bathroom before going to the Clerk area.   Our coaches and Clerks are accustomed to handling all potential problems to include:  help with goggles/caps, reminding swimmer of stroke, calming nerves and wiping tears!  Thank you for your assistance in teaching swimmers the meet process, we realize it is a learning experience for everyone!


As always, please let me know if you have questions.


Coach Debra 

Weekly Update: 6/25/2019

posted Jun 25, 2019, 7:50 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gators,


We have an exciting week ahead…two away meets and a picnic!  Our meet tomorrow night is at Greene Hills Country Club (address & directions below).  Please arrive by 5 PM, our warm-ups are at 5:15.  The pool is located next to the clubhouse and surrounded by the golf course.  All swimmers/families should remain in the pool area and not wander into the club or on the golf course.  The meet begins at 6 PM.


June 26, Away Swim Meet

Greene Hills Country Club   3858 Dundee Rd, Stanardsville, 22973

Take Rt. 33 West from Louisa to Ruckersville. Continue to travel on Rt. 33 West for approximately 4 miles. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Rt. 33 Business. Travel on Rt. 33 Business for approximately 1½ miles. Just as you are going into Stanardsville, turn right onto Rt. 230 East (Madison Road). Follow this for 3 miles to Rt. 619 (Dundee Road) and turn right. The club entrance is 500 yards on the left.


The pool is an L-shaped pool with our team area located at the opposite end from the entrance, around the baby pool.  Please note:  the baby pool is CLOSED and will be off limits to everyone.  They have some deck furniture but you should bring chairs just in case.  This meet will feature the same format which includes Medley Relays & Long Free.


GHG has a create concession with Papa John’s pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, pasta salads, fruit salads, chips, drinks & sweet treats.  Be aware:  they do NOT accept cards…please bring CASH.


We still need quite a few meet workers:  6 first half timers, 7 second half timers, 2 Clerk of Course – both halves, Gator Wrangler – 2nd half, Table workers/sorters/checkers – 2 or 3 each half.  Please send me a text to sign up for tomorrow!


Team Picnic – June 28

We will have our first family team picnic on Friday, June 28 from 7-9 PM at the pool.  Everyone is welcome to swim!  We will provide hot dogs, condiments, plate & utensils.  Families should each bring a side dish and a dessert to share.  You should also bring drinks for your family.  As our team continues to grow, we may not have enough chairs for everyone so feel free to bring your own!  Swimmers will also receive their ribbons from the first two meets.


July 2 – Away Swim Meet

Elks Club  389 Elk Dr, Charlottesville, VA  22902

From the East of Charlottesville follow Rt. 250 West coming down Pantops Mountain and take a right at the first light onto Rt. 20 North. Go about 1 mile and turn left at the light onto Elk Drive (Elks sign is on left). Entrance to the parking lot is the first left and pool is to the left side of the main building.  We still have lots of worker positions open for this meet as well.  (Note – sign up sheets for meet workers are in the notebook on the front desk, feel free to sign up for the rest of the summer.)  This meet will feature IM’s and Free Relays.  More information will be provided as soon as it is received from the ELKS club.


Practice Schedule thru July 2

Wed, Jun 26    8:30-9:30 AM  Starts/Turns practice, team meeting and getting events

Thur, June 27   NO morning practice, regular evening practice

Fri, June 28   Regular morning practice


Mon, July 1     Normal morning & evening practice

Tues, July 2     8:30-9:30 AM   Starts/Turns practice, team meeting & getting events


NO PRACTICE  - July 3 – 5, we will resume normal practice times on Monday July 8.


As always, let me know if you have any questions or want to sign up for a worker position!

See you soon!


Coach Debra

First Meet Results

posted Jun 17, 2019, 12:23 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gators!

Congratulations on a job well done tonight - by swimmers & parents!  We have survived our first meet and everyone did a fantastic job.  Attached are the meet results so you can see where your swimmer finished.  Please note, tonight's meet was a non-scored meet with limited ability to enter swimmers into official events.  Therefore, many swimmers may have placed higher except they were considered exhibition.  These means the times count but place ribbons were not awarded.

Our goal throughout the summer will be to improve times each week.  Tonight's results will give us the starting point...and hopefully times will go down each meet.  Please let me know if you have questions!

Coach Debra

Weekly Update

posted Jun 17, 2019, 12:18 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gator Families!


We are now beginning the meet portion of our swim season.  With the beginning of meets comes a few changes in the schedule and the way we operate.  Please take time to review the information included in this email so that you will not be caught off guard.


Schedule for June 10 – 14

Morning Practice – Monday 6/10, Tuesday 6/11 & Friday 6/14  

            7:30-8:30  Red/Green

            8:30-9:00  Blellow and Prep Group 1

            9:00-9:45  Yellow and Prep Group 2


            Wednesday – 6/12

            8:30 – 9:30      Starts & Turns practice and team meeting, all groups together


Evening Practice – Monday 6/10, Tuesday 6/11 & Thursday 6/13

            7:00-7:45  Yellow

            7:15-7:45  Prep Group 2

            7:45-8:15  Blellow & Prep Group 1

            8:15-9:45  Red/Green


Home Swim Meet – Wednesday, June 12

            Swimmers should arrive beginning at 4:45, our warm-ups will be 5:00-5:15.  Please set up our team area on the grass end of the pool area.  All persons who are scheduled to work the first half of the meet should arrive no later than 5:45.   The meet begins at 6:00.   Parking will be EXTREMELY tight…we ask that our families drop off their swimmers & belongings and then move cars down to the lots on either side of the Betty Queen Center.  Our theme for this meet will be Superheroes so break out your tights…and other “super” items!


Meet workers needed!

            Each family is required to work a minimum of one half of each swim meet.  If you haven’t signed up for a job yet, let me know!  Don’t worry if you don’t know what you are doing, we will train you!

Here are the links to online training videos for the meet worker positions below. Even if you have worked at your position before, please take the time to review the video. In the event the link does not work, please visit  The starter and stroke and turn positions require additional certification not included in the short video link.  See below for a new date scheduled for Stroke & Turn Judge training!

Awards - Takes less than 2 minutes to complete

Back-up Computer Checker  - Takes less than 3 minutes to complete

Clerk of Course  - Takes less than 10 minutes to complete

Computer Operator Assistant  - Takes less than 3 minutes to complete

Computer Operator  - Takes less than 3 minutes to complete (not a certification class)

False Start Rope  - Takes less than 3 minutes to complete

Head of Table  - Takes less than 3 minutes to complete

Meet Director  - Takes less than 8 minutes to complete (not a certification class)

Refreshments  - Takes less than 2 minutes to complete

Relay Take-off Judge  - Takes less than 2 minutes plus a 2 minute optional review video to complete

Runner  - Takes less than 2 minutes to complete

Sorter  - Takes less than 6 minutes to complete

Starter  - Takes less than 10 minutes to complete plus a 30 minute optional review video (not a certification class)

Stroke and Turn Judge  - Takes less than 8 minutes to complete plus 45 minutes of optional review videos (not a certification class)

Sweep Judge  - Takes less than 8 minutes to complete

Timer  - Takes less than 9 minutes to complete including video)

Stroke & Turn Clinic – we need a minimum of four parents trained!!

If you are interested in serving as a stroke and turn judge, a special in-person training is being held next Saturday morning. Please sign up or talk to Coach Debra about this opportunity!



LOCATION: BH-JSL Office at 2208 Dominion Dr - Charlottesville

Off of Rt 29N in the Berkeley Subdivision

DATE: Saturday, June 15th

TIME: 9:30AM

Anyone attending must notify Locke Boyer at


NEW Stroke-and-Turn Judges must take one of the live clinics AND the online course at  The online course should be completed BEFORE attending one of the clinics.

EXPERIENCED JSL CERTIFIED Stroke-and-Turn Judges, who served in that position in the previous season, may EITHER attend one of the live clinics OR successfully pass the test for the online course.

CERTIFIED USAS, high school, or YMCA Stroke-and-Turn Judges do NOT have to take either the clinic or the online course, but must supply your certification to Locke Boyer at

If you are taking the ONLINE COURSE, JSL will issue a prepaid key to you.  Contact Locke Boyer at and supply your name, email 

address, and team association.

Do NOT request a prepaid key unless you are 100% committed to serving as a Stroke-and-Turn Judge.  The keys cost JSL $23.00 which will be charged back to your team if you fail to successfully complete the online course or don’t serve as a Stroke-and-Turn Judge.  It is the expectation of the JSL Board that S&T Judges work at least the equivalent of 2 full meets (4 halves TO INCLUDE BOTH 1st & 2nd HALVES) after using a prepaid key.


All Stroke-and-Turn Judges and Starters should review the JSL procedures for these positions before serving.  There are now very easy online review courses found on under "Training".  

These direct links may be used: Stroke-&-Turn Judge and Starter.  These are only review courses and are NOT a substitute for the requirements above.

Questions may be addressed to Locke at or (434) 882-0340.


Jefferson Swim League

If you are a new family, the Jefferson Swim League website has a wealth of information including handbooks for parents and swimmers.   Please check it out at


Team Pictures

We will be taking our team picture on Wednesday, June 12 at 5:15.  All swimmers including Prep team should plan on being at the pool for the picture.  This picture will be featured in our team section of the JSL Championship Heat Sheet Book and also given to our sponsors.  We hope that our team shirts will be in to wear for the picture!   If shirts come in, please be prepared to write your swimmer’s name in the shirt…they all look alike when they show up in lost & found!


Louisa Gators Night at Frostie’s Rail Stop

We will be celebrating Gator Night at Frostie’s Rail Stop on Wednesday, June 19 from 6-8 PM.  This is the night we have a bye and no practice so it is a great opportunity to still get together!  Frosties will be offering special Gator Ice Cream in support of our team.  There will be a tentative sign up sheet at the front counter – this is just to give them an idea of how much ice cream and staff they will need.  You will not be penalized if you end up not able to go or if you go and didn’t sign up!  Please come out wearing your Purple & Green to support both the Gators and one of our sponsors – Frosties!


See you at the pool!

Coach Debra

Updated Information from Coach Debra

posted May 18, 2019, 6:42 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gator Families!


We are almost one week away from practice beginning at the pool!!  Below is important information for you to be aware of prior to us getting to the pool.  New information is written in green!


Practice begins May 28 with both mornings & evenings available.  The schedule for the summer is attached.


Information Needed

If you have not submitted a registration form to me, PLEASE send me your swimmer’s name(s) with middle initial, Date of birth & T-shirt size!  (RETURNING SWIMMERS TOO PLEASE!)  This will allow me to have all lists current when we get to the pool.


Team T-Shirt

All swimmers will receive a team shirt as a part of the registration fee.  Family members may purchase shirts for $15 each.  We have a short period of time between the first practice and our first swim meet so I am trying to make sure we have shirts in time for the first meet.  This year’s shirt will be pale purple with have Louisa Gators logo on the front and a list of sponsors & all swimmers on the back.  If you would like to order family shirts, please let me know by May 25.  Family shirts can be paid for when we get to the pool.  This shirt is NOT available at our team store!


Team Sponsors

All sponsorship information must be received by May 27 in order to be listed on the t-shirt.  If you know you are bringing in a sponsorship, please let me know ahead of time.  I will need sponsor name and amount.  Forms and money can be submitted at the pool.


Swimmer Evaluation

This year, ALL swimmers will be evaluated and placed into groups.  Over the years, we have had swimmers in groups due to family convenience and/or friendships.  This has resulted in a large degree of difference within each group.  In order to provide the best possible experience for each swimmer we are starting over.   The coaches have met and established requirements for each level.  Swimmers may NOT end up in the same group as last year.  For the first week, returning swimmers should attend at the time of practice for the group they were in at the end of the summer.  New groups will be established by June 1.


New swimmers should come to their first practice during the Prep Time at the Activity Pool.  They will be evaluated and moved into the appropriate group at that time. 


Team Picture

We will be taking our team picture at the June 12 swim meet. 


Themes for HOME Swim Meets

June 12 – Superheroes (come as favorite character or hero)

July 10 – Tropical/Luau (leis, grass skirts, aloha shirts)

July 17 – Gator Spirit (purple, green & gold)

This is a chance for swimmers and families to have fun and show team spirit. 


Team Registration

There are still several ways to sign up for the Swim Team and/or Prep Team prior to going to the pool.  Swimmers may be registered by completing the attached registration form and mailing to POGA, P O Box 1373, Louisa, VA  23093.  Registration forms are also available on our team website at


Registration Fees

Until 5/27 the registration fee is $180 first swimmer/$175 each additional swimmer.  Any registrations received after 5/27 will be charged $200 per swimmer.  We are trying to get paperwork out of the way ahead of time, so come to a registration meeting or send your fees in ahead of time so we will know to expect you.  I have attached a registration form in the event you send your forms via mail.  The link to pay by debit/credit is:


We have had some difficulty in getting the prices changed on our Square account so in the event you are not charged the correct amount, we will bill you for the remaining amount.  If you chose this option, please send me an email with your swimmer’s name & your contact info (parent’s names, cell phones, email & mailing address).  We can take care of the forms at the pool. 


Parents of the Gators Association (POGA) Board Members

Missy Lonce – President                       

Margaret Hiter – Vice President           

Colleen Moore – Secretary                   

Heather Ways – Treasurer                   

Debra Bickley – Head Coach                 

April Pekary – Fundraising                    

Debbie Dessent - JSL Representative   

Stephanie Gurski – At Large                 

VACANT – At Large                                         We have three At Large positions available, let

                                                                        us know if you are interested


We are looking for three parents to serve on the POGA board, if you are interested please contact Colleen Moore by June 6.  We will have a vote by ballot at the June 12 Swim Meet.


Practice Information

Morning & Evening Practices begin on Tuesday, May 28.  As always, swimmers are welcome at one or two practices per day…depending on family schedule.  Our swimmers are assigned a color based on their ability, returning swimmers should come to the same practice as last year.  New swimmers should come at 8:30 AM and/or 7:15 PM to the Activity Pool to meet with Coach Debra during the first week of practice.  The new swimmers will be assigned a color at that time and will then switch to the appropriate practice and main pool for the remainder of the year.  It is possible the new or young swimmer will remain in the activity pool for several days to work on a specific skill or endurance prior to moving to the main pool.


All swimmers should wear one piece suit & have goggles for practice.  The team will be providing a swim cap for each child, additional caps or replacement caps will be $5.  The caps will be available from POGA board members during the picnic and practice.  Please bring several towels and have sweatpants & sweatshirts to change into after practice…your swimmer will be COLD!


Prep Team

Our prep team is designed as an two week intensive skill instruction 30 minute practice sessions twice a day.  We focus on basic skills need for freestyle & backstroke as well as building confidence and endurance.  Do not worry if you are only available mornings or evenings…we will work with your schedule – just let us know!  Prep swimmers may progress to the main pool/team at any point during this time, the more they are with us the faster they progress.  At the end of the week, Prep members are expected to join the team and practice in the main pool unless the coaching staff deems they are not ready.  At that time, the remainder of the team fee will be assessed, with credit given for all but $10 of the Prep Team fee paid.


Practice Schedule – Week One ONLY  (5/28-5/31, no evening practice on 5/29)

Main Pool  

7:30-8:30 AM  Red & Green

8:30-9:00 AM  Blellow

9:00-9:45 AM  Yellow


7:00-7:45 PM  Yellow

7:45-8:15 PM  Blellow

8:15-9:30 PM  Red & Green


Activity Pool – Prep & younger swimmers

8:30-9:30 AM   &    7:15-8:15 PM


The Activity Pool will be used for the Prep Team and new swimmers for the first two weeks only.  All new swimmers & Prep Team should plan on attending during this time.  New swimmers will be assessed and given the appropriate practice time for the Main Pool.  Depending upon the size of the Prep Team, the Prep team may be split into two groups.  I have attached the entire season schedule and will have copies available at the registration meeting and pool.


Team Suits & Apparel

All swimmers will be required to purchase a team suit for competition.  We have a team store with  We will also have other items available such as team shirts, spirit shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, tank tops, flannel pants etc.  The link to our team store is:

Our team suits are purple & black with our team logo.  Females will have the choice of two different suits, one with thin straps & one with thick straps.  Males have the choice of either design in jammers.  Please check the sizing guide if you are unsure what size you need. Any items you order from the website will be shipped directly to your home!   Team suits need to be ordered ASAP, they take several weeks to ship due to the customization.



Goggles should be purchased in advance…swimmers should have several pairs in case one is lost or breaks.  There are several pair listed on our team store at gators or you can purchase them at WalMart, Sams, Cosco or sports stores.  Please be sure to make some identifying marks on your goggles…paint pen or fingernail polish usually works. 


Swim Meet Schedule

Wednesday, June 12   Home meet with FAST/ELKS, arrive at 4:45, meet begins at 6

Wednesday, June 19   Bye week

Wednesday, June 26   Away meet at GHG, arrive at 4:45, meet begins at 6

Tuesday, July 2            Away meet at ELKS, arrive at 4:45, meet begins at 6

Wednesday, July 10    Home meet with CCC, arrive at 4:45, meet begins at 6

Wednesday, July 17    Home meet with FAST, arrive at 4:45, meet begins at 6


Directions for away meets will be provided prior to each meet.  LCPRT will be providing concession during our home meets.  We receive a portion of the profit so please support the team by purchasing food & drinks.


JSL Championship Meet

The Championship Meet is the culmination for the entire summer swim season.  The meet is open to ALL swimmers who compete in at least two meets during the regular season.   All swimmers will be placed in this meet unless on vacation or specified conflict.  There are many changes with the Champs meet this year, but please note the times & age group information is tentative and will be confirmed once all teams have submitted registration information.  For new swimmers, swimmers are only required to come at that time of their age group…they will not need to be there all day both days!  The meet will be at UVA Aquatic Center on 7/26 & 7/27.



Each family is responsible for raising $100 per swimmer in addition to registration fees.  The fee may be handled in several ways:  outright payment, get a team sponsor or participate in a team fundraiser such as a team raffle.   I am attaching the sponsorship letter and information.  Sponsors must be obtained by May 27 in order to be featured on our team t-shirt.


Group Text Information (Remind Text)

If you have not signed up for our group text, please do so in the following manner:

Text to:  81010, message:  @louisa gators

There is a space between louisa & gators.  I will receive a notification that you have joined our group.



If you would like to join our Facebook Group, please submit request at Louisa Gators Swim Team.


Junior Coaches

Middle School & High School swimmers…we will need Junior Coaches again this season.  You will work with the younger swimmers during the Prep & Blellow times.  In addition, you may be asked to work with other swimmers on a specific skill.  Note – You will be expected to be in the water with these swimmers so be prepared!  Let me know if you are interested in being a Junior Coach this summer.


Feel free to contact me or a POGA board member if you have any questions!  Looking forward to seeing (and meeting) everyone at the pool!!  See you in ONE week!!


Coach Debra

540 760-1464

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