Join the Forest Hollow Gators. WHO ARE THE GATORS? The Gators are boys and girls (and their parents) who are members of the Forest Hollow Swim Team. Our team focuses on
WHO ARE THE GATORS?
The Gators are boys and girls (and their parents) who are members of the Forest Hollow Swim Team. Our team focuses on
improving swimming skills, learning good sportsmanship and self-discipline. We have daily practices, compete in swim meets,
have family potluck dinners and pep rallies on Friday nights, make new friends and have lots of fun!!
WHO CAN JOIN?
The swim team is open to swimmers, ages 4 – 18.
WHEN DO GATORS SWIM?
Swim season for Gators begins on Wednesday, May 28 and ends July 26. The season is extended to Aug. 2 for those who
make it to individual All Stars. Beginning May 28 through June 17, swim practice is held Monday through Friday in the
evening. Beginning June 18 practices are held Monday through Friday in the morning for all swimmers. Practices are also
available on Tuesday and Thursday in the evening for swimmers unable to attend morning practice.
Mini Gators will practice from June 18 through July 25, Monday through Friday in the morning. Tuesday and Thursday
evenings are available for Mini Gators unable to attend the morning practice.
Swim meets are held on Saturday mornings (league meets) and Monday evening (developmental meets). All swimmers are
encouraged to swim at the developmental meets. Participating in league or Saturday morning meets is limited and selections
will be made based on specific criteria. Clinics for specific skill development will be held during the season. Regular
attendance at practice and meets is encouraged.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$80 for 1 swimmer, $150 for 2 swimmers, $65 for each additional swimmer. Registration fees help to pay for the coaching
staff, equipment, ribbons, awards and team activities. Each swimmer registered by May 1 will receive a team t-shirt and latex
swim cap. Swimmers registered after May 1 are not guaranteed a T-shirt and cap. Team swimsuits (not required) will be
available at the Parent Meeting/first practice on May 28 at the Parent Meeting. The cost for suits is approximately $49 for girls
and $30 for boys. This is the first year of our new two-year suit. This style of suit will be used by the Gators for two years. In
2009, should your child outgrow or need a new suit, the suit will still be available.
WHAT DO GATOR PARENTS DO?
Gator parents are an important part of the swim team. It takes approximately 40 adults to run a successful swim meet. Your
help is needed to set up the pool, sell concessions, time swimmers, record scores, chaperone the team area and officiate the
meet. We also need parents to plan social events – Friday night activities, awards ceremony, and team outings. No
experience is necessary! Returning parents - please sign up on the registration form. New families are encouraged to sign
up at the New Parent Orientation Meeting. Participating with the Gators is a great way to meet people and make new friends.
Forest Hollow is extremely fortunate to have many qualified officials, but we need to train more parents to ensure continuity
and backup support. We need parents to be certified as stroke & turn officials, referees and starters. Training clinics are held
in May/June. Please contact Tip Holcombe (256-2246) if you are interested in becoming certified in one of these positions.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Attend the Kickoff and Parent Meeting. Join us at Forest Hollow on May 28. Sports Fair will be at Forest Hollow from 5:30-
8 pm for new suits. A new parent meeting will be held from 6:30-7:00 pm followed by a general meeting for all parents from 7-
8 pm. Swimmers will meet their coaches and spend some time with them during the parent meeting.
We will also do do a Gator first – our fabulous Gator Grill will grill some hamburgers and hotdogs and provide a light meal for
all our hungry Mini Gators, Gators, and Parents. This is an opportunity to kick off the season, meet the coaching staff, learn
about what’s in store for the year, ask questions and more.
Please contact Nancy Jessen (703-624-2956 firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Mary Johnson (703-216-4580
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ) with any questions prior to the meetings.
And, don’t forget to check out the website on an ongoing basis for news and calendar updates: www.foresthollow.com
Did you know that, you are spending less than $3 an hour for quality swim time? You can’t find a greater bargain anywhere! While we all love bargains, we also have to deal with our costs. And, as we welcome the new year, we are sure you have noticed that our fees have gone up slightly this year. While the swim team dues have never fully supported our expenses, providing only ½ of that coverage per year, we believe it is important to bring these up slightly to cover more of our costs. Again, we hope you agree that you can’t find a better bargain anywhere! Come join the Gators and support Forest Hollow!
Calling all Willing & Able Volunteers:
We need a few hours of your time on
May 24, 25, & 26!
Forest Hollow has taken on the opportunity to do a little outside fundraising to offset costs this year. On May 24, 25 and 26, we will sponsor a concession stand at Oak Marr Rec facility in Oakton for a USA Swimming meet. This opportunity could raise $1,000 (or more) for our team and help keep fees down. We are looking for any willing volunteers – those that need community service and those that can spare an hour or two – for the weekend to assist our tremendous Gator Grill personnel. Let’s help the Wallaces as they help the Gators!!
To sign up, call Terry or Brian Wallace at 703-914-0750! They will let you know the hours available. Let’s make this great opportunity a success!!
Mini Gator Evaluation
Unsure whether your young one is a “Mini” or a full fledged Gator? Placement in the right practice is critical for our developing swimmers. If you are unsure where their skills lie, bring them to the pool for an evaluation by Coach Elvin on Tuesday May 27 between 5:30-6:30 to find out! Note: This is the day before the parent meeting on May 28!!
The Gator Grill Needs Your Support!
We are asking each family to donate money to offset the cost of the beverages we sell at the Gator Grill. We are asking for a donation from each family of $10 or more to offset these costs. The check should be made out to Brian or Terry Wallace. And the best part…they’ll do all the shopping to make sure we have plenty of variety to fulfill the thirst of our Gators and visiting teams!
TEAM MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Swimmers’ family must be a share-holding, bona fide renter, or summer member of the Forest Hollow Swim Club. 2008 pool and swim team dues must be paid in full before swimmer can attend Swim Team practice or activities.
Each child must be registered by his correct name, age, birth date, home address and phone number.
Registration fee: $80 for 1 swimmer, $150 for 2 swimmers, $65 for each additional swimmer
Swimmers registered after May 1 are not guaranteed a T-shirt or latex swim cap.
Make checks payable to Forest Hollow Swim Team. Mail form and check to:
Mary Johnson, 6419 Sixth Street, Alexandria VA 22312
Additional Team T-shirts @ $10 each: YM___ YL___ AS___ AM___ AL___ AXL___ AXXL(add$2)____
Silicone swim cap w/ Gator Logo @ $10 Quantity _____ (all swimmers will receive a latex cap)
*Mini Gators Criteria: Mini Gators must be at least four (4) years old as of 6/18/2008 to participate in the program. Mini Gators are just learning to swim and can not yet swim the length of the pool (over and back/50 meters) unassisted.
First Name Last Name Home Phone Work Phone Cell Phone
Email Include info in Team Directory: Yes No__
Number eating dinner on May 28 Team Info Meeting: ____ Adults _____ Kids
(No charge but we need a headcount to plan appropriately.)
Total enclosed:: Registration fee
Additional T-shirts/silicone cap
Please complete emergency information on reverse side
I give permission for _______________________________________ to participate with the Forest Hollow Swim Team. I understand that swimming may be a potentially dangerous sport, with the possibility of injury to my child, and I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to provide any insurance coverage and to pay for treatment for any injury to my child while participating in this program. I will not hold the swim team board, the coaches, or Forest Hollow Pool liable for any injury that may occur while my child is participating in the program. I certify that my child(ren) has (have) been examined by a physician in the past year and has (have) been found to be physically fit to participate in this program. I hereby give permission for any and all necessary medical treatment to be administered to my child in the event of any accident, injury, illness, etc., until such a time as I can be contacted. I assume all responsibility for payment of any such medical treatment that may be necessary.
Signature of Parent/Guardian _________________________________ Date _________
Print Name __________________________________
We need parent participation in the following areas – please circle any positions you would be willing to
help with – no experience necessary!!
Team Area Chaperone Meet Official Ribbons
Timers Clerk of Course Meet Announcer
Award Ceremony Organizer Friday Night Potluck Organizer Meet Marshall
Awards/Trophies Scorer Concessions
Pancake Breakfast (7/4) Organizer B-Meet Shadow/trainee Activities Ass’tant
Forest Hollow Swim TeamWebsite Picture Release Form
Images of Forest Hollow events and swimmers may be posted on the Forest Hollow Swim Club website at www.foresthollow.com. By completing the “opt out” box and form below you are requesting that your image be kept from appearing on the website. You further understand that anyone listed below MUST exclude themselves from formal group shots in order that pictures of said events may be used on the website. Checking the “permission granted” box allows the team permission to post photos on the web site and permits participation in group photos.
I give permission for photos of my family to be used on the web page.
I do not give permission for photos to be used on the web page for the following individuals: