Athens Swim Team

Athens, Alabama

Athens Sportsplex

1403 US Highway 31, Athens, Alabama

Stingrays and Sharks

Minnows and Dolphins

Our Gators are placed into different groups based on the skill level of the swimmer.  Your child will be placed in one of these groups after they are evaluated.  You then have the opportunity throughout the season, at a set time, to try out and move up into the next level swim group. You can read a description of each group below and see the corresponding practice time for the group your child will swim in.

Gators Practice Schedule for 2017


MINNOWS - Swimmers are still learning the four strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. They are not quite ready to swim long distances independently.
Requirements: 8 & under must be able to swim 25 yards (one lap) of at least one stroke. 9 - 10 year olds must be able to swim 50 yards (two laps) of at least one stroke.
Practice Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 10:30-11:15

DOLPHINS - Swimmers have a basic understanding of all the strokes, but technique instruction is still a major focus. They can swim longer distances and are learning starts, turns, and finishes.
Requirements: Must be able to swim 100 consecutive yards of at least one stroke without stopping and be able to swim one lap of each stroke.
Practice Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:30-10:30

STINGRAYS – Swimmers are able to swim all four strokes correctly, but are still working on enhancing stroke technique. They are building endurance and learning proper technique for starts, turns, and strokes.
Requirements: Must be able to swim 200 consecutive yards of at least one stroke without stopping, swim a legal 100 I.M., and be able to complete 6x50’s on a 60 second interval and be able to swim one lap of each stroke.
Practice Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – 8:30-9:45
Evening practice option – Monday/Wednesday - 5:30-7:00

SHARKS - Swimmers are able to swim all four strokes correctly. These swimmers are perfecting technique and building endurance.
Requirements: Must be at least 9 years old, be able to swim a legal 200 IM, and complete 6x50s on a 50-second interval.
Practice Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 7:15-9:00
Evening practice option – Monday/Wednesday - 5:30 - 7:00 pm