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We hope everyone is healthy and ready for the upcoming winter season.  The information below details dates and information we have for now.  As information becomes available it will be emailed and posted on the Gator website.  Please check your email and the gator website ( regularly.  Make sure to add AND to your safe list so the emails don’t go to the spam folder.

Preseason Long Course Practices

Starting Tuesday September 5, 2017 we will be swimming Long Course practice outside from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Practices are held Monday through Friday until the cold chills the Gators into the warmth of the indoor pool.  We will not have access to locker room facilities so the swimmers must wear their bathing suits to and from the pool.  We ask that you arrive to pick up your swimmers prior to 6:00 pm.  At 6:00 the facility gates will be locked and your swimmers will be waiting for you outside the gates unsupervised.  There is no additional fee for these practices and it is open to all Gators and new gator candidates.

Regular Indoor Practice

Regular indoor practice according to your groups practice schedule will begin on Monday September 25th at your group’s specified time.

Pool Registration for Team Members

All swim team members are required to have a current winter pool membership.

Registration information regarding pool membership and applications can be found on the pool website at and at the pool.  Pool membership questions can be directed to the pool facility at 908-709-7260.  You MUST be a pool member in order to join our team.  Please make sure your pool membership is current to avoid your swimmer being denied access into the facility.  Once indoor practice begins please make sure the swimmers have their pool cards as they need to scan in upon entering the facility.

Tryouts for New Team Prospects

Tryouts for swimmers who were NOT part of last year’s team are required.  Tryouts will be as follows:

Swimmers 10/Over – Wednesday September 6th check-in/register at 4:15pm with Chris at the tables.

Swimmers 9/Under  – Thursday September 7th check-in/register at 4:15pm with Chris at the tables.

Swimmers age for tryouts are as of 9/6/17
Questions should be directed to Coach Lou Petrozziello at or by calling his office at 908-789-1200

Registration for Team Members

Registration (part 2) for team members will take place on the following dates:

Wednesday September 6, 2017 4:15-5:45pm
Thursday September 7, 2017 4:15-5:45pm
Monday September 25, 2017 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesday September 26, 2017 6:00-7:30pm
Wednesday  September 27, 2017 6:00-7:30pm

Registration deposits can also be mailed to:

Jersey Gators
Christine Piatkowski
18 Chester Lang Place
Cranford, NJ 07016

In order to guarantee your team membership, it is important to get your registration deposits (3 checks – swim dues, parent association fee and entry fee escrow (optional) in during these dates.  The swimmer information sheet (registration part 1) is to be filled out and submitted on the website before August 21st.  Late registration will jeopardize your team membership.  This registration is for the team portion only.  You are required to register with the pool for their membership and pay their fees separately.

Registration forms can be found on the Gator Website.  Registration forms include:

  • Swimmer information sheet (FILLED OUT AND SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY) by 8/21 (part 1)
  • Parent contract
  • Payment plan procedures
  • Swim Entry Procedures
  • Entry Fee Escrows
  • Meet entry procedures

Team Locker Rooms

The Jersey Gator locker rooms are located in the rear of the facility for the boys and past the babysitting room for the girls.  Swimmers are NOT permitted to use the front locker rooms for swim practice changing.  This facility rule exists because of the large number of swimmers in a short period who use the lockers, changing and showering areas creating a shortage for other facility members.  There should be no swim bags, clothing, etc in the front locker rooms.  Please bring these items to the bleachers on the pool deck.  This rule will be strictly enforced and failure to adhere to these rules can result in termination of your swim team and pool memberships.

Membership Cards

Upon completion of your pool registration, you will receive your membership card.  This card will be required for presentation in order to gain admittance to the facility.

Gator Grid Iron

The Gator Grid Iron is Sunday December 3, 2017.

All families are required to work a session even if your swimmer is not participating.  This is our one and only fundraising meet.  Please mark your calendar.  Families with 1 swimmers are required to work session, families with 2 or more swimmers are required to work 2 sessions (2 parents can work the same session)

Team Spirit Items

The Jersey Gator Parent Association has purchased a variety of items that will be available for sale throughout the season.  Items will be available during registration, at all home meets, at the Gator Grid Iron.  All proceeds go to the Jersey Gator Parent Association.  The Jersey Gator Parent Association in return gives back 100% of the profits to the swimmers.  The profits pay for items such as the end of the season team gift, and banquet for our swimmers, socials throughout the seasons and purchasing equipment used at home meets.

Team Suits

Metro Swim shop will be at the Cranford Pool on Sunday TBD from 7:30-9am.    Team suits along with other swim gear will be available for purchase.  If you are unable to attend, orders can be placed by calling the swim shop at 908-647-8121

The Parent Association will also have a table set up with team spirit apparel for purchase.

Communications with Coaches

If you have any questions or concerns the following steps should be taken to resolve the issue:

  1.  Speak to your swimmers coach before or after practice.
  2.  If the issue is not resolved you can speak with Coach Lou before or after practice.  You can also email him at
  3. If the issue is still not resolved after speaking with Coach Lou you can speak with Anne Dolan (Pool Facility Manager) or Stephen Robertazzi (Director).  This should be a last resort only.

It is very important that you first give the swimmers coach and then Coach Lou a chance to resolve any issue before going further.

Please do not try to talk to the Coach’s during practice as their attention needs to be focused on the swimmers.

Placement of Swimmers in Practice Groups

All swimmers will be re-evaluated during the first two weeks of indoor practice and appropriate group changes will be made.

Placement of swimmers into practice group is based on many factors, both objective and subjective, and is done at the discretion of the Gator coaching staff.

The following are some of the factors considered in determining in which group a swimmer will be placed:

  • skill level
  • training history
  • level of commitment
  • meet attendance and performance
  • attitude and emotional maturity
  • physical maturity
  • age
  • number of openings in each practice group
  • composition of swimmers in each practice group

While age is listed as a factor in determining group placement, it is not one of the main factors. Swimmers will be placed in the groups that the Gator coaching staff feel will provide each individual with the best opportunity for learning and development in the program.

In no way does group placement communicate the coaches’ belief about a swimmer’s potential.  A swimmer’s group is not meant to be a predictor of future success, nor an indicator of his/her worth to the team or to the coaches.

Your child’s placement may change throughout the season, at the coach’s discretion.  Any questions concerning your child’s placement or practice group should be directed to your child’s coach or to Coach Lou.


Coaches will have the final say in which group a swimmer is placed.