The FM Gator Swim Team is a competitive swim program that has been a part of the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties since 1959. Swimmers of all ages are welcome to participate, improving their skills while learning to value hard work, reach for excellence, and enjoy spirited competition. This premier swim team has helped to develop numerous state and national champions, and has been an integral part of our community for decades.
The Gators have five training groups for ages five and up to accommodate all levels and ages of competitive swimmers – Developmental, Age Group I & II, and Senior Group I & II. Practice schedules vary by season and level. Stroke clinics, summer camps, and special events are also important parts of the FM Gators program.
Our professional YMCA coaching staff provides high quality instruction for all ages and abilities to improve swimming and diving skills, boost confidence, and achieve success while making new friends and having fun.
Developmental Group: Developmental swimmers are new and experienced 5+ year olds who can swim 25 yards of freestyle (front crawl) and 25 yards of backstroke without stopping or needing assistance. They also learn the skills necessary to compete such as working with teammates, following directions, and advanced drills.
Age Group: Age Group levels are designed to give swimmers who have gone through our Developmental group a positive and technically sound experience on a swim team. These levels are designed to challenge your child depending on their experience in the sport as well as develop more advanced competitive skills.
Senior Group: The Senior Group levels are designed for advanced, experienced, competitive swimmers. Necessary training will be given to excel in competitive swimming events.
New to the team? Please contact Erich Richardson for a Stroke Evaluation to find out which Group would be the best fit for you!
Sessions and Prices
You can find more information about practice schedules at fmgators.com. There are two required registration fees, including the YMCA fee (see below) and the FM Gators/USA Swimming fees, which can be paid at fmgators.com.
Financial Assistance is available, based on need and availability, to help cover both the YMCA fee and the USA Swimming fee. To learn more or to apply, please contact Gators Head Coach Erich Richardson at 701.364.4151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|High School Athletes - Girls||Nov. 6, 2023 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $412.56, Non-Members: $495.00||Opened August 7, 2023|
|High School Athletes - Boys||Sept. 25, 2023 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $297.96, Non-Members: $357.50||Opened August 7, 2023|
|Senior - Full Season||Sept. 25, 2023 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $573.00, Non-Members: $687.50||Opened August 7, 2023|
|Senior - Fall Only||Sept. 25 - Dec. 29, 2023||Members: $297.96, Non-Members: $357.50||Opened August 7, 2023|
|Age Group - Full Season||Sept. 25, 2023 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $500.00, Non-Members: $600.00||Opened August 7, 2023|
|Age Group - Fall Only||Sept. 25 - Dec. 29, 2023||Members: $260.00, Non-Members: $312.00||Opened August 7, 2023|
|Developmental - Full Season||Sept. 25, 2023 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $406.25, Non-Members: $487.50||Opened August 7, 2023|
|Developmental - Fall Only||Sept. 25 - Dec. 29, 2023||Members: $227.50, Non-Members: $273.00||Opened August 7, 2023|
|High School Athletes - Boys||Feb. 26 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $68.76, Non-Members: $82.50||Opens on November 20, 2023|
|Senior - Spring Only||Jan. 1 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $275.04, Non-Members: $330.00||Opens on November 20, 2023|
|Age Group 1 - Spring Only||Jan. 1 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $240.00, Non-Members: $288.00||Opens on November 20, 2023|
|Age Group 2 - Spring Only||Jan. 1 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $240.00, Non-Members: $288.00||Opens on November 20, 2023|
|Developmental - Spring Only||Jan. 1 - Mar. 15, 2024||Members: $195.00, Non-Members: $234.00||Opens on November 20, 2023|
Curious about Gators? Want to join a swim team, but don’t quite feel ready yet? Pre-Swim Team will help you improve your skills, learn what it’s like to be on a swim team, learn strokes and lap swimming, and gain comfort in the pool! Participants must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle without stopping or needing assistance. Ages 4 - 18.
|Fall, Session 2: Nov. 11 - Dec. 28, 2023||Choose Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs||4:45 - 5:30pm||Fercho YMCA||Members: $117, Non-Members: $143||Opened August 7, 2023|
|Winter/Spring, Session 1: Jan. 1 - Feb. 8, 2024||Choose Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs||4:45 - 5:30pm||Fercho YMCA||Members: $108, Non-Members: $132||Opens on November 20, 2023|
|Winter/Spring, Session 2: Feb. 12 - Mar. 21, 2024||Choose Mon/Wed or Tuesd/Thurs||4:45 - 5:30pm||Fercho YMCA||Members: $108, Non-Members: $132||Opens on November 20, 2023|
Improve your swim techniques with the Gators swim team coaches! Clinic is open to youth not currently on a swim team, who can swim 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke without stopping. Participants will improve their skills, learn what it’s like to be on a swim team, meet new friends, and get comfortable in the pool!
|Session||Ages and Time||Days||Location||Price|
|March 26 - April 18, 2024||Grades 1 - 3, 6:00 - 6:45pm||Tuesdays and Thursdays||Fercho YMCA||Members: $42, Non-Members: $54|
|March 26 - April 18, 2024||Grades 4 - 6, 7:00 - 7:45pm||Tuesdays and Thursdays||Fercho YMCA||Members: $42, Non-Members: $54|
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