Swimmers may swim in meets in an Eichler team suit or other logo free racing suit only. In league competition, it is unacceptable to wear a swim suit or cap which represents a team other than Eichler (No logo suits from Gunn, PALY, Stanford Polo, PASA etc).
Eichler swim suits from past seasons are acceptable, as are plain black suits.
More Information About Swim Gear...
Goggles are a vital part of the swimming uniform, much like shoes are for walking. For practices, comfort and fit are the primary attributes for making a selection. Moderately priced goggles often use softer and more durable rubber than their cheaper counterparts, so don't be fooled by price differences. Even for practice goggles, we trust brands that outfit athletes of all ages: Speedo, TYR, Nike, etc. -- or find a pair of goggles that you can feel prior to purchasing, to ensure that they will be soft and comfortable, since this will also provide a better seal to keep water out.
Suits come in such a large variety, and almost everything is good. Boys have the option of briefs or jammers (like biker shorts); avoid swim trunks because they cause excessive and unnecessary drag which can be difficult on younger swimmers. Girls can wear almost any one-piece suit; look for suits with a shoulder strap at least half an inch wide for durability. Check you child's suit occasionally to make sure it is not becoming translucent, especially in the posterior. Remember, a wet suit looks even more see-through than if it's dry. Wearing a snug swim shirt during practice of meets increases the amount of drag for a swimmer, making it more difficult to swim fast, but we understand balancing competitiveness with sun protection and comfort.
Team members are not required to purchase an Eichler Gator suit, but most do and the sea of matching suits really builds team spirit and makes it much easier to identify Eichler swimmers. We suggest you only use your team suit for swim meets, and otherwise keep it in dry, clean storage. You can wear the suit to practice the day prior to the meet to make sure that it fits and feels right prior to racing. Please remember to mark the swim suit tag with a name or initials with permanent markers so lost-and-found suits can be more easily returned.
Swim Gear Exchange
Dig in your child's outgrown Gator gear and bring it over to swap with other families' Gator Gear! We will have tables ready on for gear exchange on:
- Sunday April 21st between 11am -1pm during the Gator Kickoff Potluck
- Saturday May 18th at 9am at the Home Practice Meet