The Greater Richmond Aquatic League (GRAL) is an organization of swimmers, coaches, and parents whose aim is to promote and participate in the sport of summer swimming. GRAL provides an opportunity for young people to compete against others of similar ability in an atmosphere of fair play, good sportsmanship, and safety.
Each GRAL season concludes with a Championship ("Champs") meet for swimmers that have qualified during the current season. The Champs meet will be held at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center.
The Len Everett Sportsmanship Team Award was established in 1984 by the Greater Richmond Aquatic League (GRAL) to honor the memory of a man who was instrumental in the founding and structuring of the League. Leonard Everett, from Hungary Creek Recreation Association, stood for the highest ideals of fair competition and good sportsmanship. A plaque is awarded every year to one club in each division whose swimmers, coaches, and parents have best exhibited these qualities. Congratulations to the 2014 recipients: Twin Hickory, Burkwood, Wembly, and Tuckahoe Village. Click here for a complete list of recipients by year since 1984.
The Len Everett Coaching Excellence Award was established in 2006 to recognize Coaches that go above and beyond the normal expectations of a summer coach, and best exemplify GRAL's purpose and ideals. At the end of each Season, each Club's Coaching Staff casts their vote for a Coaching Staff in their division that exhibited fair play, good sportsmanship and safety during the season. At Champs, the winning Coaches are recognized and presented with an award for their efforts. Congratulations to the 2014 recipients: Ashcreek, Pebble Creek, Wembly, and Tuckahoe Village. Click here to see the winning Coaches since 2006.
In 2012, the Len Everett scholarship was established. Graduating seniors who have participated in GRAL for no less than five (5) consecutive years, and demonstrate dedication to the sport of swimming and loyalty to his/her GRAL club are encouraged to apply. Click here for the application form.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the GRAL Board of Directors and of the Executive Board. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee.
The VP of Champs shall organize and serve as chairperson of the championship meet (Champs).
The VP of Equipment shall maintain and distribute supplies necessary for the swimming season. This shall include ordering and maintaining records of all supplies.
The VP of Officials shall organize all training clinics and serve as coordinator of GRAL meet officials.
The Secretary shall: a.) Maintain a complete and accurate record of all proceedings of the meetings, b.) Notify all Board members prior to each meeting of the date, time, and location of the meeting. Board notification shall be at lease one (1) week prior to the meeting and may be either included on the previous month's minutes or by email. c.) Update the GRAL Handbook each year before the first swim meet of the season.
The Treasurer shall have custody and collection of all funds of GRAL and perform the following: 1.) Maintain a full and accurate account of records and expenditures. 2.) Make disbursements as authorized by the President. 3.) Prepare an annual budget for Board approval to be presented at the February meeting. 4.) Present a financial statement at every meeting and at other times as requested by the Executive Board. 5.) Present a full report at every meeting at which new officers assume their duties.
The Immediate Past President shall serve in an advisory role to assist the current Board with voting privileges unless his/her vote causes the Executive vote decision to end in a tie.
Each GRAL member club shall designate a representative (GRAL Board Rep.) to attend the GRAL Board of Directors meetings. These Board Representatives shall participate in meeting discussions, vote on proposals at the meetings, and report meeting items back to his/her member club. The GRAL Board Representative shall perform duties as outlined in the GRAL Handbook.