Saturday, September 24, 2016

$69.95 Charge on Bank Statement

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What is ACTIVE Advantage?

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You may have inadvertently signed up for this when your registered for Buckeye.  It is not required!

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Apparel Orders Due Sunday, September 25!

Just a quick reminder that all apparel orders are due tomorrow!  We will be at MC Fitness to accept you final orders from 1-3:30 PM.  If you did not get an order form and would like one you can email Mary Owens at 3owens@gmail.com and she will email you one!  Thanks

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monthly Payments

Thanks to everyone that has either paid their winter fees or has managed to track me down to set up monthly fees.  If you haven't been able to find me, I have uploaded a monthly fee authorization form that you can fill out at your convenience and bring to the next practice.  These can be given to any of our coaches.

Download your Authorization Form Here

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Raffle Tickets

The raffle tickets are in for our season long fundraiser!  Tickets are $10 each.  Please stop by to see either Ron or Laurie Sallows at practice to get your set of tickets to sell.  $8 from each ticket will go towards your $300 required fundraising.

Order Forms and Samples for new team apparel!

We will have order forms and samples for sizes available today at Columbus North.  We will also have them on Sunday at MC Fitness!  We are really excited about the new things we are offering so please be sure to stop by and check them out!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Buckeyes at Crew Stadium!

Attention Buckeye swimmers!! 

Looking for a fun night out with the Columbus Crew and your favorite swim team!! 

We have an opportunity to get tickets for the upcoming Crew game

 Saturday October 1st.

This is their last home game of the season!

Lower sidelines tickets are $31 and upper sidelines are $ 29*

If we have 50 tickets sold  we could reserve the south end party pavilion for $32 a ticket.

Please email Amanda Klein at

 kleinfa@aol.com

if you're interested in purchasing tickets so we can get a head count.

*We need a minimum of 20 tickets sold for the group pricing. 

Thank you

Amanda Klein 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Meet Entries Now Open

You can now visit your active.com portal and let us know if you are available to attend the first two meets.  Go here to declare your status: https://swimportal.active.com/?a=283056403
Each family does need to respond as to their availability, do not assume that we know what you are doing!  The first meet is October 7-9 in Dayton & is very appropriate for anyone that has ever competed in a swim meet.  If you are new to swim meets, please discuss with your coach whether or not you should hold off for the October 22-23 meet at Worthington.

You can also go to our website for updated meet information here: http://buckeyeswimclub.com/Meet%20Schedule.html

We are looking forward to a terrific meet season!
Go Buckeyes!

Shred it at MC!

Free Shredding Day

Join us at MC Fitness & Health on Sunday, September 11 for a free shredding day. It’s a great, safe chance to dispose of personal documents and electronics you no longer need or want, protect yourself against identity theft and fraud, and declutter your home and your life.
Unwanted documents may be brought in in either bags or boxes. All types of paper will be accepted, and staples, paper clips, rubber bands and binders do NOT need to be removed. Electronics will be accepted as well, although cathode ray monitors or televisions will NOT.
Items may be dropped off between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. At the end of the event, Royal Document Destruction will transport the documents to their plant in secure containers in the back of their locked truck. All of their trucks are monitored with a GPS system so they can track their movements at all times. The contents of the secure containers will be destroyed within 24 hours of arrival at the plant and will be under video surveillance and a monitored alarm system while they are on their premises.

http://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/shredding

MC Fitness Waivers & Use

Just a few reminders when practicing at MC Fitness:

  • All swimmers must have a parent or guardian sign a use waiver before their first practice.  Allow 15 minutes for this.
  • Swimmers should wait in the lobby until a  coach arrives.  At no time should a swimmer be on the pool deck without supervision.  Please try to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of practice.
  • Parents are welcome to watch practice from the top row of the bleachers.  MC Fitness is very strict about our interaction with non USA Swimming members during practice time.  (This is actually due to USA Swimming insurance guidelines).  Once the kids are in the water, parents cannot speak to swimmers or coaches and must either be in the bleachers or wait in the lobby.
  • Swimmers are not permitted to use member locker rooms or towels.  Even swimmers whose parents are members.  When our swimmers arrive to use the facility for Buckeye, they must behave as if they are a guest of the facility.
  • Please limit team locker room use to 5 minutes prior to practice and a quick and quiet 10 minutes after practice.  No climbing on lockers or into lockers.  The locker room is not our playground.  Always leave it neater than you found it. 
Together we can be great and valued guests of the MC Fitness Center.  Thank you for your help!!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Modified Jr / Sr Practice Schedule for September 5th and 6th

Juniors and Seniors will be on a modified schedule for September 5th and 6th.

Monday, September 5th:  8-10 a.m. (swim only) - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6th:  4-5:30 p.m. (swim only) - please pick up your swimmers at 5:30 so Coach Lew can head to MC Fitness to run Scarlet practice.  Seniors who wish to stay for dry-land may do so on their own.

The remainder of the week's practices will be at regularly scheduled times for Junior and Senior.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Scarlet & Silver Practice Starts Next Week!

The long awaited first day of practice is just around the corner!!

Our first Scarlet Practice is Tuesday, September 6 at MC Fitness.  Coach Lew will be running Scarlet practice from 6:30-7:30 on this first day.  Coach Laurie is off on vacation to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary with Rick.

Our first Silver Columbus practice is Wednesday, Sept. 7 with Coach Lew.
Silver MC starts their first practice on Thursday, Sept. 8 at MC Fitness with Coaches Jenn & Jessica.

If you ordered anything at registration you will be able to pick those items up at practice on September 11.

Next week Coach Jenn will have Weds Scarlet practice and Thursday Silver MC.  Lew will take the Thursday Scarlet practice.  Coach Jessica Ward will also start her first day with us at Thursday Silver practice!  Be sure to welcome Coach Jessica to the Buckeye family!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Payment Set Up

Hi,
We have received a few questions about how to set up monthly payments.  We are in the process of getting everyone's accounts set up on QuickBooks. We will use Intuit Merchant Services to process all electronic payments (credit cards, echecks, etc.).  Once we do that you will simply need to swing by the end of a practice to get started.  We will have specific days available to do that beginning the week of September 12.

Become a Swimming Official!

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Fall Officials Clinics

The Fall Officials Clinics are now posted on the Ohio Swimming website:
Central:
Sun Oct 9 (1:00p-4:00p) - Lazelle Woods Community Center*
* Registration at 12:30p.  General meeting at 1:00p. Breakout sessions after the General Meeting. 
Click here for Central flyer
The details for each clinic can be found on the home page of the Ohio Swimming website (under the LSC meetings/clinics tab next to the swim meet listing) and on the OSI Calendar (click directly on the calendar menu, not on the sub-menus).

Pam Birnbrich
Officials Chair
Ohio Swimming 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Team Apparel Coming Soon!

The Apparel Committee has been working hard on getting some new team apparel items ready to be ordered.  We anticipate having samples and order forms available during the first week of practice.  We will be offering short sleeve t-shirts, baseball style t-shirt, towels, flannel pajama bottoms and leggings in our fall sale.  We also plan on having another sale before the holidays and adding some more winter options such as hooded sweatshirts, knit hats, blankets, etc.

Booster Club Fall Board Meeting

The Booster Club will be holding a fall meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30 P.M. at MC Fitness.  Please plan on attending if you would like to learn more about the Booster Club or team activities.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hotel Blocks for Travel Meets

We have hotel blocks secured for our 3 travel meets this fall/winter season. 

Our first travel meet is October 7-9, 2016 at Dayton Raiders.  We have a block of rooms reserved at the Homewood Suites-Dayton/Fairborn.
2750 Presidential Way
Fairborn, OH 45324
Use the following link to reserve a room:


If you prefer to call the hotel # is: (937)429-0600. Rooms are reserved under Buckeye Swim Club until September 7, 2016 or all rooms in block are booked.

We will travel to Bowling Green, OH December 2-4, 2016.  We have rooms at a Hampton Inn in BG.
Rooms will be held until November 2 or all rooms in block are booked.  They are being held under block for Buckeye Swim Club below is the contact info for the hotel:

Hampton Inn
142 Campbell Hill Road
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Ph: 419-353-3464

Our 3rd travel meet takes us back to Dayton February 3-5, 2017 and we will be staying at Homewood Suites again
Homewood Suites-Dayton/Fairborn.
2750 Presidential Way
Fairborn, OH 45324
Use the following link to reserve a room:



If you prefer to call the hotel # is: (937)429-0600.  Rooms will be held until January 3, 2017 or all rooms in block are booked.  Rooms are under block for Buckeye Swim Club.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Website Updates Continue

We are continuing to add content to the new website.  This week we have updated the practice schedule into our google calendars & have started to build the meet information blocks on our meet schedule page.  Please continue to let us know if there is a part of the website that isn't working that you would like to have functional!  We are also still looking for parents and swimmers to send us testimonials or reviews to include on our website.  Short and sweet is fine, or long and detailed.  We'll take anything that you feel comfortable sharing!

Welcome New Swimmers!

We are very excited to welcome a number of new swimmers to the team.  Parents please be sure to introduce yourselves to our newcomers at our first practices in September!

Leah Adkins  - 12  - Lewis Center
Addison Almashy  - 8  - galena
Elena Benz  - 7 - Powell
Zoie Buck  - 9  - New Albany
Julia Cain 8  - lewis  - center
Savannah Cornelius  - 8  - Westerville
Amanda Jones  - 11  - Powell
Samantha Jones  - 13 - Powell
Sabrina Kahl  - 12  - Powell
Adam Kinnison  - 9 -  Powell
Melaina Randall  -  10  - Westerville
Kate Ulrich  - 9  - Delaware
Brody Van Frayen  - 9  - Lewis Center
Kevin Zhang -  8 -  Powell


Scarlet and Silver MC groups are nearly full

We currently have three spots remaining in Scarlet and eight in the Silver MC Fitness group,  We anticipate both groups filling soon and going to a waitlist.  If you intend to register, please do not wait any longer.  If you have questions, please ask!

Practice Equipment & Team Gear

All swimmers should take a moment to check the state of their gear bag.  The following items are needed in your bag at practice:

Kickboard
Fins
Pullbuoy (if under 110 pounds, purchase a junior pullbuoy)
Mesh Bag to carry it in

Seniors and Juniors also need a snorkel and sculling paddles

DO NOT BUY at local retailers.  Little known fact the Speedo product sold at retailers like Target and Dicks is recreation quality and not really suitable for swim team.
All items can be purchased here: http://www.swimoutlet.com/bkys  - click on 'Practice Gear'

SwimOutlet has a distribution center in West Chester.  Most items arrive in two days with regular ground shipping.

If you decide to buy team apparel while visiting swimoutlet.com, please make sure you purchase all team items in team colors.  The backpack must be silver/gray, team suit is red,  the team sweats are in red/black, etc.  No pink, neon green or other color team gear can have our logo or be utilized at swim meets.

The most popular goggles on the market are Speedo Vanquishers.  Mirrored or metallic goggles are not necessary for indoor swimming.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Team Suit Available

This year we do not plan to change our team suit.  This is a little risky as Speedo has not officially renewed it's style.  However, there are still suits available at swimoutlet.com/bkys in our team portal.  We also have a handful in stock that you can purchase right away.  Please take a moment to check the fit and condition of your current team suit.  Our goal is to make it to February in what you have.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

WTG Sebby Martin!!

Buckeye 200 pledges are continuing to come in, and thus far we have done a decent job raising funds.   Thus far we have raised $4,589.50!!  Not bad for a small team but slightly short of our goal of $150 per swimmer.  A huge congratulations goes to our top fundraiser, Sebby Martin!  Sebby has raised $832.50!!  

The following swimmers have participated to date - thank you so much for your support of our program!!
Jeremy Baggs
Samantha Blackburn
Katie Bozoti
Misaki Campbell
Naomi Campbell
Jonathon Diakogeorgiou
Sam Evers
Matt Gerold
Andrew Huang
Elizabeth Intihar
Philip Johnson
Tyler Klein
Jet Lopeman
Christopher Martin
Sebby Martin
Richard Mazur
Nick Mountz
Jacy Mox
Ashley Sallows
Kaitlyn Sallows
Will Stringer
Coach Lew Timberman
Amanda Varian

If we missed you - please email us!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Junior Group Schedule Clarification

The schedule for Juniors includes an optional practice on Mondays. This is important for attendance calculations. It is recommended that Juniors attend the five practices offered Tuesdays Wednesdays,  Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016-17 Team Information

Our information and schedule for the 2016-17 season is now available!
Important changes to note:

  • The fundraising fee is required, but gives you an opportunity to fund raise the cost of your typical fees.  You can always write a check for fundraising instead of participating.
  • We have at least two travel meets on the schedule.  One in March for the Senior group, and one in April for our age groupers (in Clearwater, FL with time standards).  Those that attend will have the opportunity to put 50% of monies raised over their minimum in a  travel account to help with the cost of attending those meets.
  • The Scarlet group fee is for this WINTER, we expect spring and summer training to run at about $500-600.  
  • When you add in the extras we charged last year (fundraising, MC Fitness surcharge) the increase in fees is between 2-5%
  • We will only collect registration and meet fees at active.com.  This saves us about 3% on processing.  You can either set up monthly electronic installment payments with me or pay by check.  These payments are outlined on the fee info page of the packet.
  • The booster club has fantastic ideas for helping you raise that fundraising fee.  We want to make it as painless as possible.
  • The website will be updated ASAP.  It is still under construction!
  • Thanks to some creativity from MC we did not have to do anything extremely weird with the schedule.  Everyone fits into the space we have.
  • The registration fee is good for one year.
Action items needed ASAP:
  1. Register online this week and save $10!
    Based on tryouts the Scarlet group is FULL - DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER!
  2. Send us a brief testimonial to use on our website, or review Buckeye on our Facebook page.
  3. Tell your friends to join.  We have a huge need for high school swimmers and will make it as  easy as we can (schedules) for them to be a part of Buckeye.  We would also like to see more fall sport kids join our Columbus North Silver program!


Looking forward to a terrific 2016-17 season!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sr. Meet Warm-up Times

Based on the adjusted timeline for the 2016 LC Sr. Meet, please note adjusted warm-up times:

Friday:  8 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday:  7:45 a.m.

There will only be one warm-up lane available during the meet.  No other pools are available for warm-up / cool-down.  Please cool-down immediately after your swim and talk to a coach AFTER you cool-down.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Underwater Kick, Free & Fly Clinic

Hello Team,

Our friends at Unified Aquatic Club is hosting the next Fitter & Faster clinic in Columbus. Not only does it look like a terrific clinic,  but I think it'd be great for us to go support another small team!

This clinic coming up will be led by two Olympians and will focus on fast freestyle, butterfly and underwater dolphin kicking. The producer of the clinics (Fitter and Faster Swim Tour) has provided me with a discount code for our swim families to useSign up today and use discount code: COLUMBUS to save 10% on the registrationsThe code stops working in 3 days (July 30th).

Elite clinicians, Christine Magnuson and Peter Vanderkaay, are leading two clinics to teach participants how to maintain proper body position for butterfly with excellent rhythm and tempo! PLUS, learn how to make the most of your streamline and underwater kicking to give you the edge on your competition!

Click the links below to learn more and to sign up before the clinics are promoted to the public:

Ages 11 & under: Fast Freestyle, Butterfly and Underwater Dolphin Kicking

  https://fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/fast-freestyle-butterfly-and-underwater-dolphin-kicking-columbus-oh/

Ages 12 & up: High Performance Freestyle, Butterfly and Underwater Dolphin Kicking

 - https://fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/high-performance-freestyle-butterfly-and-underwater-dolphin-kicking-columbus-oh/

This is a terrific opportunity for us to learn and have a fun day.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Final Week Senior/Junior Practice Schedule:

Click red text for links to Senior Meet Information.

Please note the adjusted schedule below for our FINAL week of practice for the Summer 2016 season.  Psych Sheets are posted on the Bowling Green Swim Club web-site.  

You must print and display the BGSU Parking Pass and park in designated lots during the meet.

Monday a.m. ::: 6:30-8:30 @ Minerva Park
Monday p.m. ::: 3:15-5:15 @ Sports Club (Sr. Only)

Tuesday a.m. ::: 7-8:30 @ Minerva Park
Tuesday p.m. ::: 3:15-4:45 @ Sports Club (Sr. Only)

Wednesday p.m. ::: 3:15-4:45 @ Sports Club (Sr. Only)

Thursday a.m. ::: 7-8:30 - @ Minerva Park

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pledges due

All swimmers should have turned in their $150 fundraising fee by this evening. Please make checks payable to Buckeye Swim Boosters.

Congratulations to those of you that raised above & beyond the requirement! So far nine swimmers (& coach Lew) have turned in their pledges, bringing our total to $1500 on a goal of $7500. We'll send out a detailed list of results next week. Keep up the good work Buckeyes!

Buckeye takes Miami by storm

The team had a stellar showing at the Ohio JO Championships this past weekend.

Ashley Sallows competed in the 400 IM,  earning a personal best. 

Thaine Nederveld competed in his first meet as a teenager. After earning all of his cuts as a 12 yr old,  Thaine 'aged up' celebrating his birthday on Monday.  Thaine was impressively poised & earned best times in the 200 br & 400 IM. 

Will Magee competed in the 50 back & dropped 4 seconds! 

Andrew Huang competed in seven events,  with best times in 5, top 8 finishes in two events and three new team records! Andrew cleared Chase Swearingens 100 back, 100 br and 200 IM!

Kaitlyn Sallows swam 7 events, earned 7 best times and picked up three new zone cuts in the 50 free,  100 free & 50 back! Kaitlyn placed in several events with a top place of 4th in the 200 free!

Elizabeth Intihar swam her last meet as an age grouper, turning 15 at the meet. She picked up three best times and had a huge drop in the 400 free,  earning a sectional cut and 4th place! Elizabeth broke Kristen Sivard's team record from twenty years ago. Kristen was a terrific freestyler that went on to swim for Miami!

Congratulations Buckeyes!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tentative Jr/Sr Practice Schedule: 7/19-23

Junior and Senior will run an adjusted schedule during the USA Central Zone Sectional Meet held at OSU.  The tentative schedule is listed below.  If you wish to attend Sectionals as a spectator to see some fast swimming and cheer on Elizabeth and Logan, please see a coach for spectator information and times.

Elizabeth - 200 Butterfly,  400 Freestyle (Bonus: 100 Butterfly, 200 Breaststroke)
Logan - 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 400 IM (Bonus: 100 Breaststroke, 100 Butterfly, 200 IM)

Tues 7/19 - AM: @ Minerva Park ::: 6:30-9 Jr / 6:30-9:30 Sr
                   PM: @ Sports Club ::: 3:15-5:15 Sr
                   
Weds 7/20 - NPG Only - TBA-NOT BEFORE 1 p.m.
                    Sectional Swimmer Warm-up 7 a.m. @ Sports Club

Thurs 7/21 - AM: @ Minerva Park ::: 6:30-8:30
                    PM: @ Sports Club ::: 3:15-5:15

Fri      7/22 - AM: @ Minerva Park ::: 7-9:00

Sat     7/23 -    AM: Senior Only @ Sports Club 7-8:30*

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tryouts for Scarlet & Silver

Tryouts for Scarlet & Silver group, plus evaluations for our age group program will be held Thursday, July 21 from 6-7 at MC Fitness & Health. We are asking all returning & new swimmers to attend tryouts this year.  Please sign up for tryouts here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E45ACA62FA31-tryouts


Please check your Account

Several items did not auto bill to some of our family accounts.  Please check your account.  If there is a balance due, we ask that it is paid in full as soon as possible.   Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Buckeye Boosters Meeting

Hello Buckeye Families!  We will hold a meeting on Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 PM at MC Fitness.  This meeting will be held during the try out session for the Silver/Scarlet Group for the 2016-17 Fall/Winter Season.  We have several important pieces of information to cover during this meeting,  the first being formation of the Buckeye Booster Board Members.  If you are interested in holding a Board position (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 2 at large members) and/or being a co-chair of a committee (we are looking at the following committees: social, fundraising, awards, apparel) please email me at lesallows@columbus.rr.com with your intent so we will have an idea of who is interested before the meeting. We also need to get together a hiring committee to "hire" our coach for Silver/Scarlet group.  Look Forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.
Laurie Sallows

Regional Swimmers Rock Gahanna

The coaches and parents are very proud of our Buckeye Regional meet swimmers for lighting up the pool in Gahanna.   Buckeye swimmers racked up over 74% best times and had two new JO qualifying swims from Kaitlyn Sallows (50 fly) and Ashley Sallows (400 IM)!

The next stop is the OHIO JO CHAMPIONSHIP in Oxford, Ohio.  Qualifying to represent BKYS are 10 & Under:  Andrew Huang, Kaitlyn Sallows; 11-12: Ashley Sallows; 13-14:  Elizabeth Intihar and Thaine Nederveld

You can see a complete list of results and improvements & some pics from the meet at our OneDrive meet folder

No practice at MC Fitness this Thursday

Thursday practice at MC Fitness (6 pm) is canceled this week.  The team will be headed to Ohio JO champs on Thursday morning.  Go Buckeyes!

Meets are over, but we still have practice :)

If your meets have ended for summer, but you'd still like to hop in the water for a practice now and then, you're in luck.  We do have a few drop in practices open to any Buckeye from the 2016-17 (yes this includes swimmers that we didn't see once this summer).  You are welcome to swing by for a very relaxed, low key practice on any of these days:

Monday 7/18 6-7:30 at MC Fitness (this is our last official day at MC this summer)
Tuesday 7/19 7:45-9:15 am at Minerva Park
Thursday 7/21 -TRYOUTS - 6-7 at MC Fitness
Friday 7/22 7:45-9:15 am at Minerva Park
Tuesday 7/26 7:45-9:15 am at Minerva Park

Thursday, July 7, 2016

T-shirts Available

We have pre ordered several t-shirts that can be purchased and will be available beginning Saturday morning. They are a light pink shirt with our logo on the front in white with red and gray accents. The back will have a quote from Above the Line. Shirts are $15 each, $5 of your purchase will go towards your summer fundraising.

We will also take orders for a team polo. The polo is dark gray & will include the Speedo logo and our team logo. Cost is $37.50 per shirt. Speedo has donated most of these shirts, $25 per shirt will go towards your fundraising.

Checks only please. Make these payable to Buckeye Swim Boosters. Reply to this email to order.


Regionals Updates

New this year!
10-unders are timed finals in all events. Please read the psych sheet. If your 10-under is top 16 in an event they swim in the evening. If they are not top 16 in that event they swim that event in the morning session.

Warmup schedule
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of warmups. We will stretch prior to getting in the water.
Friday 7:20 am
Finals 4:50 pm

Saturday 7am
Finals 5:10 pm

Sunday 7:40 am
Sunday 4:30 pm

Tents
If you have a tent we could use 1-2 more for the meet. The team owns one and will have it on hand.

Shirts
Friday RED (goal digger)
Saturday GRAY (swimions)
Sunday pink or black

Hydrate
Just a reminder to stay hydrated throughout the day.  This could be a long, hot meet. Smart swimmers that stay hydrated & out of the sun will have the advantage.

Kind Words
The team has had a terrific spring & summer of training with lots of new & effective stroke changes. We are looking forward to & expecting a lot of very fast swims from our swimmers. However,  not all races come together as planned & sometimes we are left disappointed.

No matter how you feel about your swim, your swimmer or your coach please remember to have kind words in the team area and around teammates. We look forward to a fun and fast meet, however disappointments could happen. Let's handle those with grace.

Meet hashtag
When posting anything to social media this weekend please include #swimions in your post

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Parent Meeting

There will be a parent meeting Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 pm in the MC Fitness lobby.  We will discuss group plans for next season.  There is a big change coming. This impacts Scarlet & Silver the most and has an affect on Age Group.  Due to the meet the next morning we must end the meeting by 8 pm.  If there are still unanswered questions we will address those with a follow up meeting.

Buckeye 200

Dear Buckeye Families,
Are you ready for the Buckeye 200?
We are excited for this new fundraising opportunity, we are asking our swimmers to swim and fundraise for our team.  We encourage all of our swimmers to take part in this important event. All you need to do is collect sponsorship and donations over the next couple of weeks, and then be ready to swim for 1.5 hours or 200 laps, whichever comes first. As you collect sponsorship's, remember that you will be eligible for some great prizes!
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  All of the funds raised from the Buckeye 200 will be used to pay for our pool rental time at the new wonderful facility at MC Fitness.
This year our goal is to raise $7500 ($150 per swimmer).  With the help of each family, we believe that we can do it!
Event Details:
  • Swimmers can be sponsored on a flat fee or per lap basis for each lap completed
  • Swimmers will swim for 1.5 hours or 200 laps, whichever comes first
  • Monday, July 11 6-7:30 PM at MC Fitness or Wednesday, July 13 6-7:30 PM at MC Fitness.  Senior/Junior/HS will count laps at practice on Tuesday, July 12.
  • Only swimmers with a completed Pledge Form will be permitted to swim at this time.
Prizes
  • The top fundraiser in EACH group will earn a dinner with the coaches later in the season.
  • The top fundraiser of the entire team will earn a pizza party for their group.
  • For each $25 raised swimmer will receive a raffle ticket to enter a drawing for a free private lesson with Coach Jenn.
  • We will also raffle off smaller prizes, such as BKYS t-shirt and USA Swimming gear

Turning in your funds:
  • Tables will be available during practice times on: July 13 & 18 at MC Fitness and at morning practices on July 19 & 21.
  • Checks should be made payable to Buckeye Swim Boosters.  Buckeye Swim Boosters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
 If you have any questions, please contact
Laurie Sallows:  lesallows@columbus.rr.com
Coach Laurie:  laurie@bkyswim.com
We will need counters for laps on both evenings.  An email will be sent soon for volunteer opportunities!  Thanks for your continued support!
Let’s Go BKYS!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Communication Tool!

It has come to our attention that many of you are not receiving our team emails.  We will now utilize MailChimp and Blogger to get you regular team news posts.  News will be posted on our blog as needed.  This can be seen immediately on our website.  Each week, mailchimp will automatically pull all new items and email them to everyone we could find an email address for. These items will also auto tweet and auto post to Facebook..  Our goal is to post across multiple platforms so that no one is missed. If you wish to subscribe to Blogger you can do so here: Subscribe to Buckeye Swimming Team News by Email
If you wish to subscribe to mailchimp, you can do so here: http://eepurl.com/b8IRF5
The first MailChimp email will go out Thursday at 10 am.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Team News June 20-July 4

Weather Plan and Practice
Normally we would find a nice dry space to do dry land, talk goal setting or read our team book. However, tonight’s storm may be particularly bad and may carry into the morning.  If the storms are rough, we will text everyone 45 minutes before practice start time to change or cancel practice. Please be sure your cell phone number is in your active.com account.  We will follow the text with a post to Facebook and Twitter (@BuckeyeSwimming).

Please note that MC Fitness also close the pool when lightning is clearly present in the area (not thunder). While the pool is grounded there is a lot of glass surrounding the area.  In this case we would do dryland or read the Scarlet group book, Urban Meyer’s Above the Liberty.

ACTIVE ACCOUNT INFORMATION
We need everyone to log into their active portal and check that their billing is up to date and paid in full.  Several families do not have working payment information and have not paid their fees since registration.  While in there please update email addresses for your kids and add a cell phone for you that we can text to.

FRST Summer Classic Updates
Meet Fees due by check
Due to a glitch in the fee collecting system, we are collecting fees by check for this meet. Please bring checks payable to Buckeye Swim Club to the meet or tomorrow mornings practice.  You can look up your fee invoice in your active.com portal.

Warm-up times
Friday mile 10:45 am
Friday 12-under session 1:00
Saturday 13-over session 10:00
Saturday 12-under session 2:30
Sunday 13-over session 7:00
Sunday 12-under session Noon

Team Shirts & Goals
Friday – Red (Goal Digger), Saturday – Gray (Swimions), Sunday – Black
I have a few extras of each shirt, text by 2:00 Thursday if you are interested ($15 each shirt)

We are very excited about this meet and the training the kids have put in this past year, including some very focused practices these last few weeks. The coaching staff has the following goals for the team this week-end:
·         Support our teammates.  Parents sit together and support all of our swimmers. Swimmers cheer your teammates on and congratulate good swims and extra efforts.
·         Average 1 second drop per 100 or 75% best times
·         Clean up our team areas without help from adults!
·         Show respect and sportsmanship to our fellow competitors – let’s represent Ohio and Buckeye proudly.
·         Show good ‘above the line’ character throughout the week-end.  Remember positive & supportive words, focused and purposeful effort from start to finish!

Entering the facility Saturday
Entry to the School Campus on Saturday AM only:
Access to Franklin Community HS campus limited until 9:30am
Due to a youth sprint triathlon, which was the reason for our “adapted Saturday meet schedule,” entry to campus will likely be shut down to around 9:30am.  With warm-up being at 10am, this doesn’t harm our start time, but access to entry and parking could be rather limited until 9:30-9:45am. 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE CHANGES
Thursday, June 23 Scarlet (5:45-7:30) Silver and age group (5:45-7:15) at MC Fitness.  No scarlet dryland at 5 beforehand, no dryland after.
Tuesday, June 28 Senior and Junior will practice at the sports club at 3:15-4:45
Thursday, June 30 Senior and Junior will train at MC Fitness 6-8 pm
Monday, July 4 am only for senior/ Junior (Lew will communicate time)

TEAM DINNER
Saturday, June 25
We are planning to have a team potluck dinner Saturday in Franklin.  Details will be given at the meet once we figure out what’s what in Indy.

PAY ON DECK
Just a friendly reminder that free stroke clinics are earned through attendance in the Scarlet and Silver groups.  Those that do not earn a free clinic should pay $10 at the door.  Age group participants have one included clinic a week that was built into their summer fee.

BEST OF LUCK TO RICHARD MAZUR
Richard and Coach Lew head to Charlotte on Wednesday, June 29 for the US Paralympic Trials June 30-July 2.  Go Richard!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Website!

Our new website is now live! Please take a moment to peruse & play.

We also have a new registration & payment system provided by active.com and our friends at Hy-tek (the makers of meet mobile). As soon as you've registered for spring we will deactivate your billing at TeamUnify (buckeyeswimclub.com)

Check us out at bkyswim.com

Monday, August 5, 2013

Schedule Update

We are still working on a  schedule update for you.  As you know we are trying to move much of our programming out of the Columbus North Sports Club.  We are working on many, many different options and making numerous phone calls and emails daily to put together the best schedule in the best environment that we can for our team.  Please continue to email me with any questions or concerns you may have- it si so helpful when you keep those lines of communication open with us.  I want to thank the parents that are working hard with me to help make some of these alternatives a possibility.  The help is much appreciated!

Thanks also to those that have shown their support by registering early for next season. It is so much easier to put together a schedule when we know who we are scheduling for! Remember that registration is $70 & refundable this year.  If you have not already done so, please register here: https://buckeyeswimclub.swimtopia.com/register/647/main

We do anticipate a very similar schedule to last winter & spring, it is just the location that is giving us trouble at the moment.  The only other really scheduling issue we are dealing with right now, is  that it may be too cold (in August!) to swim outdoors for our stroke clinic.  Let's hope for warmer weather in the coming weeks!


Faster than a National Record Holder?

4 of our swimmers this summer combined to be a team record that is faster than a National Record Holder and Olympian!

Congratulations to all of our swimmers that broke team records this summer.  We had a another season of fast swimming and great team efforts.  i wanted to take a moment to share with you who broke team records and the accomplishments of some of those former record holders.

Senior Boys 200 & 800 Free Relay
Tom Dawson, Keanan Fomich, Cam Hackett & Andrew Davis combined to break our boys relay records.  The previous 200 free record include an OSU college swimmer on the crew of 4!  Brian Dillard, one of the prior record holding relay members went on to swim for Harvard & Steve Plogsted went on to swim for OSU.

10 & Under Boys 200 Medley Relay
Chase Bateman, Graham Weidenhamer, Thaine Nederveld and Chase Swearingen combined to best the prior relay of Masyuki Kishida, Sean Maloney, Matt Finney & Kyle Maloney.  Kyle Maloney went on to be named swimmer of the meet as a 10 year old at the Ohio JO Champs.  Masayuki Kishida was a 2008 Olympian & Japan National Record Holder in the 100 fly!

Macey Swearingen
Macey had a huge summer, obliterating the 50,100 & 200 free, 50 &100 back, 50 fly and 200 IM records. She has broken records previously held by our own Chelsea Bailey (Kentucky), Kyley Eisenman (who went on to swim for Hawaii) and Bunny Boyd (Patty's youngest).

Graham Weidenhamer
Graham crushed the 50 & 100 breast records.  Both records were previously held by Andrew Kruppa and were 18 years old!

Chase Swearingen
Chase shattered the 100 free, 50 & 100 back and 100 breast records this year.  Congrats Chase!

Tom Dawson
Tom broke the men's 50 breast team record during the first 50 of his 100 breast!!

Congratulations again to our group of young achievers.  Many of these records were over 10 years old!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Registration is open

Registration is now open for the next season.  We would like everyone registered this week so that we can plan for next year.  Early registration will also help us when we negotiate pool space with local pools. Remember your registration is refundable, so once the schedule is out, if after speaking with us you/we can't make it work, you will get your money back.

Register here:
https://buckeyeswimclub.swimtopia.com/register/619/main

Early Season Schedule/Stroke Clinic

Fall Schedule

Senior & High School Group
August 12 to September 11
at Northland Community Center
Location will change as summer dwindles/if the weather forces us indoors.
Sunday 5:00-7:30
Monday through Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm
Saturday 7:00-10:00 am
*Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays please arrive prepared for 60-90 minutes of dry land

Silver, Scarlet & Buckeye 3 Stroke Clinic
August 26-September 11
at Northland Community Center
Location will change as summer dwindles/if the weather forces us indoors.
Advanced Clinic: Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-7:00 pm
Intermediate Clinic: Sundays 5:30-6:30, Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00-6:00
Sept. 12-October 5 location TBA
Scarlet 1 & 2 Optional dry landMondays & Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 at Alum Creek State Park Dam & Beach (drop off at the Dam, pickup will be announced each day at drop off)
*swimmers will need to bring running shoes that can get mud on them, water bottle, suit, goggles & a towel. We will likely rarely get in the water. But may occasionally swim &/or do strength building activities in knee to waist deep water.

Buckeye 1 & Too Stroke Clinic
August 26-September 11
at Northland Community Center
Location will change as summer dwindles/if the weather forces us indoors.
Buckeye 1 Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:10
Buckeye Too Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Officials Clinic

Hi Buckeyes - please consider giving back to swimming by becoming an official.  Anyone can do it, and it can be very rewarding.  Since Ohio Swimming is an all volunteer organization, we are always looking for new officials.

Central Commission Officials and Teams:
The date for the Central Commission Ohio Swimming Inc. Fall Officials Clinic is set for Sunday SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 at the Worthington Northwest Library, Hard Road, Worthington, from 1 to 4 PM. All officials are required to attend at least one clinic per year and may elect to attend a clinic in another commission (Cincinnati, Dayton or Toledo). PLEASE do share this information with your teams, we will be holding a training session for any new people who wish to become apprentices.
If you plan to attend bring either $6.00 in cash or a check made out to Ohio Swimming Inc. in the amount of $6.00 for your clinic fee.

RicK Bunner
Officials Chair
Central Commission
Ohio Swimming Inc.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Recruitment

I am starting to hear from some of your swim friends - thank you! Please remember to send your friends that are not currently on a USA swim club our way.

Registration FAQ
Q: Will Buckeye offer a Spring & Summer program in 2014?
A: Yes!  It will be very similar to this years spring & summer program. We just felt that there were too many very good reasons to have a winter only option this year at all levels.  This is why your information is only for this Winter.

Q: When will the schedule be available?
A:  The August & early September will be released tomorrow (July 23).  We are waiting to hear back from OWU and CNY regarding time indoors.  This is needed to set up the remainder of our school year schedule. We expect to hear something next week.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Practice schedule this week

The Buckeye Too, Silver & Scarlet swimmers will be on a modified schedule this week.

Monday morning - no Too, Silver or  Scarlet practice.

Monday & Tuesday evening - no change

Tuesday through Friday morning Silver & Scarlet  8-9:30 am

Wednesday evening - fun meet at Northland. Warm-Up at 5 pm

Thursday evening, no practice.

Senior Schedule:
Tuesday - 6-9 / 4-6
Wednesday - 6-8, followed by Breakfast @ Tiffany's (Frisch's) on 23N
     $7 for buffet, drink not included
Wednesday pm - distance swimmers only (milers, 400 FS - your decision)
Thursday - 7-8 for those swimming Thursday @ Senior meet, 7-9 for others

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Texting Mania

In speaking with the coaches, we have all noticed an increase in casual texts to us from parents.  And often times, the parents actually want to speak about something important.  Over the course of the Regional week-end our entire staff was inundated with texts starting at 4:55 am and going as late as 11 pm.  While texting is a very convenient way to ask a quick question or to let us know that you're running late, please think before sending that text. If it takes more than 160 characters to convey what you wish, please email or call.  If it is an important subject to you, please email or call. If we don't have a gaggle of kids around us before or after practice, you are also welcome to speak to us there.  If we do have a gaggle of kids, it may be hard for us to appropriately respond to you, but by all means try (we do like speaking with you)!

Thanks,
Your Buckeye Coaching Staff

2013-2014 Registration

Important!  Lower fees & lower commitment  - please read!
Registration for Fall & Winter is now open.  You can get information and register at our new website:
https://buckeyeswimclub.swimtopia.com/join

We have several important changes for the year:

  • Your commitment is through March of 2014 rather than through the entire year.
  • Buckeye, Silver & Scarlet swimmers will start the season with a 6 week stroke clinic.
  • We have added a High School Training Group.
  • We will add an optional Distance training group that will meet approximately once a week.
  • We will add optional morning practices for those early birds out there.  
  • If we get enough interest, we will add a morning Masters group.
Unfortunately, we do not have a training schedule yet.  We hope to add some of that late next week.  We are attempting to pick up weekday practice time at the North YMCA, OWU and one secret location (it's a long shot anyway).  If anyone has a contact at the Josephenum - please pass it along, we would also like to speak with them about renting their indoor pool for our younger swimmers.

The Fall/Winter fees reflect what we believe it would cost for us to continue to run a 115 member team. Adding kids to our roster helps us keep the fees low.  Please help us recruit!  Also, the fees are set up anticipating much higher pool rent costs (OWU is twice as expensive as the sports club).  

New pool - we are awaiting word from the Boy Scout council regarding building at Camp Lazarus.  If that falls through we will proceed with the purchase of the land on Peachblow Rd.  If anyone knows what Ohio Health is adding to their Delaware Campus next, I would love to know (at one point there was to be a 25 yard pool).

Training Schedule
Please check back at the new website regularly.  As we fill in the schedule and locations we will post there.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Practice Change this Friday

No practice this Friday for Scarlet & Silver swimmers (due to Ohio JO Championships).

Fun Meet

Didn't swim in a summer league?  This meet is for you!
We have been invited to a fun meet against the  Northland Barracudas!  This is a yards meet and will be swum at the same pool where we have morning practice (6000 Beechcroft Rd)

Date: Wednesday, July 24
Warm-up: 5:00
Meet 6:00
Events:
8 & under, 9-10 25 fly, 25 back, 25 br & 25 free
11-12, 13 & over 50 fly, 50 back, 50 br & 50 free
Fun relays

Please email me ASAP if you would like to attend.

Monday, July 8, 2013

2013-2014 Schedule

We are working on the 2013-14 schedule and should have some general information out within two weeks. We are in rough draft stage but believe many of you will be very pleased by what we have to offer. We have some challenges that we are hoping to address to help make the program more appealing to a wider variety of swimmer.  Here are some of the things you have asked us to address:

  • Offering or expanding on our seasonal programs to better accommodate multi sport swimmers
  • Adding a loyalty program.
  • Offering expanded practice options (distance group, turn group, new swimmer group, etc.)
  • Finding more pool space.
Regarding pool space - we have received the OK from the Boy Scouts legal counsel to lease and build at Camp Lazarus.  We are currently waiting on an OK from their board and need to decide who is responsible for what financially in this arrangement.  We have heard nothing new from The Lakes.

In the meantime, we need everyone to help recruit new swimmers to the team.  We'd like to add 40 swimmers this year! Bring your friends int o try practices after summer league champs end. Please also have your friends call or email for more information.

Regional Meet Schedule

Prelims Warm-ups Friday, Saturday & Sunday are at 7:15 am
Finals warm-ups:
Friday & Saturday 4:00
Sunday 3:30

Senior Practice Schedule this week

Due to the swampy conditions in Columbus, we are moving senior dry land to the afternoons and indoors.  Please make note of the following changes for this week:

Tuesday & Thursday morning: swim 7-9 am at Northland
Tuesday & Thursday afternoon: Dryland 3-4, swim 4-6 at Columbus North Sports Club

Monday, July 1, 2013

Silver & Scarlet -Response Needed

All Silver & Scarlet swimmers should be entering a minimum of one day of the Regional Championship meet in Bowling Green.  So far, I've heard from all but 54 of you!  Please follow this link and pick at least one day to swim.  Entries are due by midnight.

https://cui.active.com/swim-reg/login?a=283056403

Practice Schedule this Week

We have practice schedule changes this week in an attempt to work around parades, holidays, fireworks and still be prepared for meets.

Seniors/Scarlet 2: No afternoon/evening practice Weds & Thursday.  7-9 am this Thursday at Northland.

Scarlet 1/Silver: Wednesday stroke clinic will be 4-5:30.  No practice Thursday (all day).

Buckeye 1/Too: No practice Thursday

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Meets this Week-end

Please check the website for any updates regarding warm-up schedules this week-end. We will post updated information to the meet info page once said info is received.

Northland Pool

The pump is up and running at Northland Pool.  However, we encountered a new problem when we arrived this morning.  Upon arrival it was apparent that there was a pH imbalance at the pool.  The staff at Northland is working hard to correct the imbalance quickly, and we hope to be OK to swim there tomorrow morning.  If not, we will send a Ringya text by 7 am and will once again move practice to Columbus North.

Monday, June 24, 2013

New Website Coming Soon

We have signed with Swimtopia to provide our web services including registration, website and meet sign ups.  This is a somewhat new service, however it has received great reviews from the teams that have been using the service.  We are hopeful you will find the new site much easier to navigate.  We hope to be live by mid July.

Patch Sew-on

Lisa Indest will have her fantastic sewing machine at practice again this Tuesday from 5:30-7 pm.  Please bring your silver bags and patches to have your team patches sewn onto your bags.  Please have your bags nearly empty as it makes it easier to sew.

ANYONE that can help sew & has a sewing machine is invited to come help this Tuesday.

Regional Entry

The email sent out by the Active system contains a bad link to the entry system. Please use the link provided on our website or this link to enter:
https://cui.active.com/swim-portal/login?a=283056403

Monday, June 17, 2013

Practice Attendance

We have had a couple parents ask when the coaches would like to see the kids this summer.  Long Course practice is a rare opportunity that should not be missed for our 8 and overs.  Hopefully this chart below will help your week.  We have MANY practice opportunities available and a VERY shot summer training season.  Please take  advantage of these while they are here!

Senior  - all morning practices, most evenings (please communicate with Lew)
Scarlet 2 - 7 of 9 practices, this should be 4-5 mornings and 2-3 afternoons
Scarlet 1 - 2-5 morning practices and 1-2 afternoons practices. 5 of 8 practices total.
Silver 2 - 2-3 morning practices and 1-2 afternoon practices. 3 to5 of 8 total.
Silver 1 - 1-3 morning practices and 2-3 afternoon practices.  3 to 5 of 8 total.
Buckeye 1/Too  - 2 afternoon practices.

If you are not participating on a summer league team, you will need to participate in more practices with Buckeye.

Parent Meeting - New Seniors

We will have a meeting for parents of new Senior swimmers (Scarlet 2's moving up now or in the fall) after practice this Thursday.  Scarlet 2 parents of swimmers that are practicing with Senior this summer are also welcome.

Indy Meet

We expect a meet schedule by Tuesday evening. As soon as it's available we will post to website on the meet information page.

Pancake Day

Pancake breakfast will resume on Thursdays this summer at morning practice. Thanks to the boosters for supporting this event.

Patch Sew On

Lisa Indest will have her sewing machine at practice this Tuesday, June 18 from 4-7. If you bring your silver bag and patches, she will sew them onto your bag.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Stroke Clinics

Stroke Clinics start today and will be held Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 at Columbus North Sports Club.
This week we will be emphasizing streamlines, open turns, pull outs and breaststroke technique.

Practice Cancellation Policy

As a rule of thumb we will not cancel practice unless there is a safety issue that would keep us from putting your kids in the pool.  If we do need to cancel, we will text you.  As a reminder, our cold policy is that we consider keeping the kids out of the water when the air is under 55 and/or the water is under 75.  Fortunately, we have yet to have a serious safety issue arrive, but our less experienced swimmers have had to have shortened water time due to cooler temps. Today we swam 90 minutes with our 9-12's and 2 hours, 15 minutes with our 13 & overs before anyone got a shiver. The practices have been tough too!  Way to go to those that have been able to do this!!  We are very  proud to be coaching a group of swimmers that look for challenges in all sorts of ways.

Summer Jam Apparel pre-order, due Tuesday 6/11

I just found this on the meet page - if you want to pre-order anything it is due tomorrow.
http://www.teamunify.com/isfast/__eventform__/345180_Pre-order%20form%20Summer%20Jam%202013.pdf

Findlay Meet Schedule

The meet schedule for the Findlay meet is as follows:

Friday June 14
AM Session OPEN - Warm Ups 9 AM; Meet Starts at 10 AM
PM Session 12 & Under / 13 & Over - Warm Ups 3 PM; Meet Starts at 4PM

Sat / Sun June 15 & 16
AM Session 13 & Over - Warm Ups 7:30; Meet Starts at 8:30 AM

This is a timed finals meet - no evening finals.
The coaches will likely split responsibilities to this meet.

Here's a link to the psych sheet:
http://homepages.findlay.edu/geise/flagcity/flag2013/flagcity2013.htm

Freedlander Meet/Wooster

Entries are needed for the Freedlander meet b y this week-end.  We will attend Friday & Saturday only.  Friday is offering the open 400 & 800 free.  We would like to see a large group of Scarlet & older swimmers participating in one of these two events.  Also on Friday is the 200 free  for younger swimmers and 400 for our more experienced crew.

Officials Needed

Hi parents - please read  - the meet needs officials this week-end.  If you are interested in becoming an official, please take a moment to talk to Buckeye parents Will Indest or Bill Hammond.

Hello,
We are very excited to have you at our Flag City Invitational meet on June 14 - 16.  If you could please pass on information to your club's USA officials that we welcome their help, I would greatly appreciate it.  
 
Below are our session times.
 
Friday June 14
AM Session OPEN - Warm Ups 9 AM; Meet Starts at 10 AM
PM Session 12 & Under / 13 & Over - Warm Ups 3 PM; Meet Starts at 4PM
 
Sat / Sun June 15 & 16
AM Session 13 & Over - Warm Ups 7:30; Meet Starts at 8:30 AM
PM Session 12 & Under - Warm Ups 12:30 PM; Meet Starts at 1:30 PM

Please have them email me what sessions they are available to work and if they have a position preference. My email address is leeannireland@gmail.com and my cell is 614-561-6536 .  See you on deck.

Thank you,
Lee Ann Ireland
FAST

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Got a Sewing Machine?

I am looking for some volunteers that have a sewing machine and the ability to sew patches.  I think it would be fantastic if we could have a day at practice in the next week or so where we sew everyone's patches on their backpacks while they swim.  Please let me know if you are able to help!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Power of a Kind Word

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-Leo Buscaglia
I'm in deep thought this morning as I was reminded a few times over the week-end, the power of a kind word.  For those that were at the meet and sent yours kids to the bullpen, the OSSC ladies that ran it did a wonderful job.  They had an easy going demeanor, never shouted at the kids and calmly got them through the crowds and to the blocks on time. I noticed.  While picking up my heat sheets Saturday night, I was greeted by the staffer at OSU that 'kicked' us out of the Mike Peppe for asking a question or two (although at the time she acknowledged our timely entry and polite demeanor throughout the entire in/out debacle).  As she greeted me, a choice few complaints about the meet raced through my head (the meet was an exhausting one to coach), but out of my mouth came the most important thing for me to relay - the one thing that could make a positive difference - praise and compliments for the bullpen ladies.  As I was walking away, she stopped me, called me back and asked that our team return to the Mike Peppe meet.  A great reminder to me that sometimes a genuine compliment can go a long way.

On to this morning.  I use my phone as my alarm clock.  So every morning, I wake up, roll over and stroll through my emails to start my day.  Probably not the healthiest way to start my day, but it does get me going.  I was pleasantly surprised to see in my inbox an email with the subject 'love our team.'  It was a wonderful email that encapsulated so much of what we try to teach the kids.  It is a reason why I am constantly urging all of you to attend practice as much as possible, get your kids to meets and leave your kids on deck with us.  I am going to share some of it (I have removed some to help keep this anonymous), as I just can't write or summarize it better myself:
Is our team perfect?  Are we the biggest, or the fastest, do we have the most wins?  Probably not, but what my children have gotten out of BKYS is far more important than any of that. The relationships that my children have been exposed to through swimming with BKYS are invaluable.
This year you started the buddies. I truly hope this continues because this is what being a part of a team is about. I watched a swimmer who scores points in every meet give one of her multiple heat ribbons to her buddy who otherwise never would have gotten one. I know my own children loved leaving treats and well wishes to their buddies.  Mine wears the cap she got from her buddy with pride. These relationships blossomed but never would have come about if they hadn't been planted.
I also wanted to point out some other things I witnessed this year that I believe are why we are the best.
Younger swimmers cheering at the end of the lane for a senior swimmer. This happened at the beginning of the season before high school season started but then I saw it again this weekend. You rarely see this with other teams and you always see this with our team when we are all at a meet together. (Our son) idolizes the "big boys". This weekend alone multiple parents sent me pictures of him with their sons "hanging" together between races.  I think this is because we have great families at BKYS but also because we have coaches who encourage these kinds of relationships.

(Our kids) have made steady improvements, as you pointed out during conferences, with their swimming. However, they have become better athletes, sportsmen/women and people because of BKYS.
Pretty cool, huh ? (Yes Lew, I said huh). This is so much of what we try to teach in & out of the pool at Buckeye.   It's what makes swimming so unique, and amazing. You just can't get this kind of interaction in 'team' sports where kids are only with their group of approximately 15 teammates of the same gender and age.

So as I reflect away, I am truly thankful to all of our parents that take the time to get their kids to & from practice and meets and entrust your children to us.  I will continue the buddy program (need to clean up those mail folders with our newest members for the summer) and I was especially pleased with the conferences.  I learned quite a bit from you about your swimmers and our families, and everyone was so positive at conferences.  You all had 15 minutes to complain away, but chose to take the time to give me constructive feedback and ideas to help us coach your children better.  Thank You!  We have started a new 'reward' (think outright bribery) program at practice with the Cup O' Plenty.  Watch for it, we are hopeful it will make it's way through most of the team this summer.  We will continue to look for positive ways to improve the program. Please continue to keep bringing your kids to practice & meets!

Shutterfly & Pinterest

We are using two picture sharing sites that you can follow and be a part of.  First is Shutterfly.  Here you can upload pictures from meets to share with the rest of the team.  This site is restricted to members only, so that we can safely and securely share our photos with each other. You can join via this link: http://bkhy.shutterfly.com/

This spring, we also started a Pinterest site under the name Buckeye Swimming. We try to post recipes, dry land training ideas, motivational pictures and meet pics there.  We'll usually have a board for each meet we attend.  Feel free to follow for some light info and entertainment from BKYS.  If you are interested in being able to pin to any of our boards to help contribute to our site, please let me know.  I can give pining rights to multiple people.