Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Senior, Junior, NPG on February 14

Due to Districts and no Lew on Thursday, practice has been moved to 4:00 this Thursday.  We will swim until 6:00 and the facility will be open until 7:00 for those that wish to do dryland.

Championship T-Shirt Order

It's Championship Season!
We will once again provide each swimmer that participates in a championship meet with a t-shirt (meets include Regionals, Auburn, Mini Meet and JO's).  Parents may also order shirts via email at $10 per shirt.

We do need to confirm each swimmers shirt size.  Please reply to this email with your swimmers shirt size, the meet they are attending and any additional shirts you would like to order.  Payment to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters (check or cash) will be collected at shirt pick up at practice next week.

Please reply by 10:00 am Thursday!

The shirt this year will be a red Gildan Soft Spun Shirt that is Preshrunk jersey knit, Semi-Fitted, 4.5 oz & 100% Ring Spun Cotton.  Art is full front chest, no art on the back.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Team Announcements

We have now moved most of our announcements to bkys.slack.com
If you have not enrolled at Slack please do so ASAP
You can also download the Slack app and get announcements on your phone.
Full Slack information is here: https://blog.buckeyeswimclub.com/2018/11/slack-and-future-of-teamapp-app.html

Video and Pics Needed

We are working on a  motivational video for the end of the season.  Please send in any pictures you have of your swimmers at meets, swimming at meets or celebrating a finish.  Would also love video of starts or finishes.  You can send these too laurie@bkyswim.com.  Large files should be uploaded and shared via an online share site.

Everyone Swims

Everyone can swim a championship meet!  It is a great way to celebrate a long season of hard work and dedication.  Here is your Championship season guide:

Regionals, February 22-24: for swimmers age 9-14.  Do not need to have prior event experience. Cannot be faster than JO cut in an event you wish to swim.  The meet is held at Ohio State.  There are three Regional meets in Columbus, making each meet a reasonable size and not too overwhelming.  Each day holds preliminary competition in the morning (including Friday).  The fastest 16 swimmers from preliminaries swim at night in the Finals.  SOME events are timed final, meaning you only have one opportunity to swim the event,with the fastest entries automatically advancing to finals.  * and younger swimmers can swim, but it is not recommended unless the swimmer is interested in longer events.

Mini Meet, March 2-3:  This is a meet just for 8-unders!  It is held at Worthington and separates the kids into 3 age groups: 6-under, 7 and 8.  It is a super crowded meet, but well worth the opportunity to finish the season with 8 and under swimmers.  Every swimmer gets a trophy and a candy bar.  The meet is named after Coach Laurie's youth coach, Barbara Kay.

Auburn trip, March 1-3:  This is a senior (high school) group meet held at Auburn University.  We love it because it is a great way for our seniors to swim in one place, in a  fast pool without breaking the bank.  There are no time standards which means all of our swimmers can be included. In order to reduce the cost it is a team travel meet.  

Ohio JO Championships, March 8-10:  This is considered State Champs for our age group swimmers and is open to any 14-under that has a JO Cut.  Our team regularly finishes in our division in the top 3 as a tea. It will be held at Ohio State this year.  If you are not swimming please consider attending to cheer on our swimmers.  Other teams have massive groups in the stands, we would love some of the same support!

Speedo Sectionals, March 28-21:  This meet is the first stage of national level swimming for our Senior swimmers. Swimmers must have a sectional cut to participate.  This years meet will be held at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Welcome Back!

We are thrilled to have everyone back from the holidays!  We hope everyone had a great break filled with family and swimming :)

We have some minor changes to the practice schedule this winter which affects all groups except Senior/Junior/NPG.  These changes are based on when we have the most available coaching for our younger swimmers, which will help us hone our focus on technique and speed headed into Championships.  We are 7 weeks from Regionals!

Our adjustments are detailed in our team practice calendar which is on our website (always click more to get a better view of the week ahead) and have been updated on the info pdf. These changes put the majority of our swimmers at times when we have two or more coaches on deck.  A summary of the changes:

Mondays - no change

Tuesdays - Scarlet 1 moves to 7-8:30, no Silver Comp,no Silver Rec,  no Scarlet 3, no change to Scarlet 2 and Gold.

Weds - Scarlet 1 and Silver Comp at 5:45, Scarlet 2 at 6:15 for a longer dry land, Intro at 6:30, Scarlet 3 at 7:00, no change to Silver Rec and Scarlet Gold.

Thursday - no Intro, all other groups no change.

Saturday - add a bonus practice from 9-10 for Scarlet 1 (if you want to get an extra technique day in this is the day for you). Watch for occasional bonus practices for scarlet 2.

Sunday - add a bonus practice for Silver Comp from 3:30-4:30

Laurie will be at the pool at 5:45 this Tuesday and will give anyone a practice that cannot make a change to their schedule on short notice.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Winter Break Schedule

Our winter break schedule has been finalized and is available here: 
https://buckeyeswimclub.com/practice-schedule-1

PDF

Please note the locations change between the North YMCA and Columbus North.
When you arrive at the North YMCA you must sign in at the desk before heading down to the pool.  Please remember to thank the staff for hosting our team.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Practice Change this Thursday

Due to a shortage of coaches we need to make changes to the schedule this Thursday, November 29 as follows:
Scarlet 2 & Gold 6:30-8:30
Senior, Junior, NPG 6:30-9:00

Scarlet 3 - canceled - make-up is Sunday 12/2 from 4:30-6
Scarlet 1 - canceled - make-up is Saturday 12/1 8:45-10 am
Silver Comp - canceled - make-up is Sunday 12/2 from 3:30-4:30
Intro - canceled -make-up is Wednesday at 6:00

The calendar has been updated to reflect these changes.

GCSTO Holiday Cheer

Greater Columbus has asked us to change our day of attendance to Friday, December 14.  Please let us know by Wednesday at 8 pm if you would like to attend.  We will make corrections to your entries.  Events on Friday are:
50 Free, 200 Free, 50 back, 50 br, 400 IM and 50 fly

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Practice Schedule this Week

We have a modified schedule this week due to the holiday.  We have had a nice surprise of being able to get into the pool during the day on Wednesday and Friday as well.  This means we can get the kids in an out early so that you can get on with your holiday and family time!

Wednesday, November 21
Senior, Junior, NPG 8 -11 am
Silver (Competition, Recreation and Intro) 1:00-2:00
Scarlet 1 & 3: 1-3
Scarlet 2 & Gold: 2:00-4:00 (optional dryland at 1:00)

Thursday, November 22
No Practice, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 23
Senior, Junior, NPG 8 -11 am
Scarlet 2 & Gold: 10:00-12:00
Scarlet 1: 10:30-12:00

Saturday, November 24
Senior, Junior, NPG, Gold  - regular practice
NO 9 AM Silver practice - coach has 4 tickets, GO BUCKS!

Sunday, November 25
Regular practice for all groups
Silver Rec & Comp 3:30-4:30

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Welcome to our New Coaches!

Let's give a warm Buckeye welcome to our TWO new coaches Jules Van der Lans and Chloe Sidick!  Jules & Chloe are both Seniors at Olentangy Liberty High School and former members of Buckeye.  They come to us with over a year of experience of teaching at SafeSplash and will be applying that & their competitive experience to the pool deck.  Initially you will see both Chloe & Jules assisting Laurie on Thursdays.  This is a huge help as Laurie has been outnumbered by our swimmers!  We are very excited to have their enthusiasm and teaching skills on our pool deck.  Make sure you introduce yourself and welcome them if you happen to be at the pool on a Thursday.

Slack and the future of the TeamApp app

Big & exciting news!By leveraging our boosters nonprofit status, we have been able to grab a Slack account for free!  As a result we are in the process of migrating from the TeamApp app to Slack.  We are very excited about what this means for ease of communication within our program.

We will use public and private channels within Slack.  Public channels will be for group and team communication.  Private channels will be a way for swimmers, parents and coaches to privately communicate.  This includes sharing how a swimmer is doing, videos and attendance.  In a  private channel a parent must be a member - this increases the safety of our communication between our athletes and coaches.  As you know, our athlete protection standards prohibit all athletes from direct/private electronic communication with a coach. Athletes must be 13 or older to join Slack.

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Senior, Junior, NPG on February 14

Due to Districts and no Lew on Thursday, practice has been moved to 4:00 this Thursday.  We will swim until 6:00 and the facility will be op...