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.

Summer Small Groups

Reminder: NO small groups this week.
This summer, we have replaced small groups with Stroke Clinics.  This is mostly semantics, but it is also so that we can include our Scarlet 1 swimmers in the small group opportunity.  Our stroke clinics will be staffed by a minimum of 3 coaches, which (we believe) will give us that all important 1 to 8 ratio.  We will have several teaching points that we want to include in the stroke clinics this summer.  Stroke Clinics are offered Monday & Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 at Columbus North.  Swimmers do not need to sign up for specific clinics and can attend as many as they like.  Many of our swimmers have summer team meets on Mondays OR Wednesdays and will only be able to attend one of these a week.

Practice Schedule this week

Monday, June 3 - regular practice schedule

Tuesday, June 4  - all groups at Columbus North Sports Club
Senior 1:30-4:30
Silver 4:30-6:00
Scarlet 4:00-6:00 (in water at 4:30)
Buckeye 1 4:30-5, Buckeye TOO 5-6

Wednesday, June 5
All groups at Northland Community Pool (6000 Beechcroft Road)
Seniors & Scarlet 9:30-12
Silver 10:30-11:45
Buckeye Too 10:30-11:15

Thursday, June 6
REGULAR SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS :)
Download the schedule here

All swimmers should wear or bring running shoes to all practices at Northland.

The patches are here!

Most of our original patch order arrived incorrect just a  few days after the banquet.  The new patches are finally here and will be distributed via the mail folders by the end of the week.

Summer Meet Saga

The summer meet strangeness continues.  We are back in the Mike Peppe meet. However, many of you were very excited to hear that we would return to the Wooster meet rather than attend OU on Sunday or Peppe that week-end.  Our kids that signed up for Peppe genuinely do need to attend that meet.  So this is our compromise to the entire team.  We will attend all of Peppe AND Friday & Saturday of Wooster.  The Wooster meet is now open on our entry sign up site.  As a reminder we do want all of our 8-14 year old swimmers attending 2-3 days of the Regional Championship meet July 12-14 in Bowling Green.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Safety Poster Contest

2013 USA Swimming Operational Risk Committee
Safety Poster Contest
Sponsored by Swimmer’s Edge

Contest Details
The objective of the Safety Poster Contest is to build awareness for safety in the competitive swimming environment.  Each Local Swim Committee (LSC) gets to pick its winner.  From the LSC winners the Operational Risk Committee will pick 10 posters to be displayed at the USAS Convention. The Grand Prize winner will be selected at Convention based on voting by visitors to the display.  All athlete members are eligible. 

The Operational Risk Committee of USA Swimming invites you to create a poster for our Annual Safety Poster Contest, sponsored by Swimmer’s Edge.  The theme for this year’s contest is Safety at Swim Practice.  This contest promotes safety in our sport and is targeted to our athlete members.  

The goal is simple: create a poster about Safety at Swim Practice (water or dryland) the rest is up to you and your imagination.  Please remember no copyrighted material may be used without permission.  The USA Swimming logo may be used.

The poster can be created in any medium but must be submitted in an electronic format (scanned, photographed, electronically created, etc.) from the LSCs to Operational Risk Committee.  Poster must be 20” x 24” for display.  All athlete members are eligible, each LSC picks one winner.  The Operational Risk Committee will select 10 posters from the LSC submissions for display at the United States Aquatic Sports (“USAS”) Convention.  Grand Prize will be selected at Convention based on voting by visitors to the display.

Awards:
·         All entries at LSC level will receive a specially designed Deck Pass Patch;
·         Each LSC winner will receive a small gift;
·         The Top 10 will each receive a personalized award and have their poster displayed at the USAS Convention in September;
·         The Grand Prize winner will be announced at the 2013 USA Swimming House of Delegates Meeting and receive a $250 gift certificate for merchandise from Swimmer’s Edge.

Timeline:
Date
Activity
Responsible Party
June 1, 2013
Promote Poster Contest information.  Email LSCs (Permanent Offices, Safety Chairs and General Chairs), post Contest information on USA Swimming website, LSCs “blast” Contest information to athletes/clubs and/or post on LSC website.
USA Swimming, Operational Risk Committee and LSCs
July 22, 2013
Each LSC selects 1 winner and forwards to Operational Risk Committee
Athletes and LSCs
July 26, 2013
Top 10 Poster selected and announced
Operational Risk Committee
By August 15, 2013
Top 10 posters to be mailed by respective LSCs to the following address:
USA Swimming
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Attention: Carol Burch

Must be in original or displayable medium (20”x24”)
Top 10 LSC Posters
September 10-14, 2013
Display and voting to select grand prize winner
USAS Convention Attendees



Friday, May 24, 2013

Ringya

I just sent out the first practice related change message via Ringya.  It appears that many of you have home phones and invalid numbers listed as your mobile phone.  Please, everyone, go to the Ruigya app and update your information so that we can quickly contact you when we have changes.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Practice Schedule May 24-June 5

Practice Schedule May 24-June 5
Please make note of changes to the schedule as we try to work with holidays, meets and school schedules
NOTE: Please bring running shoes to all OUTDOOR practices.

Friday, May 24, 2:00-4:00
Silver, Scarlet & Senior 2-4 at the Powell Pool
(Olentangy Swim Association, 245 Village Park Dr, Powell, OH 43065)
No practice at Columbus North
*If you are still in school, you are welcome to come late and possible stay a little later than 4.

Saturday, May 25 at Powell Pool (Olentangy Swim Association)
9:00-11:00: Silver, Scarlet & Senior
10:00-11:00 Buckeye 1 & Too
The weather looks a little chilly for Saturday morning, we will do our best to have a  productive practice.  Silver and Scarlet should be prepared for dry land.  We'll warm the kids up nicely on land then throw them in.

Sunday & Monday - NO PRACTICE - enjoy your holiday week-end

Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday May, 30 - regular practice schedule

Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 - NO PRACTICE due to the meet at OSU. Kids that miss practice Friday, May 24 due to school are WELCOME to schedule a make up with Coach Laurie at Columbus North for Friday (late morning).  Email me.

Monday, June 3 - regular practice schedule

Tuesday, June 4  - all groups at Columbus North Sports Club
Senior 1:30-4:30
Silver 4:30-6:00
Scarlet 4:00-6:00 (in water at 4:30 for those that are still in school)
Buckeye 1 4:30-5, Buckeye TOO 5-6

Wednesday, June 5
All groups at Northland Community Pool (6000 Beechcroft Road)
Seniors & Scarlet 9:30-12
Silver 10:30-11:45
Buckeye Too 10:30-11:15

Thursday, June 6
REGULAR SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS :)
Download the schedule here

Monday, May 20, 2013

Memorial Week-end practice schedule

We will be on a  modified schedule for the holiday week-end.  We plan to offer practice Friday & Saturday outdoors.  Friday practice will be in the early afternoon and Saturday practice in the morning.  We are waiting to hear the open status of the pool that has indicated that we can rent from them this week-end (they are doing repairs on a  leak) and expect to know on Thursday.  PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ON THURSDAY NIGHT.  If we cannot get into the outdoor pool, we will be at Columbus North Sports Club.

No practice Sunday and Monday - enjoy the holiday!!

Mike Peppe Entries are Due today

The Mike Peppe (pronounced peppy) meet entries are due today.  Please note that ALL seniors should attend this meet.  Age group swimmers should attend this meet only if they ARE NOT attending Regionals.  If swimmers are trying to qualify for JO's Regionals is indeed the better meet (there are more swim opportunities).  Sign up here:
https://cui.active.com/swim-reg/login?a=283056403

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hotel for Indy Meet


Staybridge Suites
9780 Crosspoint Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46256
(317) 577-9500

We have
7 Studios Queen bed with pullout and kitchen for $93.00 plus tax
7 King fro $103.00 plus tax

The cutoff is June 20th just mention you are with Buckeye Swim Club.
The price is a little higher for less than a 2 night stay.

Thanks to Sandy Hammond for arranging this!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Summer Jam & Mike Peppe Entries

Summer Jam entries have been sent.  1/3 of our swimmers appropriately responded to the invitation.  Note that we received the meet file on Wednesday morning and were asked to get our entries to the meet host at 8 am this morning.  We have asked if we can add swimmers as late as Friday this week.  We do not yet know if they will accept additional entries.  HOWEVER, if you would like to be one of those swimmers considered, please log in and enter by Wednesday night.

Please note that Peppe entries are due 5/20.

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

Meets

Several people have asked which meet they should attend Flag City in Findlay, Ohio or the Summer Jam in Fishers, Indiana (Indianapolis). The Summer Jam is indoors and will be more comfortable for our younger swimmers (Silver 1, 8 & under).  Our 9-10 swimmers can pick either meet or do both (both meets are timed finals for this age group).  We would like our 11 & overs to swim both meets.  Swimmers will be entered int heir best events at the Summer Jam. At Flag City, they will be entered into events that they do not normally try, or in their best stroke but a different distance.  This will give our swimmers the opportunity to grow their events list and abilities.  This also keeps their best events 'fresh' for the Summer Jam.

Peppe vs. Regionals
The other popular question is which meet to swim -Mike Peppe or Regionals.   Here's the entry guide:

  • If you are swimming Ohio JO's and not Regioanls, enter Peppe if you would like.
  • If you are swimming Regionals but Not Ohio JO's, DO NOT enter Peppe.
  • If you are swimming just a couple of events at JO's you need to CHOOSE which meet you will make your last chance to pick up more JO cuts: Peppe or Regionals.   Do not do both.  That would be 3 major meets (plus summer league meets) in 3 weeks.  By the time JO's rolls around, things get a little tired and ugly.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ringya

Some of you have recently received an invite to a smart phone app called Ringya.  This is coming from me and isn't some strange form of spam   The app allows me to upload our roster for each training group.  I believe this will be very useful this summer if we ever need to cancel or change due to weather.  The app allows us to text each member on the roster with last minute notifications or changes.  Please log into the app if you would like to make sure your information in correct.  It also gives you a contact list of all of the parents in your group.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet


Dear Parent/Guardian and Athletes,

This information sheet is provided to assist you and your child in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Every athlete is different and responds to a brain injury differently, so seek medical attention if you suspect your child has a concussion. Once a concussion occurs, it is very important your athlete return to normal activities slowly, so he/she does not do more damage to his/her brain.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe, and athletes can get a concussion even if they are wearing a helmet.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Athletes do not have to be “knocked out” to have a concussion. In fact, less than 1 out of 10 concussions result in loss of consciousness. Concussion symptoms can develop right away or up to 48 hours after the injury. Ignoring any signs or symptoms of a concussion puts your child’s health at risk!

Signs Observed by Parents of Guardians
Appears dazed or stunned.
Is confused about assignment or position.
Forgets plays.
Is unsure of game, score or opponent.
Moves clumsily.
Answers questions slowly.
Loses consciousness (even briefly).
Shows behavior or personality changes (irritability, sadness, nervousness, feeling more emotional).
Can’t recall events before or after hit or fall.

Symptoms Reported by Athlete
Any headache or “pressure” in head. (How badly it hurts does not matter.)
Nausea or vomiting.
Balance problems or dizziness.
Double or blurry vision.
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy.
Concentration or memory problems.
Confusion.
Does not “feel right.”
Trouble falling asleep.
Sleeping more or less than usual.

Be Honest

Encourage your athlete to be honest with you, his/her coach and your health care provider about his/her symptoms. Many young athletes get caught up in the moment and/or feel pressured to return to sports before they are ready. It is better to miss one game than the entire season… or risk permanent damage!

Seek Medical Attention Right Away

Seeking medical attention is an important first step if you suspect or are told your child has a concussion.  A qualified health care professional will be able to determine how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports and other daily activities.
No athlete should return to activity on the same day he/she gets a concussion.

Athletes should NEVER return to practices/games if they still have ANY symptoms.

Parents and coaches should never pressure any athlete to return to play.

The Dangers of Returning Too Soon

Returning to play too early may cause Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) or Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). SIS  occurs when a second blow to the head happens before an athlete has completely recovered from a concussion.  This second impact causes the brain to swell, possibly resulting in brain damage, paralysis, and even death.  PCS can occur after a second impact.  PCS can result in permanent, long-term concussion symptoms. The risk of SIS and PCS is the reason why  no athlete should be allowed to participate in any physical activity before they are cleared by a qualified health care professional.

Recovery

A concussion can affect school, work, and sports.  Along with coaches and teachers, the school nurse, athletic trainer, employer, and other school administrators should be aware of the athlete’s injury and their roles in helping the child recover.

During the recovery time after a concussion, physical and mental rest are required.  A concussion upsets the way the brain normally works and causes it to work longer  and harder to complete even simple tasks.  Activities that require concentration and focus may make symptoms worse and cause the brain to heal slower.  Studies show that children’s brains take several weeks to heal following a concussion.

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Ohio's Return to Play Law


Ohio's Return-to-Play Law: What a Parent/Guardian Needs to Know – Youth Sports Organizations

For athletes participating in youth sports organizations (non-school sports):

1. Starting April 26th, 2013, parents and athletes are required to receive a concussion information sheet annually for each sport.

2. Coaches, referees, or officials must remove an athlete from play if the athlete is exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a concussion during practice or a game. These include:

Appears dazed or stunned.
Is confused about assignment or position.
Forgets plays.
Is unsure of game, score or opponent.
Moves clumsily.
Answers questions slowly.
Loses consciousness (even briefly).
Shows behavior or personality changes (irritability, sadness, nervousness,
feeling more emotional).
Can’t recall events before or after hit or fall.

Any headache or “pressure” in head. (How badly it hurts does not matter.)
Nausea or vomiting.
Balance problems or dizziness.
Double or blurry vision.
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy.
Concentration or memory problems.
Confusion
Does not “feel right.”
Trouble falling asleep.
Sleeping more or less than usual.

3. The athlete cannot return to play on the same day that the player is removed.

4. The athlete is not permitted to return to play until they have been assessed and receive written clearance by a physician (MD or DO) or by any other licensed health care provider approved by the youth sports organization.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to review your organization’s policy regarding which health care providers are authorized to clear an athlete to return to play.

For More Information

Ohio Department of Health - Ohio’s Return to Play Law: www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Heads Up in Youth Sports:
www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Returning to School after a Concussion:
www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/schools.html


Parent/Guardian – Youth Sports Organizations – Updated 2.6.13

May 18-19

We will hold a normal practice schedule May 18-19 (originally these had been canceled due to the swim meet).

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Summer Practice Schedule

Here's the tentative summer practice schedule :)  Can't wait to start enjoying some outdoor pool time.  Please note that we are training mornings at the Norhtland Community Pool - this is different than Northland Swim Club (where we were last year).  It is 161 & Beechcroft.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5Fb_Y_UYoxtSWlEbWtFRGhEbTQ/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Silver & Scarlet Conferences

Parent-Coach Conference times are now available for all parents of Silver & Scarlet swimmers.  Please choose a 15 minute slot to have a brief conversation with Coach Laurie regarding your swimmers progress, our plans for further progress and any concerns you might have.  Please note that pressing concerns should not wait until conference time.  If you have an immediate need please email or call ASAP.


Sign Up Now!

Cincinnati Meet Closed

Unfortunately, our team was not able to get entries in before the Cincinnati meet was closed. Because of this, we will not attend either meet in Cincinnati the week-end of May 17-19.

We are working on a  team building activity for May 18 or 19 and will let you know if we are able to put something together.

We will be submitting meet entries the moment they open for the OSSC meet, and hope that will be sufficient to get into the meet.  Please make sure you accept or decline your entry ASAP.  Thanks!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Meet Invites - what to do with them


We just emailed you your meet invites.  PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THESE EMAILS! 
Simply hit the respond now button (see the example below) and click on attend or decline.  We really need you to decline if you are not attending.

You will get these emails even if you have already signed up.  The system is not smart enough to pull out those that have already accepted.  

Your credit card is not charged until we finalize entries.  This is typically done AFTER we hear from the meet host that our entries were accepted (5-10 days before the meet).

Enjoy your summer with this sign up system - we like it about as much as you do - we are getting rid of as soon as swimtopia is ready to take us on as a new client.  Check them out at www.swimtopia.com

Sample e-mail:
We are now accepting entries for the upcoming 2013 OH OSSC Spring into Summer Splash. Please respond to let us know whether or not you plan to attend the meet.
Swimmer name: Makenzie Karr
Swimming ID: 040296MAKAKARR
2013 OH OSSC Spring into Summer Splash
May 31 to June 2, 2013
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Swimmer surcharge: $3.50
1847 Neil Avenue
Individual event fee: $6.00
Columbus, OH 43210
Relay event fee: $0.00
USA
Respond
If you are having problems viewing this email, copy and paste the following link into your browser to respond to the invitation: https://cui.active.com/swim-reg/login?m=114101

Pool Committee Forming

Update - we are still looking for 2-3 more people (have 3).  Really you just need to be upbeat and have the ability to keep me (Laurie) focused and moving towards digging a hole and filling it with water.  I'd like to meet this week, so please respond today that you want to join us!

We are forming a pool committee to help us get this pool built and up and running.  We now have land options and need to make some decisions in the coming weeks to get moving forward again.  We need a group of people to start helping in order to see this to the end!  Here is what we are looking for:

  • Anyone that is positive, motivated and can do research necessary to help build (talking to architects, engineers, builders, etc).
  • Anyone that has experience or connections with the things we need:
    • Excavating
    • Plumbing
    • Electric
    • Engineering (Civil & Structural)
    • Building/Construction
    • Home builders
    • Concrete work
We would like to see if we can entice a home builder or construction company to build our building (locker rooms and offices) at or below costs in exchange for a year of free swim lessons to give to their future clients.  If anyone knows of such a builder, please get them in front of us.

Email Coach Laurie if you would like to help!

Practice location reminder

Buckeye 1, Buckeye Too, Silver 1, & Silver 2:
All Tuesday & Wednesday practices are at the North YMCA
*Silver siblings can attend Scarlet practice at the sports club.  We have two coaches at these practices to handle the variety in ability.

Sunday practices are at OWU for all groups.
We only have two more Sundays due to meets and holidays!

The summer practice schedule will be out later in the week.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Meet Entry

Sign ups are now available on the Active portal for our first three meets. We plan to send these in early May, so please accept or decline ASAP.

Regular Spring Practice Schedule begins today

April 22-June 2

Senior
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:45-6:30
Tuesday 6-8:30
Saturday 7-10 am
Sunday 6-8:30 pm at OWU

Scarlet
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:15-8:30
Tuesday 4:30-6:45
Friday 5-7 (1st hour is dry)
Sunday 6-8:15 pm at OWU

Silver
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30-6 at North YMCA. Please let your coach know if your school schedule will cause you to be late.
Thursday 5:30-7
Friday 5:00 & 6:00 Small Groups
Saturday 8-10 am (1st hour is dry land)
Sunday 6-7:30 pm at OWU

Buckeye 1 & TOO
Tuesday & Wednesday
1: 4:30-5, TOO: 5-6 @ North Y

Saturday
1: 8:30-9 am; TOO: 9-10 am

Sunday 6-7 at OWU

IMPORTANT NOTE
• All Sunday practices are at Ohio Wesleyan
• Tuesday & Wednesday: Silver and Buckeye 1, TOO will share 3 lanes at the North YMCA
• SILVER & SCARLET SIBLINGS:  Silver Siblings of Scarlet swimmers should attend practice at Columbus North Sports Club with the Scarlet group on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Enroll in Kroger Community Rewards


You can easily support our Boosters by enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards program and point your Kroger Plus Cards towards Buckeye Swim Club Boosters. Kroger gives 4 million dollars per year towards registered organizations and the money is allocated based on the percentage spend of each registered organization. Each year in April, Kroger requires all individual participants of each registered organization to Re-Enroll.

I have attached the instructions on how to Enroll and how to Re-Enroll. The Buckeye Boosters will earn approximately $400 per quarter through the Kroger Community Rewards Program!  Please note that Kroger no longer tracks individual accounts.  All monies earned go directly to our boosters.

  Kroger Community Rewards Program:  Reenroll
Go to www.Kroger.com and Sign In
Go to Account Settings under My Account
Click Edit under Community Rewards
Search 80337 or  Buckeye Swim Club
Click Save and you are Re-enrolled

Kroger Community Rewards Program - Enroll
Register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com
Be sure to have your Kroger Plus Card handy
Click on Sign In (even if you are not enrolled)
Click Get started. Sign up today
Enter your email address and create a password
Select your Kroger store using your zip code and agree to Terms and Conditions
Click on Yes, you have a Kroger card
You will then get a message to check your email in-box.  Click the link in the email to confirm.
Now click Log In to Your Account and use your email address and password
Click on Community Rewards then on Edit Community Rewards Information and enter your Kroger Plus Card Number
Update or confirm your information 
Enter 80337 or Buckeye Swim Club then click to confirm
To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page
You must swipe your Kroger Plus Card or use your phone number related to the account when shopping for each purchase to count
Each year in the month of April you will need to re-enroll in the program for the period of May 1-April 30.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Silver & Scarlet practices begin next week


April 22-June 2

Senior
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:45-6:30
Tuesday 6-8:30
Saturday 7-10 am
Sunday 6-8:30 pm at OWU

Scarlet
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:15-8:30
Tuesday 4:30-6:45
Friday 5-7 (1st hour is dry)
Sunday 6-8:15 pm at OWU

Silver
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30-6 at North YMCA. Please let your coach know if your school schedule will cause you to be late.
Thursday 5:30-7
Friday 5:00 & 6:00 Small Groups
Saturday 8-10 am (1st hour is dry land)
Sunday 6-7:30 pm at OWU

Buckeye 1 & TOO
Tuesday & Wednesday
1: 4:30-5, TOO: 5-6 @ North Y

Saturday
1: 8:30-9 am; TOO: 9-10 am

Sunday 6-7 at OWU


IMPORTANT NOTE
All Sunday practices are at Ohio Wesleyan
Tuesday & Wednesday: Silver and Buckeye 1, TOO will share 3 lanes at the North YMCA
SILVER & SCARLET SIBLINGS:  Silver Siblings of Scarlet swimmers should attend practice at Columbus North Sports Club with the Scarlet group on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Give Back to Swimming - Become an Official

It's easy to be an official and give back to the sport that your child adores.  Plus you get free snacks at meets and can watch the action from the front row!  if you are interested in being an official the first step is to attend the spring officiating clinic.  Read on for the details:

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 1 to 4:30 PM, Worthington Northwest Library, Hard Road.
As a reminder in addition to our other varying requirements to officiate, you must also attend one officials clinic per calendar year either at the Central Commission (Columbus) or you may elect to attend one in Cincinnati, Dayton or Toledo. When attending please do bring either $6.00 in cash or a check made out to Ohio Swimming Inc. for the clinic fee.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Parent -Coach Meetings

Coach Laurie will be meeting individually with Silver & Scarlet parents in late April & early May.  At this meeting we will discuss each swimmers progress and lay out a plan for future improvement & progression through our team.  This will also be your chance to discuss anything that you need improved from our staff.  If you feel that your child needs something that we are missing, we want to hear from you.  Sign ups for these meetings will be available in the next week or so.  In the meantime, if you have something pressing to discuss, please call or email.

Your RSVP is needed by Friday

It's time to celebrate an amazing year at Buckeye!  Please RSVP this week for the team banquet this week.  The banquet will be held April 21 at The Lakes.  You can find everything you need to RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5Fb_Y_UYoxtVHkzeHZEYU5MOWM/edit?usp=sharing

Buckeye Select Practice Schedule

Buckeye 3's  - please contact coach Laurie for a practice schedule.  I've had a couple of Buckeye 3's interested in starting later and would like to accommodate that whenever possible.

Buckeye TOO weeks of April 8 and April 15
Tuesday & Thursday 5-6 at Columbus North Sports Club
Saturdays 9-10

Buckeye 1 weeks of April 8 & April 15
Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-5
Saturdays 8:30-9

Sunday practices begin April 28

Senior & HS Practice Schedule

Senior & High School group swimmers will resume practice Monday, April 8.  For the first two weeks (April 8-20), practices will be held 3:45-6pm Monday - Friday and 7-10am Saturday mornings.

Dry-land will be 3:45-4:30 and swim will be 4:30-6 (M-F) and 7-8 / 8-10 (S).  There will be no Sunday practices until a later date.  We understand that some of you are participating in other spring activities.  The first two weeks are a great chance for you to get a jump-start on training and conditioning.

We had a GREAT short course season and want to keep the ball rolling (somehow, that doesn't go with swimming..."keep the fin kicking?") going into the long course season.  It would be nice to get some qualifying times out of the way this summer.

Silver Small Group Assignments

This spring we will hold small group practices Fridays at 5:00 & 6:00. We plan to have 2-3 groups going at a time so that we can group the kids by ability with each coach.  Please email me your preferences as soon as possible.  Small groups begin Friday, April 26

Digital Splash: Finding the Perfect Fit for College Swimming

For many graduates, receiving a high school diploma doesn't diminish their desire to swim. They are just as passionate in the water after graduating as they were when they first jumped in a pool.

For such athletes, college swimming is the perfect fit. In college, student-athletes can continue to progress in their sport, compete in state-of-the-art facilities, create lifelong friends and potentially get help paying for their education.

Read about how to find the right college swimming program for you in “The Perfect Fit,
published in the digital edition of the March-April issue of Splash.

Monday, April 1, 2013

TOP 5 RECOVERY SNACKS FOR SWIMMERS


BY CHRIS ROSENBLOOM, PHD, RD, CSSD
A young swimmer asked me about after-practice recovery snacks, specifically if she needed a special product marketed as an “after” workout recovery drink. She didn’t really like the taste of the commercial product and wondered if there were good alternatives.

I admired her “food first” approach and suggested she try some of the recovery snacks listed below. A good recovery snack provides carbohydrate to replenish muscle glycogen and a small amount of protein to aid in repairing and strengthening muscles. Recovery nutrition is most important for swimmers who train daily or compete in several events over the course of a day(s) during a meet.

1. Almond or peanut butter and fruit jam sandwich on whole grain bread. If you are tired of peanut butter, try almond butter for a new taste. Almonds contain the antioxidant vitamin E and are a good source of protein. Mix the nut butter with quality carbs from the bread and fruit jam for a tasty recovery snack that needs no refrigeration.

2. Vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt with low-fat granola cereal and berries. Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt (but slightly less calcium), and when paired with granola and berries it makes for a sweet treat that also provides healthy plant compounds (called phytonutrients) in berries.

3. A cup of instant oatmeal with low-fat milk. Oatmeal is a satisfying recovery snack that will keep you feeling full until your next meal, and if you have water and a microwave handy, it is hot and ready to eat in a few minutes. Pair it with a carton of low-fat milk to add protein.

4. Pita bread pocket stuffed with Albacore or light chunk tuna. The tuna in a pouch is less fishy tasting than canned tuna and comes in interesting flavors (try sundried tomato and olive oil or lemon pepper). Tuna is good source of the healthy “fish oils” called omega-3-fatty acids. Water packed tuna contains the heart healthy fats so you don’t need to buy the oil packed tuna to get the health benefits.

5. Whole wheat mini-bagel with sliced turkey, cheddar cheese and sliced apple. I love mini-bagels; each one has 100 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrate making a good recovery carb. Turkey is a lean protein, and a slice of cheddar cheese provides calcium and loads of flavor. Apple slices add crunch and pairs well with the turkey and cheese. Hard cheeses, like cheddar, have less lactose (milk sugar) than other cheeses, so a good for those with mild lactose intolerance.

All of these snacks provide carbohydrate and protein and have the added bonus of being nutrient-rich (meaning they provide needed nutrients for the calories). What is your favorite recovery snack? Send me your ideas via email for a future column!

Chris Rosenbloom is the sports dietitian for Georgia State University Athletics and is the editor of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports Nutrition Manual, 5th edition, 2012. She welcomes questions from swimmers, parents and coaches. Email her at chrisrosenbloom@gmail.com.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Scarlet & Silver Break

We are getting ready to begin our Scarlet & Silver break from the pool.  All Scarlet's & Silvers will have April 1-21 off.  We hope this is enough time for you to all miss us and look forward to being back in the water.

At Buckeye we believe strongly that a break from training is great for forgetting bad habits.  When the kids return we begin anew on our emphasis of good and effective technique.

Open practices this week are Monday, Weds & Thursday from 4-5:15.


Senior & Buckeye Select Breaks are ending

The Buckeye Select swimmers are near the end of their 5 week break and will return to the pool on Tuesday, April 9.  Please note that the first two weeks of practice will be held entirely at Columbus North Sports Club.

The Senior group is nearing the end of their 4 week break and will return to the pool on Monday, April 8.  Coach Lew will communicate the schedule directly with you.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

2012-2013 Swim Season Banquet


Buckeye Swim Club
2012-2013 Swim Season Banquet

Where:      The Lakes Country Club
6740 Worthington Road
Westerville, OH 43082
When:       Sunday, April 21, 2013
Time:         5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Let’s celebrate a great season of swimming!

The evening will include…

  • Dinner- Mixed Garden Greens, Shredded Cheddar, Diced Tomatoes, Croutons& Ranch and Italian Dressings; Fruit Salad, Garlic Bread, Herb Grilled Julienne Chicken, Penne Pasta, Meat Sauce, Alfredo, Marinara, Parmesan Cheese, Chef's Choice Vegetable Medley, Chicken Fingers with BBQ Sauce and Honey Mustard)
  • Dessert
  • Awards- Each swimmer receives a participation award.

Cost:
$18 per adult/$10 per child
*As with all USA Swimming events, this event is alcohol free.  Those that wish to enjoy an adult beverage may do so after we officially conclude the business of handing out awards (approximately 7/7:15 pm). Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase cash only or members apply to account.



To make your reservation send check along with the bottom portion of this flyer to Heather Weidenhamer (address below) or place your check and slip in an envelope Attn: Heather Weidenhamer in the banquet folder found in the “Graham WEIDENHAMER” mail folder at Columbus North. Please return your payment by April 12th. Members please send me your member # with how many attending.

Make check payable to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters

Heather Weidenhamer                                 Name:                                                                                                 
5410 Grand Oak Blvd.                                     # of Adults:                         x $18=                                                  
Galena, OH 43021                                            # of Children (under 19):                              x$10=                   
                                                                                Coach gift donation amount:                                                     
Member # (if applicable)                                                                                              Total:                                    

*** In addition, if you’d like to make a donation to a gift for the coaches, please include it in your check with a notation of how much you are giving on the form.  We will be purchasing gifts for the coaches to be presented at the banquet.

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 Ole...