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.


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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!

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 ...