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.

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 ...