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An Open Invitation for Buckeye Parents to become a USA Swimming Volunteer Official

Hello Buckeye Parents, I am Will Indest, a fellow Buckeye parent, and a 7-year volunteer official for USA Swimming and Ohio Swimming.  Ever wondered what it would take to get out of those uncomfortable bleachers and get on the pool deck near the action.  Consider becoming an official.  No prior swimming or officiating experience required.  In fact most officials were not swimmers themselves. 
The steps are straight forward and can be found here:    Most importantly, the required clinic is coming soon on Sunday, October 8th at 1PM at the Carriage Place Community Center at 4900 Sawmill Road, Columbus 43235.  
Any questions, call or write me at 614.288.7003 or  Come join us on deck and help us  run the best meets so our kids can get their best times, (and our families can get to the next thing on time.) Parents that officiate will have their booster fundraising req…

Welcome to BKYS- New Parent's Guide to Swimming

Following is a "New Parent's Guide to Swimming/Swim Meets".  I hope that this information is helpful to our new swim parents.  If you still have questions please feel free to contact me at or find me at practice/meet.  I have 2 girls that are in Scarlet 2/Scarlet Gold practice and we will be at all the meets whenever 11-12 and 13-14 age groups are swimming!  Welcome to BKYS, we are happy to have you and your family!

A Buckeye Parent’s Guide to Swim Meets
Swim meets are a new experience for many Buckeye swimmers and parents.  The following information will help make that experience more enjoyable.
Swim meets are a great opportunity for swimmers, parents, and coaches to see how all of the hard work during the season is paying off.  For parents, it’s also a time to meet other parents and have fun interaction while the swimmers are spending time with their teammates and making new friends from other teams.  The entire swimming community is great and th…

Meet Schedule

A few have asked - the meet schedule is current on our website.  You can access a pdf of it there or here:  MEET SCHEDULE

Group Meetings this Sunday

We will have a required parent meeting for both the Scarlet and Silver groups on Sunday, September 17.  Scarlet meeting is at 1:00, Silver meeting is at 4:00.  At this meeting we will review best practices for communication and general information regarding our swim club.  Please bring your cell phone &/or tablet as we will send test communications during the meeting to make sure everyone is receiving communications. We will also review how to sign up for meets.

Immediately following the meeting, each swimmer will have the opportunity to try on & purchase the team suit for this year.
If you need equipment please go to

Price of the team suit is as follows:
Girls suit: $67.20
Boys Jammer: $43.20
Boys Brief: $35.20
Please make checks payable to Buckeye Swim Club.  Sorry no credit cards.  If paying by cash, please seal the EXACT amount in an envelope with your name on the outside.

Senior and Junior swimmers may arrive early to practice …

Team Caps Action Needed

We have uploaded an excel spreadsheet of our current cap order.  Please review the spreadsheet and make sure your order is correct and (if you ordered personalized caps) the correct name is listed.  You may make changes directly to the spreadsheet (do not email coach) and you have until Monday night to do so. When you registered for Buckeye, the system was set up to require a red cap order.  A few of you accidentally ordered a silver cap without ordering a red cap.  You will need to add on to your order, choosing one of the following options:

Replace your silver cap with one red team cap, no personalization.  Additional $2.Replace your silver cap with two personalized red caps. Additional $17.Keep your silver cap and add one of the two above options (one red cap is $10, two personalized caps are $25). Intro to swim team kids are not required to have a team cap.  If you would like your purchase of a cap refunded, please email coach Laurie at

Regular Practices begin September 5

Welcome back to the pool.  All groups will begin regular practices on Tuesday, September 5.  Each swimmer also recently received an email detailing their groups practice schedule.  If you did not receive this, contact immediately!

Team CapsWe will hold off on ordering team caps about one more week.  This will give all of our late signups one last chance to get their personalized cap order in.  With the change to a new team suit, we are also switching of to red team caps!  Very exciting :)  Once that order is placed, we would expect the caps to arrive around the end of September.  Those will then be distributed at practice.

Save $50We have approximately 10-14 spaces left in our Silver group & 6 in Scarlet.  Please encourage your friends to join us!  We have the most space available for swimmers age 8 and younger. We will be giving a $50 discount to both you and your friend should they join before September 17.  Have them use the code FRIENDS17 at registration.  Don…

Amazon fundraising

When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters Inc. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

Swim Clinics

The swim clinics will begin Tuesday, August 22! If you would like to attend, we ask that you bring a friend! These clinics are designed for you and the coaching staff to introduce Buckeye to your friends and interested new swimmers.

Invoices have been sent

Invoices for the 2017-18 season have been sent. Please take a moment to check that all information on the invoice is accurate. If you did not receive an invoice, please email at your earliest convenience.

Scarlet & Silver begins September 5

The new season is just a few weeks away!  Practices being Tuesday, September 5 with the following schedule:

Scarlet 1:
Sunday 1:00-2:30
Monday 4:30-6:00
Tuesday 6:30-8:00
Wednesday 6:30-8:30
Thursday 5:30-6:45

Scarlet 2:
Sunday 1:00-3:00
Monday & Thursday 4:30-6:30
Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30-8:30
Scarlet Gold adds Saturday 7-9 am

Silver 1:
Sundays: 4:30-6:00
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:45-7:00
Bonus Practice (earn with 90% attendance) with Scarlet, Thursday's 5:30-6:45

Silver 2:
Sundays: 4:30-6:00
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:45-7:00
Bonus Practice (earn with 90% attendance) with Scarlet, Tuesdays 7-8:30

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool!

Team Suit and Equipment

The new season is here!
No need to order team suits this year
We will be placing a bulk order for our team suit (this will save some decent $$ for everyone) in late August.  Once all of the suits arrive, we'll have a big team suit fitting party and general team meeting!

Also, we will be introducing swim snorkels to our Scarlet 2 and Gold swimmers.  This means all swimmers in Junior, Senior, Scarlet 2 and Gold will be required to have snorkels.  We have 24 of those on their way to us and will have them at practice by Thursday.   These are $20 each.

Junior & Senior Practice Schedule

The Junior & Senior groups head back to the pool on Monday, August 14!  They will follow this modified schedule to start the season:

Monday 6-8 Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-6:30 Saturday 7-10
Sunday 6-8
Thanks!  Looking forward to seeing everyone back at the pool!

Columbus Youth Triathlon

We are excited to announce the 6thannual Columbus Youth Triathlon & Duathlon on Aug 12th!! Here are the key details · What:Columbus Youth Triathlon ·   When: Saturday, August 6th starting at 9AM – 10:30 AM ·   Where: Powell Adventure Park - 260 Adventure Park Drive, Powell, OH 43065 ·   Race Details:4 Race Options (1) Youth Triathlon (6-18), (2) Youth Duathlon (6-18), (3) Kids Splash N Dash – no swimming! (ages 3-18), and (4) Foam / Grab the loot Run .5 miles or 1 mile (any age) ·   What you receive:  T-shirt, beach ball at finish line, free kids meal at 101 Beer Kitchen, and 1 free pass to Barre3!  ·   Create a team – have others register – the team that gets the most to register receive 8 free tickets to the Clippers game on Sunday, Aug 20th plus $10 per person to the game room at Grand Prix Racing! (up to 20) ·   Where to Register for ·   Use code: 5OFF (Triathlon or duathlon only $20, Splash n Dash $10!) or 20ff (for Foam run only $10!) – codes expires 8/4

Sign Up Genius for Zoombezi Bay on Thursday, August 10th

Please use the sign up genius link below to RSVP for our team outing to Zoombezi Bay on Thursday, August 10th!


Recruiting 101 and Swim Clinics 
As we gear up for the next season, we’d like to take a moment to talk about recruitment.  We do have our end of August Clinics scheduled to help us all recruit new members.  If you know anyone slightly interested in any kind of kids activity, invite them to come with you at the clinics and try us out.  When you bring a new prospective member, the clinic is free to you. We are offering the following clinics at $25 each or $100 for all 5:
•Tuesday, August 22 from 6:30-7:30, Freestyle
•Thursday, August 24 from 6:30-7:30, Backstroke
•Sunday, August 27 from 5:00-6:00, Breaststroke
•Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30-7:30, Butterfly
•Thursday, August 31 from 6:30-7:30, Starts and turns
These clinics will teach the drills and technique philosophy that we utilize in Silver and Scarlet groups.  If your swimmer struggles with our drills, this is a good refresher before we start the season.

The majority of our swimmers come to us based on a recommendation fr…

Silver and Scarlet Practice Schedule this week

Monday AM 7:45-9:10 JO SWIMMERS only
Tuesday AM 8-9:15 AM JO SWIMMERS only
Tuesday PM 5:45-7:00 Silver and Scarlet, LAST PRACTICE
Tuesday  PM 6:30-8:00 JO SWIMMERS only
Wednesday AM 10:40-noon JO SWIMMERS only

Fall swimming begins September 5 for Scarlet & Silver

Just a few more hours to register and save

Thank you to everyone that has already registered early.  This is extremely helpful to us in planning for the next season and how hard we will need to recruit for the upcoming year. Just a reminder that you only have a day and a half left to save $40 on your registration for 2017-18.

Important Dates:
August 13  - first day of Senior & Junior practice
September 5 - first day of Scarlet & Silver practice

Notes/New items for this year:
Last year we pulled a huge chunk of your fees into a booster fee.  This chunk has been put back into this year's training fee.Fee increases are as follows: Registration fee from $200 to $250 (this is only $210 if you register by tomorrow night) $25 family booster membership, $75 required booster fundraising.  The core training fees have remained the same, with minor changes within each sub group (for example: Scarlet Gold is slightly higher, Scarlet 1 slightly lower).There are admin fees for not paying attention to your dues and deadlines.  While …

Buckeye Swim Club Boosters- Golf Scramble

On August 19, 2017, the Buckeye Swim Club Boosters, Inc. will be hosting a Golf Scramble at Darby Creek Golf Course in Marysville, Ohio at 2 pm. The registration fee is $75.00 per golfer and will include dinner, snacks, and drink tickets. The format will be a 4 member team scramble with a longest drive and closest to the pin. Several other games will be offered as well. The last day to register is August 11th. If you are interested in being a sponsor or playing in the event, please refer to the attached registrations forms. If you have questions or want to play but don’t have a team or want to volunteer for the event, please contact Ron Sallows at (740) 972-2194. Golf Registration FormSponsor LetterOpportunities for Sponsors

Zoombezi Bay- Save the Date!

We are planning our BKYS team outing to Zoombezi Bay for Thursday, August 10th 10:30 AM-8 PM.

Booster Club will be paying for a team cabana and lunch for BKYS team members!  All Families/Siblings are welcome to join.  More information coming soon!

2017-18 Information

Below is our first draft of the 2017-18 Information, including fees and schedule.  If you register before Regional's, you will receive $40 off registration!

Now that the booster club has firmly reestablished itself your fundraising fees (that were pulled out from your swim fees last year) are back in as part of you swim fee.  We have not increased swim fees, but have asked for $50 more at registration and a $25 family booster fee.

New group assignments will be released this week-end.  If you do not wish to change groups, go ahead and register right away.

All coaches are back for the 2017-18 year.

SWIM CLINICS  We will offer swim clinics for our Scarlet and Silver swimmers throughout August.  If you bring a new swimmer to the clinic, the clinic will be free to you. Fees Our registration & group fees include all training fees, pool time, coach’s fees, coaching atmeets, current USA swimming registration, and a teamt-shirt.  Our fees do not include meet event fees.
Fundraising The Bo…