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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.

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.
Our registration & group fees include all training fees, pool time, coach’s fees, coaching at meets, current USA swimming registration, and a team t-shirt.  Our fees do not include meet event fees.

The Booster Club is now fully budgeted on its own and is a great support group to our program.  Booster fees are collected separately by the group and are outlined in the fee section of this packet.


Buckeye offers instruction, training & competition for all levels of swimmers seeking individual development in a unified team environment. We strongly believe in the importance of peers in a swimmer’s development. We will offer competitive group programs for seasoned swimmers that can’t get enough of the water.  These groups ask swimmers to attend between 75-90% of practices (attendance requirement increases with age/group).  We also have a terrific starter program for new competitive swimmers or kids that have interests beyond the pool.  These groups typically offer three practices a week and we like to see the kids twice a week. Those wishing to join our age group & competitive programs may need to participate in a tryout for correct group placements. Tryouts will be offered in July & August, Thanksgiving week and at the completion of the winter competition season.

General Program Notes:  Our Scarlet, Junior & Senior training groups are a year-round commitment to attend competitions and practices. Training breaks are offered twice a year after the last championship meet of each season (Senior & Junior breaks are typically 3 weeks; Scarlet & Silver breaks are typically 4-6 weeks).  Scarlet & Senior program spots are granted by ability, tryouts may be required to earn a spot in a group. Swimmers may need to maintain a minimum attendance at practices in meets to keep their spot. Those that dip below the required attendance will work with their coach to bring attendance to the desired minimum.

Silver Program
This group is designed for those athletes with some competitive experience who are competing at the local level and are interested in exploring swimming competitively at a higher level. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, learning to control speed, introducing age appropriate stroke techniques, learning to work cooperatively with teammates and learning how to swim a training set. This group is designed for athletes who enjoy competitive swimming and fitness but are not yet ready to dedicate themselves to swimming as their primary sport. Practices are offered 2-4 days per week during the winter season. Additional practices will be offered during the long course season.

Silver 2 Ages 9-14.  This is a recreational swim practice group for swimmers that are interested in swimming but do not wish to attend competitions.  Additionally, this is a great place for older swimmers to start that have never competed. This group will meet two-three times a week for one to one and half hours of swimming and/or conditioning. This group will provide a mixture of training and stroke technique coaching and will be offered seasonally year-round. Lead Coach: Jess Ward

Sundays: 4:30-6:00
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:45-7:00

Silver 1, Ages 10 & Under.  This group is geared to 8-under competitive swimmers and first year nine to ten-year-old competitors.  The group will emphasize stroke development, conditioning & practice rules/etiquette.  Swimmers are expected to attend 6 meets per year.  Lead Coach: Jess Ward

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 Fit, Ages 9-16.  This is a recreational swim practice group for swimmers that are interested in swimming but do not wish to attend competitions.  This is a great introduction to swim training group & also a terrific fitness activity between sport seasons.  Practices will focus on fitness with little stroke instruction.  This group will be offered in three 6-week sessions:  Fall October 8 -November 17, Winter January 2-February 5 and Spring April 15-May 25. Coach Lew Timberman

Sundays & Tuesdays 6:00-7:15 pm

Intro to Swim Team, ages 8-Under.  This is our introductory group for swimmers that are interested in swimming but aren’t sure if they are ready.  This group typically offers two 45-minute practices per week with a focus on stroke development, swimming language and practice rules/etiquette.  This group is offered seasonally when space is available.  Please email if you are interested in this group and we will keep you updated.

Scarlet Program
This group is designed for those athletes with competitive experience who are in middle school, or younger athletes that are currently competing at the Ohio JO level. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, introduction to race strategy, advancing stroke technique, positive self-talk, taking responsibility for own progress, fitness, and an introduction to training. It is acceptable for swimmers in this group to participate in other sports. Multi-sport athletes will have attendance requirements waived during the fall season. This season we will specify shorter practices and a greater emphasis on technique for our youngest Scarlet members to help protect from over training (this group will not exceed 90 minutes in water).  We will also add an additional practice for our highest achieving Scarlet members. Lead Coach Laurie Karr.

Scarlet 1, age 10-un, Practice Schedule:
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, Ages 11-14, Practice Schedule
Sunday 1:00-3:00
Monday & Thursday 4:30-6:30
Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30-8:30

Scarlet Gold: Scarlet 2 plus Saturdays 7-9

Senior Program

This group is designed for those athletes with competitive experience who are either in high school and not yet ready for Senior training or those age-group athletes nearing Sectional cuts and are preparing to transition to the Senior Training Group. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, advanced race strategy, goal-setting, and an introduction to increased training loads. This group is designed for athletes who enjoy competitive swimming and fitness but are not yet ready to dedicate themselves to swimming as their primary sport or need more time for a demanding academic schedule. Practices are offered 5-6 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered during the summer season. Minimum age-12, recommended 8th & 9th grade.

Fall Practice Schedule:
Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm
Monday & Thursday 6:30-8:30
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30-7:00
Saturday 7-10 am

This group is designed for those athletes wishing to swim in college and possess a desire to set Sectional and National meet qualifications as their primary goals. Emphasis will be on continued skill development and race strategy, seasonal planning, and increased training loads. This group is designed for athletes who are committed to swimming as their primary sport. Practices are offered 5-6 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered (and required) during the long course season. The coaches will be planning an optional travel trip after the high school season. Travel expenses and meet fees for this experience are not included in group fees. Minimum age – 14

Fall Practice Schedule:
Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm
Monday & Thursday 6:00-8:30
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:00-7:00
Saturdays 7:00-10:00 am

NPG  Invitation only group for high achieving Seniors.  Add two mornings per week during the school year at Planet Fitness.  Additional fees to include cost of facility use.
Senior Program Lead Coach: Lewis Timberman

High School Practice Groups
High School swimmers have several options at Buckeye:

Option 1: Join the Senior program which is a year-round commitment to the program, with attendance requirements.  Senior Program requirements are outlined on the next page.
Option 2: Join the Junior program which is also a year round commitment to the program, but has a slightly relaxed attendance policy.  Junior Program requirements are outlined on page 4.
Option 3: Fall High School Prep Program. This year will offer a High School Prep program from mid-August to the conclusion of the Senior Meet in November. This is a 12 week program. Participants attend all offered Scarlet or Junior practices (pick one group please) with no attendance requirement.

Team Uniform

Swimmers are required to wear the team suit and cap at all competitions. Caps are provided to swimmers as needed at meets. All swimmers are required to have their own pair of fins & Kickboard at practice.  Coaches may also require additional items.  Our suit this year will be Speedo's Caged Out in red.

Team Supplier
Our official team supplier is Speedo and SwimOutlet. Per our contract with Speedo, Speedo suits are required to be worn at all meets.  In turn Speedo & provide our team with discounts. Additionally, our National level swimmers receive free items from Speedo. We will schedule a team fitting day this fall to order our suits and equipment. Additionally, you may shop our team items at throughout the year.

2017-18 Fees
Training Fee
Registration Fee*
Booster Fee
Per swimmer.

Register by July 6 and receive $40 off your registration fee!
$25 per family

Each swimmer will be asked to fundraise $75 in addition to required booster membership
Year round
(August 2017 to mid-July 2018)
Scarlet Gold

 (September 5, 2017 to early March 2018)
Scarlet 2
Scarlet 1
Silver 2
Silver 1
Silver Fit
High School
Not required

*The registration fee is nonrefundable.  By registering for Buckeye, you are committing to complete payment on fees outlined above.  There will be a 5% processing fee added to your registration.

Training Fees will be invoiced through QuickBooks Online.  Scarlet & Silver winter program training fees are due in full by October 1.  Senior/Junior annual training fees are due in two installments, half by October 1, the remaining by March 1. You may pay these online or write a check to Buckeye Swim Club. Declined payments will be charged a $25 administrative fee.  We will not collect training fees through due to the high processing fee.  We are happy to break training fees into monthly payments.  Simply inform us that you plan to do so then make regular payments by the first of the month against your invoice.  We will charge an initial $10 set up fee then a $5 late fee for all payments that aren’t made by the 1st and as such require an administrative reminder.
Each swimmer will be responsible for either fundraising $75 in proceeds or writing a check to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters for the amount. In addition, each family will be charged a $25 booster club membership fee.
Meet fees will be charged to your preferred method that you set on on the day that we are admitted into the meet (1-3 weeks prior to the meet).  Once entries are finalized and submitted, the meet host does not issue refunds. During the 2017-18 year we will charge a 5% admin fee per meet. Travel meets might include an additional travel fee for coach hotel stays.

Each swimmer is required to DECLINE or ACCEPT meet invitations before the indicated deadline.  We will charge a $5 administrative fee to your account for each meet in which you fail to do so.  New families will be given a two-meet grace on this requirement.

·         You may participate in our SCRIP program in which retailers give us a percentage back of your gift certificate purchase. That discount is directly credited to your fees.
·         We have family discounts. With 2 siblings, all fees are 5% off, 3 siblings are 9% off and 4 or more siblings are 12% off. This discount does not apply to registration or meet fees.
·         Scholarships are available to those who qualify for financial reasons.


Registration is Online! Please go to to register. Please read all waivers thoroughly prior to finalizing registration.


At Buckeye, we like to recognize and reward commitment to our program. Swimmers that enroll in our year-round training group programs receive many benefits including:

·         Comprehensive training schedule. Very few programs in Columbus can offer more than 4 practices each week for their age group swimmers. Buckeye offers up to 6 practices weekly. This gives young swimmers the opportunity to attend at least 4 practices each week with some flexibility to participate in activities outside of swimming. This also allows older swimmers that have decided to commit fully to swimming, the opportunity to attend and improve at a higher level.
·         Individualized Instruction. The more a swimmer attends practice, the better the coach knows the swimmer. Attending consistently allows our coaches to learn what swimmers respond to, their individual learning needs and how to bring out their best in and out of the water. It is rare when a swimmer in our training programs needs to pick up private lessons.
·         The Team Push & Pride in Effort. Being a part of a group that has committed to something challenging can create an amazing dynamic where everyone pushes each other to excel. This also can lead to tremendous pride in individual and group effort. Teams that perform at the highest level are just that – TEAMS. Individuals rise to the expectations of the team and, often, surpass what they perceive as their capabilities.


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