Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spring Schedule

Our spring and summer training schedule and fees will be released early next week.  Of note, we have tentatively set the Senior, Junior and Gold start date as April 9 and all other groups the week of April 16. 

Our calendar has been updated with summer meets.  First meet is May 12 at the University of Akron.

Barry Bagels Fundraiser

Barry Bagels will donate 20% of your purchase price to support your school activities when you present this flyer or show it on your smartphone at the time and place below.
Supporting:
Buckeye Swim Club
Thursday, March 1st, 2018 6:30am- 7pm
AT BARRY BAGELS
655 Worthington Rd. Thursday, March 1st, 2018


Thursday, February 22, 2018

USA Swimming, Letter from the President



Dear USA Swimming Family,

In light of recent media coverage, I would like to provide some perspective on the very important subject matter discussed and the commentary surrounding USA Swimming’s Safe Sport efforts.

Let me be clear: USA Swimming does not tolerate sexual abuse or misconduct, and I assure you that this organization is facing this extremely serious issue with one very clear goal – protecting children and athletes.

Every day we work hard to get better as an organization. We are never complacent. We want to listen and to hear from you. We are rightfully held to a high standard by our membership and our peers, and we will continue to work tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower clubs to create the best possible environments for all members.

We will not shy away from acknowledging or supporting survivors of abuse, and we will strive to ensure that there is never a lapse of a support system again. We will continue to work hand-in-hand with survivors, the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, and law enforcement to hold wrongdoers accountable and remove them from our organization. 

While we disagree on several of the reported statements and many of the conclusions in recent media reports, members were failed, and we are doing everything we can to make sure it never happens again. 

Our system of uncovering sexual abuse is not flawless, but it has enabled USA Swimming to detect and prosecute members who have engaged in this misconduct. Every year we have endeavored to make our sport safer for our athletes and other members than the year before. Since 2010, USA Swimming has created a leading Safe Sport program with key resource materials for members, updated its Code of Conduct, mandated abuse prevention training, and created a public list of individuals banned for sexual misconduct-related violations in a continued effort to identify and remove offenders from the sport. This is and will be an on-going process that has our full commitment.

The key aspect to the success of the Safe Sport program is for every member to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity that might be a violation of our Code of Conduct. We simply cannot assume that those being abused will voluntarily come forward, even if given the opportunity to do so in a confidential manner. 

In order to be successful, it will require your active participation. Working together we can strive to completely eradicate sexual abuse from our organization.

For information on USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program visit: https://www.usaswimming.org/talkingaboutsafesport

To report concerns to the U.S. Center for Safe Sport at: https://safesport.org/report-a-concern.

As an organization we can do more, and we will continue to do more with your valued feedback, guidance, and involvement.

Sincerely,

Tim Hinchey III
USA Swimming President and CEO 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Is your account up to date?

As the season draws to a close it is critical that everyone checks their account status.  Please login to your Active Portal and make sure you have paid all of your meet fees.  Also, take a moment to click on your quickbooks invoice to make sure it has been paid in full.

Championship Season Practice Schedule

Please be prepared for schedule changes throughout the championship season. As swimmers complete their competitive seasons, groups will get smaller and sharpen their focus on upcoming meets.  Here is a quick rundown of upcoming changes by group:

Silver:  Last official Silver group practice is Wednesday, Feb. 21 .  Remaining practices will be for swimmers in Silver participating in specific meets.

Scarlet: Last official Scarlet practice is Thursday, Feb. 22.  Remaining practices will be for Scarlet swimmers participating in specific meets

Intro: Last official practice is Thursday, March 1.

Senior & Junior: Last official practice is Thursday, March 1.  See Lew for schedule after this date.

Meet Specific Practices:

Regional Championships: All swimmers will have a practice on Thursday, Feb. 23 prior to the Pasta Party.  Scarlet 2 & Gold 4:30-6, Scarlet 1 & Silver 5-6.

Senior/Junior/Auburn:  Thursday March 1 practice will be from 4:30-6

Mini Meet:  All mini meet swimmers have practice from 6-7 Monday and Wednesday next week, plus 6:45-7:30 on Thursday, March 1. 

JO Group (& Scarlet swimmers attending Auburn) will follow a regular Scarlet GOLD schedule.  Thursday, March 1 will be slightly later (5-6:45) to help accommodate the Auburn group. We do plan to make adjustments to this schedule from March 5-15). 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thursday Practice Schedule

All regional swimmers are invited to a special practice this Thursday.  The practice will precede the team pasta party.  Please plan to attend as follows:

Scarlet 2 and Gold 4:30-6 (this includes JO swimmers)
Scarlet  1 and Silver 5-6

No change to intro group, there will be pasta for the swimmers after, please use the sign up genius to participate.

Senior & Junior 6-7:30 this Thursday (2/22), we will have food for you after practice.
Senior & Junior 4:30-6 next Thursday (3/1).

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pasta Party Update

We still have several items open for the Year End Pasta Party!  Remember this is for ALL BKYS families...ALL groups are invited!  If you only signed up to bring a drink please consider adding a food item as we still need several items to make this Pasta Party a success for the swimmers!  Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday evening!  Attached below is the link to the sign up genius.  Thanks in advance for everyone's support.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aafaa2fa64-bkys


Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 OH OSSC SC Regional Championships


The psych sheet and the tentative timeline are posted on our website. Also attached is a draft of the warm-up assignments. If you have any concerns with these assignments, please let me know by 8 a.m. Monday.

Warmup and Overview of Session Times
Timeline information is outlined in the warm-up assignment document. As a reminder the varsity team has scheduled use of the pool on Sunday for their varsity last chance NCAA qualifier which is why we must work our sessions around them. Our Sunday morning session will start at 7:15 a.m. rather than 9:15 a.m. as on Friday and Saturday. All finals timelines are the same though if the varsity meet were to run long we will shift back accordingly. I don't expect this to be an issue though.

1650 Freestyle
To ensure that we wrap up Sunday prelims and time trials in time, all 1650s will be swum with finals. We will swim those fastest to slowest alternating girls and boys (there are only three total heats, 2 girls and 1 boys).

Split Timed Finals Events
It is important to pay attention to timed finals events that have the fastest heat or two swimming at night. It is important to help those swimmers know when they are swimming since some events don't have any swimmers at prelims. I don't want there to be any confusion for those swimmers on the event day. 

Volunteer Timers & Officials
If you have parents who are willing to help time, we would appreciate having their assistance. Please have them check in at the head table upon their arrival. If they would like to sign up in advance please have them email me at mccorkle@osu.edu. Anyone who is able to officiate should contact meet referee David Short at dshort0813@att.net.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Christine


Christine Z. Thompson
Director of Aquatic Events & Buckeye Aquatic Academy
Office of Student Life Department of Recreational Sports
B106 RPAC, 337 Annie & John Glenn Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
recsports.osu.edu  swimclub.osu.edu divingclub.osu.edu

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Regional Champs Pasta Party- Thursday, February 22nd 6-8 PM

All BKYS Families are invited to attend the Pre-Regional Pasta Party.  This is a great time for the kids and their families to get together and psych up for 3 days of FAST swimming! The dinner will be pot luck style and will be held in the conference room of the Magnuson Grand Hotel. Please sign up with the sign up genius link attached below.
****NO DESSERTS PLEASE!!!!***
Please arrive with your food at 5:30 PM in the event room for set up.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM.

Any questions please contact Laurie Sallows at lesallows@columbus.rr.com


Championship T-Shirt Order Form

We very much appreciate how pragmatic our swimmers and parents have been about our sometimes less than ideal temperstures.. This is a hardy bunch, so we think our championship shirt should reflect that.  This year’s championship shirt will be a dark heather Gildan 8000, 5.6-ounce, 50 cotton/50 DryBlend poly (preshrunk jersey knit) with moisture wicking properties.  The front will be our team logo that appears to be frozen, the back will have the following quote:

“Neither snow nor rain nor frigid pool nor gloom of morning stays these swimmers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

All swimmers participating at Regionals, Auburn, Mini Meet, JO’s and/or USA Sectionals will receive this shirt at no charge (thank you Boosters)!  Parents, family members and all other swimmers may order this shirt for $10.  Please complete the following order form & return to a coach or a Sallows at practice with a check (no cash please) made payable to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters by Wednesday, February 14.
Swimmer(s) Name:_____________________________ Family Name:_______________________

Order forms will also be available at practice.
We will post shirt art to the teamapp when it is available.

Championship Party

Mark your calendars!  Our championship fire up party will be Thursday, February 22 at the hotel!  Look for a sign up genius to come out for food. #nodesserts

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

That was fast!

We swam over 325 personal bests over the last three week-ends.  That's a lot of very fast and focused swimming.  Congrats on applying your hard work to your racing!!  Let's keep up the good swimming headed into Championships.  Go Buckeyes!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Regional Sign Ups Closing

Regional sign ups close tonight!  We have over 20 swimmers that have not responded.  Please let us know ASAP if you are attending.  This is a meet where we do expect all 9-14 year old swimmers to attend!

The flu is here

We have a team sibling that has the Type A Flu virus.  Fortunately she and our teammate have had little contact with the team.  However, this is a very good reminder that the flu virus is here and near our team.  Please boost your immunity, wash your hands frequently and get your sleep.  Let's stay healthy going into championship season!

Week-end Practice Schedule

The following modifications will be made to the schedule this weekend (2/3-4) due to swim meets:
Saturday AM: Senior, Junior and Scarlet Gold 7-8:45 am
Sunday:
Silver & Scarlet 1:30-3:00
Intro - no change (3-3:45)
Senior & Junior - no change

Practice Change this Thursday

Due to a shortage of coaches we need to make changes to the schedule this Thursday, November 29 as follows: Scarlet 2 & Gold 6:30-8:30 ...