2017 Spring & Summer Information

Our Summer Competitive Season is April 16 to July 23, 2017
Spring Training ends June 2, 2017
All practices are at Columbus North Sports Club (888 E. Dublin Granville Rd) unless otherwise noted.

Buckeye Swim Club is dedicated to developing and motivating swimmers at all levels. We support student athletes in the sport of competitive swimming by developing the character traits, technical skills and intense desire necessary for maximum realization of each individual's potential. Buckeye provides a fun & challenging, team-building experience. BKYS recognizes the contribution of all its members and strives to maintain athletic excellence in a supportive team environment.

New Swimmers! There is a $125 registration fee to join Buckeye.  This will include your booster fee and USA Swimming Membership.

Silver Program

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 three times a week for one to one and half hours of swimming and/or conditioning.  The group will emphasize stroke development and conditioning.  Competing in practice will take on a smaller role.

Spring Schedule:
Sundays: All girls, 3-4:30 (optional dry land 4:30-5) & All Boys 4:30-6:00 (optional dry land 4:00-4:30).
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00-7:00
Bonus Practice with Scarlet (earn with 90% attendance): Tuesdays 7-8:30

Summer Schedule TBA – typically offer 3-4 evenings per week

Fees: $440 for Spring & Summer ($235 for Spring or Summer only).
Lead Coach: Jess Ward

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.

Spring Schedule:
Sundays: All girls, 3-4:30 (optional dry land 4:30-5) & All Boys 4:30-6:00 (optional dry land 4:00-4:30).
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00-7:00
Bonus Practice with Scarlet (earn with 90% attendance): Thursdays 5:30-6:45

Summer Schedule TBA – typically offer choice 3-4 evenings per week OR 4 mornings per week.

Fees: $425 for Spring & Summer ($220 for Spring or Summer only).
Lead Coach: Jess Ward

Intro to Swim Team, ages 12-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.  There are currently plans to offer a May group.  Tentatively we have space Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 6:45-7:30, with a cost of $125 and no registration fee.  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.

Scarlet 1, Ages 10-Under Spring Practice Schedule:
Sunday All girls, 3-4:30 (optional dry land 4:30-5) & All Boys 4:30-6:00 (optional dry land 4:00-4:30)
Monday 4:30-6:30
Tuesday 6:30-8:00
Wednesday 6:30-8:30
Thursday 5:30-6:45

Scarlet 2, Ages 11-14
Sunday All girls, 3:00-5:00 & All Boys 4:00-6:00
Monday & Thursday 4:30-6:30
Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30-8:30

Summer for both groups will include available practices of up to 4 mornings a week and 3 evenings.  Morning practices will be expected of Scarlet 2.  We will try to plan those to be early enough for a before work drop off so that working parents can manage carpools with stay at home/work at home parents.

New! Gold Group – Scarlet 2 plus Saturdays 7-9 am. More information will be distributed later.

Fees:
$595, Scarlet 2
$550, Scarlet 1

Lead Coach: Laurie Karr

 

Senior Program

Junior
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 who have completed their Scarlet training/are competing at the Zone level in multiple events 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 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered during the long course season. Minimum age – 12, recommended age 13-15.

Spring Practice Schedule:
Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm
Monday & Thursday 6:00-8:30
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:00-7:00

Summer schedule will include 5 mornings per week and 2 evenings

Fee: $780 – NEW swimmers only.  Returning Juniors do not pay beyond their current agreement.

Senior
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

Spring 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

Summer schedule will include 5 mornings per week and 2 evenings

Fee: $910 – NEW swimmers only.  Returning Seniors do not pay beyond their current agreement.

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


2016-17 Team Information

Intro to Swim Team Winter 2017

January 6 – March 3
MC Fitness Center

This program is an introduction to competitive swimming. Swimmers will learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming in a small group and educational environment, which includes the introduction of all four of the competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle).

Fourteen 45 minute practices
Every Friday in January and February from 4:45-5:30
Sunday’s 3:15-4:00 from January 8-February 12
At the conclusion swimmer’s will attend a USA Swimming Competition. Swimmer’s 9 & older will attend Central Regionals at CSG February 18-20. Swimmer’s 8 & under will attend the Mini Meet March 4-5 at Worthington
Cost $200

Registration  is Open at Active.com! Click Here


Welcome to Buckeye Swim Club! We are just finishing yet another incredibly successful year, and are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the pool this fall. If you are new to Buckeye, you will find that we have the most dedicated & devoted coaching staff in Central Ohio, offering innovative and quality swim instruction in a motivational environment. We are a close knit team with strong friendships between swimmers and parents. The following is a summary of our program offerings for 2016-17. If there is anything we have left out or that you need clarified, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail Coach Laurie Karr (614-562-0544 or laurie@bkyswim.com).

 

2015-16 Team Highlights

The team is just finishing a fun filled and fast year of swimming. Our Senior Program had a very successful return trip to Auburn this spring. Locally, 94% of our senior group advanced to High School Districts this year and 1/3 of our age groupers advanced to Ohio JO's.  Beyond the pool, our swimmers have been learning how to apply their experiences in sport to become better leaders.

 

Fees

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

 

Fundraising

New this year, we will offer fundraising to help lower the overall cost of the program for everyone.  Our parent booster club is also organizing some fun team building and social activities for the swimmers & parents.  We may have an opportunity to host a championship meet in the summer of 2017, and plan at least one additional fundraiser.  The fundraising fee is required and can be paid with a check or through participation. 

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

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 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.

 

Text Box: COLUMBUS PRACTICE LOCATIONS:  Columbus Sports Club:  888 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., 43229 MC Fitness & Health: 7100 Graphics Way, Lewis Center, 43035  Summer outdoor/additional training: Minerva Park




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).  Silver and participants commit to the winter season only and may optionally choose to join us in the spring/summer.  As each training group is grouped by ability, tryouts are required to earn a spot in a group. Swimmers must also maintain a minimum attendance in order to keep their spot. Those that dip below the required attendance will work with their coach in order to bring attendance to the desired minimum.

PROGRAMS BASED AT COLUMBUS SPORTS CLUB

 

Senior and NPG

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 at the conclusion of the high school season. Travel expenses and meet fees for this experience are not included in group fees. Minimum age – 14

 

Senior/NPG Group Requirements:

Attendance - Dedication to training is a key element to success and a demonstrated commitment to the sport, team, and group are necessary for members of this group. Swimmers in this group must maintain a minimum of 90% practice attendance. With 5-6 practices offered on a weekly basis, this allows one missed practice for each two-week period. NPG is by invitation only and has an additional two practices each week.

 

Training Requirements - eligibility for this group is based on commitment level and desire and ability to train at increased levels.  The following are minimum training standards for this group.

      • Legally swim the four competitive strokes and 400 Individual Medley
      • Complete 10 x 100 freestyle kick on 1:50 interval
      • Complete 10 x 100 freestyle swim on 1:20 interval
      • Complete 8 x 100 stroke on assigned intervals (backstroke - 1:30, breaststroke - 1:45, butterfly - 1:40)
      • Complete timed 2000 yard freestyle swim in under 27 minutes (1:21/100 average)

 

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. 


 

Junior

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 who are competing at the Zone level and are preparing for 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 long course season. Minimum age – 12, recommended age 13-15.

 

Junior Group Requirements:

Attendance - Dedication to training is a key element to success and improvement. Swimmers in this group must maintain a minimum of 80% practice attendance. With six (6) practices offered on a weekly basis, this allows one missed practice each week.

 

Training Requirements - eligibility for this group is based on commitment level and desire to see progressive improvement.  The following are minimum training standards for this group.

      • Legally swim the four competitive strokes and 400 Individual Medley
      • Complete 10 x 100 freestyle kick on 2:00 interval
      • Complete 10 x 100 freestyle swim on 1:30 interval
      • Complete 6 x 100 of stroke on assigned intervals (backstroke- 1:40, breaststroke - 2:00, butterfly - 1:50)
      • Complete timed 1000 yard freestyle swim with bilateral breathing in under 14 minutes (1:24/100)

* High school swimmers with a desire to "move up" to senior must maintain an 80% Junior attendance record and progress toward Senior training requirements. Move up opportunity Thanksgiving week.

 

Silver

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 3-4 days per week during the winter season. Additional practices will be offered during the long course season. Minimum age – 7, Recommended for ages 10-13.

 

Silver Group Requirements

Attendance – Consistent attendance is a key element to success and improvement. Swimmers in this group should maintain a minimum of 66% practice attendance.

 

Prior swimming knowledge – our Silver group at Columbus North Sports Club expects that swimmers have had some prior competitive swim experience.  Swimmers should be able to compete 25-50 yards of each of the four competitive strokes legally.  An ability to read a pace clock is not required, but very helpful.  Swimmers should have the ability to quickly follow instructions and a desire to work with teammates and coaches to become a better swimmer.

 

 

PROGRAMS BASED OUT OF MC FITNESS

 

Scarlet

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. Practices are offered 5 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered during the long course season.   Minimum age – 7, appropriate for ages 8-14.

 
Scarlet Group Requirements

Attendance – Commitment to the program is a key element to success and improvement. Swimmers in this group must maintain a minimum of 70% practice attendance.

 

Swimming Requirements - eligibility for this group is based on commitment level and desire to see progressive improvement.  Swimmers should be able to complete a 200 IM legally prior to joining Scarlet.  Scarlet swimmers should have some understanding of how a pace clock works prior to their first practice.  Being able to quickly follow instructions is a must.  The most successful swimmers in this group have a strong desire to work with their teammates and coaches to improve their swimming.




Silver MC

This group is designed for those athletes with little or no competitive experience 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 swimming and fitness but are not yet ready to dedicate themselves to swimming as their primary sport. Practices are offered 3-4 days per week during the winter season. Additional practices will be offered during the long course season. Minimum age – 5, Recommended for ages 6-10.

 

Silver Group Requirements

Attendance – Consistent attendance is a key element to success and improvement. Swimmers in this group should maintain a minimum of 66% practice attendance.

 

Prior swimming knowledge – our Silver group at MC Fitness expects most of our swimmers will have no prior competitive experience.  Swimmers should know some basic skills from swim lessons: rotary breathing, swimming one length of the pool free and back, breaststroke kick and dolphin kick. Being able to swim each of the four strokes legally prior to joining this group is very beneficial.  Swimmers should be able to quickly follow instructions.

 


Group

Training Fee

Registration Fee*

Fundraising Fee

Commitment

Senior

$1875

$200

$400

Year round

(Mid-August 2016 to early August 2017)

NPG

SR +$100

SR

SR+$100

Junior

$1550

$200

$400

Scarlet

$860

$200

$300

Winter
(Sept to early March)

Silver

$670

$200

$200

High School

$240

$200

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.

HOW TO PAY YOUR FEES
You may write a check to Buckeye Swim Club for your team fees.  If paying by check, full payment for the Scarlet, Silver and High School training fee is due by October 1.  Senior & Junior families wishing to pay by check may pay in two equal installments by October 1 and February 1.  Those that wish to make monthly installments must set up automatic withdrawal from an electronic payment method (credit card, debit card or e check) through Coach Karr.  Declined payments will be charged a $25 administrative fee.  We will not collect training fees through active.com due to the high processing fee.
Monthly payment amounts are as follows:  Senior $192.50/month in 10 installments, Junior $158.97/month in 10 installments, Scarlet $147/month in 6 installments, Silver $114.60/month in 6 installments.
FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT
Each swimmer will be responsible for either fundraising the amount indicated or writing a check to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters for the amount.  Senior swimmers will have the opportunity to apply a portion of the amount raised over the minimum requirement towards their spring travel meet costs.
MEET FEES

Meet fees will be charged to your preferred method that you set on active.com 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 2016-17 year we will charge a 5%admin fee per meet. Travel meets might include an additional travel fee for coach hotel stays.

 

MEET PARTICIPATION & REGISTRATION

Age Group participants are not required to attend meets. Thus, swimmers MUST register for each meet that they wish to attend.  Once registered coaches will choose and approve events for the swimmer.

 

Training Group Participants are REQUIRED to attend meets. Swimmers will be automatically signed up for meets and charged meet fees UNLESS they decline a meet ahead of the entry deadline.

 

DISCOUNTS 2016-17
  • 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

Registration is Online! Please go to http://www.active.com/swimming-team/columbus-oh/buckeye-swim-club--17-2016 to register. Please read all waivers thoroughly prior to finalizing registration.

 

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.

 

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 & swimoutlet.com 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 swimoutlet.com/bkys throughout the year.

COACHING STAFF

Lewis Timberman: Coach Lew is responsible for our Senior,  Junior & Silver groups.

Laurie Karr: Coach Laurie is responsible for our Scarlet group.

Jenn Secrest:  Coach Jenn will return as an assistant this winter.

COMMITMENT HAS ITS ADVANTAGES

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 are able to 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.