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GCSTO Team Members, We’re still looking to fill a few spots in the younger levels on the team so if you could help out it would be appreciated. If you know of anyone out there with a 12 & under swimmer who may be interested in swimming please get me their contact information (name, age, telephone number, email and your connection to them) and I’ll take it from there. Again, I want to take the time to welcome you to our fall/winter season on behalf of the entire staff. Thanks for being part of our team and thanks for making us GCSTO Strong! Immediate Notes Of Interest Academic All-GCSTO Team We will be placing an Academic Recognition section onto our web page and need your help getting the names of your athletes who hold a 3.5 or better. Please let us know their grade point and we’ll include them if you’d like. We will put their first and last name, only, on the web page (no schools will be listed for privacy and safety reasons). Our areas of recognition will be: 1 - 4.00 or better athletes 2 - 3.50 or better athletes 3 - National Honor Society athletes 4 - “Special Achievement” athletes (realizing that your schools may award you certain honors that we may not know about we want you to be able to share those with us). Please get this information to me via email right away so that I can put it on the web page if you wouldn’t mind! Junior Open Practices Attendance Is Picking Up More and more of you are taking advantage of these extra practices that we’re providing to you on Saturday mornings at Academy (9:45-11:30 a.m.). There IS a practice this weekend even though we have some athletes in their first meet so please feel free to come on in if you are in Levels 1, 2 or 3 and want an extra practice! Championship Team Openings Still Exist – No Practice This Weekend Though Our Championship Team practices still have room for other qualified athletes if they are interested so let me know if you’re interested and we can get you started. Remember that there is NO practice for this group this weekend since many of these athletes will be in their first meet. Practice Changes This Week There are no practice changes this week. Normally when there is a meet that is attended by a large portion of the team we have an adapted practice schedule to help combine the athletes into a consolidated practice to help ensure it is properly staffed (since many coaches will have to be at the meet) and to help save on pool rental. This way those remaining swimmers who are not in the meet are ensured that they get a practice that weekend. Too, there are times when high/middle school meets or holidays affect our schedule so we’ll keep an update on those changes here from now on through the rest of the season. Team Caps We will be changing our design for our team caps this year but do have some of last year’s silicone caps still available for $8 each (we’re out of the old latex ones). Once the new styles caps become available we would like the athletes to wear the new ones in competition. You will be able to wear either style in practice (as remember that we prefer that our athletes wear team caps in practices, as well) so if you want to prolong your new caps by wearing an old style cap you can get one from us for the reduced $8 price. Contact coach Nye if you’d like one delivered as he carries these with him at all times. Team Training Equipment We have updated our equipment order forms as we’re out of some of the used supplies and now have redone the forms to reflect new purchase information only. Please note that the updated forms are on the web site. Ordering questions should go to coach Tann who handles this (email@example.com). Stroke Camp Sign-Ups Our Greater Columbus Advanced Technique Stroke Analysis Camps start in just a couple weeks. Please CLICK HERE to see more on these and get an application. We’re upping our discount to current team members for FALL camps to a little over 20% so your cost for these camps would only be $30. Please register right away if you’re interested! Teen Fitness Program Our Teen Swim-Fit Program has started at the Concourse and we are taking additional registrations now for this first session. If you have someone who would be interested in this program please CLICK HERE to see more about this 3 day a week non-competitive program that’s a great way for 12 & overs to keep fit in a fun and relaxed environment. Swimming Lesson Sign-ups Our next session of swimming lessons start October 30 and we’re taking registrations now for that session. Please CLICK HERE for more information on this. Please read the “Registration Information” section in the informational brochure very carefully for complete instructions and additional pertinent information. Financial Information You should now have at least $350 in your athlete’s team fee account by now. These were due on the th th 12 .Those without this amount currently in their accounts by tomorrow (the 19 ) will have the $15 late payment fee added to their accounts. This takes into account the one-time 1-week grace period that we allow. These should not be mailed or handed to anyone but coach Nye tonight (Monday at St. Charles) or tomorrow (Tuesday at Academy) night to ensure that it is here on time to take advantage of that grace period. Your next $150 payment (or whatever is left due on your account if you owe less than $500) is due by November 23 to avoid the late payment charge for that installment. Please mail those to GCSTO, PO Box 30483, Gahanna, OH 43230 or hand them to your coach at practice. Remember that if you have financial questions that those should come to coach Nye and not your own coach as they do not handle anything in relation to finances. Thanks! Volunteering Information 1 – Team Volunteer Requirement: Please remember that you need to sign up, in advance, with Julie Pastor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ensure yourself of getting signed up for your volunteer sessions. Our meet information packets are available on our web site under the “Swim Team Information” tab and then under the “Swim Meet Information” tab. You can see dates, days and times in that meet info to best determine when it is that you’d like to work. Please don’t simply show up to a meet expecting to try and work as it may already be filled up with volunteers. Sign up in advance and note that you may have to work sessions that your athletes aren’t even in to be able to get your full quota in. Many families already have to do this as their athletes may never be in any one of our meets so this is not an uncommon practice and is just fine to do. 2 – Booster Club Help Needed: We’re looking for some more great volunteers to help our Booster Club at our swimming meets this year (in concessions). Tricia Twigg is in charge of this aspect of our Booster Club. She organizes our concession sales at our swimming meets to help ensure that everything is purchased, donated and delivered to the meets. This is a great way for someone to get volunteer credit on their own schedule as we can ensure that you get the help during actual meet operations so that you’re not required to be there the whole time. If you want to help out please contact Tricia at 614-855- 8528 or email@example.com. Thanks! Swim Meet Information All of the information pertaining to our swimming meets can be found on our web site under the “Swim Meet Information” fly-out tab under the “Swim Team Information” tab there on the left. An incredibly detailed description of the entire swimming meet process can be found listed in the 2010.2011 Fall/Winter Communications table there on the “From the GCSTO Offices” fly-out tab also located under the “Swim Team Information” tab. Please read through that “GCSTO Meet Entry Procedure” article to see how this all operates. Contact your coach with questions. Swim Meet RESERVATION Information 11/19-21/10 CM Fall Challenge Keating Nat., Cinci, OH Holiday Inn Express, 11160 Dowlin Drive, Sharonville, OH 45241 (513-771-9080). We have 35 double rooms ($84/night plus 16% tax) and 5 suites with 1 king bed and a pull-out sofa ($99/night plus 16% tax) under “Greater Columbus Swim Team”. Call by October 18 to reserve your room under your own name and credit card or the remaining rooms in the block will be dropped. 12/10-12/10 MAKO Holiday Classic Miami Univ., OH Baymont Inn & Suites, 5190 College Corner Pike, Oxford, OH 45056 (513-523-2722). We have 12 king suites, 6 standard kings, 2 standard double doubles & 2 doubles (1 double bed, only) at $99.99 per night plus tax under “Greater Columbus Swim Team”. Call by November 8 to reserve your room under your own name and credit card or the remaining rooms in the block will be dropped. 1/28-30/11 Circle City Classic IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN Candlewood Suites, 1152 N. White River Pkwy, West Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46225 (317-536- 7700). We have 18 one bedroom king suites ($92/night plus 17% tax) and 7 two bedroom kings ($122 per night plus 17% tax) under “Greater Columbus Swim Team”. Call by January 7 to reserve your room under your own name and credit card or the remaining rooms in the block will be dropped. 3/4-6/11 Ohio Senior Champs Miami Univ., Oxford, OH Best Western Sycamore Inn, 6 East Sycamore, Oxford, OH 45056 (513-523-0000). We have 25 double doubles at $99 per night plus tax under “Greater Columbus Swim Team”. Call by February 3 to reserve your room under your own name and credit card or the remaining rooms in the block will be dropped. 3/11-13/11 Ohio SC Championships BGSU, Bowling Green, OH Quality Inn, 1550 East Wooster St., Bowling Green, OH 43403 (419-352-5211). We have 30 double doubles at $60 per night plus tax under “Greater Columbus Swim Team”. Call by February 10 to reserve your room under your own name and credit card or the remaining rooms in the block will be dropped. 3/24-27/11 Central Zone Sectionals IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN Park Place City Centre (the one right there with the Candlewood), 1150 N. White River Pkwy, West Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46225 (317-829-1200). We have 20 two bedroom king suites ($119/night plus tax). Steve will handle the coordination of all of these rooms ensuring the athletes all have rooms and then releasing the remaining rooms to the parents. Basic Points Of Interest & General Information 1 – Peanut Free Pools: We want to start off the year getting everyone on board in terms of keeping our pools peanut free in lieu of the chance that anyone in attendance there has severe reactions to peanuts. We will not be serving these in concessions or hospitality at meets and will ask everyone not to bring these in to the facilities at any point in time. Remember, too, that our swimming meets and practices are to be smoke & alcohol free, as well. Thanks! 2 – Team Practice Position Availabilities: We do have positions open in a couple of the younger training groups as of this date although we are close to full in several of those. We are focusing hard on filling these remaining practice positions. It will be our goal to have as many levels on the team completely filled within the next 2 weeks as possible. If you know of someone who you can contact and bring into the team please let coach Nye know and we will contact that individual. A stronger, healthier level means that we have more competition in practice, more social interaction for your athletes in practice, more workers/volunteers to staff our meets, greater stability to add assistant coaches to the practice schedule and more so everyone’s help is appreciated in these efforts. Please do NOT recruit swimmers from other USA Swimming or Y Swimming teams as that is not allowed. Thanks! 3 – Team Spirit Packages: Our Booster Club Spirit Package will be ready within 2-3 weeks. We cannot order the t-shirts for these packages until we have everyone’s deposits in so once this is done we can place those orders and get those T-shirts printed (as each athlete gets one as part of their package). Remember, too, that you’ll receive yet another team t-shirt as part of your team fees. Remember that rd we’re encouraging you to buy a 3 t-shirt if you’re participating in swim meets so that your athlete has one shirt to wear per day of that meet (as they are often 3 days long) so see #9 below for more information on that. That way, we can show our team pride as ONE each day of the meet. Who To Contact To help you remember who to contact pertaining to certain items please use this: Team Programming Financial Information – Steve Nye (614-478-5445 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Meet Volunteering – Juli Pastor (email@example.com) Entry Accounts – Brian Tann (614-312-8323 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Basic Practice Questions, Meet Participation Questions & the like – Your Coach (that roster is attached) Subsidiary Programming Greater Columbus Advanced Technique Stroke Analysis Camps (1 day stroke camps starting up here in a few weeks) – Steve Nye (614-478-5445 or email@example.com) Greater Columbus Swim School (swimming lessons operating year around at multiple facilities) – Erin Harris (614-582-2597 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Greater Columbus Swim Fit Program For Teens (a dry land/water fitness program for teens) – Erin Harris (614-582-2597 or email@example.com) Greater Columbus Home School Program (our swim team program for home school children) – Crystal reamer (614-581-9203 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Note on these “programs of interest”: Please do NOT contact me (Steve Nye) on these items. While I have helped get these up and running, they each actually have a program director in charge to handle all aspects of administration of the program so that I can maintain focus on the swim team and not these other programs. Thanks for being a part of the team!
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