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2017.2018 Fall/Winter Practice Schedules, Information & Applications

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2017/2018 Fall/Winter Screening Days

At Academy: September 5, 6 & 7 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. each night

At St. Charles: September 6 (Wednesday) & September 8 (Friday - note the date change from Thursday) from 5:45-7:00 p.m., September 9 (Saturday) from 9:45-11:00 a.m.*** 

 

Please go to the pool that is your preference for locations for the season but note that you may go to tryouts at EITHER pool regardless of which pool will end up being your base pool if that better fits your schedule.

There is no cost for this.

 NOTE: All athletes should report for as many of these screening days as possible even if they had come to our July/August screening dates earlier. These September screening dates will allow us to ensure we properly place athletes in their appropriate level, will allow new families to become familiar with the facilities, will allow athletes to become familiar with the staff, will allow athletes to become familiar with our practice routine and more. Remember, athletes are not trying out for our team but rather are trying US (GCSTO) out to determine the quality of that which we provide and if that is what they and their families are looking for in a program.

WHAT TO BRING: Suit, cap (if you wear one), goggles, towel, water bottle & dry land clothing (shorts, shirt & tennis shoes).    

NEW PARENTS MEETINGS: Coach Nye will host a parent meeting from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the Columbus Academy on Tuesday, September 5 & again on Thursday, September 7 at the same time. At St. Charles, this parent meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 6 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

We highly encourage all new families to get a representative to one of these meetings. He will have a presentation for the parents concerning what they can expect throughout the season and will discuss many aspects of the team. Once the presentation is done there will be an open question and answer session. If you need to go to the other pool  (not the pool you plan on having as your home base for the season) to  ensure that you make the meeting please do so. You may also bring your athlete if you'd like so that they can participate in the screening day there. 

2017.2018 Fall.Winter Practice Schedules, Information & Applications

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS 

Last Updated

 Information

2017/2018 Fall & Winter Practice Schedule (This lists all important information concerning tryouts, practice times, schedules, costs and the like). 

2/12/18

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2017 December Holiday Practice Schedule (from 12/23/17 to 1/7/18)  8/23/17 Not yet available

2017/2018 Seasonal (fall/winter, only, at this time) Swim Team On Line Application (ONLY fill out this application if you are a Novice swimmer, Pre-Season High School swimmer or a Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 swimmer who is signing up for fall/winter season, ONLY, at this time) 

8/18/17

https://www.teamunify.com/MemRegStart.jsp?team=ohgcst

2017/2018 Year Around Swim Team On Line Application (ONLY fill out this application if you are a Level 5 swimmer or a Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 swimmer who is signing up for fall, winter, spring & summer year around swimming at this time) 

8/18/17

https://www.teamunify.com/MemRegStart.jsp?team=ohgcst

2018 Athlete Transfer Form (required for all athletes coming to us from another USA Swimming team)

8/18/17

https://ohioswim.formstack.com/forms/transfer_form

2018 Non-Athlete Registration Form (required for all officials, coaches, & meet directors)

8/18/17

http://www.teamunify.com/MemRegStart.jsp?team=czohlsc&event_id=0

Ohio Department of Health Youth Sports Concussion Information Sheet (Note: As of April 13, 2013 ANYONE running a youth sport's program is required by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly to make this information available to their constituency)

8/18/17 

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Ohio Department of Health LINDSAY'S LAW (Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Youth Athletes) Note: As of Jan. 1, 2017 ANYONE running a youth sport's program is required by Ohio SB 252 to make this information available to their constituency) 8/18/17 https://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/landing/Lindsays-Law

 

Fall/Winter Swim Team Information 2017/2018

Important Notes

NEW SWIMMER ACCEPTANCE FROM OTHER TEAMS

The topic of athletes switching from one team to another has always been a delicate issue in, not only this sport, but in youth sports in general. It has become an even greater issue in the recent years as more and more teams spring up. The more teams there are in an area the easier it becomes for team transfers to occur.  Yes, there is a time when a team switch is needed or is simply inevitable. As such, it is important to understand how we feel that this should be done. We ask that any athlete wishing to switch to GCSTO from another USA Swimming OR Y Swimming first contact the head coach of the current club to discuss the situation with that coach. Communicating your concerns or reasoning for your desire to switch with that coach in the form of direct, two-way communication is simply the right thing to do. Again, this is not required but presented simply as a suggestion.     

LOCATIONS

The Columbus Academy (4300 Cherry Bottom Rd. in Gahanna, 43230) - CA 

The St. Charles Preparatory School (2010 E. Broad St., in Bexley, 43209) - SC

NEW SWIMMER TRYOUT WEEKS

For swimmers interested in practicing at Columbus Academy Week #1 is September 5, 6 & 7 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Columbus Academy. For swimmers interested in practicing at St. Charles Week #1 is also September 6, 8 & 9 (Wednesday & Friday from 5:45 to 7:00 and Saturday from 9:45-11:00 a.m.) all at St. Charles. Novice swimmers may report to either pool for tryouts. Please plan accordingly in terms of shoes, shorts, t-shirts and such for the dry land portions of our practices as well as suits, caps & goggles for the pool.  

Week #2 is the following week and is with the level in which the new athlete best fits into within our program as determined during try-outs. This schedule is for all Novice, Level 1, 2 & 3 athletes. Level 4 & 5 athletes new to the team should report directly to Level 4 or 5 practices for their 2 week trial period.

If any vacancies remain on the team after the initial tryout period, athletes who desire to join the team late will be given their 2-week trial period commencing the first day it is that they are able to start practicing with the team.

After December 1, this trial period will be only 1 week in length.

Fall/Winter Practice Schedules & Financial Information 

Age Group Introductory Practice Options

Novice Team (2 practices average maximum per week)

NOTE: Novices may sign up for one of two sessions during the fall/winter season or for the full season. Session #1 lasts 12 weeks from September 11 to December 3, 2017 with Session #2 also lasting 12 weeks from December 4, 2017 to Feb. 25, 2018. Full Season option swimmers will swim from Sept. 11, 2017 to Feb. 25, 2018.  

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Tuesday 5:45-7:00 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:30-6:45 p.m. (at CA), Saturday 9:45-11:00 a.m. (at SC) or Sunday 3:45-5:00 p.m. (at CA) 

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Tuesday 5:45-7:00 p.m. (at SC), Thursday from 5:45-7:00 p.m. (at CA), Saturdays from 9:45-11:00 a.m. (at SC) or Sunday 3:45-5:00 p.m. (at CA)

* February 18 to February 25, 2018 practices are Tuesday 5:45-7:00 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:30-6:45 p.m. (at CA), Saturday 9:45-11:00 a.m. (at SC) or Sunday 3:45-5:00 p.m. (at CA) 

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

NOTE: Novice swimmers are allowed a maximum average of 2 practices per week and that this is the only swim team program we offer in which we have this split-session option. 

Cost: Session #1 (12 weeks from September 11 to December 3, 2017) or Session #2 (12 weeks from December 4, 2017 to Feb. 25, 2018) is $220 per session. Full Season Option (Sept. 11, 2017 to Feb. 25, 2018) is $420Team Registration Fee is $45 for those NOT competing in USA Swimming meets (includes Booster Club fee and Team E-Registration fee) OR $120 for those who ARE competing in USA Swimming meets (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Corporation/Re-association fee is $25.

Age Group Development Practice Options

Columbus Academy Level 1

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Tuesday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at CA), Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at CA), Friday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at SC) and Sunday 4:30-6:15 p.m. (at CA)

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Tuesday 5:45-7:15 p.m. (at CA), Thursday 5:45-7:15 p.m. (at CA), Fridays 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at SC) and Sunday 4:30-6:15 p.m. (all at CA)

* February 19 to March 4, 2018 practices are Tuesday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at CA), Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at CA), Friday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at SC) and Sunday 4:30-6:15 p.m. (at CA)

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $675. Year around (includes fall, winter, spring & summer sessions) payment option cost is $1,015 (fall/winter Gold Medal Camps & summer session Junior Elite Camps not included). Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $30. Corporation/Re-association fee is $35. 

St. Charles Level 1 

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Monday 5:45-7:15 p.m., Thursday 5:45-7:15 p.m., Friday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (all at SC) and Sunday 4:30-6:15 p.m. (at CA)

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Monday 5:45-7:15 p.m., Thursday 5:45-7:15 p.m., Friday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (all at SC) and Sunday 4:30-6:15 p.m. (at CA)

* February 17 to March 5, 2017 practices are Monday, Thursday, Friday 5:45-7:15 p.m. (all at SC) and Sunday 4:30-6:15 p.m. (at CA)

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $675. Year around (includes fall, winter, spring & summer sessions) payment option cost is $1,015 (fall/winter Gold Medal Camps & summer session Junior Elite Camps not included). Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $30. Corporation/Re-association fee is $35. 

Columbus Academy Level 2

* September 11, 2017 to November 5, 2017 practices are Monday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (at CA), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at CA) and Sunday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA)

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Monday 5:45-7:30 p.m. (at CA), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Friday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA) and Sunday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA)

* February 19 to March 4, 2018 practices are Monday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (at CA), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at CA) and Sunday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA)

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

NOTE: Age Group State Championship Team practices are on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (at CA) & Thursday 5:00-6:15 p.m. (at SC) from March 5-8, 2018

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $800. Year around (includes fall, winter, spring & summer sessions) payment option cost is $1,195 (fall/winter Gold Medal Camps & summer session Junior Elite Camps not included). Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $35. Corporation/Re-association fee is $45. 

St. Charles Level 2

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Monday 5:45-7:30 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Thursday 5:45-7:45 (at SC) p.m. and Sunday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA)

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Monday 5:45-7:30 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Thursday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC) and Sunday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA)

* February 19 to March 4, 2018 practices are Monday 5:45-7:30 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Thursday 5:45-7:45 (at SC) p.m. and Sunday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA)

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

NOTE: Age Group State Championship Team practices are on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (at CA) & Thursday 5:00-6:15 p.m. (at SC) from March 5-8, 2018

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $800. Year around (includes fall, winter, spring & summer sessions) payment option cost is $1,195 (fall/winter Gold Medal Camps & summer session Junior Elite Camps not included). Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $35. Corporation/Re-association fee is $45. 

Columbus Academy Level 3

* September 11, 2017 to November 5, 2017 practices are Monday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at CA), Tuesday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Thursday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at CA), Friday 5:30-7:45 (at CA) and Sunday 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA) 

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Monday 5:45-8:00 (at CA), Tuesday 5:30-8:00 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at CA), Friday 5:45-8:00 p.m. (at CA) and Sunday 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA)

* February 19 to March 4, 2018 practices are Monday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at CA), Tuesday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Thursday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at CA), Friday 5:30-7:45 (at CA) and Sunday 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA)

NOTE: There will be a 5th practice option offered from 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA) throughout the season on a trial basis due to expected group size. If we find the practice is not needed based on actual numbers this practice slot will be canceled. 

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

NOTE: Age Group State Championship Team practices are on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (at CA) & Thursday 5:00-6:15 p.m. (at SC) from March 5-8, 2018

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $890. Year around (includes fall, winter, spring & summer sessions) payment option cost is $1,345 (fall/winter Gold Medal Camps & summer session Junior Elite Camps not included). Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $40. Corporation/Re-association fee is $55. 

St. Charles Level 3

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (all at SC), Friday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at CA) and Sunday 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA)

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Monday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Tuesday 5:30-7:45 (at SC), Thursday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Fridays 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at CA) and Sunday 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA)

* February 19 to March 4, 2018 practices are Monday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at SC), Tuesday 5:30-8:00 p.m. (at SC), Thursday 5:30-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Friday 5:45-8:00 p.m. (at CA) and Sunday 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA)

NOTE: There will be a 5th practice option offered from 1:45-4:00 p.m. (at CA) throughout the season on a trial basis due to expected group size. If we find the practice is not needed based on actual numbers this practice slot will be canceled. 

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

NOTE: Age Group State Championship Team practices are on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (at CA) & Thursday 5:00-6:15 p.m. (at SC) from March 5-8, 2018

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $890. Year around (includes fall, winter, spring & summer sessions) payment option cost is $1,345 (fall/winter Gold Medal Camps & summer session Junior Elite Camps not included). Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $40. Corporation/Re-association fee is $55. 

Season End Gold Medal Camp Series

* NOVICE Gold Medal Camp Series practices are Tuesday 5:45-7:00 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:30-6:45 p.m. (at CA), Saturday 9:45-11:00 a.m. (at SC) or Sunday 3:45-5:00 p.m. (at CA) from Feb. 27-March 4, 2018 (swimmers may come in to a maximum of 4 days during this week and we will limit this to 18 swimmers per night) 

Cost: $20 for the week or $6 per day if not signing up for all 4 days

* Level 1, 2 & 3 Gold Medal Camp Series practices are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:00-7:30 p.m. from March 5-8, 2018 (at SC) 

Cost: $25 for all 4 days or $7.50 per day.

 

Senior Practice Options (ages 13 & above)

Level 4

September 5-9, 2017 ALL DRY LAND practices are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (all at SC) and Saturday 8:00-10:15 a.m. (at CA)... please plan on swimming the last 45-60 minutes of the Saturday practice.

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Mondays 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., Wednesday 5:30-8:15 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m. and Saturday 7:30-10:00 a.m. (all at CA)

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Monday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 5:45-8:30 p.m., Wednesday 6:45-9:15 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m. and Saturday 7:30-10:15 a.m. (all at CA)

* From February 19 to March 4, 2018 practices are Mondays 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., Wednesday 5:30-8:15 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m. and Saturday 7:30-10:00 a.m. (all at CA)

* From March 5-15, 2018 there will be a specialized championship season training schedule published in February. All Level 4 athletes are expected to train through the end of the printed regardless of their meet participation status. We are one group... one team so everyone is expected to adhere to this training schedule through the end.

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $1,325. Year around (includes fall, winter, spring, summer sessions) payment option cost is $2,085. Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $50. Corporation/Re-association fee is $70. 

Level 4 Elite Practice Option

This group will allow, by invitation only, these athletes the ability to train with Level 5 on Saturday mornings (or one other day each week if Saturday is not an option) all season. The remainder of their practice schedule is with Level 4.

Cost: Nothing beyond their normal Level 4 fees.

Level 5

September 5-9, 2017 ALL DRY LAND practices are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (all at SC) and Saturday 8:00-10:15 a.m. (at CA)... please plan on swimming the last 45-60 minutes of the Saturday practice.

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Mondays 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 6:15 to 9:15 p.m., Wednesday 6:15-9:15 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Saturday 7:30-10:15 a.m. (all at CA) and Sunday 8:30-11:15 a.m. (at SC)

* November 6 to December 17, 2017 and January 2 to February 18, 2018 practices are Monday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Wednesday 6:45-9:30 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Saturday 7:30-10:30 a.m. (all at CA) and Sunday 8:30-11:30 a.m. (at SC)

* From February 17 to March 5, 2017 practices are Mondays 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 6:15 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:30-8:15 p.m., Thursday 6:15-9:00 p.m., Saturday 7:30-10:00 a.m. (all at CA) and Sunday 8:30-10:45 a.m. (at SC)

* From March 5-15, 2018 there will be a specialized championship season training schedule published in February. All Level 5 athletes are expected to train through the end of the printed regardless of their meet participation status. We are one group... one team so everyone is expected to adhere to this training schedule through the end.

NOTE: December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published in November.

Cost: Year around cost is $2,405 (includes fall, winter, spring & summer sessions). Team Registration Fee is $120 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee, Booster Club fee & Team E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is $60. Corporation/Re-association fee is $80. 

Pre & Post-High School Season Practice Options (freshman and above)

Pre-Season High School 

September 5-9, 2017 ALL DRY LAND practices are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (all at SC) and Saturday 8:00-10:15 a.m. (at CA)... please plan on swimming the last 45-60 minutes of the Saturday practice.

* September 11 to November 5, 2017 practices are Mondays 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., Wednesday 5:30-8:15 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m. and Saturday 7:30-10:00 a.m. (all at CA and all with Level 4)

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $335. Team Registration Fee is $55 (includes seasonal USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee & Team E-Registration fee) OR $85 (includes yearly USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fee & Team E-Registration fee).    

Post-Season High School 

* Feb. 12, Feb. 19 or Feb. 27 onward to their championship meet as this may vary based on the age and ability of the swimmer. See the Level 4 practice schedule listed below for exact dates and training time information.  

Cost: Fall/Winter cost is $35 per week. Team Registration Fee is $85 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee).

Additional Practice Options

Sibling Practice Options

This option is available to those with multiple swimmers who are in back to back levels on the team… with coaches permission, it allows them to take the “upper” level athlete to the practice of their “lower” level athlete once per week AND allows the reverse to also occur once per week. No additional cost is associated with this extra practice.

Home School Swim Team Program

This program is designed for the home schooled athlete who wishes daytime practice options throughout the season. Please see our specific “Home School” flyer for more information.

 

Additional Fall/Winter Financial Information

GCSTO Annual Team Registration Fee

 Each swimmer joining GCSTO is responsible to pay this fee and there are 3 different levels of this fee based on the program the athlete is in.

1 - This fee is $45 for Novice non-competing swimmers which encompasses a $30 Booster Club Fee and a $15 team E-Registration Fee.

2 - For Novice swimmers competing in USA Swimming meets and for all Level 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 swimmers regardless of their competitive status this fee is $120 which encompasses a $35 Booster Club Fee, a $70 USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Registration Fee and the $15 team E-Registration Fee.

3 - This fee is either $55 for Pre-High School Season athletes which encompasses the $40 seasonal USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Registration Fee good through 12/31/17 and the $15 team E-Registration Fee or $85 for which encompasses the $70 USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Registration Fee and the $15 team E-Registration Fee. These athletes may pay an additional $35 to receive a Booster Club team spirit package (2 team T-shirts, a team towel & a team water bottle).

Explanation of Registration Fee Categories

USA Swimming & Ohio Swimming Fees - This once-a-year fee is mandatory for each and every swimmer joining the team in the fall or winter (exclusive of Novice swimmers) whether they compete in swimming meets or not. Novice swimmers wishing to swim in USA Swimming sponsored meets must pay this fee, as well. 

Booster Club Fee – This fee is due from each family as a once a year fee due to the GCSTO Booster Club. The fee is simply $35 for Level 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 families for each child that they have on the team. This fee for Novice swimmers is only $30. This fee will be transferred, in its entirety, to our 501(C)3 Booster Club. The money is used to buy the athletes their spirit packages (2 team t-shirts, a team towel and a team water bottle) and also assists funding our Booster Club programs and events (GCSTO's Polar Power Pin program, National Chevron Program, Swim Meet Hospitality, Team Bowling Party, Team Summer Pool Party and more). 

Pre & Post-Season High School athletes are exempt from these fees but may pay them if they so desire to get their own spirit packages.

GCSTO E-Registration Fee – This $15 fee is used to cover the administrative expenses of setting up our yearly database within the GCSTO offices and on line and is due from any and all athletes joining GCSTO in any of our programs. 

Additional Fee Categories & Descriptions

Fundraising Fee – This fee is due from each swimmer on the team (Novice, Pre-Season & Post-Season High School athletes are excluded) by the fundraiser deadline which will be November 20, 2017. This year’s fundraiser will, again, be a raffle with cash prizes as the raffle awards. Your financial responsibility by Level will be $30 (Level 1), $35 (Level 2), $40 (Level 3), $50 (Level 4) & $60 (Level 5). If you have 2 or more swimmers each swimmer past your first swimmer is only responsible for an additional $20 fundraising fee.

Corporate Fees - This fee is due from each family the first (and only their first) fall/winter season that they become members of the team. If you have more than 1 athlete starting with the team, pay the corporate fee of your "highest" level athlete. As athletes travel through the team they pay less and less per hour to swim with us so this is a "buy-in" right to this reduction. These are listed with the cost of each level above.

Re-Association Fees - This fee is due from any swimmer who has left GCSTO to go to another Ohio USA Swimming team or Y team and then returns to GCSTO. If you have more than 1 athlete coming back to the team, pay the corporate fee of your "highest" level athlete. These are listed with the cost of each level above and are the exact same amounts as the Corporate Fees.

Credit Card Processing Fees - This is a 2.95% fee that you pay along with your team fees. This is an “in and out” charge for GCSTO in that this is what we are charged by the credit card companies for their services.

Multiple Swimmer Discounts - For all families with more than one swimmer in Novice, Pre-Season High School, Level 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 GCSTO will provide you with an approximate 10% discount for each subsequent child that you have swimming on the team within the same level on the team or a less expensive level. 

* For fall/winter, only, payment option fees this discount will be $135 for a Level 4 swimmer, $90 for a Level 3 swimmer, $80 for a Level 2 swimmer, $65 for a Level 1 swimmer, $40 for a novice swimmer signing up for the full season (or $20 for a novice swimmer signing up for, either Session #1 or Session #2) and $30 for a pre-season high school athlete. This discount IS additive for each ensuing swimmer to help out families with more than 1 child on our team. 

* For year around payment option fees this discount will be $235 for a level 5 swimmer, $210 for a Level 4 swimmer, $135 for a Level 3 swimmer, $120 for a Level 2 swimmer and $100 for a Level 1 swimmer.  

Fall/Winter Payment Due Dates - Old Team Members

August 31, 2017 – Registration fee and initial team fee payment, which is based on the payment plan option that you choose at the time, must be completed to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

Oct. 1, 2017 – If applicable, your 2nd online or check installment, which is based on the payment plan option that you chose at the time of registration, is due to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

Nov. 1, 2017 – If applicable, your 3rd online or check installment, which is based on the payment plan option that you chose at the time of registration, is due to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

Jan. 1, 2018 - If applicable, your 4th online or check installment, which is based on the payment plan option that you chose at the time of registration, is due to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

Feb. 1, 2018 – If applicable, your 5th online or check installment, which is based on the payment plan option that you chose at the time of registration, is due to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

 

Fall/Winter Payment Due Dates - New Team Members

Sept. 19, 2017 - Registration fee and initial team fee payment, which is based on the payment plan option that you choose at the time, must be completed to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

All remaining due dates are the same as those for old team members.

Additional Payment Schedule Information

Here is what is due and when it is due based on the payment schedule that you select:

FW Full-Payment (Available to Novice full-season, Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 swimmers, all pre-season high school swimmers and any Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 athlete signing up to train year around. This is required of Novice swimmers signing up for  Session #1 or Session #2): This is due with your registration.

FW 2-Part Payment Schedule (Available to Novice full-season swimmers and Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 swimmers signing up for FW swimming, only, and all pre-season high school swimmers): Your team fees are split in half and the first half of those plus your registration fee are due with registration. The second half of team fees will be due on November 1. 

FW 4-Part Payment Schedule (Available to Novice full-season swimmers and Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 swimmers signing up for FW swimming, only): Your team fees are split into 4 parts (25% of your team fees each) and the first 25% of those team fees plus your registration fee are due with registration. Your next 1/4 fee payment is due on Oct. 1. The next on Nov. 1 and the final one on Jan. 1. 

FW 5-Part Payment Schedule (Available to year Around swimmers only, in Level 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5): Your team fees are split into 5 parts (20% of your team fees each) and the first 20% of those team fees plus your registration fee are due with registration. Your next 20% fee payment is due on Oct. 1. The next on Nov. 1, the next on Jan. 1 and the final one on Feb. 1. 

Year-Around Payment Option

You may sign up for year around swimming in the fall, paying your entire amount due by February 1, 2018 in order to receive a discount on your overall team fees for the season. This option is available for full-time swimmers, only, in Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4. This is the only payment option for Level 5 swimmers. If you sign up for this option and are not able to pay these fees off by this date you will be automatically switched over to a seasonal payment structure at that point in time. Level 5 swimmers will continue to accrue late fees for each payment due date that elapses throughout the spring and summer if these fees are not paid off by the Feb. 1 date and are responsible for this entire fee even they decide not to participate in any portion of the year around season. Please note that this is a non-refundable, non-transferable payment option. In the event that a swimmer moves up a level during the season, they will be responsible to pay the (prorated) difference in team fees due for their new level.     

 

Notes Concerning Team Fee Payments

* GCSTO reserves the right at any point in time to disallow an athlete from participating in practices for failure to pay their appropriate team fees, registration fees, entry fees, fundraising fees, Booster Club fees and/or missed meet session fees in a timely manner.

*GCSTO maintains a $15 return check charge for checks returned for any reason.

* Anyone signing up for a program and then requesting a refund before the start of the fall/winter season will be charged a 10% administrative fee for their refund if it is deemed that a refund is warranted.

* There will be no refunds for anyone signing up for GCSTO and then deciding to quit swimming once the season has started.

* Anyone registering for the fall/winter season will be responsible for payment of the entire fall/winter season’s fees in the event that they decide not to continue to participate at any point in the season.

* Special payment arrangements for team fees may be made as long as the family adheres to those arrangements.

* There is a 2.95% credit card processing fee associated with all online team fee payments.

 

Fundraising Requirement

All swimmers practicing with the team in our Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 will be required to participate in our team fundraiser. Each family may either participate in our Fall Raffle and/or Heat Sheet Advertising Sales programs to fulfill this obligation. Novice & pre-season high school athletes are exempt from this requirement.

 

Fall/Winter Meet Session Work Requirement

GCSTO requires that all families, participating in meets or not, sign up to work at least 6 sessions of our own hosted fall/winter swimming meets in order to help us ensure that these meets are run successfully. This requirement is in place for Levels 2, 3, 4 & 5 families. Level 1 families, participating in meets or not, are required to work at least a minimum of 3 sessions of our own hosted fall/winter swimming meets in order to help us ensure that these meets are run successfully. If their swimmer does swim in our own hosted meets and swims in more than 2 sessions these families will be required to provide a meet session worker for those extra sessions up to our 6 session maximum. Novice & pre-season high school swimmer, only, families are exempt from this requirement. Failure to do fulfill this obligation for those who are required to participate will result in a fine of $25 (for 1 session missed) up to $300 (for 6 sessions missed). There are other work related positions on our team that can earn meet session credits. You may inquire with coach Nye as to the availability of these positions.

 

Just A Note... How Serious Are We?

We can't tell you how many times we've heard that people have not joined "club swimming", GCSTO especially, because it was (we are) SO SERIOUS. Not clarified, that statement is construed as negative in most people's eyes... and, understandably so. Our response to someone who feels this way is this:

1 - If you are talking about the fact that we stress SAFETY to all swimmers when they are in and around pools, then YES we are very "serious" about this matter.

2 - If you are talking about the fact that we stress SPORTSMANSHIP in all aspects of life to all members of GCSTO, then YES we are very "serious" about this matter.

3 - If you are talking about the fact that we believe that FAMILY & EDUCATION should take precedence in their lives then YES we are very "serious" about this matter.  

4 - If you are talking about the fact that we stress the importance TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE to our swimmers, then YES we are very "serious" about this matter.

5 – If you are talking about the fact that we stress ATHLETICISM & A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE to our swimmers, then YES we are very “serious” about this matter.

6 - If you are talking about the fact that we stress RESPECT for other people's property and other people, themselves, then YES we are very "serious" about this matter.

7 - If you are talking about the fact that we stress the need for PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT in their children's activities, then YES we are very serious about this matter.

8 - If you are talking about the fact that we stress POSITIVE & SUPPORTIVE BEHAVIOR to every one of our members, then YES we are very "serious" about this matter.

9 – If you are talking about the fact that we stress the importance of STAFF INVOLVEMENT all practices & all meets then, YES we are very "serious" about this matter.

10 - If you are talking about the fact that we stress the importance of DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION, HARD WORK, COMMITMENT, RESPONSIBILITY, PUNCTUALITY, LOYALTY & GOAL SETTING, then by all means… YES we are very serious about this sport.

 Would you expect ANYTHING less of someone who you have left responsible for your children? When you say, or hear someone else say that we are "serious", why not clarify what we are serious about? Otherwise you could get the wrong picture of “serious” in your head. The word "serious" probably scares off more new families than you could possibly imagine. We believe that most of the people who think that we are way too serious believe so because they see the end product that we produce and figure that the only way that these athletes achieved such tremendous success is because we are "so serious". WE ARE... just not about the things that they probably think we are