2020.2021 Fall/Winter Practice Schedules, Information & Applications

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2020/2021 Fall & Winter Practice Schedule (This lists all important information concerning tryouts, practice times, schedules, costs and the like). Please see below until such time as this document is loaded.

10/29/20

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Online Registration  10/29/20

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2020 December Holiday Practice Schedule (from 12/18/20 to 1/3/21)  9/9/20

TBA

2020/2021 Fall/Winter Swim Team On Line Registration

10/29/20

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2020/2021 Online Athlete Transfer Form (required for all athletes coming to us from another USA Swimming team)

9/9/20

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2021 Non-Athlete Registration Form (required for all officials, coaches, & meet directors)

9/9/20

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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)

9/9/20

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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) 9/9/20 CLICK HERE

 

Fall/Winter Swim Team Information 2020/2021

Locations

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

CORE44 Fitness - Wyandotte (5198 Riding Club Lane, Columbus 43213) - CORE44

 

2020/2021 Fall/Winter Practice Schedules & Financial Information 

Junior Practice Options

Novice

* November 1 to December 20, 2020 & January 4 to February 14, 2021 practices are Saturday 2:15-3:45 p.m. & Sunday 1:45-3:15 p.m.

* December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published as soon as that can be finalized as more time will be available for practice during that time period

* February 15, 2021  onward to March practices are TBA as more pool time opens up after the end of the high school season with season end to be determined based on when Ohio Swimming decides to hold their championship meets. This date should is not expected to go past March 7, 2021  

Cost: Fall/Winter hourly cost is $7 per hour. Team Registration Fee is $80 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Flex Membership registration fee, GCSTO Booster Club fee & GCSTO E-Registration fee). Athletes participating in 3 or more sanctioned USA Swimming events will have their USAS membership fee automatically upgraded to a full membership and billed accordingly for this (an additional $60).  Fundraising requirement is TBA. Corporation/Re-association fee for new swimmers is $25.

Level 1

* November 1 to December 20, 2020 & January 4 to February 14, 2021 practices are Friday 6:45-8:15 p.m., Saturday 2:15-3:45 p.m. & Sunday 1:45-3:15 p.m.

* December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published as soon as that can be finalized as more time will be available for practice during that time period

* February 15, 2021 onward to March practices are TBA as more pool time opens up after the end of the high school season with season end to be determined based on when Ohio Swimming decides to hold their championship meets. This date should is not expected to go past March 7, 2021  

Cost: Fall/Winter hourly cost is $7 per hour. Team Registration Fee is $80 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Flex Membership registration fee, GCSTO Booster Club fee & GCSTO E-Registration fee). Athletes participating in 3 or more sanctioned USA Swimming events will have their USAS membership fee automatically upgraded to a full membership and billed accordingly for this (an additional $60).  Fundraising requirement is TBA. Corporation/Re-association fee for new swimmers is $35.

Level 2

* November 1 to December 20, 2020 & January 4 to February 14, 2021 practices are Tuesday 6:45-8:45 p.m., Friday 6:45-8:15 p.m., Saturday 4:00-6:00 p.m. & Sunday 3:30-5:15 p.m.

* December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published as soon as that can be finalized as more time will be available for practice during that time period

* February 15, 2021 onward to March practices are TBA as more pool time opens up after the end of the high school season with season end to be determined based on when Ohio Swimming decides to hold their championship meets. This date should is not expected to go past March 14, 2021 except for those competing in the Ohio Swimming State Age Group Championship Meet however that may occur  

Cost: Fall/Winter hourly cost is $7 per hour. Team Registration Fee is $140 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Full Membership registration fee, GCSTO Booster Club fee & GCSTO E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is TBA. Corporation/Re-association fee for new swimmers is $45.

Level 3

* November 1 to December 20, 2020 & January 4 to February 14, 2021 practices are Tuesday 6:45-8:45 p.m., Friday 6:45-8:15 p.m., Saturday 4:00-6:00 p.m. & Sunday 3:30-5:15 p.m. as well as one or more of these options as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. training with Level 4 in open spots available there and they do not exceed 4 practices per week

* December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published as soon as that can be finalized as more time will be available for practice during that time period

* February 15, 2021 onward to March practices are TBA as more pool time opens up after the end of the high school season with season end to be determined based on when Ohio Swimming decides to hold their championship meets. This date should is not expected to go past March 14, 2021 except for those competing in the Ohio Swimming State Age Group Championship Meet however that may occur  

Cost: Fall/Winter hourly cost is $7 per hour. Team Registration Fee is $140 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Full Membership registration fee, GCSTO Booster Club fee & GCSTO E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is TBA. Corporation/Re-association fee for new swimmers is $55.

Open Junior Practice Options

Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and possibly Novice swimmers who cannot train at the times listed on the weekends for their practice groups or who may be closed out of those groups due to those groups being at maximum allowable size per our COVID safety guidelines will be offered these Open Junior Practices.

* November 1 to December 20, 2020 & January 4 to February 14, 2021 practices are Saturday 6:00-7:45 p.m. (not yet) & Sunday 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (yes we are doing this) OR 5:30-7:00 p.m. (not yet)

* December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published as soon as that can be finalized as more time will be available for practice during that time period

* February 15, 2021 onward to March practices are TBA as more pool time opens up after the end of the high school season with season end to be determined based on when Ohio Swimming decides to hold their championship meets. This date should is not expected to go past March 14, 2021 except for those competing in the Ohio Swimming State Age Group Championship Meet however that may occur  

Cost: Fall/Winter hourly cost is $7 per hour. Team Registration Fee is $140 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Full Membership registration fee, GCSTO Booster Club fee & GCSTO E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is TBA. Corporation/Re-association fee for new swimmers is $55.

Senior Practice Options

Level 4

* November 1 to December 20, 2020 & January 4 to February 14, 2021 practices are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:45-9:15 p.m., Saturday 7:30-10:15 a.m. & Sunday 8:30-11:30 a.m.

* December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published as soon as that can be finalized as more time will be available for practice during that time period

* February 15, 2021 onward to March practices are TBA as more pool time opens up after the end of the high school season with season end to be determined based on when Ohio Swimming decides to hold their championship meets. This date should is not expected to go past March 28, 2021 except for those competing in the USA Swimming's Sectional Championship Meet however that may occur  

Cost: Fall/Winter hourly cost is $7 per hour. Team Registration Fee is $140 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Full Membership registration fee, GCSTO Booster Club fee & GCSTO E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is TBA. Corporation/Re-association fee for new swimmers is $70.

Level 5

* November 1 to December 20, 2020 & January 4 to February 14, 2021 practices are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:45-9:15 p.m., Saturday 7:30-10:15 a.m. & Sunday 8:30-11:30 a.m.

* December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021 there will be a specialized holiday training schedule published as soon as that can be finalized as more time will be available for practice during that time period

* February 15, 2021 onward to March practices are TBA as more pool time opens up after the end of the high school season with season end to be determined based on when Ohio Swimming decides to hold their championship meets. This date should is not expected to go past March 28, 2021 except for those competing in the USA Swimming's Sectional Championship Meet however that may occur  

Cost: Fall/Winter hourly cost is $7 per hour. Team Registration Fee is $140 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming Full Membership registration fee, GCSTO Booster Club fee & GCSTO E-Registration fee). Fundraising requirement is TBA. Corporation/Re-association fee for new swimmers is $80.

 

20-21 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 $80 for any Novice, Level & Level 2 swimmers competing in 2 or fewer USAS meets throughout the 2020/2021 season which encompasses a $20 USA Swimming Flex Membership Fee, a $40 Booster Club Fee and a $20 team E-Registration Fee.

2 - For any other swimmer regardless of their competitive status this fee is $140 which encompasses an $80 USA Swimming Full Membership Fee, a $40 Booster Club Fee and a $20 team E-Registration Fee

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 this fall or winter.

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 $40 for all swimming families for each child that they have on the team. 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). 

GCSTO E-Registration Fee – This $20 fee is used to cover the administrative expenses of setting up our yearly database within the GCSTO offices and on line, as well as, creating our seasonal daily athlete rosters, 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, 2019. This year’s fundraiser will, again, be a raffle with cash prizes as the raffle awards. Your financial responsibility by Level will be $35 (Level 1), $45 (Level 2), $55 (Level 3), $70 (Level 4) & $80 (Level 5). If you have 2 or more swimmers each swimmer past your first swimmer is only responsible for 50% of their groups 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 each time you pay team fees via credit card. There is also a 30 cent per transaction fee each time you pay team fees via credit card, as well.

ACH Processing Fees - This is a $1.50 fee that you pay along with your team fees each time you pay team fees via ACH.

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 a 10% discount on your hourly fees for each subsequent child that you have swimming on the team within the same level on the team or a less expensive level. 

Fall/Winter Payment Information

Registration Fees - These are due with your online registration of your athlete as noted above.

Hourly Training Fees ($7 per hour per athlete)- These will be invoiced to your account and will either be manually pushed through along with the processing fees for these or allowed to be automatically pushed through on the 1st of the month for all hours you have reserved in the current session. Once your hours are reserved you are responsibe to pay for those hours whether your athlete attends practice or not due to the intricacy of our reservation process. Remember that the first 15 minutes listed for each practice is for COVID check-in and that you are not billed for that 15 minute time period.

 

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 plus a 30 cent per transaction fee. ACH, cash & check (manual) payments have a $1.50 per transaction fee, as well.

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!