2020 Spring/Summer Practice Schedules, Information & Applications

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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS Last Updated  Information
2020 Spring & Summer Practice Schedule  (This lists all important information concerning tryouts, practice times, schedules, costs and the like).   2/11/2020 SEE BELOW
2020 Seasonal Swim Team On Line Registration (Must be done by all new swimmers and all returning swimmers UNLESS those returning swimmers signed up for the YEAR AROUND swimming option this past fall/winter season) 2/11/2020 CLICK HERE
2020 Spring Registration Instructions 2/11/2020 CLICK HERE
2020 Summer Registration Instructions 2/11/2020 CLICK HERE
2020 Athlete Transfer Form (required for all athletes coming to us from another USA Swimming team) 1/28/2020 CLICK HERE
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)  1/28/2020 CLICK HERE
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) 1/28/2020 CLICK HERE

 

GCSTO Spring Season 2020
(please scroll to the bottom for summer information)

Spring Locations

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

The St. Charles (2010 E. Broad St. in Bexley, 43209) – SC

 

Important Notes

APPLYING FOR THE SPRING 

All registrations are to be done online. Your initial payment for fees for the spring at the time of registration will reserve your spot. New swimmers to the team will need to register as a TRIAL SWIMMER in order to take advantage of our 1-week trial period before needing to decide whether or not to join. If such swimmers do decide to join us for the spring payments will be pushed through at the time of commitment. 

NEW SWIMMER TRYOUT INFORMATION

Our spring athlete screening day for athletes interested in our ST. CHARLES location is from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at St. Charles for level 3 and under athletes. Our spring athlete screening day for athletes interested in COLUMBUS ACADEMY location is from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Columbus Academy for level 3 and under athletes.

You may actually come to either screening day no matter which pool it is that you are interested in. Th e 1-week trial period for these swimmers will be for the next 7 days after these tryout dates and will be with the level in which the new athlete best fits into within our program structure as determined during the screening day. Athletes in our Senior Training Group (Level 4, Level 5, or our High School) need not come to the screening days but may start their tryout week directly with their assigned senior training level starting the week of April 6. If any vacancies still remain on the team, athletes missing the trial period who desire to join the team late will be given their free trial period, which begins once they are able to start practicing with the team. If you cannot make either of these screening days please contact coach Steve Nye at [email protected] or 614-478-5445 to see how to set up your trial week.


Spring Seasonal Practice Schedules & Financial Information
(scroll down for summer programing)

Age Group Introductory Practice Options (ages 6-10)

Note: * represents the Multiple Daily Pass Fee for part-time swimming which allows the athlete to come into half of the practices offered for that group in any way they can do these practices for this prorated price.

Novice

Tuesday 5:30-6:45 p.m. (at CA), Wednesday 5:45-7:00 p.m. (at SC), Saturday 9:45-11:00 a.m. (at SC) & Sunday 3:30-4:45 p.m. (at CA)... maximum 2 per week from April 7 to May 31, 2020. Cost is $165/$105*. New member Team Registration Fee is $15. 

Age Group Development Practice Options (ages 8-13)

Columbus Academy Level 1 

Monday 5:45-7:15 p.m. (at SC), Tuesday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at CA), Friday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at CA) & Sunday 4:30-6:00 p.m. (at CA) from April 6 to May 31, 2020. Cost is $230/$150* unless year around swimming has already been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

St. Charles Level 1

Monday 5:45-7:15 p.m. (at SC), Tuesday 5:45-7:15 p.m. (at SC), Friday 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at SC) & Sunday 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. (at CA) from April 6 to May 31, 2020. Cost is $230/$150* unless year around swimming has already been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

Columbus Academy Level 2 

Monday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at CA), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Thursday 5:30-7:15 p.m. (at CA) & Sunday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at CA) from April 6 to May 31, 2020. Cost is $265/$175* unless year around swimming has already been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

St. Charles Level 2 

Monday 5:45-7:30 p.m. (at SC), Wednesday 5:45-7:45 p.m. (at SC), Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at SC) and Sunday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (at CA) from April 6 to May 31, 2020. Cost is $265/$175* unless year around swimming has already been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

Columbus Academy/ St. Charles Level 3 

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 p.m. (at CA) from April 6 to May 29, 2020. Cost is $300/$195* unless year around swimming has already been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee).

 

Senior Development Practice Options (ages 13 & above)

Level 4

Monday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 6:15-9:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:15-8:00 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m. & Saturday 7:30-10:15 a.m. (all at CA) from April 6 to May 30, 2020. Cost is $420/$275* unless year around swimming has already been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

Level 5

Monday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday 6:15-9:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:15-8:00 p.m., Thursday 6:30-9:15 p.m., Saturday 7:30-10:15 a.m. (all at CA) & Sunday 8:45-11:00 a.m. (at SC) from April 6 to May 31, 2020. Cost is included in your year around swimming fees.  

Additional Practice Options

Spring Senior Lifting 

This option is for Level 4 & 5 athletes only and coaches clearance is required. The schedule is to be announced and all sessions will at the Columbus Academy from April 6 to May 31, 2020. Cost is TBA.     

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.

Additional Spring Financial Information

GCSTO Spring Team Registration Fee

  Each NEW swimmer joining GCSTO in Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 or the High School program is responsible to pay this fee and there are 2 different levels of this fee based on the program the athlete is in. Athletes returning from our fall/winter season are not required to pay this fee.

1 - This fee is $15 for Novice non-competing swimmers which is for the $15 team E-Registration Fee.

2 - For Novice swimmers competing in USA Swimming meets and for all Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 swimmers (regardless of their competitive status) who are NEW to the team & are not current members of USA Swimming this fee is $50 which encompasses the $35 seasonal USA Swimming Registration Fee and the $15 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 in the spring (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. 

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 for the first time since August of 2019 in any of our programs.

 Additional Fee Categories & Descriptions

Re-Association Fees - This $25 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.

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 $1.25 fee that you pay along with your team fees each time you pay team fees via ACH.

Cash & Check Processing Fees - This is a $1.25 fee that you pay along with your team fees each time you pay team fees via cash or check.

 Multiple Swimmer Discounts

For all families with more than one swimmer swimming with our team GCSTO will provide you with an approximate 10-15% discount for each subsequent child that you have swimming on the team within the same level on the team or a less expensive level ($45 for a Level 4 swimmer, $35 for a Level 3 swimmer, $30 for a Level 2 swimmer, $25 for a Level 1 swimmer and $20 for a novice swimmer). This discount IS additive for each ensuing swimmer. Multiple daily pass  athletes will receive half of these discounts.

Multiple Daily Pass (MDP) Program

For swimmers that may be involved in other activities and who may be only able to attend a limited number of practices in the spring, GCSTO has a MDP program available. This program allows athletes to attend up to one half of the practices offered to their practice group for a pro-rated price. This is the second price that you see in the costs listed above. Swimmers wanting this payment option must declare the use of this option at registration. This option is open, only, if the level is not filled with athletes signed up for full-time swimming. Athletes signing up for full time swimming may not back down to MDP swimming once the season has started.

 

Spring Payment Due Dates - Old Team Members

April 1, 2020 – Registration fee and full team fee payment must be completed to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

 Spring Payment Due Dates - New Team Members

April 6, 2020 – Registration is due as a Trial Swimmer.

 April 13, 2020 – Registration fee and full team fee payment must be completed to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

 

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, 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 spring 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 spring season will be responsible for payment of the entire spring 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. There is also a 30 cent per transaction fee. ACH, cash & check (manual) payments have a $1.25 per transaction fee as well.

 

GCSTO Summer Season 2020

Summer Location

The Gahanna Swimming Pool (148 Parkland Drive, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230) - GSP

APPLYING FOR THE SUMMER
All registrations are to be done online. Your initial payment for fees for the spring at the time of registration will reserve your spot. New swimmers to the team will need to register as a TRIAL SWIMMER in order to take advantage of our 1-week trial period before needing to decide whether or not to join. If such swimmers do decide to join us for the spring payments will be pushed through at the time of commitment. 


Summer New Swimmer Try-Out Week

Our summer 1 week trial period is June 1-5, 2020 and is with the level in which the new athlete best fits into within our program structure (see below). Contact coach Nye to arrange your try-out week with the appropriate level on our team or if you will have problems making it that first week as we can get you started at a time that's convenient to you if needed. 

Summer Practice Group Options

Note: * represents the Multiple Daily Pass Fee for part-time swimming which allows the athlete to come into half of the practices offered for that group in any way they can do these practices for this prorated price.

Age Group Introductory Practice Options (ages 6-10)

Novice

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:45 p.m. from June 1 to July 16, 2020 (2 days max per week). Cost is $145/$95*. New member Team Registration Fee is $15. 


Age Group Development Practice Options (ages 8-13)

Level 1

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 5:15-6:45 p.m. from June 1 to July 17, 2020. Cost is $190/$125* unless year around swimming has been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

Level 2 A.M.

AVAILABLE TO THOSE WITH A.M. SIBLINGS IN LEVELS 3, 4 or 5 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 6:45-8:30 a.m. from June 1 to July 17, 2020. Cost is $215/$140* unless year around swimming has been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

Level 2 P.M.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 5:15-7:00 p.m. from June 1 to July 17, 2020. Alternate practice option is from 6:45-8:30 a.m. on Fridays (4 practices max per week). Cost is $215/$140 unless year around swimming has been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee).  

Level 3 A.M.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 6:45-9:00 a.m. June 1 to July 17, 2020. Cost is $260/$170* unless year around swimming has been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

Level 3 P.M.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 5:15-7:30 p.m. from June 1 to July 17, 2020. Alternate practice option is from 6:45-9:00 a.m. on Fridays (4 practices max per week). Cost is $260/$170* unless year around swimming has been paid for by the athleteNew member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee).  

 

Senior Development Practice Options (ages 13 & above)

Level 4 

Monday through Friday 6:45-9:45 a.m. from June 1 to July 24, 2020. Cost is $465/$300* unless year around swimming has already been paid for by the athlete. New member Team Registration Fee is $50 (includes USA Swimming/Ohio Swimming registration fees & Team E-Registration fee). 

Level 5

Level 5 - Monday through Friday 6:45-9:45 a.m. from June 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020. There will be a specialized championship season training schedule for the last 2 weeks published in mid-July. Cost is included in your year around fees.

 

Junior Team Stroke Camps

 Long Axis (Back & Free) Camp: July 20 (6:30-8:00 p.m.), 22, 23 & 24 (all 5:30-7:00 p.m.) all at Gahanna Swimming Pool. Cost is $32 for the week. 

 Short Axis (Fly & Breast) Camp: July 27 & 28 (6:30-8:00 p.m.) and July 29 & 30 (5:30-7:00 p.m.) all at Gahanna Swimming Pool. Cost is $32 for the week.  

Level 3 Post-Season Training Option
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 6:45-9:00 a.m. July 20 to 24, 2019. Cost is $40/$20*. This must be paid by check at this point in time.

Additional Summer Financial Information

GCSTO Summer Team Registration Fee

  Each NEW swimmer joining GCSTO in Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 or the High School program is responsible to pay this fee and there are 2 different levels of this fee based on the program the athlete is in. Athletes returning from our fall/winter and/or sporing season are not required to pay this fee. 

1 - This fee is $15 for Novice non-competing swimmers which is for the $15 team E-Registration Fee.

2 - For Novice swimmers competing in USA Swimming meets and for all Level 1, 2, 3, 4 & HS swimmers (regardless of their competitive status) who are NEW to the team & are not current members of USA Swimming this fee is $50 which encompasses the $35 seasonal USA Swimming Registration Fee and the $15 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 in the summer whether they compete in swimming meets or not. Novice swimmers wishing to swim in USA Swimming sponsored meets must pay this fee, as well. 

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 for the first time since August of 2019 in any of our programs.

 

Additional Fee Categories & Descriptions

Re-Association Fees - This $25 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. 

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 $1.25 fee that you pay along with your team fees each time you pay team fees via ACH.

Cash & Check Processing Fees - This is a $1.25 fee that you pay along with your team fees each time you pay team fees via cash or check.

Multiple Swimmer Discounts

For all families with more than one swimmer in Novice, Level 1, 2, 3, Level 4, Level 5  or HS practice groups GCSTO will provide you with an approximate 10-15% discount for each subsequent child that you have swimming on the team within the same level on the team or a less expensive level ($50 for a Level 4 swimmer, $30 for a Level 3 swimmer, $25 for a Level 2 swimmer, $20 for a Level 1 swimmer, and $15 for a novice swimmer). This discount IS additive for each ensuing swimmer. Multiple daily pass will receive half of these discounts.

 

Multiple Daily Pass (MDP) Program

For swimmers that may be involved in other activities and who may be only able to attend a limited number of practices in the spring, GCSTO has a MDP program available. This program allows athletes to attend up to one half of the practices offered to their practice group for a pro-rated price. This is the second price that you see in the costs listed above. Swimmers wanting this payment option must declare the use of this option at registration. This option is open, only, if the level is not filled with athletes signed up for full-time swimming. Athletes signing up for full time swimming may not back down to MDP swimming once the season has started.

 

Summer Payment Due Dates - Old Team Members

May 25, 2020 – Registration fee and full team fee payment must be completed to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

 Summer Payment Due Dates - New Team Members

May 31, 2020 – Registration is due as a Trial Swimmer.

 June 8, 2020 – Registration fee and full team fee payment must be completed to avoid a $15 late payment fee.

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, 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 spring 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 spring season will be responsible for payment of the entire spring 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. There is also a 30 cent per transaction fee. ACH, cash & check (manual) payments have a $1.25 per transaction fee as well.

 

2020/2021 Fall/Winter Tryouts

July 20, 21, 27 & 28 (Mondays & Tuesdays) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. each night at the Gahanna Swimming Pool located at 148 Parkland Drive in Gahanna. No cost.

  NOTE: Athletes will need only their basic swim gear... suit, cap, goggles & towel for tryouts each night. You are not required to each and every tryout but the more you make the better as it is a clinic type atmosphere so your swimmers can benefit from this if they'd like. 

 

GCSTO 2020 Summer Team Party & Welcome of New Swimmers

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. at the Gahanna Swimming Pool.

All GCSTO swimmers from 2019/2020 fall/winter, 2020 spring and/or 2020 summer season are welcomed AS ARE ALL NEW SWIMMERS INTERESTED IN JOINING GCSTO FOR THE UPCOMING 2020/2021 FALL/WINTER SEASON!