Northwest Swim Club
Edit this snippet with your pool's address.1064 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH, USA — Directions
Edit this snippet with your pool's address.1064 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH, USA — Directions
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"Northwest Swim & Dive Team"
The swim team was organized in 1972 and is a fun summer organization for children from beginners up to the age of 18. Anyone can be on the swim & dive team if they can swim 1 length of the pool without stopping. Many of our swimmers go on to join the Middle School and High School swim teams to competitively swim.
The swim team is a member of the Greater Columbus Swim League (GCSL), which is made up of 8 local swim teams (Delaware, Gahanna, Highlands Park, Northwest, Westerville JC, Worthington, Annehurst, and Plain Township). The league’s web page can be found at http://www.gogcsl.org. Participants MUST be a member of NWSC as required by the league. Northwest Swim & Dive Team will also be participating in a COSA developmental swim league which will swim on Saturdays.
The swim team is run by a board of volunteer parents in conjunction with NWSC, which provides the facility and supports the team. Team announcements and information can be found on the Tigershark Website at: https://northwestswimteam.swimtopia.com/
When you join Northwest Swim & Dive Team, it encompasses both the GCSL and COSA as one team league. Both leagues are summer recreational leagues that focus on FUN and SPORTSMANSHIP
GCSL - Greater Columbus Swim Association
These swimmers and divers compete in four to five dual meets against league opponents. The dual meets will be very competitive every week. Diving scores are included in the overall meet scores. A championship is held at the end of the season.
COSA - Central Ohio Swimming Association
COSA is a developmental league that supports the GCSL. Swim meets are held on Saturday mornings. There is no diving or championship meet associated with COSA.
Coaches along with parents will decide whether GCSL or COSA meets are best for each swimmer.
Important GCSL Rules:
Swim & Dive Team Practice
Swim team practice is held in the mornings before the pool opens to the public. Practices are held Monday-Friday. Thursday practice is our fun day and for the senior group senior breakfast day!
Swim and Dive team practices are posted on the website.
The coaches do their best to have all athletes enjoy themselves and also learn how to be competitive.
Per GCSL rules, a swimmer’s or diver’s age group will be determined by his or her age on June 15 of the current year. A swimmer or diver who is 19 on June 15 of the current year shall be allowed to compete in the 18 and under age group for the season, if the student was enrolled in high school just prior to the start of summer season.
Swimmers’ age groups for meets are as follows:
Divers’ age groups for meets are as follows:
To help determine if your swimmer will be swimming at each meet, the team uses SWIMTOPIA (our team website). Each swimmer and diver will have their own account and parents will indicate which meets a team member is available to swim/dive. This helps the coaches set up both the GCSL and COSA meets.
SCHEDULES: Swim and dive schedules are posted on the Gator website: https://northwestswimteam.swimtopia.com/
CHAMPIONSHIPS: If your swimmer qualifies for championships, your swimmer is expected to attend, and you are expected to volunteer at the meet.
Changes of availability for a given meet will be closed as follows:
Wednesday night GCSL meet - 6 pm the Saturday evening preceding the meet.
Saturday morning COSA meets – 6 pm the Wednesday evening preceding the meet.
Alert your coach via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, of any changes as soon as they arise.
A FEW POINTS TO REMEMBER:
Indicating that your swimmer is available for Wednesday night meets (GCSL) does not guarantee that your swimmer will swim in the Wednesday night meet.
Wednesday night meets have limited spots for swimming entries. Your coach will determine if your swimmer is ready for Wednesday night meets.
Divers participate in the Wednesday meets only (there is not a diving meet for COSA). The Dive Coaches will determine who will participate in the dive meets.
If you have a swimmer new to competitive swimming, the coaches may recommend they compete in COSA meets (swimmers only, no divers) which are held on Saturday mornings in a supportive environment.
Some swimmers compete in both GCSL and COSA meets. This is mainly due to wanting to improve during the season, preferring the level of competition in COSA (more ribbons!!), and Wednesday evening swimmers getting times in a specific stroke. Your coach will find the right fit for your swimmer.
The Wednesday night GCSL league requires swimmers & divers to compete in 3 season meets in order to be entered into the Swim and Dive League Championships held at the end of the season. This is a League rule, and they will not allow any exceptions. Please alert your coach if you have a scheduling problem with your summer schedule or vacation plans.
Our head coach will be making all decisions about what will be best for your child and can answer any questions you may have. Our goal is a love of swimming & good competition for every child, which is why we participate (as a team) in each league.
Regular Season Swim Meets
During the summer season, there are 5 GCSL dual meets held on Wednesday evenings.
Meets begin at 6:00 pm and generally end between 8:00 and 9:00 pm. Swimmers will need to be at the pool by 4:30 to get ready for warm-ups, unless otherwise directed by the coaches. The maximum number of events a swimmer can participate in during a dual meet is five (5); three (3) individuals and two (2) relays.
COSA meets are held on Saturday mornings. The meets begin at 8:00 am and finish before the host pool opens to the public. COSA meets do not have a maximum number of events a swimmer can swim. The COSA Head Coach will determine what is best for each swimmer. There is no diving at the COSA meet.
Upon arrival at a meet, be sure to check in with the Swimmer Check-in Volunteer. This helps the coaches know that all team members have arrived at the pool.
Below is a listing of pools and links to maps. Pool location information is also on the web page.
|Delaware DARTS||Mingo Pool, 500 E. Lincoln Ave. Delaware 43015|
|Dublin Dolphins||5660 Dublinshire Dr., Dublin, OH 43017|
|Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club||148 Parkland Dr, Columbus, OH 43230|
|Grandview Municipal Pool||1350 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212|
|Highland Park Otters||245 S. Spring Rd., W esterville, 43081|
|Lifetime Fitness - Dublin||3825 Hard Road, Dublin 43016|
|Marysville||510 Park Ave., Marysville, OH 43040|
|Northwest Swim Club||1064 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220|
|Plain Township (New Albany)||7650 Swickard Woods Blvd, New Albany, OH 43054|
|Westerville JC||200 Otterbein Ave., W esterville, OH 43081|
|Worthington Waves||400 W Dublin Granville Road, W orthington, OH 43085|
Regular Season Dive Meets
Dive meets are held immediately before the Wednesday night meets. Dive meets begin at 4:00 pm. Divers are expected to arrive at the pool at 3:00 pm for warm-ups, unless otherwise directed by the Dive Coach. There are 5 dive meets during the season. Age groups are the same as those used in swimming. The number of dives a diver must perform is dependent upon their age group.
Team Suits & Apparel
Northwest Swim & Dive Team will provide information on the web page each season about where parents can purchase team apparel and swim suits. Swim gear such as goggles, bags, and practice caps can be purchased from swim gear stores or local sporting goods stores. The team will provide team caps for purchase.
What to Bring to the Swim Meet
Prior to coming to the meet, each swimmer should have the following information printed on their hand as shown below:
(E) Event number
(H) Heat number
(L) Lane number - this number will be blank until you get to the pool.
Stroke - The swim coaches will email the swimmers’ events prior to each meet. With the exception of the lane assignment, the other information can be completed prior to coming to the pool. Permanent sharpie marker works best for this task.
E H L
333 3 5 100 IM
39 4 5 50 Breast
43 3 5 50 Fly
47 4 2 50 Back
What to bring to the Dive Meet
How to decipher the swimming Heat Sheet
Regular season heat sheets are relatively simple, since there rarely are multiple heats. Each sheet contains the following information: Event number, event title, heat number, status of heat, lane number, swimmer’s name, swimmer’s age for season, swimmer’s team, and swimmer’s entry time. At the beginning of the season, each swimmer is designated an NT which stands for “No Time”. After they swim their first meet and earn an official time (not disqualified), a time will be shown in the last column. The seed time is based on their best time for the event, not necessarily the time from the previous meet.
Championship meet heat sheets look different in that there are usually multiple heats for each event. In addition to the information provided in the regular season heat sheet, each heat is designated by its number out of a total number of heats (i. e. Heat 1of 4). The type of swim, preliminary or finals, is also noted. When swimming championships, it is very important to know which heat your swimmer is entered into so they are placed correctly in the bullpen.
Regular Season Swim Meet Order of Events GCSL
Boys and girls generally swim each event separately.
The events for each stroke go from youngest to oldest. The girls in a given age group swim the even first, followed by the boys.
100 IM aka 100 Meter Individual Medley
Regular Season Swim Meet Order of Events COSA
Dive Meet: One meter diving table
GCSL Swim Championships
Championships follow at the end of the GCSL season and will take place at various league pools.
Per the league rules, in order to be eligible to swim in the championship meet, swimmers must swim 3 regular season GCSL meets. If a meet has been cancelled due to weather and a swimmer was entered for that meet, the cancelled meet DOES count toward as one of their completed meets.
No swimmer will be able to swim more than 5 (3 individuals and 2 relay) events during championships. The coaches will enter swimmers into events based on the times they achieved during regular season meets.
The top 16 swimmers will receive awards. The top three will receive trophies, 4th-8th will receive medals and 9th-16th will receive custom ribbons.
Swim Championship Additional Information
Championship tee shirts and other swim apparel will be available to purchase at the meet. In addition, heat sheets are available to purchase for each session (morning and evening) of the meet.
If your swimmer makes it into Championships, parents are required to volunteer at the meet sessions. Northwest Swim & Dive Team will be assigned an area of responsibility for the meet and a request for volunteers will be sent out to the parents of Championship participants. Volunteering for this meet is in addition to regular season volunteering.
The team will be assigned a designated area for the swimmers to gather during the meet. Parents should be prepared to bring their own chairs to championships for use in the Tigershark tent area. Bleachers are erected near the pool for spectators during events.
GCSL Dive Championships
Dive Championships are usually held on the weekend just before Swim Championships. In order to qualify for champions, divers must participate in 3 dive meets and be able to perform 3 or more dives. Each age group performs a specific number of dives. In addition, divers must dive within their age group and all divers must perform a three step hurdle and a forward dive.
End of Season swim and dive Banquet
At the end of the year a banquet is held to honor the swimmers and divers and celebrate the season. The banquet is usually held in the evening on the Wednesday after championships. All swimmers and divers and their families are invited to attend. During the banquet, the coaches present the swimmers with any trophies, medals, or ribbons they earned during the championships. In additions, other awards are given to the swimmer by the coaches. Parents will be provided banquet details via email.
Northwest Swim & Dive Team Parent Volunteer Policy
In order for the swim meets to run efficiently and for the swim team to have a successful season, each family must put forth a “team effort”. Parent volunteers are an integral part in how successful our season will be. Therefore, each family is required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 times during the regular season at swim meets in order for their child(ren) to be eligible to swim in championships (if they qualify). Meets can be either home or away. All positions must be filled for meets to run smoothly, therefore, if you become unavailable to fulfill your volunteer assignment, you are required to provide a replacement volunteer (i.e. Grandparent, aunt/uncle, babysitter, etc.). Each family is expected to be a team player to ensure all positions are covered.
To help with the team, each family is asked to supply food for home meets to be used at the Gator Concession Stand. Bringing food for the concession stand is VERY IMPORTANT. However, this is IN ADDITION to your 3 volunteer obligations.
VOLUNTEERING for SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Volunteering for swim championships is coordinated once it has been determined which swimmers will participate. Each team is assigned specific tasks at each championship meet. These tasks change yearly. All parents who have children participating at Champs are expected to volunteer. The volunteer coordinator will work with the parents of swimmers participating in the championships to fill required positions.
Northwest Swim & Dive Team Board
The PTAC Board consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Head Swim Coach and four (4) at-large positions. The dive coaches also sit on the board as a non-voting member. Each Board member has specific duties for the season. The parent of any swimmer can volunteer to be on the Board. Call-out for Board members takes place in the fall after the season is completed.
Home Meet Bake Sale
At each Tigershark home swim meet there will be a bake sale which will be located under the shelter. Parents volunteer to bring something for the concession stand.
Dive Meet Helpers
Score Table Volunteers: Two helpers are needed at each meet to work at the score table.
Northwest Swim & Dive Team REGISTRATION FEE REFUND POLICY
A full refund will be given if requested during the first week of practice. A refund less 25% will be given if requested the second week of practices. A refund less 50% will be given if requested the third week of practice. After the third week of practice refunds will not be given unless there is a documented season ending injury or family relocation.
First week of practice: May 31st
Second week of practice: June 7th
Third week of practice: June 14th
Helpful swimming Terms
This stroke must be done on the stomach with some part of the head surfacing during each stroke sequence, except on starts and turns when one underwater pull and kick are allowed, in that order. The kick must be a squeezing action with no downward thrust of the legs, all on the same horizontal plane, recovering forward from the chest. The swimmer must touch the wall with both hands simultaneously at all turns and the finish.
Swimmers must remain on their backs until they touch the wall for a turn or finish. Any means of stroke or kick is allowed. The pennants hanging across the pool are situated to prepare the swimmer for the approaching wall.
The leg kick(s) must be a downward thrust, which is simultaneous action. The arm pull must be simultaneous and the arms must recover forward over the top of the water only. Both hands must touch the wall simultaneously at all turns and the finish.
"Free" means any stroke imaginable, but most swimmers choose the crawl, the fastest of the strokes. Any part of the body may touch the wall at turns and the finish. This is the first stroke emphasized and virtually all new swimmers will compete in freestyle events.
Helpful Diving Terms
Northwest Swim & Dive Website
The website can be found at https://northwestswimteam.swimtopia.com/
The site is continually updated during the season.