April 2018 Newsletter
April 2018 Newsletter
Facebook: The Kansas City Blazers Swim Team
Twitter: @kcblazers
Mission Statement: The Kansas City Blazers is a team COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE not only in swimming, but in our swimmers and the team as a whole.
Sectional Meet - March 2018
Men's & Women's Winning
4X100 yard Freestyle Relays
Celebrating Swimming
Swimming is more than just achieving personal best times, state cuts, sectional cuts or a national cut. Time improvements are important, but swimming is much more...
  • Is a life-saving skill.
  • Is learning to set and achieve goals.
  • Is realizing that perseverance, patience, determination and dedication do pay off.
  • Is the life-long friends you make while swimming back & forth.
  • Is learning to be responsible both in and out of the pool.
  • Is learning to cheer on your teammates even when you have had a difficult meet (thinking of others besides yourself).
  • Allows you to eat and eat and eat!
  • Makes you realize how strong and tough you are.
  • Is an activity you can do your entire life. (The Phases of Swimming).
 As coaches, we hope that our swimmers accomplish personal best times every season, but we also celebrate all the aspects of swimming. 
Don't Miss the Annual Award Banquet
Don't miss out on a night of fun and festivities! We will celebrate our successes, recognize individual achievements, thank our volunteers and say goodbye to our graduating seniors.
What: Annual Awards Banquet
When: Sunday, April 15
Where: Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St, 66221
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Other: $15 per person
RSVP on or before Monday, April 9, 2018 by logging into your KC Blazer account, clicking on the “Events” tab, click the “Register Online” button and let us know how many people will be attending.
Any questions, please email Stacy Christie
Come ready to bid Sunday night for these amazing silent auction items! You don't want to miss out!
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
April 7, 2018
Missouri Valley Annual Meeting
@Roeland Park
April 15, 2018
Annual Swim Banquet
@Ritz Charles
6:00-8:00 pm
April 20, 2018
Blazer Series #5
April 27-28, 2018
UMIZZ Invite
@ U of Missouri
May 5-6, 2018
Platte City 500
@ Platte City YMCA
July 26-29, 2018
MV Long Course Champs
We want your pictures from the 2017-18 swimming season.
We need picture of your swimmers & their friends at practice, meets and just having fun by the pool for our annual slide show for the Spring Banquet.
Check your phones and email your pictures to Stacy Christie!
Do You Need Spirit Wear?
If you missed ordering your Blazer spirit wear, we have a few extra items still available. Check out your options by clicking here Spirit Wear Option.
To purchase your spirit wear, email Stacy Christie with your request and she will deliver to your swimmer.
We will also have items available at the banquet.
Evaluating & Setting Goals
Spring is a time of renewal both in the world and in swimming. With the end of the short-course season, swimmers should review the goals that they created in the fall and celebrate their accomplishments. Swimmers should be proud and excited for every district, champs or sectional cut, all personal best times and improving their technique.
After taking a moment to celebrate, swimmers should set new goals for the upcoming long-course season. Setting goals and working towards these goals is an important life skill. Setting goals gives swimmers something to work toward, directs their skill development and provides a method to evaluate a swimmer’s progress.
So how do you create effective goals?
First, your goal has to be specific and measurable. This might be a time standard (districts, champs, sectional cuts), seconds dropped to achieve your personal best time or even trying a new event. The next step is to identify 2-3 objectives to focus on for each goal. Many times these objectives will overlap between goals. A few examples include streamlining correctly off of every turn, having a strong kick throughout, focusing on proper strokes or position. Finally, the swimmer should share their goals with their coach. By sharing their goals, the coach can provide better direction during practice.
For more information about setting goals, click on the links below:
As you know, the KC Blazers is a non-profit organization, which relies on parent volunteers to run swim meets, officiate swim meets and raise funds.
We are looking for club members to serve on the board or various committees including:
  • Swim-a-Thon
  • Community Sponors
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Special Events
If you are interested in serving, please contact Karey Behm.
Sectionals - March 2018
Districts - February 2018
Arkansas Travel Trip - January 2018