** New swimmers joining the Kansas City Blazers will need to schedule a placement prior to registering.**
Swimmers placed in Junior II must be prepared to meet the minimum attendance requirements for the season.
To receive Junior II information, please verify your e-mail address in TeamUnify.
Junior II is designed for the intermediate age group swimmer aged 10 to 14 years old who is interested in pursuing competitive swimming as their primary sport. Emphasis is on correct stroke mechanics, with an introduction to fitness training philosophies.
To be considered for Junior II, swimmers must demonstrate:
- The ability to read and understand how to use a pace clock, as it relates to training
- All legal turns with a minimum of three under-water dolphin kicks off of each wall (breaststroke – legal pull-out)
- 8 x 100 free @ 1:50 including flip-turns and three under-waters kicks
- 4 x 100 IM @ 2:10 executed legally
- 8 x 50 flutter kick @ 1:15 both with and without a kick board.
- Attendance minimum of three days per week (60%)
- Complete IMR Events (Legally) prior to advancing to Junior II
Practice Attendance: We recommended three to five practices per week (with a required minimum of three practices per week) for the full duration of the practice. The season plan is designed around attendance of four practices per week. Practice calendars are posted to the website and are subject to change. Please refer to our site page frequently as schedules are subject to change given the facilities’ availability, as approved by the school districts. All Junior II swimmers will train together on Friday’s, to promote team unity. Location is determined by facility availably.
Meet Attendance: Swimmers are expected to participate in local swim meets as recommended by the Coach, in accordance with our season training plan. The Short Course Meet Schedule outlines meets selected for Junior II swimmers, in addition to Championship meets for which they have qualified and we strongly encourage and prioritize full group participation. Junior II swimmers must complete IMX events before the end of the short course season. Please note: The meet schedule is currently tentative and subject to change.
Equipment: Swimmers must have a water bottle and are encouraged to have a kickboard, pull buoy, snorkel and fins at every practice. Swimmers are expected to wear the appropriate attire and footwear during dry-land. Team gear and equipment can be purchase through The Blazers Team Store. It is recommended that swimmers put their name on their equipment. Coaches are not responsible for lost equipment or equipment that is not properly stored/left behind.
Advancement in the Junior Program
2017 - 2018 Practice Schedule
Junior II trains at Blue Valley West High School and Shawnee Mission North High School from September - May during the short course season. Practice Calendars are posted below. Please refer to our site page frequently as schedules are subject to change given the facilities availability approved by the school districts.
If practice needs to be canceled for weather-related/emergency conditions, a decision will be communicated as follows:
- An announcement will be posted on the KCB Junior II Group site page
- An e-mail will be sent directly to your e-mail address.
- To opt for Text alerts, please review instructions for enrollment here.
Junior II Weekly Update
2017 - 18 Junior II Parent Letter
2017 - 18 Junior II Program Information
Test Sets: 300 Kick 6 x 50 Kick Best Avg.
Junior II should focus on attending NWAA Team Travel Meet -OR- CSC Tiger Invite, District Championships -OR- MVS Short Course Championships as they fit into your schedule. The meet schedule is tentative and subject to change. Swimmers should consult with their coach prior to registering.
Please register by the deadline listed on the meet page; late entries/changes will not be accepted. It is understood that swimmers are available to swim all days/sessions for which they are registered/eligible, unless otherwise posted in the ‘Notes’ box. Preliminary/Final meet entries are posted below. Questions or changes should be submitted via e-mail prior to the meet deadline. Please refer to the meet information as meet format, order of events, etc. are determined by the meet host and may vary from meet to meet.
Championship Rosters and Qualifications
Districts: SCY Qualifiers LCM Qualifiers as of 02/12/2018 (Age up Date: 2/16/2018) Bonus time standards are for Bonus events offered at Champs.
Champs: SCY Qualifiers LCM Qualifiers as of 01/30/2018 (Age up Date: 2/22/2018) Swimmers must achieve 1 Champs cut to be eligible for 2 Bonus events
Junior II Top Times by Athlete with the 2017-2020 National Age Group Motivational Time Standards SCY LCM
Junior II Top Times by Athlete with the 2017-2020 Single Age Motivational Time Standards SCY LCM
USA Swimming and MVS Time Standards
MVS District and Champs
USA Swimming Motivational Times (AAA time for Zones qualification)
2017-2020 Age Group Motivational Time Standards
Region VIII Sectionals
Mary-Catherine Ivey, Head Junior II Coach, Blue Valley West
Office Phone: 913.826.3035
Office Hours: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (or by appointment), Monday - Friday
Mailing Address: KCB, 6501 Antioch, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202
Veronica Nothnagel, Lead Coach, Shawnee Mission North
Kelly Schaffer, BVW Assistant Coach
Blue Valley West Pool Mom: Karey Behm
Shawnee Mission North Pool Mom:
Communication between coaches, swimmers and families is paramount. We encourage swimmers and families to communicate clearly and as needed with our coaching staff. When possible our swimmers are encouraged to communicate directly with their coach. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s primary coach directly. Please keep in mind, we want the best for our swimmers and every decision is made with that in mind. Therefore, we need to work together to ensure continued achievement. As coaches and parents, our cooperation is essential in ensuring that each swimmer is happy, healthy and works as part of a team striving for the common goal of success.
Please check your e-mail frequently for team/site updates and reminders. If you are not receiving our site e-mails, please check your Team Unify account and verify your e-mail address. Updates are listed below for your convenience.