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Practice Groups

 

 

Our Practice Groups:

The Kansas City Blazers Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Kansas City Blazers Swim Team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

In keeping with our philosophy of providing a well-rounded and quality competitive swimming program for swimmers of all ages and abilities, the Kansas City Blazers offer professional technique instruction and training. The program is divided into smaller practice groups (described below) based on skill level and commitment. This allows practices to be geared toward the individual needs of each swimmer. Program fees vary based on practice groups and participation.  Our programs are offered at several different pool sites in the area. 

New swimmers are asked to attend try-outs or schedule and evaluation prior to registering.

To schedule an evaluation, please contact Coach Shawn Lynn-Bequette

 

Pre-Blazers

The Pre-Blazers group (pre-competitive) will provide an introduction to competitive swimming through skill development and having fun. For swimmers ages 6-11 who are water safe, have had lessons, and are interested in learning about competitive swimming. This group provides a bridge between lessons and competitive swimming.

Attendance is 20 sessions (twice per week for 10 weeks)

 

Age Group I

Age Group I is offered for novice and intermediate swimmers at our California Trail Middle School and Roeland Park locations.  With an emphasis on stroke technique and mechanics, activities include instruction in stroke technique, starts, and turns. Experiencing and understanding body position and movement while having fun are important elements for the Age Group I group.

Prerequisites: Age Group I swimmers should be able to complete 25 yards of each stoke, 100 IM, and 100 kick.

Locations:  California Trail Middle School

                   Roeland Park Aquatic Center

Recommended Attendance: at least 2 practices a week.

Meet Attendance: Swimmers in this group will be expected to participate in an intrasquad meet series offered one Friday each month. Swimmers will also be encouraged to participate in local meets with coach’s recommendation.

How to Join: Age Group I pre-requisites, financial & volunteer obligations

Age Group I site page

Age Group II

Age Group II is offered for novice and intermediate swimmers at our California Trail Middle School and Roeland Park locations.  With an emphasis on stroke technique and mechanics, activities include instruction in stroke technique, starts, and turns. Experiencing and understanding body position and movement while having fun are important elements for the Age Group I group.

Prerequisites: Age Group II swimmers should be able to complete 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200 kick

Locations:  California Trail Middle School

                   Roeland Park Aquatic Center

Recommended Attendance: at least 2 practices a week.

How to Join: Age Group II pre-requisites, financial & volunteer obligations

Age Group II site page


Junior II

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

Locations:  Blue Valley West High School

                   Shawnee Mission North High School

Recommended attendance: We recommended three to five practices per week, with a required minimum requirement of 60% (three practices per week) for the full duration of the practice.  The season plan is designed around attendance of four practices per week.

How to Join: Junior II pre-requisites, financial & volunteer obligations

Junior II site page

Junior I

Junior I is for the advanced age group swimmer aged 11 to 14 years old (Middle School).  Emphasis continues to be on stroke technique and mechanics with further development in interval training, aerobic conditioning, and competitive swimming. 

To be considered for Junior I, swimmers must demonstrate:

  • 8 x 100 free @ 1:30 (including flip-turns, five under-waters kicks, etc.)
  • 6 x 100 IM @ 1:40 (executed legally)
  • 300 Kick under 5:30
  • Attendance percentage of 80%
  • 1 “Champs” Cut
  • Complete IMX Events prior to advancing

Placement/advancement is at the Coach’s discretion.

Location:  Blue Valley North High School

Expected attendance: Swimmers at the Junior I level are expected to attend five to six days per week for the full duration of the practice.  The season plan is designed around five days per week.

How to Join: Junior I pre-requisites, financial & volunteer obligations

Junior I site page


Senior II

Senior II offers a broad-based training approach for high school-aged athletes aged 14 years and older, with general conditioning and technique work.  This group is appropriate for swimmers needing more base work while discovering their specialties and goals, and for those who want to get in shape for high school and summer league swimming. Monthly fee reflects an adjustment in fundraising commitment. 

Locations:  Shawnee Mission North High School

                  Blue Valley West High School

Recommended Attendance: It is recommended that Senior II swimmers attend four to five practices per week

How to Join: Senior II pre-requisites, financial & volunteer obligations

Senior II site page

Senior I

Senior I is designed for swimmers high school swimmers who plan to transition to the National Group. Emphasis is placed on improved techniques, aerobic conditioning, increased dryland activities, goal setting, and race strategy. National level training concepts and philosophy are introduced and developed.

Location:  Shawnee Mission North West High School

Expected attendance: Senior I swimmers are expected to attend practices a minimum of 5 days per week, with a recommendation of 100% attendance unless excused in advance by the coaches.

To be considered for Senior I, swimmers must demonstrate:

  • 8x100 Swim @1:20
  • 400 Kick @7:00
  • 6x100 IM @1:30
  • Multiple "Champs" cuts in varying disciplines

Placement/advancement is at the Coach’s discretion.

How to Join: Senior I pre-requisites, financial & volunteer obligations

Senior I site page


National

National group is an elite training group preparing swimmers for Sectionals, Nationals, and beyond. Training includes 9-10 swimming sessions per week, 2-3 strength training sessions per week, core strength work, and running. Emphasis is on setting and achieving goals via a comprehensive competitive swimming program. Focus is on understanding training principles, setting and achieving goals and maximizing realized potential.

Location: Roeland Park Aquatic Center

Recommended Attendance: 100% attendance is implied, except for excused absences.