2021-22 Short Course Season | Fall 2021
All team information can be found on www.kcblazers.com
Coach's Corner
A Message from Head Coach George Adcock:
Blazers Families: 

Welcome to the 2021-22 Kansas City Blazers 
The first few weeks of the season have been great. It has been wonderful to see so many new faces and families, and we are all excited to have you as part of our team. From what we are seeing our athletes are having a great time learning and building friendships with their teammates. This weekend we are hoping to see some of their new skills in practice at the Ann Ketterer Meet. We do have an exciting season ahead, some great events: our BB meet and the Breast Cancer Fundraiser in October as well as our Swim-A-Thon. We hope you are all enjoying the season so far, we are looking forward to having you all on this journey with us!

Coach George Adcock
Team Updates
Short Course Meet Schedule
Our Short Course Meet Schedule is posted to the website. You will need to be logged in to your Team Unify account to view the link below, as well as the individual meet pages.
Upcoming Meets:
Ann Ketterer Memorial Intrasquad Meet THIS WEEKEND!
We are excited for our first swim meet of the season at the SMSD Aquatic Center! Please refer to our KCB Hosted Meets page for all of the information you may need for the weekend! Please contact your swimmer's primary coach with any questions!


This meet is primarily about kicking off our short course season, allowing for an opportunity for our team to come together for a fun weekend of swimming and community. Please keep in mind that it is still very early in the season and this experience is meant to launch our swimmers towards their goals by establishing their baseline for the season. Times are secondary at this point and allowing our athletes to receive valuable feedback, while getting to know their teammates, coaches and learning to take ownership of their swimming is what KCB is all about.
Upcoming Registration Deadlines:
Senior Circuit - Oct. 8th - 10th
Topeka, KS
Registration Deadline: Sunday, Oct. 26th
Recommended for: National, Senior I & Junior I swimmers with qualifying times

TST Fall Round Up - Oct. 15th- 17th
Gladstone, MO
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 29th
Recommended for: Junior II, Junior I Senior I Senior Prep & National swimmers (not attending Senior Circuit)

Blazers Breaststroke to Beat Breast Cancer (Fundraiser) - Oct. 22nd
SMSD Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 29th
Recommended for: ALL Blazers

Blazers BB Meet - Oct. 23rd - 25th
SMSD Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 29th
Recommended for: Age Group I & II, Junior II, Junior I & Senior Prep
Registering for Swim Meets
  • How to Register Via Team Unify: After signing in to Team Unify (TU) and selecting the swim meet you will attend from the homepage, please refer to #’s 3 - 6; 8 & 9.
  • Swimmers must be registered by the deadline listed on the meet page.
  • Coaches will select events. Preliminary Entries will be posted for review 2 days prior to the registration deadline. Please make time to review your swimmers events and ask any questions prior to the registration deadline.
Mark your calendars: KCB Volunteer Opportunities
KCB will have several opportunities for our families to fulfill their volunteer obligations this season. Below are the dates to keep an eye on:
  • Blazers BB Meet - October 23-24
  • Missouri Valley Winter Classic - Dec. 3-5
  • Brian Howard Memorial Invitational - January 14 - 16, 2022
  • Missouri Valley 14 & Under Age Group Championships - March 3 - 6, 2022
Please visit our Volunteer Page for more information on Volunteer Requirements. Visit our Parent Resources Page for additional season information.
**Please remember that all practices and locations are subject to change depending on facility availability. We will continue abiding by the recommendations of USA swimming, Missouri Valley swimming, Johnson County Health and Environment, JCPRD and any other relevant governing organization during any/all Blazers Activities.**
Blazer Performance Highlights
National's Evan Clark & Sam Peterson named National Merit Semifinalists!
Congratulations to Blazer National Team's Evan Clark and Sam Peterson on being named National Merit Semifinalists! 
 
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced that Evan and Sam were among 58 Blue Valley seniors named National Merit semifinalists and they represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors! They have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for scholarships, the semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist round of the competition.
 
This incredible honor is certainly attributed to the strong work ethic, sharp focus and consistent drive, demonstrated by both Evan and Sam, in and out of the pool! Well done, Evan and Sam!
KCB Swimmer Spotlight
We take pride in the accomplishments of our Blazer Athletes and highlight our swimmers excelling in and out of the water through our social media! For more information, visit our Swimmer Spotlight page at kcblazers.com!
Sam Peterson
Futures Cut - 200 Meter Butterfly
Scholastic All-American Cut - 200 Butterfly
Preston Chang
2021 Missouri Valley Zones Team
My Why: Presley Baber
National's Presley Baber was featured in USA Swimming's 'My Why' Series

My Why" is a series of candid testimonials shared by individuals who believe in the power of swimming. Because everyone — athlete, coach, official, family member — has a story.

Check is out!

Photo by Riley Baber

For an in-depth look at the athletes featured, give us a follow!
Upcoming Team Events & Programs
Upcoming Team Events and information about our ongoing Blazer Programs.
Blazers Breaststroke to Beat Breast Cancer Fundraiser
KCB supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we invite you to join us as we race Breaststroke to beat Breast Cancer! Heading into our Blazers BB meet on Saturday & Sunday, we hope to bring our community together for a special session of Breaststroke events to raise money to beat Breast Cancer!

Deadline to Register is October 8th!

Swim-a-thon Spirit Week!!
Hey Blazers! Spirit Week is back! As we gear up for our Pirate themed Swim-a-thon on Friday, Oct. 29, come to practice showing your KCB Spirit, starting Monday, Oct. 25th!

This year's Daily Themes:
Good Morning Monday!
Tie-Dye Tuesday!
Out of this World Wednesday!
Throwback Thursday!
ARGHHH! Friday!

2021 Swimathon: Save the Date!
Save the Date! Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the USA Swimming Swim-a-thon, has been scheduled for Friday October 29th, 2021. Please visit our Swim-a-thon page for more event details, how to set up your dashboard & of course, this years prizes!

Season Assessments

Do you have a friend interested in joining the Blazers? We ask all prospective swimmers to participate in an evaluation. This evaluation process allows our coaching staff to place swimmers in the appropriate practice group based upon their current skill and for their long-term development and success.

To be added to our waitlist for an individual evaluation appointment, please contact us!
Pre-Blazers Program

Pre-Blazers is our pre-competitive program designed to provide an introduction to competitive swimming through skill development and having fun! For swimmers ages 6 - 14 years old, who are water safe, have had swimming lessons and are interested in learning about competitive swimming. This program is offered twice a week and provides a bridge between lessons and competitive swimming.

Senior Prep

Our Senior Prep Group offers a broad-based training approach for athletes 13 years and older. The group's emphasis is on general conditioning along with technique work. This group is appropriate for swimmers, who enjoy competitive swimming, are interested in improving their skills and increasing their fitness for high school swimming or summer league. 


For more information on upcoming team events and programs, please visit our website!
Team Resources
Suggested articles, volunteer opportunities and additional team information to help support our swimmers and our club.
Parent Corner
"Not every team offers travel trips, but if yours does, your kids will benefit from them. Team travel means swimmers travel to a meet or other activity that is planned or supervised by the team or LSC—without mom and dad driving and staying with their kids. [...] Here are eight things our kids may learn and enjoy by going on travel trips..."

Swim Meets: Why Team Travel? 
KCB offers two team travel meets a year and this season we will have two opportunities for November! Team travel meets provide a wonderful opportunity for our team to bond as a unit, support each other through the shared joys and challenges that come with being a swimmer, allow our young swimmers the opportunity to take responsibility and ownership of their swimming and experience competition outside of MV Swimming! When you put in the work, it pays off in a big way. Every experience has value; to learn, to grow, and from which to gain strength. Relish in the small wins as much as the big ones, ask questions, fail forward,* and always remember to trust yourself, trust your coaches, and trust the process!
Good Reads:
COVID-19 Resources
Volunteer Opportunities
Please visit our Volunteer Page for more information on Volunteer Requirements. Visit our Parent Resources Page for additional season information.
Why Become A USA Swimming Official?
To gain a better understanding of your child's sport,
To have the best spot on deck for watching everyone swim,
To satisfy your volunteer hour requirement,
And many other perks like free meals and heat sheet!

For more information on becoming a USA Swim Official contact Christian Frank, Blazers Official's Coordinator.

What is a Blazer Booster?
The Blazers Booster Program gives parents the ability to directly impact the overall team experience by assisting in funding coaching development and equipment to assure our program offers quality experiences to the swimmers and fans. A new sound system, starter horn, public address system, are some examples of equipment that is needed. Click the link for a list of more specific benefits for the two levels of Booster supporters. 

MAAPP - Safe Sport
The Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP), which was mandated by the US Center for Safe Sport, addresses one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. 
You can learn more about USA Swimming MAAPP on the USA Swimming website and to read the full policy please click the link below. 

Missouri Valley Swimming
Time Standards, meet information and general inforamtion about our LSC (Local Swimming Committee).

Blazers Team Suit
Don't forget to get your Blazer's Team Suit for the upcoming season!

Vist SwimQuik at 135th & Roe or you can order your suit online:

Need new fins or a team suit?

Visit SwimQuik for all your Blazers equipment, apparel and spirit wear needs.

4876 W 135th St, Leawood, KS 66224

Call: 913.649.8456

Thank you to our Sponsors!