Kick Off!!

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The Trailblazers Kickoff Event is coming October 24th, 6:30-8:30.

All current Trailblazers are invited.  

We will have Chick-Fil-A ($5 per meal, please RSVP to 270-943-0434 if you have not already done so).

Players will scrimmage in exposition and we will introduce all the players.

See you at Oakland!

Parent Meeting Recap

Here is a summary of some of the things discussed at the parent meeting on Monday 8/28.

We introduced the leadership committee for this year:

  •             Joseph Kirkpatrick (jkirkpatrick@cfcounseling.com, 270-792-6049)
  •             Alison Woodcock (smithwoodcock@gmail.com, 270-784-0457)
  •             Jimmy & Renee Johnston (pastorjimmyjohnston@gmail.com, 256-653-7521)
  •             Todd & Mary Hammerstone (hammerstones@twc.com, 270-991-4539)

We heard a briefing from the coaches who were able to be there. Most emphasized the need for consistency in attending practice, increasing the commitment level of players/parents, and explained the practice schedule as well as some tournament opportunities.

  • 18B Chad Bewley and Bob McPherson
  • 18G Aaron Peters and Dana Ramsey
  • 14B Wilson Wickerham and Mike Coffey
  • 14G Drew and Elizabeth Ellis
  • 12B Mike Coffey and 

We reviewed all the registration paperwork forms. Before your player can practice, we must have six things.

  • 1) Sports physical
  • 2) A copy of your insurance card 
  • 3) Completed Registration form (online or printed)
  • 4) Code of Conduct signed by players and parents
  • 5) Signed Waiver
  • 6) Registration Fee

Essentially, registration is due on or before your first practice day or 9/15 whichever comes first. You can fill out the registration form online at WKYTrailblazers.com.  Turn all other paperwork in to coach or team mom.  Payment can be made by check and handed in with paperwork or online via PayPal.

Registration paperwork can be mailed to:

  •             Joseph Kirkpatrick
  •             1945 Scottsville Rd, B2-145
  •             Bowling Green, KY 42104

We discussed our terminology for the teams. We will now use the following:

  •             12B (5/6 grade Boys)
  •             “Rookies” (if we have a second 5/6 team)
  •             14B (formerly MSB)
  •             14G (formerly MSG)
  •             16B & 16G (for Junior Varsity level teams)
  •             18B & 18G (varsity level teams)

Team “Moms” will be…

  • 12B Mike Coffey
  • 14B Shelly McAlister
  • 14G Elizabeth Ellis
  • 18B Kim Moore
  • 18G Wendy Thomas and Angela Ross

We discussed Fundraising for the 2017-2018 season. Unfortunately, we do not have anyone overseeing fundraising as a whole. This is a big void – so if you are one of those organized, go get ‘em kind of people, we would love to have you step up to the plate. Contact anyone on the committee.

Due to our lack of someone overseeing fundraising, a few incorrect comments were made. Let this be a clarification.

  •             1) Each single player family is required to pay a minimum of $150 in fundraising fees. Each two or more player family is required to pay a minimum of $300 in fundraising fees.
  •             2) We encourage everyone to contact businesses within their sphere of influence and request a $300 donation for an advertising spot to be displayed at our home games. Last year, this covered a huge portion of the entry fees for “extra opportunities” namely tournaments. A $300 donation will earn $50 toward fundraising fees (this was kicked around a bit at the meeting, but we did end up stating it this way in the end).
  •             3) We have coordinated with the “real” SmartCards and secured some of these cards. The cards cost us $10 each and are sold for $20. Thus, for each card sold you will earn $10 credit toward your fundraising fee. (It was incorrectly stated at the meeting that you would earn the full $20 toward fee.)
  •             4) We will be hope to be hosting a tournament for our 12Boys team this season. These dates were discussed in the meeting, but may change. We will notify everyone as soon as we confirm the dates. Please mark the dates (Veterans Day weekend 11/10 and 11/11). This has the possibility of being a good fundraiser but it will take everyone’s help. Even if you do not have a 12B player, you are expected to help with this tournament.
  •             5) You may coordinate your own fundraising opportunities such as car washes, bake sales, donut sales, etc. These can be done on your own or in coordination with a handful of other families of your choosing. If you are setting it up, you decide who to invite to join you.
  •             6) You may just pay the fee out of pocket and not spend any time/effort on fundraising (other than to reach out to business sponsors – everyone knows someone – and helping with the 12B Tournament.)

 

We discussed a change coming NEXT year (2018-2019). At the end of this year, players will keep their uniforms. Starting next year, there will be a separate uniform fee in addition to registration. Players who still have their uniforms can use them again. Players who have lost or outgrown their uniform will purchase the pieces needed. Obviously, players new to the program will need to order the full uniform set. You may also pass uniforms down to younger siblings. Please note, that it is possible that the company will discontinue the uniform style at some time in the future – at which point everyone will need to purchase new uniforms.

We discussed that all information about scheduling is already on the calendar at WKYTrailblazers.com. Check it out.

We noted the following special events:

  •             10/24                       “Kickoff Event”
  •             10/16-10/16           18Boys Tip-Off Tournament in Dayton, TN
  •             11/2                         First Games (away)
  •             11/6                         First Home Games
  •             2/12                         Senior Night
  •             3/20                         (tentative) Parent/Player/Alumni Games
  •             3/27                         (tentative) Banquet

We also posted the websites for “Nationals” and “MTAC” please check those websites out as well, particularly the eligibility sections if you are new to our program or have never read the MTAC by-laws before.

  •             NCHCLive.com
  •             MTACSports.org           

Mary completed the evening explaining the volunteer needs. Everyone will be assigned some tasks at almost every home game. These things include Set up, Admissions, Concessions, Bookkeeping, Scoreboard operating, and Cleaning.

In addition to those recurring needs, there are many other things that go into a successful season. We will need everyone pitching in (and some in more than one capacity).

If any of these pique your interest, please contact Mary. Several jobs were filled at the conclusion of the meeting. These are the remaining tasks available.

     1) Setting up a few “activities” for home games (Color guard, National Anthem, etc)

     2) Setting up “spirit nights” at local restaurants (Cici’s, Chick Fil A, Fazolis, Stakz, etc)

     3) Coordinate one of our special events

  •           Kick Off
  •           Senior Night
  •           Parent/Child/Alumni Games
  •           Regionals Hotel Block
  •           Nationals Hotel Block
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  •   4) If you have a good camera for action shots, please let us know and we will assign you a game or two to cover.

     5) Other needs may arise during the season. If you notice something that needs to be addressed, please let us know.

     6) Fundraising coordinator would be a tremendous help. We definitely need someone to coordinate logos and signage as well as track smartcards and fees for each family. This could be split between 2-3 people as well.

Girls Camp with Mary Taylor Cowles

The camp with Coach Cowles has been confirmed for next week. Please meet at Phil Moore Park from 5:30-7:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We will not have the camp on Friday due to a previously scheduled game for the girls in Morgantown.

The cost for this camp is $30 per family. We look forward to seeing everyone who is planning on playing Lady Trailblazer games this season.

Thanks!

2016-17 Trailblazers Parent Meeting

To kick off the 2016-17 season, we will have the annual parent meeting at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 4th at the Hancock Bank building at 2501 Crossings Blvd. The registration deadline will be August 31st. Forms are now available at wkytrailblazers.com and will also be available at the parent meeting. Feel free to go ahead and register online. Payment options are available through the PayPal link on the site.

Please carefully read the Code of Conduct prior to the parent meeting. One significant change is in reference to player participation in tournaments which happen over holiday weekends, spring break, etc. The new text reads as follows:
“Players are required to attend any regional and national tournaments scheduled by the Trailblazers. Players are learning and growing together as a team throughout the year and to disrupt the unity of the team due to someone not attending a tournament would be unfair to the whole team, which works together to perform their best at a competitive tournament.”

We look forward to seeing everyone there at 6:30pm on August 4th.

2016-17 Trailblazers Parent Meeting

To kick off the 2016-17 season, we will have the annual parent meeting at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 4th at the Hancock Bank building at 2501 Crossings Blvd. The registration deadline will be August 31st. Forms are now available at wkytrailblazers.com and will also be available at the parent meeting. Feel free to go ahead and register online. Payment options are available through the PayPal link on the site.

Please carefully read the Code of Conduct prior to the parent meeting. One significant change is in reference to player participation in tournaments which happen over holiday weekends, spring break, etc. The new text reads as follows:
“Players are required to attend any regional and national tournaments scheduled by the Trailblazers. Players are learning and growing together as a team throughout the year and to disrupt the unity of the team due to someone not attending a tournament would be unfair to the whole team, which works together to perform their best at a competitive tournament.”

We look forward to seeing everyone there at 6:30pm on August 4th.

Girls Camp with Mary Taylor Cowles

Please contact me if you’re interesting in participating in a girls basketball camp with Coach Cowles during the week of July 25th at a location to be determined. We would meet from 5:30-7:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The cost would be $30 per family. If you know of any girls interested in playing this season, please invite them to this Trailblazers camp.

Thanks!

Coaching Announcement

Coaches for the 2016-17 season are:

Chad Bewley, Varsity/JV Boys
Aaron Peters, Varsity/JV Girls
Wilson Wickerham, Middle School Boys
Mike Coffey and Jimmy Johnston, 5/6th Boys

We look forward to working with these coaches during the upcoming season. Through the summer, there is an open practice on Monday nights from 7-9pm at Oakland Baptist Church for boys planning on trying out for the Varsity, JV, or MSB teams.

Stay tuned for updates on boys and girls basketball camps.

Announcement

Hello all,

Layne Holloway has decided to step away from coaching the Trailblazers this season. We all owe Layne a debt of gratitude for the 5 years of coaching that he volunteered to the Trailblazers organization. He has helped our players greatly through his gracious contribution to their development, as evidenced by three players receiving college basketball scholarships this season.

We will have a ceremony honoring Layne at some point during the upcoming season. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the coaching staff for 2016-17.

Parent Player Game This Saturday

This year’s parent/player game is this Saturday at Phil Moore Park at 5pm. This is for parents, players, and alumni only. Pizza will be provided.

Also, we will have the vote for new committee members to join Bob and Marlene McPherson as the committee members for the next year.

Here are the final nominees. You will vote for three.

Mike and Becky Coffey
Tim and Jennifer Earnhart
Todd and Mary Hammerstone
Jimmy and Renee Johnston
Joseph Kirkpatrick
Mike and Shelly McAlister