Annual Parents Meeting

This season’s mandatory parents meeting is Thursday, July 26th at 6:30pm. Come to the Greenwood Park Church of Christ building at 1818 Campbell Lane. We will provide information about the upcoming season and provide registration forms. Smart cards will be handed out to each family to assist with fundraising. Important information will be available at the meeting, so make sure at least one representative from your family is in attendance.

Looking forward to a great 2018-19 Trailblazers basketball season!

NCHBC Final Day!

We hope everyone had fun at the National Championships this season. Our Girls 14u and Girls 18u teams are playing for 1st place in their respective divisions tomorrow. Eliza had a double-double today, leading the Girls 14u team to victory!

8:00am-Boys 16u @ Jarrett
840 S. Jefferson Ave.

10:00am-Boys 12u @ Courts #2
4136 E. Kearney Street

11:10am-Girls 14u @ Central HS #2
423 E. Central Street

1:30pm-Boys 14u @ Doling
301 E. Talmage Street

2:40pm-Girls 18u @ Fieldhouse #1
2235 W. Kingsley Street

3:50pm-Boys 18u @ Jarrett
840 S. Jefferson Ave.
The Final Four Gold Ball Showdown begins at 6:15pm at the John Q. Hammons Student Center at 731 E Monroe Street. Come out with our players so that they can see the best of the best in Homeschool Basketball!

NCHBC Day 4

Here’s the schedule for Thursday. The Girls 18u team is on the path for 1st place in Division II. And if I understand the brackets correctly, the Boys 14u team is still shooting for a Bronze Ball.

8:15am-Boys 16u @ Courts #1
4136 E. Kearney Street
Book: McAlister Clock: Kim Moore

10:15am-Boys 12u @ Fieldhouse #3
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: Kirkpatrick Clock: Woodcock

11:45am-Girls 14u @ Central HS #2
423 E. Central Street
Book: McAlister Clock: Hammerstone

1:55pm-Boys 14u @ Fieldhouse #2
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: Woodcock

4:40pm-Boys 18u @ Courts #2
4136 E. Kearney Street
Book: Kim Moore

5:55pm-Girls 18u @ Fieldhouse #1
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: Hammerstone

NCHBC Day 3

The 12u team is going for a Bronze Ball now. Here is the schedule for Wednesday. Have a great time at the tournament!

10:15am-Boys 12u @ Fieldhouse #2
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: Guyer Clock: Woodcock

10:15am-Boys 16u @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
2200 W. Republic Road
Book: McPherson Clock: McAlister

11:45am-Girls 14u @ Fieldhouse #2
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: Baird Clock: Hammerstone

12:45pm-Boys 14u @ Courts #2
4136 E. Kearney Street
Book: Kirkpatrick Clock: Woodcock

4:40pm-Boys 18u @ Courts #2
4136 E. Kearney Street
Book: McAlister

5:55pm-Girls 18u @ O’reilly Tefft
1408 E. Pythian Street
Book: Thomas Clock: Hammerstone

NCHBC Day 2

For the first time, we had two teams win on the first day of the national tournament! The Boys 12u team is in the hunt for a Gold Ball and the Boys 14u team is in the hunt for a Bronze Ball. Here is the game schedule for Tuesday.

9:15am-Boys 12u @ Fieldhouse #2
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: Guyer Clock: Woodcock

9:15am-Boys 16u @ Pleasant View Middle School
2210 E. State Hwy AA
Book: McPherson Clock: Kim Moore

12:45pm-Girls 14u @ Pleasant View Middle School
2210 E. State Hwy AA
Book: Baird

1:55pm-Boys 14u @ Fieldhouse #3
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: Kirkpatrick Clock: Woodcock

3:25pm-Girls 18u @ Courts #1
4136 E. Kearney Street
Book: Hammerstone

7:10pm-Boys 18u @ Fieldhouse #3
2235 W. Kingsley Street
Book: McAlister Clock: Kim Moore
Laundry Plan for Tuesday
Boys 12u-16u take laundry to Days Inn room 205 between 4-6pm
Boys 18u need to take a change of clothes to the gym and give uniform to Mrs. McPherson
Girls 18u need to take a change of clothes to the gym and give uniform to Mrs. Porter

National Homeschool Basketball Championships Begin

We have six teams gearing up for the National Championships this week. Here’s Monday’s jam packed schedule:

8:30am-Division I Class 4A*
Boys 16u @ Courts #3
4136 E. Kearney Street

9:30am-Division I Class 4A**
Girls 18u @Courts #1
4136 E. Kearney Street

9:30am-Division I Class 6A
Boys 12u @ Hillcrest #2
3319 N. Grant Ave.

10:30am-Division I Class 6A
Boys 18u @ Chesterfield
2511 W. Republic Road

11:40am-Division I Class 3A***
Boys 14u @ Jarrett
840 S. Jefferson Ave.

12:50pm-Division I Class 5A
Girls 14u @ Central High School #2
423 E. Central Street

*With a win, Boys 16u plays at 2:00pm @ Fieldhouse #2
2235 W. Kingsley Street

**With a win, Girls 18u plays at 3:10pm @ Hillcrest #1
3319 N. Grant Ave.

***With a win, Boys 14u plays @ 4:20pm @ Hillcrest #2
3319 N. Grant Ave.
Visit http://nchclive.com/bracket-page/ to keep up with the daily changes to the brackets.

Remember to attend the parents meeting tonight at 9pm at the Hampton Inn meeting room, 3370 E Montclair Street

Two Championship Games Today!

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The MTAC Varsity Championship games are today in White House, TN and you’ll recognize two of the teams that are in the finals. The Lady Trailblazers are playing against Riverside Christian Academy for the Conference Championship at 4:00pm and the Boys Varsity team is playing against Tennessee Heat for the Conference Championship at 6:00pm.

Please consider making the easy 45 minute drive down to 506 Hester Drive to cheer on these two teams. Bring as many of your friends and family as possible to support our players as they each go for their first ever championship!

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 
  •             Alison Woodcock 
  •             Jimmy & Renee Johnston 
  •             Todd & Mary Hammerstone 

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.