NO PRACTICE ON MEMORIAL DAY

Parent Letter from Coach Chris Torres

Dear Comet’s Families,

The first month of the season seems to have flown by! It has been great for Coach Lisa and I to get to know all the new kids we’ve had come out this year, as well as to catch-up with our returning athletes. We have been able to celebrate a ton of new PRs and most importantly see many many SMILES on the faces of our athletes! That’s what it’s all about!

We will soon be moving into the second phase of our season which is the AAU qualifying rounds. As a refresher on how all this works, athletes are required to attend one of the District Qualifiers: June 6th in El Dorado, KS or June 13th in Belton, MO and place in the top 16 in each event to be able to move onto the Missouri Valley Championships in Joplin June 26-28. In years past, the El Dorado meet has been smaller and therefore easier to qualify out of as well as get finished with sooner. It would be Lisa and my preference that our relay teams also qualify at the El Dorado meet. Having said that, we need to start getting a straw poll going on which kids are both interested in running on a relay and committed to running it as far as it qualifies, even to Virginia Beach for Nationals.

If your child is interested and able to fulfill that obligation, what I need from parents is to let me know what relays their kids are interested in running. As a reminder, relays DO COUNT towards the number of events an athlete is able to do at a meet (maximum of 3 events for ages 12 & under, maximum of 4 events for ages 13 and up). With the exception of the 8 and under age group, relays are constructed by combining kids in adjacent two year age groups (9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14). All age groups are able to do a 4x100m relay, all ages 9 & up are able to do a 4x400m relay and ages 11 & up are able to do a 4x800m relay. Please note that if we have a surplus number of kids wanting to do a relay within an age group, Lisa and I have the final say on how a relay is constructed and that may involve run-offs or some other mechanism for us to decide what is the most competitive and fairest way to build that relay.

This is an exciting time of the season. You will soon see our club grow as many High School kids finish their school seasons and then come join us. I hope you all have enjoyed getting to know other families and watching our amazing athletes. One of the things that I believe makes our club special is the family atmosphere and the comradery our kids have with one another. I know these meets are long, but let’s make the most of that time to build new friendships and celebrate all the kids’ successes. Relays are an important part of that process and I hope you each will consider your child joining one.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

Regards,
Chris Torres

Parent Letter from Josh Sovereign

Parents,

We are a month into the season and have seen some outstanding running, throwing, and jumping achieved, with a lot more to go. It has been great to see so many young athletes find new talents and improve on old skills. As we have new runners join our club each week I am reminded of why many dedicate so much time to the club. The passion that our volunteer coaches and parents bring to practice and meets has been impressive, second only to the effort of our children at practice and the track meets. A special thanks to Kate, Chris and Lisa for their committed delivery of allowing our children opportunities to reach their goals this summer, all with the sole reward of knowing they are creating memories for their children and friends.

At our information meetings this Spring Chris did a good job of pointing out that track meets can be long. I think our patience has been tested as we participate in different developmental meets sponsored by different clubs in the area, also hosted by parent volunteers. The remaining meets have a history of being efficiently run, we should look forward to more timely and accurate results. Volunteers from several clubs (including Comets) will successfully work the AAU qualifying meets in El Dorado, Belton, and Joplin providing a great experience. The concerns that we share from the past couple weeks have been elevated to make the biggest impact are being dealt with at the district level and are already being partially implemented for a better fan and athlete experience.

There still is a lot of work left to do this year.  We are going to turn our focus to the upcoming qualifying meets.  Thank you to the many that have volunteered their time and resources.  We welcome others to find a role you feel comfortable within our club –Consistent with the message we give to those on the track and field, the biggest attribute to success is hard work.

It is my hope that you each see the Comets as a community, the board is committed to help each family experience the same things we enjoyed when we were new families joining the club. As I returned to the meet on Saturday I joked that this was a picture perfect moment. May we have many more picture perfect moments this summer.

The coaches will be checking in soon to determine the level of interest in relay participation at the upcoming qualifying meets. Please consider what interest your runner has and your ability to travel to each of the AAU qualifying and national meets. I have heard different families discussing hotel reservations for Joplin and travel arrangements for Virginia Beach. I anticipate many will be using “Keeping up with the Comets” Facebook page as means to share travel plans.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as the season continues.

Go Comets!
Josh Sovereign

May 23 Meet – Registration

TGM Windsteppers Youth Developmental Meet

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gates open at 6:30 A.M
Meet begins at 7:30 A.M

Grandview High School
2300 High Grove Road
Grandview, MO 64030

Admission: $5 (over age 5)

CLICK HERE FOR MEET FLYER.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR TRACK MEETS

Comets registrations must be entered
no later than Tuesday, May 19, 9:00 PM

Registrations will only be accepted online.

Athlete Registration Fee included as part of team fees.

See our Events page for Divisions. Specific events for this meet are on the flyer (link above).

All 2015 Meet Results

Please bookmark this page for future reference or use the “Meet Results” link on the right to return to this page.

Saturday, May 02

Stride Ryte Youth Developmental Meet

» Results

Saturday, May 09

Comets & Windsteppers Developmental Meet

» Results

Saturday, May 16

Team Believe Development Track Meet

» Results

Saturday, May 23

TGM Windsteppers Youth Track Meet

Saturday, June 6

Kansas District Qualifier, El Dorado, Kansas

May 16 Meet – Registration

Team Believe Development Track Meet

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gates open at 8:00 A.M
Meet begins at 9:00 A.M for Field Events, 9:30 A.M. for Running Events

Interscholastic League Stadium
3500 East Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64132

Admission: $5 (over age 5)

Download the Meet flyer (PDF) for full list of events and event order.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR TRACK MEETS

Comets registrations must be entered
no later than Wednesday, May 13, 8:00 PM

Registrations will only be accepted online.

Athlete Registration Fee included as part of team fees.

See our Events page for Divisions (events specific for this meet listed below)

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