No Practice on Monday, June 29

Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the National Qualifier Meet this weekend! By unofficial counts, we have 66 athletes who can continue on to Nationals in Virginia this year!

Please take Monday, June 29 off as a well-deserved break. We’ll see everyone again on Tuesday to continue practices.

Important Notes for Joplin 2015

Important things to know for the June 26-28 AAU National Qualifier meet:

  1. While you will hear us commonly refer to this meet as “Joplin”, it is actually being held this year in Carl Junction, MO which is about 10 miles Northwest of Joplin as Missouri Southern’s stadium is under construction.
  2. If you haven’t already booked a hotel room, DO IT NOW! Most hotels are located in the vicinity of Range Line Rd and I-44 and I have heard that if you call the hotels directly (not booking on-line) is the best to find deals/blocks reserved for the track meet. One family told me the Drury Inn had a very good rate going.
  3. We will be having a team dinner on Saturday night at the Olive Garden (located on Range Line Rd just North of I-44). A reservation has been made at 7:30pm for a party of 140. In years past we have essentially taken over the restaurant, so my advice would be to plan to arrive on time and to please be patient with your wait staff as this is a monumental undertaking to accommodate a group of this size and to also divide up checks accordingly, but it is a ton of fun for the kids and great for parents as well.
  4. This is a substantially larger meet than we’ve been to up to this point. There will likely be in excess of 2,000 athletes competing and it literally takes an army of volunteers to pull this off and make it a great experience for the kids. Every club is asked to provide some volunteers throughout the weekend and Kate Lott and myself will be asking periodically if people can assist in certain areas. If you’ve not volunteered up to this point, this is a great way to give back to something your kids have trained hard for and also to make a very long day go by a little quicker. Please be open to giving of your time and talents while in attendance.
  5. It will be hot…it always is! You are able to bring in coolers with food and drink, so take advantage of this. Plus the stadium isn’t exactly close to food options during the day.
  6. Not having been to this facility before, I can’t tell you exactly where our tent village will be set up, but we will post something on our Facebook page when it is. It is important that you come directly to the tent to get athlete wrist bands and that we sit together at a meet of this size so coaches and volunteer high schoolers we have enlisted to help warm kids up can find everyone. The kids love getting to hang out with each other and cheer on their teammates as well. Bringing a few “bag chairs” is a MUST for parents!
  7. I know it’s a huge time and monetary commitment, but if your child advances to the Junior Olympics I strongly urge you to go. You will see athletes doing things you’ll never forget and your kids will literally have the experience of a lifetime. Practices will continue through the end of July and everyone is encouraged to attend regardless of whether you child qualifies for Nationals or plans to attend the meet. There will be a meet in Columbia, MO on Saturday July 18th that is open to anyone in our club as well.
  8. Lastly, enjoy yourselves! Coach Lisa, Coach Melanie, Coach Phil and myself have worked these kids hard for over 2 months and now it is time to reap the rewards of these great athlete’s labors. We will be celebrating many Personal Records, many National Qualifiers, many medalists (and please post these moments on our “Keep up with the Comets” FB page), but as a parent and coach I will be most rewarded by the thousands of smiles I will see on the faces our children…that’s what youth sports is about and we are fortunate to get to celebrate these young athletes together! GO COMETS!!!!

Coach Chris

Joplin Meet Registration

The “Joplin Meet”, as it is commonly referred to, is the Region 16 National Qualifier. although commonly referred to as “Joplin” the meet will actually take place in Carl Junction, MO this year (near Joplin).

To participate in this meet, athletes should have participated in and qualified in either the June 6 Meet in El Dorado or the June 13 Meet in Belton. If an athlete did not qualify in one of those two meets, they will not be able to participate in Joplin. The only noted exceptions to this are athletes who do the Pole Vault, Javelin (NOT including Turbo Javelin), or the Steeplechase. Those three events will begin at the Joplin level.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28, 2015

All Events will be run on a rolling schedule. Please refer to the Meet Flyer (link below) for full schedule and meet details.

LOCATION

Carl Junction High School
Bulldog Stadium
806 W Z Highway
Carl Junction, MO

ADMISSION

Over 13: $5 per day or $8 for both June 28 & 29
Age 6 – 12: $3 per day or $5 for both June 28 & 29
5 and Under: Free

CLICK HERE FOR THE MEET FLYER.
CLICK HERE FOR THE MEET SCHEDULE.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR TRACK MEETS

Athlete Registration Fee included as part of team fees. See our Events page for Divisions. Please view the Meet Flyer (link above) for events per age and full event schedule & details.

June 13 Qualifier Meet – Registration

Missouri District Qualifier for the
Missouri Valley District

This meet is a QUALIFIER for the Missouri Valley District Meet in Joplin at the end of June. Athletes must attend & qualify from either this meet or the meet on June 7 to continue to Joplin. IF YOUR ATHLETE QUALIFIED AT THE KANSAS MEET IN EL DORADO ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6, THEY SHOULD NOT DO THE SAME EVENTS AT THIS MEET. Athletes only need to qualify once in each event. Qualifying in the same event multiple times could deny another athlete the opportunity to qualify.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

LOCATION

Belton High School
801 W North Ave.
Belton, MO. 64012

ADMISSION

Over 13: $5
Age 6 – 12: $2
5 and Under: Free

CLICK HERE FOR MEET FLYER.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR TRACK MEETS

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS MEET IS NOW OPEN. Registrations will only be accepted only through Wednesday, June 10 @ 9:00 pm.

Athlete Registration Fee included as part of team fees. See our Events page for Divisions. Please view the Meet Flyer (link above) for events per age and full event schedule & details.

June 6 Qualifier Meet – Registration

Kansas District Qualifier for the
Missouri Valley District

This meet is a QUALIFIER for the Missouri Valley District Meet in Joplin at the end of June. Athletes must attend & qualify from either this meet or the meet on June 13 to continue to Joplin.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Meet begins at 8:00 AM
All Events will be run on a rolling schedule (see meet flyer for event order)

LOCATION

BG Products Veterans Stadium
393-420 SW Haverhill Road
El Dorado, Kansas 67042
Stadium is about 30 miles northeast of Wichita

ADMISSION

Over 13: $5
Age 6 – 12: $2
5 and Under: Free

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT! The Comets are in charge of the Awards table for this event. Remember, working events is how you can earn back your $25 volunteer fee so please consider working a 3-hour shirt to help hand out awards to the athletes.

CLICK HERE FOR MEET FLYER.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR TRACK MEETS

COMETS REGISTRATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE. Registrations must be received by 9:00 PM on Wednesday, 03 June.

Athlete Registration Fee included as part of team fees. See our Events page for Divisions. Please view the Meet Flyer (link above) for events per age and full event schedule & details.

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

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