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!