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2022 Blue Knights Track & Field Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The St. Louis Christian Homeschool Blue Knights organization was established in 2006 with a single basketball team. Since that time, like-minded families and committed volunteers who are passionate about sports have enabled exponential growth to include several programs.

We strive to display Christian character at all times; to train young men and women to love and play competitive sports while honoring God in all that they do; to bring honor and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with our attitudes, actions and abilities; and to lead others to Him through our words and deeds.

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” 
–Matthew 5:16

The Blue Knights organization is much more than a group of sports teams. We are sports-loving, God-loving families with the common goal of drawing closer to Christ through high level athletics and the friendships that are built through striving and celebrating together.

Track Meet Reports & Updates!

2022 Season Meet Updates.
Click here to read about this past season's meets!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register my child to run track with the Blue Knights?
Registration for the Spring 2023 season will open in January, so check back in December 2022!

How old does my child need to be to join the team?
Our track program is for 7th through 12th grade.

Which track and field events does the track team offer, and which will my child be eligible for?
We compete in all events offered in MSHSAA meets including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, hurdles, relays, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot-put, discus, javelin, and pole vault. Additional events we participate in at Homeschool Nationals include steeple chase and the pentathlon.

When, where and how long does the team practice?
Team practices will be Monday, Thursday and Friday* from 5:00-6:30 pm at Christian High School (1145 Tom Ginnever Ave. O’Fallon, MO 63366). You should come to practice in running clothes appropriate for weather and wearing running shoes. Instructions for on-your-own workouts will be given out by the coaches for the days we do not practice.  *Friday practices are optional and will be geared toward technique work for the field events.

What if I cannot attend some of the practices?
Athletes will need to attend the majority of practices in order to participate in meets. The majority means half plus one of all practices. For example, if we have 8 practices before the first meet, athletes will need to have attended 5 of the practices to participate. If we have 10 practices before the second meet, athletes will need 6 to participate. We encourage all athletes to play a variety of sports from June to mid-March, but believe it is also important to honor the commitment of those choosing track as their primary focus from March to mid-May. We believe this attendance requirement is more equitable for the group and will build better team chemistry. Like the Missouri State High School Athletic Association (MSHSAA) practice protocols, we will count practices from the Blue Knights Basketball teams towards our Track program. We will also consider this waiver for those participating in other winter sports. Please let us know in advance if you are in a winter sport and have a practice that needs counted that conflicts with a track practice so that we can track that. If you participate in a winter sport other than Blue Knights basketball which coincides with the start of Track practices in March, please email Coach Mark: [email protected]

When does the season begin, and how long does it last?
Official practices will begin Monday, February 28. We anticipate ~6 high school meets and 2-3 middle school meets, plus Homeschool Nationals. The season ends with the National Homeschool Track Championship at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO on May 11-12.

When and where will meets be held?

Blue Knights High School Meets - 2022

  • Friday, March 18th - Lutheran High -St. Charles - Varsity Opening Meet
  • Saturday, March 26th - Lutheran-St. Charles - Varsity and JV
  • Thursday, March 31st - Wright City Warm-Up - Varsity
  • Saturday, April 9th - Skippy Keefer Relays - John Burroughs High School
  • Thursday, April 14th - Wright City Varsity Invitational - Wright City High
  • Thursday, April 21st - Orchard Farm HS Invite - Luxembourg Field at OFHS
  • Wednesday & Thursday, May 11th & 12th - National Homeschool Track Championship - Southwest Baptist University- Bolivar, MO


Blue Knights Middle School Meets - 2022

  • Monday, April 11th - Wright City Middle School Invitational - at Wright City High School
  • Tuesday, April 19th - Winfield Middle School Invitational at Winfield High School
  • Wednesday, April 27th - Louisiana Middle School Invitational at Louisiana Mo. High School

    * There might be a 4th meet at CHS for K-8 but we have no official word on this as of mid December

  • May 11th and 12th - Homeschool Nationals at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO 


Are tryouts required to join the team?
No. All homeschoolers are welcome to join the program regardless of ability. We seek to provide a program where competitive runners can excel and improve as well as where new runners can learn to love the sport and be part of a team. The high school varsity team is competitive with the best runners selected for events regardless of age/grade. The JV and middle school teams are a mixture of competitive/aspiring varsity runners as well as those using the program to get into running and/or off-season conditioning for other sports.

What should I do before the season begins?
Athletes should be running before the season begins so that they are in shape once formal team practices begin. Our first meets are only 2-3 weeks after practices start. Please contact one of the coaches for specific suggestions for pre-season training.

Who are the coaches, and how can I get in touch with them?
Coach Bios page
Head Coach: Mark Forbes
Assistant Coach: Tijuanna Bryant
Assistant Coach: Jane Criswell
Assistant Coach: Bob Kusterer
Assistant Coach: Alyssa Ward

What does it cost to run track with the Blue Knights?

  • Fees are subject to change each season. For 2022, high school will be $100 and middle school $75.
  • Registration Fee:
    • All players must pay a $10 fee that covers insurance, referees, facility fees and other organizational costs.
  • Uniforms:
    • We use the same uniforms for both XC and Track.
    • Uniforms are required to be purchased. The approximate cost is $30.
    • High schoolers also are required to provide a $60 deposit for team-issued warm-ups that will be returned at the end of the season, provided the warm-ups are returned in like-issued condition.
  • Other expenses:
    • Families can expect modest admission fees for some track meets, along with travel costs for attending Homeschool Nationals (hotel, food, gas, etc.). Good running shoes are strongly recommended for all, along with running spikes for high schoolers. Local running stores frequently offer discounts for athletes on track teams if you ask.

Are there any discounts for siblings? No

Are other discounts or scholarships available?
There is a discount for pastors’ families. Email [email protected] for scholarship application.

What will be expected of me and my child if we decide to participate in a Blue Knights program?
Please read through the Parent Manifesto, Parent Contract and the Athlete Contract found under the Registration Info > Agreements & Forms menu above.

 

I have more questions about registration. Whom should I contact, and how?
Contact Marla Coumerilh: [email protected], 636.448.5719 (call or text).

How do I find my team(s) in the GameChanger Team Manager (New) app?
Complete instructions can be found here.

MSHSAA eligibility
Players must be homeschooled for 365 consecutive days before they are eligible to participate in MSHSAA games. *Note: Parents should not contact MSHSAA regarding their questions, complaints, or concerns. All questions to MSHSAA need to go through Blue Knights Athletic Director, Rick Tucker, via email at [email protected].

What should I do if I have an issue with a coach or with someone within the Blue Knights organization?
Please follow the Conflict Resolution guide found under the Registration Info > Agreements & Forms menu above.

I have more questions. Whom should I contact, and how?
Contact [email protected] with any additional questions that aren’t addressed here.

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