Year: 2020

Online Classes – No Swimming – Refunds Forthcoming

Thank You For Your Support

Sadly, there will be no swim season this year.

We want to thank everyone who volunteered, joined the Booster Club, provided team sponsorship, and otherwise prepared to support the team this year. Thanks too, to our coaches – Derek, Chris, Rachel, and Shealyn.

We are working on processing refunds to everyone. When initial news of the Coronavirus Pandemic was starting to come in to our area, we held off finalizing the spiritwear and team suit orders, so thankfully, we were able to cancel those without additional fees.

You can expect to see a refund of booster club dues (and senior banner/fathead orders) and any team suit/cap orders back to the credit card used for payment within the coming days. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund the convenience/service fees. The refunds should appear on your statement within 5-10 days. The spiritwear orders were also refunded separately.

We have the digital files used for the senior banners and fatheads. We will post them to the Shutterfly share site in the coming days. You may download the files from there. Please check the team email for the password to access the team share site.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. We realize there are many broken hearts right now among the SMS Raiders Girls Swim Team at the loss of their season. We’re sorry we aren’t able to celebrate our seniors. Best of luck, good health and safety to everyone.

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SMSD Suspends School Through End of Year

Spring Semester 2020 Has Been Cancelled

[updated 3/17/2020 6:00pm]

In order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Kansas, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly ordered all public schools in Kansas to remain closed through the end of the school year.

Read the full post from SMSD

For those who have ordered suits and caps, or paid Booster Club fees, we will email soon regarding refunds. Please be patient as we are working with various vendors to stop/cancel orders.

[updated 3/17/2020 10:00am]

At the direction of the Johnson County Department of Health and the Environment, all schools, and all activities, athletics, and extracurricular activities in the Shawnee Mission School District will be closed through April 5th. Schools are being closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No one may enter SMSD buildings, school grounds, or facilities like the Shawnee Mission District Aquatic Center. This restriction also applies to all rentals that use SMSD facilities.

Read the full post from SMSD.

Schedule: Week of 3/9/2020

Schedule and Announcements for 3/9/2020 – 3/15/2020

The first regular week of practice begins. Swimmers will be split into Green and Gold Groups for practice and divers will start their regular schedule. All practices during the week will be at SMS. Saturday practice will be at the Shawnee Mission Aquatic Center (SMAC). Spring Break schedule will be announced later this week.

Monday Reminders

Deadlines for Team Registration/Booster and to order your Team Suit/Cap and Spiritwear.

If you haven’t registered for the Boosters yet, please do so. Your support is critical to the team. All team members joining receive the team t-shirt, a special booster-only team bucket cap, and the student’s admission to the banquet.

Friday Early Dismissal

Due to the shortened schedule, practice will begin at 1pm on Friday.

Team Sponsors

I’d like to thank our team sponsors, Ebeacon, Plaza Foot Care, Stifel, and “Anonymous”, for their support of the team. It’s not too late to add your company to this list. Cost is only $250. You get some nice recognition and your support is a tremendous help to the team. Sign up now.

Practice Schedule


  • Monday 3/9 – Green Group 3:00-4:30pm, Gold Group 3:00-5:30pm
  • Tuesday 3/10 – Green Group 3:00-4:30pm, Gold Group 3:00-5:30pm
  • Wednesday 3/11 – Green Group 3:00-4:30pm, Gold Group 3:00-5:30pm
  • Thursday 3/12 – Green Group 3:00-4:30pm, Gold Group 3:00-5:30pm
  • Friday 3/13 – Green Group 1:00-3:00pm, Gold Group 1:00-3:00pm
  • Saturday 3/14 – 7:30-9:30am @ SMAC (no bus)


  • Monday 3/9 – 6:00am-7:00am
  • Tuesday 3/10 – 3:00-5:00pm
  • Wednesday 3/11 – 5:30am-7:00am
  • Thursday 3/12 – 5:30am-7:00am
  • Friday 3/13 – 5:30am-7:00am
  • Saturday 3/14 – 7:30-9:30am @ SMAC (no bus)

Get Ready! 2020 Girls Season Starts March 2nd.

Important Season Information and Sign-Ups

Please review this information, submit your team/booster registration, order a suit and cap, turn in required forms, and get ready for the season!

The first practice is Monday, March 2nd. Meet in the pool by 3pm. You will need a one-piece suit, goggles, and a towel.

On Tuesday the 3rd, there will be a suit and spiritwear fitting for those needing to confirm sizes. Team suit samples from Jolyn will be available and Dr. Buss and Micah will have spiritwear samples to try on.

On Wednesday the 4th, following practice at 6:00pm, there will be a parent-coaches meeting in the lobby area just outside the main gym. All parents should plan to attend. (Note: this was originally scheduled for Tuesday 3/3 but had to be moved due to a space/scheduling conflict.)

1. Team Registration – Team Booster Club

Your support of the team through the Booster Club plays a critical role and benefits the entire team. The funds raised by the Booster Club, and the volunteer efforts of parents, help support the team and the coaches throughout the season. With recent budget cutbacks, your support is needed more than ever. We encourage all participants to please join.

This year, the Boys and Girls Booster Clubs have purchased two digital pace clocks (cost was over $1000) because the school and district would not fund these items. Quality pace clocks are essential to the RPT-based practices organized by Coach Berg.

In addition to providing much needed support for team activities and expenses including Senior Night, the team Banquet, athlete recognition, and the team website, each participant who registers will receive a team t-shirt, a team bucket hat, and free team member banquet attendance. The bucket hat is available only through the booster club registration.

Please take a few moments to submit your team/booster registration today. Your timely registration helps us update the team mailing list, order senior banners for display in the pool area, and helps to ensure that the team spiritwear can be ordered as soon as possible.

Booster Registrations are due by March 9th, 2020 in order for the spiritwear to arrive in time for the first meet.

Note: For those who miss the March 9th deadline, the bucket cap may not be available, but the banquet fees will still be covered for the team member.

Register Now

2. Team Suits and Caps

Team suits and Team Silicone Caps are available to order from the SMS team store. Purchase of the team suit and/or silicone caps is optional. Participants are not required to wear the team suit or cap in competition. However, please keep in mind, all suits and caps used in competition (not practice) cannot have other team insignia or logos, or large commercial logos.

SMS Team Store

If you’re not sure of sizing, there will suits to try on for size before practice on Tuesday, March 3rd. Orders for suits and caps are also due by March 9th.

3. Additional Spiritwear

Additional team Spiritwear for parents, supporters, and participants is available for purchase directly from the Girls Team Spiritwear Store Options include sweatshirts, team t-shirts and racerback tanktops. Purchase of any of these items is at your discretion. Spiritwear orders are also due March 9th.

4. Physicals and Athletic Participation Forms

All participants must have their KSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) and 2018/19 Athletic Participation Packet completed and on file with the school athletic department office by Friday, February 28th, 2020.

Complete information is available on the SMS Raider Athletics page.

5. Parent Volunteer Sign-Up

Throughout the season, volunteers are needed. From supporting the team tradition of bagels on Saturday after practice, to team dinners, and organizing the team banquet, the team depends on your help. Please review the opportunities available and sign-up to volunteer, using the SignUp Genius links below. Thank you for your support.

Team Dinners

There will be 3 team dinners during the season. Athletes arrive immediately after practice. Each dinner requires a host/organizer and three helpers.
Sign Up to Host or Help with a team dinner.

Bagel Saturdays

There are 4 Saturday practices at which bagels will be needed.
Sign Up to Bring Bagels.

Team Banquet

The Team Banquet will be held on May 14th at SMS in the cafeteria. An organizer and approximately 4 helpers are needed to plan, set-up, and tear-down the banquet, which is held at SMS in the cafeteria.
Sign Up to Help with the Banquet.

Meet Schedule

The Sunflower League has released the meet schedule and all meets will be added to our event calendar (which also include Google maps for event locations).

As always, this is subject to change. We will endeavor to keep the schedule up-to-date on the website, but highly recommend checking the League calendar for the most accurate information. Use the “view schedules” tool to filter by Swimming.

Team Guidelines

The team guidelines are available online. You may also download a copy of the SMS Swim and Dive Handbook (pdf). Any questions should be directed to Coach Berg.

Team Communications

The website (including the event calendar) and the team mailing list are the primary communications tools used throughout the season. You should also follow the team on Twitter @smsraiderswim.

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Plaza Foot Care

Plaza Foot Care Center

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Plaza Foot Care Center
411 Nichols Road, STE 174
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Phone: 816-561-7388

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