Basketball Registration!

Fall is here..winter is coming and that means Basketball season! Please go ahead and register your player. It is imperative for the coaches and our accountants to have your players information in the system! Please do not wait until the first week of practice.

Remember when you register to download and print out your forms. These can be brought to the first week of practice or mailed to:
Cincinnati Trailblazers
c/o Julie Strasser
9619 Timbermill Ct
Cincinnati OH 45231

Cross Country Ice Cream Social/Fun Run Registration

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Where: Kingswood Park on Irwin-Simpson in Mason

Why: To meet the team, complete your registration and have some ice cream

RSVP to Matt Packer

Senior Night 2015 Trailblazers Baseball

Monday 5/4/15 is Senior Night for Trailblazers Varsity Baseball.

AIA (Athlete’s In Action) Grady’s Field

1197 S. Detroit St

Xenia, Ohio 45385

Game starts at 5pm

Senior night starts at 4:30pm

Game starts at 5pm


Seniors being honored:

Christian Bacon #35

Seth Bular #9

Paul Collins #30

Aaron Horsley #23

Chase Louk #55

Sam Wood  #34




Trailblazers Baseball goes for victory #100

Monday 5/4/15 is Senior Night for Trailblazers Varsity Baseball.

Trailblazers Baseball will also be going for win #100 in Trailblazers Baseball history.  Very proud of these young men.

Game starts at 5pm

Senior night starts at 4:30pm

location:  AIA (Athlete’s In Action)

1197 S. Detroit St

Xenia, Ohio 45385

Trailblazers Cross Country Information Night

Who: Parents with Homeschoolers grades 6-12 that may be interested in running cross country.

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Where: Northeast Church of Christ (12020 Southwick Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45241) (Just off I-275 and Reed Hartman)

Why: To learn about a great sport that your homeschool child can participate in while building their confidence. Running is a great life long sport that is both an individual and team sport. The season starts with practices beginning the first of August and runs through the second weekend in October.

Questions: Please contact Coach Matt Packer at or (513) 932-1012 or Coach Scott Huston at

Support the Trailblazers!

There is a simple way for all of you to help!

If you shop at Kroger’s, you can follow the steps below to choose Trailblazers for the Kroger Community Awards Program. It does NOT affect your fuel points or discounts or ANY of the benefits you currently receive from your Kroger Plus Card (and if you don’t HAVE a Kroger Plus Card, you can register for one). Either way, THERE IS NO COST TO YOU.

Once you have linked your Kroger Plus Card to Trailblazers, Kroger will donate a percentage of every dollar spent directly to our organization to be used to establish a scholarship fund.

Just follow the steps below:

1. Sign on to
2. Click on “community” in upper right hand corner
3. Click on “Kroger Community Rewards”
4. Click on the green “Enroll Now” button next to “Cincinnati, OH”
5. Sign in
6. Under “Find Your Organization” enter “Trailblazers”
7. Select and save Trailblazers

That’s it! Seven easy steps!
It took me under ten minutes!
What an easy way to minister to others!

Thanks in advance for taking the time to do this for our Trailblazer families (and future families)!

Trailblazer Gold Team

gold_teamThe Trailblazer Gold Team was established in October 2007 by Karen Stewart with three Special Needs players and three Trailblazer coaches. All of the players and coaches were given a uniform, a Gold Team t-shirt, which was provided by the Cincinnati Trailblazer organization. The practices were held once a week at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio.

The purpose of the Gold Team was to include Special Needs homeschoolers in the Trailblazer organization by providing a team identity and team activities for the students and their families. The Team provided weekly practices to encourage physical fitness, teamwork, camaraderie and basketball skills appropriate for each individual player. Trailblazer basketball players from all ages groups participated in leading the Gold Team activities and serving as their coaches, teammates and mentors. The program has continued and grown under the leadership of Jane Ruwe from 2010 to the present, changing facilities and locations to accommodate the players and their families.

From Jessica Elam, a current Trailblazer Gold coach:
I have been helping with the Trailblazer Gold Team since last year’s basketball season. I have had a lot of fun helping coach the Gold Team and getting to know them. The kids are all so sweet and fun to be around. They listen well and try whatever it is you tell them to do. I have seen great improvements in not just their basketball skills, but in their personalities as they gain confidence in themselves with the help of all their great coaches. The coaches of TB Gold are a mixture of players and coaches from the Trailblazer Basketball teams. They are all great with the kids and very encouraging to them. A typical TB Gold practice starts with everyone gathering in a big circle in the middle of the court and doing some stretches, jumping jacks and sit ups. The coaches also participate in all the activities with the kids. After the stretching is over, we split up into two groups: the older kids and the younger kids. At the older kids’ side of the court they practice lay ups and free throw shots. They also do some running, passing, dribbling and a little bit of one-on-one with their coaches. Towards the end of their practice they have a scrimmage. At the younger kids practice they start out with shots and also work on dribbling, passing and running. However, the most fun comes for the kids when we ask if they want to play “Duck-Duck-Goose” or “Red Light, Green Light”. When practice is over we all gather at center court again for prayer. Then we all put our fists in together, “Blazers on three! One, two, three, BLAZERS!”

~ Jessica Elam

Currently, there are 10 members of the Gold team. They will have a special presentation on February 23 at our last home game of the season. The Gold team continues to be an important ministry for Trailblazers. Every season we are in need of teen volunteers. If you are interested in helping out with this team please let us know!

Varsity Boys playing Eastside for MCHC Championship

The Varsity boys have defeated Illinois Crusaders 86-49, Lakeshore Thunder 69-57, and St John Warriors 64-59 leading to the championship game against Eastside Golden Eagles. The boys lost to Eastside earlier this season 76-70. Tip off is 4:30 CT at The Hidden Cove in Bourbonnais, IL

Picture Day on Tuesday, January 15

Trailblazer picture day is this Tuesday, January 15, at 3pm. Pictures will be taken at Sports Plus prior to practice. Please have the order form completed ahead of time.

Picture Order Form

Blazer Ball

Recently, the Trailblazer Varsity boys were ranked number 9 nationally on the top ten homeschool basketball team list. This is out of hundreds of teams across the nation. This ranking came by hard work, focus and winning over the Indianapolis Wildcats. The Trailblazers were not even pre-ranked! To jump into 9th place is fabulous accomplishment on the part of our guys. The next big game is against Eastside Golden Eagles and will be played up at Cincinnati Christian University on January 5 at 4:30. If your Trailblazers pull off a win against Eastside, who are ranked 7, this will surely move us up on the list! The boys are working towards heading out to Springfield MO in March for the National Homeschool Basketball Tournament. Literally, the entire town of Springfield is full of homeschool basketball teams and fans. Teams from Florida all the way to Texas are involved. Every college, high school, elementary school and recereation gyms are booked for the tournament. If your Trailblazers keep working the way they are working and playing basketball the way it is meant to be played you will see them playing against the nation’s top teams. This is huge for Trailblazer basketball! In the past Trailblazer teams always spent their week of spring break at Nationals. That changed for a couple of years, but it is returning as a Trailblazer tradition and the hope is that the younger guys and girls will want to work their way up the chain and be rewarded as a JV or Varsity player by attending this esteemed tournament.

In the news our youngest Trailblazer team, the U10 boys are having a great season and are continuing to learn the game of basketball! The win loss column has not been in their favor, but the boys show much improvement each practice and every game. Coach Paul reports that he is so proud of them with each passing week but is most impressed by the team’s courage and confidence playing more experienced teams. He would also like to thank all of the parents their patience and understanding this year and thank everyone for letting him coach their boys.

The Varsity girls stand with a record of 7-2. The JV boys are 6-1 and our U14 boys 2-1. As you can see we are having a great Basketball season!

Come out on January 5 at 4:30pm  at the Cincinnati Christian University gym (directions on the calendar/website) and cheer on your Blazer Boys to a win! And then help them keep working and focusing on doing what it takes to take home a big win from Nationals!! GO BLAZERS!