We structure all areas of our program, from scheduling and training to competition and promotion, on our four main values:
People have misconceptions on what the Blaze means by fun. They believe we are happy to go out and just play. That is very far from the truth. Here is some clarity on what we mean by Fun.
- WINNING is FUN.
- HARD WORK is FUN.
- DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS is FUN.
- MASTERING the game is FUN.
- EXPERIENCING TRUE TEAM WORK is FUN.
- BEING ENCOURAGED and MOTIVATED (rather than degraded) is FUN.
- GETTING TO CALL OUR GYM A HOME is FUN.
- HAVING A TEAM TO CALL FAMILY is FUN.
Wisconsin Blaze believes that when you create an atmosphere where an athlete can keep their pure enjoyment for the game, as well as learn all that goes into becoming a successful athlete, then he/she will experience the full meaning of what it means to have fun playing the game and in turn love it for life. We are here to foster that love, and make sure our athletes never lose it.
- We work with families to provide shorter schedules that meet the needs of multi-sport athletes in the early stages of their athletic experiences
- We support families who put faith first and steer away from practices on Wednesday evenings and Sundays when possible. We place athletes on teams and schedule tournaments that meet the needs of each athlete.
- We do not however mean family-friendly to give families unlimited rights to put Blaze last. When your family commits to a Blaze team, we expect that you will make sacrifices to support being present at practices, attending tournaments, and supporting all the kids on your teams.
- We've built our foundation on being Christ-centered and Faith-based. This means trusting the Lord and honoring God in all we do. It's why we have made huge strides through tough obstacles, why people trust our leaders and coaches, why we attract great families, and why people call us home.
- When we say we build up our athletes spiritually that means we use words of affirmations, praise, and wisdom and guidance to teach them the game, which in effect builds their confidence and their spirit.
- We encourage prayer before practices and games, but don't expect them at every one.
- We do expect words, encouragements, and the use of wisdom that always uplifts our athletes and coaching staff.
- We do not hold Bible studies for practices. But we allow a scripture verse to be used for encouragement and guidance, as well as quote from other wise historical leaders such as John Wooden, Morgan Wooten, Coach Krzyzewski, Joshua Medcalf, and more.
- We are here to work and become the athlete, person, and citizen God has created us to be, by His standard of excellence, and through our actions, words, and deeds.
- We teach athletes that a firm spiritual foundation is the key to finding peace, purpose and power. We remind our athletes to, "Keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you, for God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgement." — 2 Timothy 1:6a,7
- We emphasize more than just hard work. Wisconsin Blaze focuses on fundamental skills, developing students of the game, and building gracious, respectful and humble athletes.
- We connect athletes with the best trainers and coaches in our area - from high school varsity coaches, to former professional athlete, and current college coaches who are like minded in their approach to training and the development of the entire athlete.
- We provide opportunities and guidance for athletes to gain exposure in front of collegiate coaches, as well as make an impact on their school teams and collegiate teams.
- We connect athletes with college coaches through our very own recruiting system that helps athletes get on the right "Path"
- We promote our athletes
- We understand that our athletes are future mothers, fathers, business leaders, doctors, nurses, wives and husbands. That's why we train the whole athlete - physically, mentally and spiritually.