The last article, IMG COLORADO?, struck a cord to many as my inbox was over 50 responses in the first day. The fact is there are coaches and teams that want to be great and want to play high level teams, the reality is 5A teams are punking out, as we learned several 4A teams want to play IMG Colorado Valor. So now the time has come for a true high level course of action. We have heard in 2 years an open league may come about from the local association but that is too long to wait. The talent levels are rising while participation is diminishing. The decline in wearing high school sports colors for a varsity letter does not mean that much to kids and families. It has turned into high level coaching and playing for the ultimate reward, a scholarship for college.
While many of the phone lines ring at area schools to transfer kids, a vast many will go unanswered. Some because they do not want to be known as a football school and others because they just do NOT care and it is evident in the over all athletic records not only in football but other athletics. The culture is is a reboot or restart stage as parents are demanding more. However, the demand may be to Turn out the lights.
We feel to Turn out the lights may be the beginning of something new and refreshing. There are a vast many of coaches that enjoy the game of football and get satisfaction of teaching a game and teaching kids life lessons. Given that fact and mention of Club Football in the past few years the time has come for U16 and U18 Football in Colorado.
Many will struggle to accept the fact travel teams are a wave of the future in football but they said that about Basketball, Baseball and Hockey 2 decades ago and both Volleyball and lacrosse in recent years. So Football is a natural progression ever since IMG in Florida 5 years ago gave a blueprint for success. If you provide a top notch product people will come and in droves to pay you money. Private schools have seen this and have had big names run their program. However, we know its the assistants that run the program day to day and receive little notoriety. Now they will have a better reason to coach because athletes and families have a vested interest to get better each day and win as a unit. However, the satisfaction will be down the road when kids are put in a better environment and given better opportunities. This is not to say some current high school coaches do not provide a more conducive atmosphere but sometimes the community is not on board or the school is fine with mediocrity.
“To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals.”
So if you are an athlete, coach or parent feel free to respond to our exploratory questionnaire. While 2018 is 6 months away from league play, the transformation could happen for club immediately but the intention is to start play in 2019.
Some coaches might think an RPO is a Star Wars character, but our guys will know and learn its a Run, Pass Option!
We want to hire successful people to teach athletes to be successful on and off the field so we are all victorious. A proper education will last a lifetime. However, the memories of high school are only relevant at class reunions. The college experience is what creates your future, unless you inherit the family business, so just like all the other club sports the local Colorado community is prepared for Club Football. Just see some of the comments:
We live North of Ft. Collins and know many coaches will not attend our games or visit our school. Based on some of the same schools or athletes always being feature we feel its time to consider other options that include Club Football for our son just like Club Volleyball for our daughter. I have heard Valor University on your podcast and live video game nights, so IMG Colorado is fitting. I am sure the Denver Metropolitan area parents would travel as a club team. Currently there are parents in 5A that we know falsify documents to play at one school and both in 4A and 3A coaches entice parents to attend their schools and drive miles out of their way because they want a better experience than the local attendance area HS. Sports is important to our family and we would consider participating in a club football team. Our HS is given 5 conference team games that are not the best and based on RPI we will not be a top tier team or be able to schedule the top 5 teams because they all want to play one another based on competitiveness. Our school would welcome playing Valor. Hell they are on TV all the time and nobody talks about the other 200 teams in the local papers or on broadcasts. I was just happy the last McCaffrey is graduating so maybe we can take the focus off that family and now Ed is the HC so its troublesome as its all about one family and one team. So yes I would appreciate club football for a semester if that is what it takes for writers or media folk to recognize other statewide talents. I really do not think 5A is that good of competition compared to 3A and 4A teams the past few seasons. There will always be families like mine that would enjoy attending a try out to see how our kids stack up against others. But based on some camps we attended in the past it seems like players are pre determined for selection. However, a club team will want to win so we would definitely consider the opportunity to play for a Colorado based outfit. However, it can not be like some 7 on 7 teams that just do it for the money and empty promises. If IMG is $70-$80,000 dollars and out of state that makes it difficult to attend games. I understand they are like a college prep school but would rather stay local to attend 5 games and probably watch 5 on TV. Also our local colleges say Colorado players are not as good as those from Florida, Georgia, Texas and California. So to ready or compete against those teams would give us piece of mind and allow us to get better over time. Especially since many are specializing in one sport and train year around.
The outpouring of competitive football is among us and time will tell. The 6A classification is defunct and the participation is lower than ever before with more high schools than ever before statewide. The numbers suggest a decline. Also the recent 20% vacancy of head coaches in 5A, Colorados highest classification is another reason for concern. The State Title champion winners in the past decade probably dictate that reasoning but if a program takes that blueprint they could compete. Something we called “The Process” last summer. Currently the big boy classification has 3 vacant HC positions in Arapahoe, Castleview and JK Mullen. Their next leader will determine the direction of the program and if they can retain local talents and schedule local rivals, All 3 should have immediate success. However, it is the long term growth that matters most, otherwise team might succumb to Club football as the temptation for parents has arisen. Every parent wants their sons or daughters talked about at their school or in the local rags and until their is a climate control change it will be about a few teams thus fueling a desire to attend one school being featured, so for now its enroll in Club Football or attend a powerhouse high school team.
If you play cupcake teams, you will be a cupcake! Colorado just doesn't have the numbers like other states. We are suffering because every year it is the same teams. Look at DPS prior to suburban high schools. We created this mess and allowed the private schools to dictate the level of play. Now with open enrollment it is a mess and too much intensive self promotion from parents and kids not to mention the absurd trainers selling division one aspirations. Hell with all this hype its not like CU or CSU is adding 8-10 local kids each year. They will add walk ons to bolster the rosters but until competition gets better Colorado will be what it always has been, a Broncos city with a handful of high next level players that love the game of football - Former HS HC