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Recruiting services rankings

National Signing Day came early for the class of 2018. The inaugural December 20-22, 2017 National Letter of Intent was successful as athletes and parents are feeling comfortable heading into the holiday season. Executing a binding contract now allows athletes to focus on having fun in their final semester of high school similar to years past as early enrollees who signed secured their future immediately to participate in January classes. This year is special as high school players commit and sign the NLI prior to the February 7th, 2018 date or 7 weeks in advance. However, many will say it hurt my class ranking.

What many will have to learn is sports is a way to gain an education. Unfortunately the formation of for profit recruiting services have created rankings for prospects. The scouting reports or grades have been impacted by area journalists that have a football IQ. Unfortunately these services are often suspect because there are so many. Like every other business consolidation has occurred as CBS interactive now owns CBSSports, Sportsline, MaxPreps, 24/7sports and Scout. Meanwhile Rivals is owned by Yahoo and ESPN300 by Disney. So in essence there is a triple headed monster that share data but will always be Subjective as information or writing is based on personal opinions, interpretations, points of view, emotions and judgment. Conversely the objective approach in which information or analysis is fact-based, measurable and observable is only provided by one National service that also has a television partnership. So in reality players play and coaches will notice you if you submit film and have great college board exams and transcripts that reflect GPA. Also it helps if you perform well enough year around so that when college coaches visit your high school coach will advocate for you to play next level. November is a big evaluation period as is April 15-May 31. However, some coaches might be requesting class of 2019 athletes to visit them in February or March in the new truncated evaluation recruit process.

So once again recruiting services rankings really do NOT matter much as nearly every coach wants to see athletes on their turf. The coverage of recruiting and exposure of it is for fans. Coaches care more about the players that have great character and they can build them into better athletes and students. So rankings are similar to all state voting as sometimes it is a popularity contest and sometimes it is merit based. The issue always becomes about the population pool. Has everyone in the state been noticed or evaluated or properly been identified. In most instances the answer is no and you see that as no stars or recruits make it big at the next level.

So the next time someone references recruiting services rankings just ask, how much is this going to coast me? Yes it is an annual subscription fee to sell you hype and a few local sports stories about your favorite team or player. Yes it is nice to be recognized but how accurate are the top 250 or 300 player listings based on the sample size. Many will know after a 5 year period as players graduate and in some instances the coaches are forced to move on. The successful coaches build winners and stay the course that produces consistency and a few championships.

2018 College Football Playoff

2018 College Football Playoff DATE GAME / LOC. TIME / TV
Jan. 8
National Championship
8 p.m.
Semifinal winners

Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Semifinal
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
Pasadena, Calif.
5 p.m.

Jan. 1
Sugar Bowl Semifinal
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama
New Orleans
8:45 p.m.

Jan. 1
Peach Bowl
No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 UCF
12:30 p.m.

Dec. 30
Fiesta Bowl
No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington
Glendale, Ariz.
4 p.m.

Dec. 30
Orange Bowl
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami
8 p.m.

Dec. 29
Cotton Bowl
No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 8 USC
Arlington, Texas
8:30 p.m.

Sportcation leads to free agency in high school sports

There will always be coaches bending the ears of parents and students to transfer schools for more playing time or to better their program. Over the years there have been various reasons transfers happen. The important thing for us to do is to acknowledge that reality and understand it. The reality is that winning programs will keep getting transfers.

"There’s no way to stop it unless something illegal can be proven, such as recruiting, using a false address or following an athlete to a school. However, even then no one follows up as we have seen blatant disregard from the rules in nearly a decade at 2 major 5A schools and one staff that has done it annually for 2 decades. Now everyone is doing it!" - Coach to remain anonymous

Transfers and adjusted rosters have always been an issue but now it is completely out of control as winning has become an ultimatum at many high profile schools. It has trickled down to all classifications and now includes little league coaches that are involved in pipelining kids that they recruited for trophies. These are the same parents that will transfer their kids at semester break if they do not get their way. If that is exhausted they even will attend schools out of state as pay to play schools have become fashionable and en vogue to families with deep pockets.

Many say if schools want to reduce transfers, go back to the old days, when athletes had to sit out a year when they didn’t move or when audited were seen traveling from home to school via the RTD or another parent. - Head Coach to remain anonymous

To avoid transfers, the next 2 year football cycle administrators should consider creating competitive equity playoffs, putting the ambitious schools in the highest division  and conference regardless of enrollment. Starting with 5A and moving down the other 6 classifications because obviously the last adjustment failed miserably. About the only good news in 5A  was 2 ambitious powerhouse schools were knocked out in the quarterfinals given way to a new champion or perhaps another title from the old Jeffco or Centennial leagues. Equity was never resolved, only heightened that 6-8 teams rule the roost in 5A and 7 conferences were gift wrapped over the past two football seasons.

At least in basketball we have heard about travel teams namely AAU and how these coaches posture their players to high schools often creating issues with other high school sports by embedding in the minds of many on its roster that year around basketball is a must. Partly because of the proliferation of sportcation and a handsome monthly revenue stream. But mostly because every year they have an annuity and more people buying into “The dream of sports beyond high school.”

Yes, sportcation has evolved as a result of many entrepreneurs exploiting sports and parents bank accounts with the emphasis of getting recruited at an early age. Fact is many college coaches may not be on staff 3-4 years from current date so there is no advantage to being recruited prior to having played  or been a major contributor to the varsity team as a sophomore. Recruiting is often a product of post junior season when game films are available and young men have grown into their bodies. For many females it is common to see an emphasis after their freshmen year and usually after a sophomore seasons. In the recent era many club teams host showcase events so college coaches will attend to evaluate local talents. A much easier process for club teams because families are paying to play and area high schools do not emphasis their championships or make strides to highlight some of their talents sighting its NOT their responsibility. Many coaches barely nominate conference selections for all state teams as they marginalize the process or in some instances play favoritism and overlook real talents. Therefore sportcation has become a popular marketing tool aimed at parents wanting the best for their children without knowing the real facts and/or speaking to next level recruiting coaches on the process. 
Currently, Sportcation is how many parents spend their hard earned dollars on tournament play rather than family fun vacations.  The hustle now is in the business of operating youth sports events and tournaments to lure uneducated parents and sell them promises of scholarships. Many parents are buying into year around sports and ramping up credit card debt because of HYPE. So if traveling to a random city for a meaningless Thanksgiving or Christmas tournament is a better option than to visiting the grandparents for holiday cheers, so be it and god bless. The harsh reality is no college level coaches care about these events catered for 3rd-9th graders or the 12th grade all star games. It is a money suck and waste of time. Next level Coaches want to see varsity reps and starters. However, DNA might be most important because you can not coach height. However, you can coach speed as many trainers are now in the business of speed and agility. The dream here is to run a sub 4.39 40 yard dash in front of college coaches at their stadiums. However, Sportcation is in this business now by some outfits charging $275 and up to run similar drills that the NFL has popularized and deemed the NFL combine.Traveling numerous miles for an arbitrary test seems so ludicrous but hundreds do it each month from December through June. In the end the only positives are the true Sportcation companies that hire electronic timing equipped outfits that produce real data like an ACT or SAT college board exam. Some popular sportswear companies offer these events for FREE but are in limited cities across the USA. So if its a car ride away you might consider it. However, the real focus should be on your high school academia that includes a GPA well over 3.0 and high marks on the ACT or SAT college board exams. The athleticism will be figured out by college coaches attending or watching your games in addition to meeting you at their campus.

So the next time you are influenced by a little league coach with ties to a high school, hold onto your wallet and think am I a target of Sportcation or is this a true assessment of my children’s abilities as an athlete. After all it is your prerogative to believe the hype or figure out if it is Sportcation that may lead to free agency in high school sports and compromise the family integrity. In the meanwhile let us hope the association remedies the competitive equity in all sports and starts with football in 2018.

MileHigh Prep Report Class 8-Man Regular Season Awards

MileHigh Prep Report Class 8-Man Regular Season Awards

Quick Note: If your team has not posted stats it is very hard for me to give awards to players with no stats even if your team is doing good I cannot guess stats.  All Stats pulled from

One other Note: Being a lineman in high school it also hurt me inside not giving any offensive lineman awards.  Trust me the QB, RB, and WR wouldn’t be able to do any of this without you!

Player of the Year: Jacob Yates, Sr. Hoehne High School; 710 yards passing, 10 TDs, 3 INTs, and 937 yards rushing & 13 TDs.  80 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery

Offensive Player of the Year: Ryan Davis Sr. Sargent High School; 865 yards passing, 11 TDs, 2 INTs, and 759 yards rushing, 10 TDs

Defensive Player of the Year: Beau Dukes Jr. Springfield High School; 98 tackles, 4 TFL, 4 Sacks, 5 INTs, 1 Punt Return for a TD, and 1 Interception return for a TD

QB of the Year: Kobe Davis Jr. Holly High School; 1209 Yards passing 13 TDs and 3 INTs

RB of the Year: Jace Logan Jr. Soroco High School; 2295 yards rushing 30 TDs

WR of the Year: Carlos Parra Sr. Del Norte High School; 810 yards receiving 13 TDs

Most Tackles: Seth Mondragon Sr. Dayspring Christian Academy; 131 tackles

Most Sacks: Alex Ramos So. Holly High School; 9 sacks

Most Interceptions: Andrew Zemlicka Sr. Rocky Mountain Lutheran; 7 Interceptions

Surprise team of the Year: Springfield High School (Last year 3-6)

Coach of the Year: Kyle Chris Brown West Grand High School

MileHigh Prep Report Class 1A All-State

Offense 1st Team

QB Jacob Yates Sr. Hoehne High School

QB Ryan Davis Sr. Sargent High School

QB Kobe Davis Jr. Holly High School

RB Jace Logan Jr. Soroco High School

RB Austin Boulter Sr. Gilpin County High School

Offense 2nd Team

RB Adam Zink Jr. Caliche High School

QB Drew Coffin Jr. Haxtun High School

WR Carlos Parra Sr. Del Norte High School

QB Brady Gore Sr. West Grand High School

QB Brennan Ehmke Sr. Sedgwick County High School

Defense 1st Team

LB Beau Dukes Jr. Springfield High School

DL Dylan Palomino Jr. Fowler High School

DB Charlie Hahm Sr. Rocky Mountain Lutheran

LB Seth Mondragon Sr. Dayspring Christian Academy

LB Alex Ramos So. Holly High School

Defense 2nd Team

FS Jace Sinks Jr. Norwood High School

LB Josh O’Hotto Sr. West Grand High School

LB Christian Schaller Sr. Sargent High School

LB Wyatt Buccelli Jr. Haxtun High School

LB Josh Trujillo Sr. Gilpin County High School

Stats overrated ?

Anyone who has played a game knows that keeping score is to track wins and losses. However, the competitive nature has us focussed on individuals rather than team success. Therefore in the modern era we rely on statistics to measure a player performance and highlights of many individuals on the team. However how credible are the self reported numbers at many high schools and little league games? Yes that is probably why most next level coaches could careless about individual statistics or awards but how well the individual performs on game videos. If statistics were audited by a third party then perhaps it would be a valid indisputable tool. Just think of the college board exams like the ACT and SAT. No one disputes these scores because they are administered and audited by the company that administers the exams. So why do we bother with Stats? It is because we always want to compare our success with others. Unfortunately at the youth and high school levels it is difficult. The difficulty is because not all athletes or teams are equal. The same could be said of college and pro sports. However at the college level these are generally the top 6% of high school athletes and the professionals are the top 1+%. These are when statistics are applicable and merit conversation. Regrettably we do not audit the lower levels because for the most part the information is considered valid as most coaches have someone on staff that inputs the data. Alas we forget about those booster clubs or volunteer parents that often take turns to track and delineate the information. So yes consistency is an issue as well as unscrupulous soles that want to pad statistics for their athlete. This has not only been an issue as of recent but has been a hot topic when reporters use online websites to write stories or select athletes for post season awards. When one or a few individuals have to cover statewide sports it becomes difficult because often they are paid by the event and not the time spent researching. Thus a self reporting site like MaxPreps that is a partner of CHSAA becomes a useful tool for many to compare or use in a byline. Often the outline is to describe the story of the event but many times media types often enhance storylines with flashy statistics. Again if you question everything are these accurate since the writer did not attend all the events or might not have even thought to track the multiple players on the field or involved in the event because it takes a lot of time. Once again there is a trust factor but would be more valuable if a third party auditor had control of the event. Currently to curb a few overzealous parents input a community writer is now having to attend events and compare notes with the statistician on hand. A safeguard that is helping to restrict fabrication for personal gain. Several years ago there was an issue when a parent would credit a player with a tackle because he bumped into the player or was on the pile. Eventually a few coaches explained the rule and the proper adjustments were made. However, retractions to stories and weekly awards were not retracted. Then there is another issue of competition. Not all teams are created equal or play like opponents.

There are multiple classifications in each sport in Colorado. Since we focus on football the fact is there are 7 classifications, (6man, 8man, 1A, 2A,3A, 4A, 5A). For the most part the competition has been measured correctly but the separation in 5A has been questioned as scores are lopsided and a handful of teams are stacked. So not all is equal and matchups are non existent for 81% of the participants. So this is a prime reason why statistics are overrated. When a top tier team has players exploding on the stat line it may be an indicator that the competition is not equal and the black and white numbers are exaggerated. Inflated numbers probably intensify why many coaches, fans, parents and players will state compare that individual to like opponents because that is more representative of comparing one athlete to another. The overall statistics do not tell the story.

The real tale of the tape is when we play tough teams or have playoff games. The longer we play the tougher the competition becomes so the statistics matter but the main goal is to win ball games. If someone has a stellar performance during post season that should merit more accolades than the soft regular season schedules. It is an honor to play in the post season but also a compliment when people notice your regular season was just a portion of the real story.

While many players have 9-10 games to tell their story, many will refer to statistics to compare athletes by position. Regrettably that is not a true barometer as many top tier athletes are pulled early in the contest to give way to another roster player. Therefore sacrificing individual awards for the benefit of the team. In some instances when teams clinch conference titles they rest their starting lineup so it is not comparing apples to apples. So the next time you see a stat line just remember Stats can be overrated unless audited or used properly to compare one to another. Not everything you see or read is what it appears to be and/or is meaningful.
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“High school sports SUCK!”

“High school sports SUCK!” probably NOT what you want to hear from a vast majority of teenagers. However, we are at a crossroads and it is evident the missing equation from sports may as well be FUN! Sports were designed to be about exercise and hanging out with friends. Nowadays it has become competitive in nature and rather than be entertaining it has become a business. In years past the statewide teams were made up of individuals from their turf or neighborhood and were evenly distributed based on local talents. The competition was simple and uncluttered by coaches recruiting players and training facilities demanding athletes train to get better and become Division-one (D1) athletes. The truth about D1 is never told but the numbers speak volumes. However, the sunshine pump is available everyday in every city nationwide for a fee and it is not free. Yes the paid professionals tell individuals what they want to hear, accolades and aspirations of D1. Their relationship is based off selling a dream or hope. In addition these trainers solicit writers via local rags and national websites that sell subscription based information to make you feel validated. The warm and fuzzy information obtained by subscription based services is biased because trainers or personal positional coaches contribute to the hype, NOT high school coaches that are around these kids 5-6 days a week for FREE. Trainers want them to rank individuals so they can solicit additional monies to hype you. The high school coach just wants to coach and be competitive without all hyperbole. Meanwhile the local schools are suffering at a rapid pace as playing for school pride has squandered in lieu of the almighty dollar via club sports, training facilities and travel sports. The days of having an athlete or two playing multiple sports is almost non existent in big schools. The fact is many are lucky to be 2 sport participants. The smaller schools because of enrollment numbers seem to continue to have athletes playing 3-4 sports. The separation is enormous as parents with monies control their own destiny. They are the ones contributing to their booster clubs and encouraging the hiring of a win at all costs head coach. This coach has no interest in the community and is evident as his coaches disrupts neighborhoods to assemble all star teams. The impact lasts generations as athletes are treated like pawns in chess. Parents lack the understanding of what is best for their athletes as fluid transfer rules and holding back children to “redshirt” have become common practice to win. All indicators that the only thing important to some coaches is that damn scoreboard or state title. NOT the game or life lessons sports offers that can impact the youth for decades. Some may call this practice cheating and some creative deception. Regardless, the true spirit of the game has been lost as 15 year old high school freshmen are common practice when the vast population are 13 and 14. So as the association that is the umbrella to a vast majority of sports in high school looks to revamp its 2 year cycle next year in Colorado it is time for everyone to speak up. If you are a former student, student athlete, parent, coach or person in the community your voice needs to be heard. You tell the story better than anyone else. The decline in sports participation is simply economic. The fact FUN has left the neighborhood should be reason enough to make big changes because two years in high school is a lifetime when you are graduating at 17 or 18 years old, 19 if you are a “redshirt”. The 30 year reunion should be about how we changed the way the game was played. Not years of frustration of how uneventful sports was because the same team won every year and my middle school buddies were district jumpers for hopes of a D1 scholarship that never happened. Do not regret that we never spent quality time together or say I should have been more considerate of playing for my neighborhood pride or went skiing or swimming with my buddies instead of training 7 days a week because of my sunshine pump. Make an impact now for the future. A vast majority of you that read this article have great ideas so please reach out to your principals, athletic directors and coaches to make changes for the overall benefit of young men and women. Otherwise, continue to give up and complain about how the competition is kicking your teams ass each night or day you attend your match. Pen a few thoughts and make a difference so kids have FUN in high school and make memories that last a lifetime. In addition take some of that money spent on specialization and use it for a college fund. I bet that $6,000 or more each year for the past 10 years upon high school graduation will buy a nice education. Then again your trainer or club sport coach might not have a retirement fund. It’s all about choices and making the correct ones. I hope we hear less “High school sports SUCK!” in 2-3 years and more praises about how the community raised the bar to make participation relevant in neighborhoods and put the FUN back into sports.

Kids will get more out of sports if we put the fun back in the development of lifelong physical and mental benefits which is more important than winning.

Sports today are too selective, too costly and NOT so much about community as they were when most of us were kids. Now kids are drawn to elite programs from all over the city. “They don’t know where the other kids live, they don’t know the parents.” Its a hot mess that needs a new direction. Make 2018-2020 the year of the community and breath life into neighborhoods.

Camps a waste of time?

Many athletes and parents have to quantify if that camp email, text, DM, instant message or parent or player invite is a waste of time. For the most part the answer is YES! There are many people or marketing companies that all they do is promise you or sell you hope. If you are going to spend monies make sure you are attending camps hosted by college coaches hosted at the college campus or university. If you put your cleats on their turf you will have feedback and be measured by a college football coach. These college coaches are the ones that evaluate athletes and extend offers. However, if you need someone to tell you how great you are or invite you to some arbitrary all star game, combine than continue to waste money on them as it offers NO value.

The idea of many straight shooters is to educate athletes and parents about the proper process.

Many great skills coaches out there. Problem is parents especially think any “trainer” who has any playing experience is automatically great. Check their credentials and teaching certificates. We don’t want to be or get into constant battle between trainers & coaches. There are some good ones out there that provide development. Trainers like coaches can both have a positive role in a kids development. On occasion private sector trainers are a mentor and role model to these kids. However, some have no clue how to develop talent either. Lots of diamonds in the rough stay that way after being promised division one opportunities.

In a perfect world the outside persons would work together with your high school coach. Team should come first then the private sector. The college coaches will continue to visit high schools to gain head coaches input and consult the councilor for academics. However, if you have all the money in the world, feel free to spend it to gain that “atta boy” of encouragement because it is much easier to blame your HS coach, the offense-defense, small school, bad team, or little exposure than to blame your own lack of talent or research to find a proper fit for college. Often the proper fit is to explore colleges on your own and engage with the local area college coaches. These are the guys watching you on game nights. I seriously doubt most outside persons are attending your events and are working with your high school coach.
Allocate you monies properly as many Camps a waste of time.

Committable offer!

Committable offer!?

In today’s world there are many parents that think they need to attend every camp under the sun. The fact is many people are being exposed by for profit entities that only want to get into parents wallets and not help kids. Many hustlers are promoting activities targeting the 3rd grade through 9th grade sports enthusiasts. A travesty because these events have no value and are revenue generators. These monies you are spending should be saved for college visits during the athletes sophomore to junior transition and/or most definitely the spring and summer of the athletes junior to senior year. The media often sensationalizes stories like youngsters being offered a scholarship as early as six grade and put on some arbitrary recruiting website. Even a younger golfer that can swing a club. All great achievements but rare instances that marketing companies thrive on to sell you their products after focusing on some rare talents that will of course turn your athlete from good to better. The fact of the matter is no college really is actively recruiting at such a young age. Especially since the body develops well past the teen years. However, It is different for the female athletes because they tend to develop quicker than their male counterparts. That is why you see soccer, volleyball and lacrosse players gain more attention and receive committable offers at ages 15, 16 and 17.  The common practice is for a rising junior in high school to be evaluated when headed into his or her senior year. However, now everyone is trying to fast-track their college programs into a winning program. So we are seeing many schools jump the gun prior to the national letter of intent day often called signing day to secure athletes.
In past years we always saw closers, these were normally the head coach that came to visit you at your home in order to sell you their college or university. Now the trend seems to be graduate assistants and player development departments that will identify you after obtaining varsity film on your athlete. Depending on the high school it could be a freshman or it could be a rising senior that is what leads to a lot of confusion. Many people feel they have to be on the radar at such an early age and the mere fact is many universities or colleges want to get to know you not only as an athlete but as a person. So it probably in your best interest if you research and attend three or four schools you really want to attend before you decide to go to 40 different camps over the course of two or three years. Attending multiple events shows most coaches interested in an athlete that you may not be interested in them and they will move off of you during the evaluation process because you are not committed to one program.
Many college coaches have stated probably the most important persons responsible for a student athletes success is the head coach and councilor. These names or persons are always requested on college questionnaires and they are part of the process of 4 years of high school.
The jury is still out about supplementing your progress with specialized training. Many question if athletes are starting too young and risk future injury. Also being away from your teammates and coaches who are trying to bond and form a cohesive unit. Often the agenda of a college coach is to seek quality athletes that buy into team work and have good character.
One college football coach said, ” specializing is not a requirement. We like multiple sport athletes. Also I never had to spend money on sit ups and push ups and had a hell of a core body. I get it but wouldn’t suggest spending large amounts of money outside the four walls of your high school. In recent years high school programs have upgraded facilities and have fine strength and conditioning staffs. Recreation centers are also a great source for FREE. But I get it, people need to be motivated and congratulated on a daily basis so that’s what you pay them for, motivation, I guess. Different from my day when it was about sweating your ass off with your brothers. Yes sir the dynamics are changing and I am not sure if it’s healthy in this me, me, me climate.”
Another confusing subject was moving away from traditional high school sports. While some coaches agree you are seeing better competition, many are saying otherwise. “Club sports, well it’s not fool proof. Often it’s the parents with the financial means that position themselves to gain notoriety. We might attend a couple heavily populated events to identify athletes. However, we use this information for our reporting to give to our staff members recruiting that area or state. We still believe in the high school model but will attend showcase events if we have some prospects that reach out to us, but we heavily rely on high school coaches for information.”
Another coach said, “Yes it is fine if you have a club sport reference or a personal trainer but sometimes that shows you are the ‘all about me’ recruit and function independently and not as a team player. Of course they will state how great you are, as that’s what you are paying them for unlike the high school coaches that are brutally honest.”
All in all the biggest reason many college coaches visit high schools is to determine how self-motivated athletes are and to strengthen relationships to evaluate the future athletes over time. The visits often include interviewing coaches and obtaining transcripts. In addition to invite athletes to their campus.This is part of the process to see how much you are dedicated to their schools and see if it’s a good fit. Many-times the process is a year long engagement with the intent of making a Committable offer!

There is a reason for 5 official visits and not 40. It only takes one coach to believe in you, So be patient and prepare for your future. Come up with a plan and remember one thing is for sure, hard work pays off and if you Ball they will Call!If the goal is to obtain an education then spend some time in the books by preparing for the college board exams. Those are the scores that matter for the 55-60 years after post secondary education and sports activities. Its about your future so start now!

The simple answer is ” the process “!

Sunday a rest day?

Not if you are serious and want to contribute or stand out each and every year. So Sunday is a must when almost every week I entertain the question of why is XYZ team or athlete so good. The simple answer is “The Process”!

The process is the ability to motivate young boys and make them into young men after four years of playing a sport for fun in high school. The hard work begins May 1st for all incoming freshmen. At this point in time they are introduced to high school football for the first time and awestruck. A harsh reality check is that little league is done and over!

Yes these youngsters are seeing the boys turn into men before the sunrise. Many dedicated coaching staffs offer a 6 am work out called, “Zero Hour or even Breakfast Club.” Some of these young men have been in the weight room for 4 years and are continuing to put in the hard work that it takes to succeed at the next level. The next level is 8th grade ball to freshmen, freshmen to JV and JV to Varsity. A few might make it to college by playing a sport they enjoy, but the numbers suggest its a loosing proposition as 6% move on.

So when asked is Sunday a rest day or why is XYZ team or athlete so good, the simple answer is ” the process “! The families that select a school based on their dedicated coaches are really selecting ” the process “! Teams that go 5 or 6 days a week are the same ones competing in the playoffs. A school that has a solid process does not have individuals going to private trainers as their focus is TEAM.

Part of ” the process ” is bonding and camaraderie among the team. Many coaches enjoy the camaraderie of a single, tight-knit squad, bound together through the chaos of battle over the course of an entire game, season or off season. Camaraderie is part of “The Process” that is often forgotten and a must to breed success and set the tone. Otherwise in most instances you have a bunch of Seniors wearing jerseys on Friday Nights because they survived 4 years going through the motions and complain about the teams that win on and off the field or the work they did not do.

Trust “The Process”!

You got to move it, move it!

Yes it it time for the athletic directors, coaches and school representatives to make changes to sports activities. A current look of Fall sports 2016-2017 shows several different dates. August 8th and 15th practices begin. However, nationally July 31 or August 1st starts the season for many high school activities.

Many of you would ask why do “I like to move it” and the answer is simple, It makes sense! The number of contests have increased due to expansion of teams statewide. Therefore a longer season can mean playoff games and a state championship will overlap the following season namely winter and spring sports.

Football is the major issue as it can extend an athletes season until December. Meanwhile soccer and volleyball bump into the starting dates for winter sports and no time for athletes to have a break. In addition some coaches demand year around sports and think high school coaching is sub par. So no wonder multiple sport athletes are on the decline. It has become very demanding as fees continue to rise and attendance is on a rapid decline. Also a lame attempt to revamp playing schedules to make games more fair has cost schools more monies in addition to longer distances to travel. All lost in the shuffle is school. More games and limited venues has made weekend activities become daily and leaving parents unable to attend. So there are no real winners with the current system.                                     Now lets try to solve what is becoming an annual issue. Rescheduling due to rainouts, snow outs, graduations and the sports calendar. The 2017-2018 is out and there is time to change it if people really cared. Every school district has ratified their school calendar so graduation dates are set. So here is a novel idea, plan for success. Use a chalkboard, whiteboard, i-pad or computer spreadsheet even google docs to input every schools start date, end date and graduation date. Then work backwards or omit days for graduation. I bet starting the Fall season on July 31 or August 1st will make more sense. A definitive start and end to fall, winter and spring sports will be defined. Guess what, rescheduling games will be much easier with a cushion. Hard decisions to cancel games or reschedule so parents can view or attend will be easier.

Afterall the goal of attending high school is to have 4 years of fun and graduate. So perhaps we can put the “FUN” back into being a student athlete by moving the calendar up 2 weeks and eliminate all the drama because of tradition or because modern technology has not been put into place to succeed. Also plan ahead for indoor venues as a back up plans. Club sports seem to have success as those parents and coaches really care about their athletes and success of their sport.