One of the things I liked about coaching football and wrestling was – we didn’t cut anyone who came out for the team. Heck, on the contrary, we were always recruiting our halls and schools in our district in some way. Yes, we were a small school, only 500 students. But in my last few years of coaching in the late 90’s and early 2000’s we struggled a bit to keep our numbers up. No longer could we count on opening the doors and 30 to 40 freshmen would come out for the team. If we could get 20-25 we felt very good. Why the decline? Well, we added a soccer team that played in the fall also, football was getting a bad rap for fear of concussions, and some boys erroneously thought football was just for “big” kids. Parents, and especially moms would say, “My little 5′-6″ 125 pound freshman will be broken in half.” We would patiently explain that those little 125 pound freshmen would turn into 6′ 175 pound young men in 2-3 years. Plenty big enough to play for us! Would we ever cut a kid who came out for football? Unheard of.
Recently I heard of a football program in Colorado that had 300 boys either in the program or who came out for the football team. Either way, that’s a bunch of players! I also heard that they had to make cuts because they had so many players. It made me cringe. I have seen too many players make great strides from their freshman to sophomore or junior years. Players that we thought would never make it became key contributors. One can’t always predict who will be a contributor in those varsity years. On the other hand, I suppose there is a limit to how many players a program can handle. But I say, “Can’t we be creative?” and you may ask, “But how?”. Well, check out the next blog for my thoughts. In the meantime, YOU think about it and come up with some ideas of your own. AND, THAT’S MY TAKE!
Cool Tweet: Installing an offense is like popping popcorn. First, nothing happens. Then some kernels start to pop. Then your offense starts to pop off in every direction. – Ron McKie Jr
Great Quote: A humble man will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all. -C.S.Lewis
Pro Football: Pro scouts said that the combine revealed to them how talented the Georgia football players are. Geez, did they watch any college games?
College Football: Spring practice abounds – I HATE to see anyone get a season ending injury at this time.
MLB and the Masters Tournament get going this weekend – I’ll be keeping an eye on both. I don’t know how Tiger will do but he’s incredible. Is that what they call an understatement?