Last week we mentioned a high school football team that had 300 students come out for the team and they were forced to make cuts. Yes, it made me cringe. I’ve NEVER been in that situation. I would never cut! However, I’ve never been in that situation so I can’t predict how I would react. In their defense, I can see the dilemma. We only have 150 helmets, shoulder pads, etc. We only have so much room on our practice fields. How many coaches do we have? Do we have enough coaches? So, we must make cuts. But at a time when programs across the country are being dropped because of lack of numbers, it makes me cringe.
OK, so what are some possible solutions? Not sure if I have good ideas but here goes: 1. Fund raise for more equipment. If enough parents want it, they’ll get it. Then, make a 2nd team out of the extra kids and petition area coaches in smaller classes to let the 2nd team in their league or play as an independent. It would be like a JV team that smaller schools would be willing to play. 2. In Illinois, they have Co-ops. Students at a school that does not field a football team can join a nearby school and play on their football team. So, a team that is hurting for numbers can get help from a nearby district that doesn’t play football. 3. Have an intramural league that plays 6, 8, or 11 man football. Some kids really do just love football and just want to play. 4. Start an intramural flag football league. Then, as kids mature and some drop out on their own, there may be a few kids who have worked hard and could now be contributors. Are any of these ideas feasible? Hmmm…I don’t know, but there are probably smarter guys than me out there that could figure it out. AND, THAT’S MY TAKE!
Cool Tweet: So I’m asking this question. But let me be clear I am not trying disrespect anyone and what they teach. Q: Can you teach instincts? Coach Parnell @CoachP_Elco This tweet had some good debate.
Pro Football: I’ve been watching NFL Draft Shows for 2 months. When in the heck is the draft?
College Football: Purdue extends Jeff Brohm through the 2027 season. In my opinion, that’s a no brainer. Brohm’s teams at Purdue are competitive every week – no matter who they play. And he does it without a roster filled with 4 and 5 star recruits.
What’s Happening Now: The Masters is over, Scheffler was great. Now I’m gonna focus on MLB for a little while and see if my Cards can get a good start. I’ll see who is advancing in the NBA playoffs but I won’t watch much. Happy Easter!