Sometimes High School Sports Are Just “FUN”!

 

I love sitting in the stands at high school events and listening to the parents talk about the “road ahead” for their young athletes.  The kids are in their first year of high school and the parents already are placing them in different college divisions to compete for an athletic scholarship!  Hey parents, here’s a tip for you…..Let them play and have fun!

 

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Play Better Goalie in Water Polo!

 

Want to be a Goalie?  Here are some steps to improve your skills or introduce you to the Goalie’s job in a game:

 

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Who’s Scholarship Is It Anyway?

 

In the whole dynamic of college athletic scholarships and recruiting, there seems to be a “blurred” view of what the end result should be…………Depending on what your role is in the process, that end result could be quite diverse.  If you’re the athlete, you would think it is getting to play your sport at that next higher level!  For other athletes, it might be the “stepping-stone” into the pros!  A parent, seeing your child go to college…..FREE!  A high school coach, getting a good reputation in placing talent within the collegiate system!  The college coach, obviously, getting the talent to win the elusive championship!

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Is Lacrosse The New Soccer?

 

I can remember the first high school soccer game I ever went to…….and the only reason why I was there was because my neighbor, a foreign exchange student from Germany, was playing for the other team.  Total fan count in the stands, “6” students and 1 parent!  This, of course, was acceptable back in the late 70’s, as the sport of soccer was barely known, very much like lacrosse was several years ago.

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Summer Sports and Combines

 

It seems that there are thousands of organizations out there to help make a high school athlete better and give them plenty of exposure during the summer…….The problem is, there is a hefty price tag that comes with it.  Make no mistake, the services that sponsor combines hold these events as money-makers!  Your summer “club” organizations charge fees to be part of the program, but that is mostly to cover the expense of the facilities, uniforms, the traveling associated with the team, etc.

  

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High Grades = More Opportunities

 

I was talking to a “college-age” athlete the other day at the gym who was doing some Box Drills.  He said he was working hard for a tryout with a semi-pro football team……hoping eventually to “go pro”, etc.  When I asked him where he played his college ball, he shrugged and said “he didn’t play college”.  After a little discussion, I found out that his grades were too poor to get into a 4 yr college program and he didn’t have the means to try and walk-on at any JUCO, so he is just taking a few community school courses and trying to skip the college phase……….

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Expand Your Student-Athlete’s Scholarship Options…

 

As you can imagine, I get to talk with a lot of high school athletes’ parents while I am attending events around the nation.  One of the main topics discussed is “where” their student-athletes are considering going to college.  The overwhelming response I get from the parents is “somewhere close by” or “as long as they’re somewhere in our state”……

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A Scholarship Is A Privilege…

 

As you can imagine, in our quest to help the high school student-athlete wade through the college recruiting process, we come across quite a few “personalities”…  Of course, I’m referring to the attitude and demeanor of the athletes themselves (and some parents).

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Role Models, At Least While Competing…

 

So I’m watching ESPN while trying not to barf on the treadmill this morning at the gym and I see something on the screen equally as nauseating!  There’s Kobe Bryant, raising hell, throwing things and shoving his own teammate on the bench, basically throwing a spoiled tantrum!

 

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No Sports in High School?

 

Recently, the State of Florida tabled a proposal to Duval county to remove “all” athletics from its 20 public schools, as a way to cut the budget deficit…..As you can imagine the feces “hit the fan”!  Think about it, 20 public schools in one single county doing away with every sport, including cheerleading and band!  The mere mention of such a proposal should have caused every citizen to re-think the votes they cast in the last state and local elections!  It appears that the individuals holding the political power (for now) have either never played a single sport in their lives or they have simply forgotten their experiences, perhaps covered by the money they’re making!

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