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Showing content with the highest reputation on 02/09/2018 in all areas

  1. 6 points
    He should go to school where he wants to go to school and get his officiating license while he's in school. He can work 5-6 hours on Saturday while his buddies are still in bed and make $300 per week. If he really likes it he could pick up some middle school or JV/freshmen games during the week. If that starts to work out he could also get on to a varsity crew. He'll be the envy of all his friends working fast food or retail and making half the money and working twice as much. Once he graduates, and he wants to stay involved with football he can get into coaching and become one of the most knowledgeable coaches when it comes to the rules. Or if he still wants a life outside of work, he could continue with his officiating and maybe think about working at the collegiate level. He's already got 4-5 years of experience so he's ahead of most guys that start this well into their 20s or 30s. He would start at D3/NAIA and then work his way up to D2, D1, and possibly the NFL. It's not easy to advance like that, but starting at a young age gives him a much better chance. Thanks for teeing that up for me. Good luck to all the guys going through that decision process.
  2. 4 points
    Personally, as a bro coach, I'm compensated in flying chest bumps and tweets.
  3. 2 points
    Been volunteering my time to ref in our local youth basketball leagues. I am really enjoying it and am strongly praying and considering taking the next step into reffing. I enjoy reffing basketball, but my strong background is football. Thoughts refs. Pros. Cons. Please DM if easier.
  4. 1 point
    Johnny football just wrapped up a solid senior season playing for his high school. Johnny may or may not know what he wants to study in college (or if he should even go to college) but there are expectations from family, friends, random middle-aged guys at the barber shop, that Johnny could play at the next level. Locally, he is seen as a true gift to any team who decides to offer him that big scholarship. During the flurry of summer prospect camps, Johnny had high hopes of playing at the next level. Besides the camps, he and his parents might have talked to “recruitment specialists” and spent money on the web based recruiting tools to ensure he gets noticed. Reality starts to set in the late fall/winter of his senior year when he sees the social media posts of the D1 commits and yet he has not received interest from any programs. Finally, the first DIII letter comes in but everyone expects Johnny to AT LEAST go DII or, if he has to, go to an NAIA school. As time slips into the following year, Johnny is now under a lot of pressure to figure out what he’s going to do. More DIII letters come in but the lack of athletic scholarship opportunity, his middle of the road grades, and the typical $30K tuition + room/board price tag (after he receives the “everyone gets this academic scholarship”), makes him realize he might not be able to afford college if he still wants to play at the next level. Should he roll the dice and walk on at a higher-level program hoping it pays off later? What if he just loves the game and the cost of college isn’t an issue? If he is focused on getting his education, why not just go to a state school and not worry about sports? I am sure many of you have seen this as either a coach or parent. I have seen this play out with local athletes in various sports, especially the ones who spent a fair amount of time playing on club teams. Deciding if college is a good choice, and if so, which school is the best fit is hard enough. Layering in the expectations of others and the hopes of the athlete to play post high school adds another layer of complexity. My current situation as a parent…my son is going to an affordable state school that has a good academic program that fits his passion. To him, his passion trumps all things athletic even though he is a very solid athlete in two sports. It is sometimes hard to reply to coaches at DII and NAIA schools who have actively recruited him with a “no thank you”, but if those schools don’t have academic programs that fit his area of interest, no amount of athletic scholarship will sway his plans. I am pleased he has a strong passion that is helping guide him. On the flip side, many thousands of kids across the country will largely make schooling decisions based on athletics. Often times I see the wheels fall off kids' education plans when the sports components don't work out.
  5. 1 point
    I would disagree with the "type". A parochial or other religiously affiliated school may have a different overall mission.
  6. 1 point
    Educate children, and build them into good adults.
  7. 1 point
    The press release for rule changes is out. There aren't many this year. https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/football-rules-changes-2018/ In summary: Sending a player out for at least one down if they are found with illegal equipment - we need some clarification on this one Tack on option for live ball fouls by the kicking team during the kick - there aren't many of these anyway; ultimate goal will be to reduce the number of re-kicks Clarification of when a passer is defenseless; as i read it, this would extend the time a little longer after he throws the ball but not significantly Changed signal for most dead ball fouls on free kicks (i.e. not enough players on either side of the kicker or pop-up kick)
  8. 1 point
    Let me know if you take the next step, I'll be there to heckle!
  9. 1 point
    It says when the pass ends or the player moves to participate. The pass is over when it's caught or hits the ground.
  10. 1 point
    You are 100% correct on the first statement, and it holds true for 1A - 6A. As for your second statement, it isn't just a football thing, it is an athletics in general thing. With the insanity that our state government has created for schools, there just isn't as much of an incentive for administrators to care about extra-curricular activities. Gotta get those test scores up!
  11. 1 point
    I'll certainly agree with the fact that grades are ALMOST everything. So much talent out there, coaches are looking for character as much as talent. Even an average level of intelligence (took me 3 times to spell that right ) can get the grades in high school to impress recruiters. Just takes work!!
  12. 1 point
    I certainly don't want to offend anyone and I'm not specifically talking about any one person and BigTime if Johnny is your kid, I apologize up front. Sounds like your son made an excellent choice to choose education first at the college level and that's commendable. But, the key statement you made, was Johnny Footballs "middle of the road grades". Let's be honest, middle of the road grades doesn't impress anyone, including college football coaches. Not at any level. Now at some point there is trade offs, but in general, there's enough talented kids out there that do have good grades, that the colleges/universities will recruit them even if they're lesser talent. My point is, if a kid that everyone think can play at the next level, and he's not, it's likely because of grades. Transcript requests are standard procedure up front. At the D3 level you can go to a 50k+ a year school if they want you to play football and pay state school type tuition if you took care of business in the classroom. So many parents these days pay all this money for their young athletes to perform better on the field with this pipe dream that little Johnny is getting a D1 ride when in 7th grade he's 5'2" and 120 lbs. DB. Their thought is his growth spurt is coming...you don't know what you don't know right. He's awesome in 7th graded, because he's fast and plays hard and all that but the high school comes and maybe he's the 5'9" 165 lbs DB that is all conference and by all rights a good player at the high school level and can absolutely go play D3. But the problem is, the parents were investing in the wrong thing when he was in 7th grade. If he was putting the time then on his grades that he was spending at speed and agility training and focusing on his education first and sports second, he would be playing out his dream. Maybe not at the D1 level but reality sets in with most when they just know they don't physically match up to play at that level and that's pretty easy for most to accept.
  13. 1 point
    BigtimeDB, I know what you're saying about the end of the road. It's hard to see the dreams fade, especially if it's been a topic of discussion for many years. But the truth is that sometimes playing the game - even if you love it a lot - is not in a kid's best interest for the long term. My senior son has had quite a few calls and letters from NAIA and Dlll programs, but when you put the football opportunities side-by-side with the desired program of study, sometimes it just doesn't make sense from a time or money perspective. Now, I would never discourage a young man from pursuing football if he really wanted to do it on Saturdays! My oldest son chose a school where he could be on the team and live his dream. And I'm glad he did even though he didn't continue after his freshmen season. He decided the time commitment was not worth the return he was getting, but at least he gave it a try. As for reffing, I'm a believer that getting into officiating is a wonderful opportunity for college kids. Not only is it a way to stay in the game, but it's a great paying job compared to what most college kids are getting paid. My oldest son got his wrestling officiating license during his freshman year in college. He worked to get his name out there and began doing some middle school events. Now in his third year, he's done several varsity super duals where he earns $250 - $300 for 5-6 hours of work. It really is a pretty good gig!
  14. 1 point
    Lol no I'm not the D.C., but some goofball poster is.
  15. 1 point
    These are programs, in my view, that made conscious decisions to significantly elevate their respective competitive profiles through investing in improved coaching, facilities, feeder program development, and community outreach. All 3 have enjoyed recent success and are built for longer term growth and stability. All have also benefited from a weakening of their core competitors. MC has risen amongst a crumbling Duneland Conference backdrop. Westfield's rise has coincided with a weakening Zionsville program, as well as a few down years from HSE and Fishers. New Prairie has bludgeoned its way to dominance and earned itself a promotion to the big school division in the NIC. Question - could Warsaw make a conscious decision and set a goal to compete at the highest level of 6A, and what measures would need to be put into place to achieve that objective?
  16. 1 point
    The school in Allen county is referred to as Carroll (Ft Wayne) and the school in Carroll county is referred to as Carroll (Flora) The school is not actually located in the Fort Wayne city limits so probably why not known as Fort Wayne Carroll.
  17. 1 point
    What did you expect? Football is king down here in the Lone Star State! Closely followed by stick ball. Below was copied & pasted from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Article applies to 6A & 5A schools only. I have no idea what our HC makes (2A school) but he is also the AD & girls softball HC. Very common down here, in 1A, 2A & some 3A schools, to have the HFC also be the AD. To the best of my limited knowledge, most HFC's do not teach any classes. Austin Lake Travis coach Hank Carter is the highest-paid coach in the state, with an annual salary of $155,156. Twenty-eight coaches earn $120,000 or more, including five whose earnings top $130,000. Read the story: It pays to be in Texas, home of the $98,668 high school football coach
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  19. 1 point
    In the last 25 years, Penn has won or shared the NIC title 24 times. In the last 25 years, every team in the NLC (including Memorial) has won or shared at least 1 title. Come back to me with the competitive balance issue when Penn no longer dominates year in and year out on the gridiron. Adding a second division for the schools 3.5x plus smaller the size of Penn to have a "conference championship" might create for better matchups, but it's a joke to think New Prairie, SB Washington or Mishawaka Marian over the last 3 years would have truly defeated Penn for a legitimate conference championship.
  20. 1 point
    None of my enrollment numbers have included Memorial. Feel free to check my math for me as opposed to telling me to do so on my own, which I already have. With Warsaw (as stated) : 1,446 Without Warsaw (as stated) : 1,325
  21. 1 point
    Quite the hot take there. You do realize Warsaw is merely 300 students larger than Goshen and about 450 larger than Concord, right? Removing Warsaw from the NLC, and the 6 remaining teams average 1,325 in enrollment size... STILL 2x the size of Jimtown. Are your thoughts the same on Penn and/or the new Elkhart High School and the NIC?
  22. 1 point
    So obviously they said no to the DragonSlayer class
  23. 1 point
    I bet they waited to announce it until Bill Sharpe was out of town.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    The question Snider fans need to ask themselves is it more important to win the SAC or compete for a state title? If the answer is the SAC then keep playing the schools you are playing and be happy with sectional titles , if not, then play the 4-5 SAC teams that are competitive and schedule the rest of your games against top flight competition to get ready for a state title run.
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