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  1. Unfortunately, I do believe that CV will have an impact on participation levels at all schools and enrollment declines at P/P due to economic impact. Then I think it will be the decision of the administrators at these schools whether to contract. If contraction is the decision, I would still like to see these student athletes be given a chance to play somewhere; a school in their district, adjacent district, even P/P if they can afford it. I completely understand the logic behind the MR and thus contraction. My opinion is this should be up to the leaders/administrators for each High School/District not a mandate from the IHSAA. I think the IHSAA should be involved especially in regards to eligibility and participation at other schools that offer that sport. I'm all for the student/athlete and increasing participation in all sports/activities.
  2. Someone mentioned flag football, I could see this becoming a varsity sport before 8-9 man full contact football. Since the onset of the head trauma issue, I've seen the increase of youth flag football participation. I don't have any facts/data to support other than observations for sign ups in our area. I'm really torn on this issue, both sides make very valid points. As an observer of school that is on the list for contraction (Bishop Noll) over the past 5-10 years, it was very disheartening to see 20 kids (give or take a few) on the their sideline and then just get completely beat down on the field. I felt awful for the kids, coaches and parents. I was an advocate for us to quit playing them even thought BNI was our fellow Catholic school in the Region. I would often think why do they even have a team? How do they practice? etc. However on the flip side, those athletes on BNI were competing, enjoyed playing, enjoyed each other, never gave up, were proud of their school, and took enjoyment in the little wins (a play, a td, a interception, etc.). So when I look at it from the view of the student/athlete that is playing and enjoying it even though the scoreboard is very lopsided, I'd say let them play. After all, isn't it about the kids?
  3. HoopsCoach - thumbs up!! It surely can be done. IHSAA does it for Baseball and Basketball now.
  4. Contrary to what you read and see on tv, no one really knows. We are in uncharted waters with this thing. Unfortunately, I think there is strong possibility there will be no Fall sports in 2020. President Trump extending quaruntine to the end of April not a good sign. When it is lifted and with no vaccine in place, I think there will be extreme fear and administrators will be very conservative in what they allow to happen. just my opinion.
  5. Region All Time Classic - Andrean at Griffith 2004 Sectional Championship (Also known as "4th and 26") Andrean down by 35-28 with about 2 minutes left. Andrean has a 4 and 26 from Griffith 40-45 yard line. Tommy Finn to Jake Kocal for TD. Koch somehow got behind Griffith's prevent defense. Then to top this off, Coach St. Germain lines up for tying XP kick and fakes with an run option with Finn to Kocal for 2. Win 36-35. Griffith was stunned! What made this game great was not just the end but it was a "slobberknocker" between two teams that absolutely hated each other. A back and forth game between two excellent football teams with great athletes on both teams and two outstanding coaches; Saint vs Radtke. Packed house at Griffith with their fans yelling things at us Ive never heard before. I learned things about my mother that I never knew before. Great environment. Andrean went on to win State vs Heritage Hills 21-14.
  6. I've been long time reader/viewer of GD just not a big poster as my numbers reflect. I'm a big believer of disagreement, controversial discourse and out the box ideas and thoughts. Better decisions and outcomes come from it. I am not a fan of the personal attacks to these ideas and topics. So DT and Muda69, Ive enjoyed your topics even though I don't always agree with them so please keep posting. Let's all just stop with the insults and attacks.
  7. DT, Questions regarding your wish of MR; 1. Why the scaling by class vs a standard minimum number? If 22 is the minimum number, what would a larger school have to have higher MR? 2. Wouldn't this wish just continue to plummet participation numbers which is contrary to what most people want i.e. increased participation? 3. What would you do/consider for those student athletes at schools that don't meet MR? Ability to participate at another school in district or adjacent school not in district? Interested in your response. Bobref - I'm on the same page with you. I think the Tournament needs to be restructured with many changes, personally think Ohio does it the best. Not surprising as they are one of the top states in country for hs football.
  8. Coach N and Irishman - thanks for the clarification. I'm dreading the thought of no football this season!! Unfortunately, a real possibility.
  9. If you could make just 1 change and only 1 change, what would this change be for IHSAA Football? This can be anything from a rule change, classification, tourney structure, schedule, etc.... Be specific and only one. Example of a broad, non specific change that has a lot of changes within it would be the IHSAA Tournament - Add a 10th regular season game, tournament qualification system, seed the qualifiers, Neutral sites. This is too broad, so..... Mine - Neutral Sites for Sectional, Regional and SemiState Championship Games I apologize if old topic but I'm bored out of my skull with the lockdown and trying to stimulate some discussions. I can only watch so much Netflix!!!
  10. With Week 1 of 2020 season set for August 21, what is the date when the season will be impacted? By impacted, I mean delay to season, modified schedule (conference games only), cancellation, etc? I'm not a coach and don't know all of the mandatory practice requirements, etc to begin a season but I would believe that the date would be tied to this requirement i.e. 21 days of practices required. 8/21 start of season therefore, 7/31-8/1 would be the key date.
  11. Completely agree with Coach N, Perez kid is one heck of a player. I think he is also a very good wrestler?? A great example of a player not at a high profile school getting the recognition he deserves.
  12. Two excellent football teams. I was very impressed with Valpo defense and surprised by their offense. Living in the Region, Ive heard about their D and the size and physicality but I had never had the chance to see them. Once agin, very impressed. For New Pal, Spegal is a load but didn't wow me, probably because of the defense he was facing. Great career. I actually was more impressed with #54. He's a an outstanding football player. He matched Vapo's physicality every play and went both ways. He is definitely a D1 player. Agree with earlier poster, I think Valpo panicked after pick 6 on their next two possessions. TV announcers kept talking up NP secondary not sure why. They kept getting beat by and average Valpo passing attack. Congrats to NP and Valpo. Great teams and great seasons!
  13. According to all of these posts (not sure of the facts), it sure sounds like EN administration and possibly the IHSAA needs to investigate the whole situation not just the punch part. Cars keyed, EN fans coming to Hobart sideline and antagonizing, cars behind bleachers turning lights on and honking horns during play and the punch. Reads very much like extreme poor sportsmanship with no one from EN in position of authority dealing with it. Very sad if all of this indeed is true and it must be dealt with by administration.
  14. I'm also looking forward to this game. First time to see Spegal play, what a career. Also looking forward to seeing Valpo's defense,for first time, especially the two D1 ends. I hope its a close well played game., but I think NP too much for Valpo. If Valpo has any chance, it must be low scoring. Valpo does not have enough offense to keep up in a high scoring game.
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