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  1. My guess would be Monrovia is almost forced to stay internal when this is SOOO late in the year. With their string of success in recent years, I'm sure they have some very capable coaches on staff.
  2. Many don't understand this. It has lead to the sad state of Indiana public education. The pay freeze and no way to climb the latter without increased enrollment is a large part of why I'm no longer a teacher and coach in the great state of Indiana. Sad that so many don't realize how the system works.
  3. Sad that no one sees the negative effects of constant teacher turnover. I taught at my first school for many years, I knew the kids, the brothers, the sisters, parents, coached kids in multiple sports and at multiple levels. The relationships you develop cannot be understated. I could get kids to do things they didn't want to do, just because I asked them to, sometimes just with a look. Fast forward, I'm at my 2nd teaching job (in Michigan) and I've only been here a couple of years. I like the kids and they like me, but its not the same. Takes years and years to become part of a community or school system that is the community in a lot of rural areas. Deeply bothers me that those relationships are being robbed from Indiana's youth.
  4. SMH......in what world does it not make sense to incentive Professional Development like earning a Masters in your employees? Just another attempt to de-professionalize education.
  5. It was one reason why my wife and I chose to leave the state. Love Indiana and Indiana Football, but the teaching load and lack of salary accompanying it weren't something that I wanted to support my family on. In Michigan, I teach fewer students each day, for $12,000 more a year at a public school, and thats with a pay scale that continues to increase. The biggest issue for many Indiana schools is that teacher pay is tied to enrollment. If your a young teacher that gets hired for $35k your school's enrollment is stagnant or shrinking you may never receive a raise. As a teacher, I've dedicated my life to kids, but I didn't take a vow of poverty nor do I consider myself a missionary. We are professionals and should be paid accordingly. Not crazy amounts, but in accordance to the degrees we have and the amount of work that we do.
  6. I coach in Michigan now and I really miss the Indiana JV model. Here, our JV's play after the Freshman on Thursday night. The same opponent we are going to play on Friday. Not only does it lock JV football into being for 10th graders who play zero varsity, but it also takes away the emphasis of skill development and getting kids on the field at the JV level. Usually both varsity staffs are in attendance trying to see how the other team might align in the Friday game. Also has really made it tough for smaller schools to field 3 levels. Even if you can have 25 kids out for football as Sophomores, you can see where if the Varsity "takes" 4 of them, and a few get hurt through the course of the year, your quickly left with 15-19 kids to try to play a JV football game. Kids are forced to play out of position. Meanwhile a percentage of juniors spends a lot of that year not playing much at all accept during mop-up time. Its just soooooo stupid. Great Job on this Indiana!!!1
  7. In all seriousness. I miss the Indiana Catholics. Tough parents, tough kids, that just happen to like a good time. In the greater "God Rapids" area, I really think that Religion and the fear surrounding it makes kids afraid to throw all in and be passionate about something. We have trouble ever getting our full secondary or set of skill guys at a 7 on 7 because our kids go on multiple mission trips (or lets be honest mission tourism trips) during the summer. If they don't go, their going to hell, or at least that is what they are led to believe. We just have a bunch of nice kids that are scared of ever getting too excited about something for fear of getting their wrists slapped. I teach at a medium sized public school but we are basically a christian school without the bible class. I can't really describe it, but somehow the "vibe" between the two states seems to be very different to me. Pretty sure if Lowell or West Lafayette tried to be the "Devils" up here parents would move their kids out of district in mass numbers. A fellow Assistant coach on our staff put it best "If one of our kids somehow wandered into a hot piece of a$$, they would have to have their mom blow on it first" 😂 I'm not saying you need "bad" kids to be good, but I sure would take some right about now!
  8. Hey you guys could be in Michigan where we have nothing to level the playing field. No Success Factor, no Multiplier, nothing. As a result you get schools like Grand Rapids West Catholic winning 5 state titles in a row. 😒
  9. I think Jimtown to the NLC would have been a decent move (competitive profile of the school and location), and was my guess to replace Memorial before Mishawaka filled that spot. New Prairie is a great fit for football, but I don't believe they have a soccer team, don't know about swimming. Then you have the issue of the NP to Wawasse commute for a Tuesday night girls tennis matchup. Nobody is signing up for that.
  10. How big are your splits? Who is smarter? Who is more confident in what they are doing? Seen a lot of kids who can run a good 40 but have horrible "feet". Give me the kid who can bend at the knees and not his waist, knows what to do, has proper footwork and most importantly PLAYS HARD!
  11. What is the advantage of their location? Just them being the biggest school in the county?
  12. I'm enjoying the posts that are giving reasons for their picks. Wish a few of you would give more explanation as to why you feel the way that you do. I root for Mishawaka once NP is out. I love the tough, physical style they play and the community atmosphere surrounding that program. Same with Lowell. I love to see any high powered air raid type offense fail in November. We play in Indiana, this isn't college football where you can pick your QBs. Who can play in the elements?!
  13. On a related note, will this become more and more of an issue in the near future? IMO High school sports at some schools are reaching a level of preparation and training never seen before at the prep level. At other schools athletics are a box for Admin to check off that they offered the opportunity for kids to play and not much thought is given to them beyond scheduling the games and officials. Is that just the wave of the future? Is there a way to turn back time? How will the IHSAA address this problem as a whole? Are we doomed to a European club sports model at some point in the next 30 years? Love to hear everyone's thoughts
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