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  1. 5 year olds through 5th grade is all Pop Warner football. In years past bigger 6th graders could play on the 7th grade middle school teams. We do have 6th and 7th graders involved in Pop Warner as well. We have a combined 7th grade team (the 2 middle schools combined 7th grade this season) and 2 8th grade teams (one for each middle school). Next year the middle schools will be combined so there will be 7th grade and 8th grade teams. 6th graders will not be allowed to participate with the middle school teams.
  2. See LaPorte's power T. A lot of new/young guys this year so it hasn't quite been the same, but over the last year they've averaged over 30 points/game. When run well it is effective and no one else does it.
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    New Turf In 2018

    The installation of turf back in 2014 at LaPorte has allowed the facility to become far more useful to the the high school and the entire community. Any cost/benefit analysis on the field here would net positive. Obviously, this may not be true for every community, but for larger communities it is a great investment.
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    8-10 Scrimmages

    LaPorte at Plymouth
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    Hammond Bishop Noll

    I agree this is a logical short term fix for those seniors. In my opinion, in the long term, the IHSAA should allow schools to pool resources rather than just grant waivers.
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    Hammond Bishop Noll

    This is exactly why Co-op programs should be reviewed by IHSAA immediately. Bishop Noll is still going to try to field a JV team and is going to try to resurrect the program in a couple years. If Bishop Noll could enter into a varsity co-op agreement with another nearby school it would allow their seniors to still have the ability to play and participate while helping to nurture the program back to some level of health. I've had conversations with people around our area and I'm pretty certain that Westville would be interested in a Co-Op program to allow them to get their own football program started. Rather than watch these programs die, the supporters of football need to get the IHSAA to act to provide the tools and resources these programs need to either heal or grow. Whatever the case may be.
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    New Turf In 2018

    Adams plays there too right? We played them in sectionals at School field last season. The new turf was certainly needed.
  8. Having coached against their Pop Warner teams I can say that they are typically very competitive and have good coaches and what looks like good participation. I do know that the KV school corporation is in the process of making a significant investment in athletic facilities withing the next couple years.
  9. Penn and LaPorte start a 2 year series in 2019. I would enjoy a LaPorte/Lowell match up, but with New Prairie being an annual opening week opponent I think the goal moving forward will be to try to schedule a 6A school for a week 2 match up.
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    Cathedral and Penn

    This is a very important point... While Penn is a behemoth of a public school, it is still a public school. If Penn decides it is in their best interest to go independent in football, or if they happen to be the last one standing when a conference reshuffling happens will the community provide the financial support needed for that type of football program? My guess is yes, but it may not be as easy as everyone thinks.
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    Wood Memorial

    According to you maybe. I'm for expanding and working to level opportunity. You seem to just want to see "good football", and have decided that the weak must be culled so that you can be more satisfied with the product on the field. Co-op opportunities would result in the contraction that you so yearn for. It would also provide better coaching staffs by not spreading them so thin (which you are complaining about in another current thread). It appears you like football when it is played to your standards, but I do not believe that you particularly like football as a sport. I'll agree to disagree with you and move on from this debate. The season starts soon and there will be far more enjoyable things to discuss.
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    Wood Memorial

    I'm shocked!
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    Wood Memorial

    I'm all for exploring interest with the smaller schools for 8 or 9 man teams. I think co-op's should be part of the conversation too.
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    Wood Memorial

    Ergo, the expenses and time for travel would likely be greater in such a massive state. Yet, it seems to be working there. Illinois is more densely populated with 58,000 sq. mi. and 12.8 million (220 people/sq. mi.). Indiana has about 183 people/sq. mi. They use co-op's in Illinois. They are used in rural as well as urban areas. Why wouldn't they work here? Allowing schools to co-op athletic programs would improve the quality of play by allowing schools to pool resources for equipment, coaching staffs, training staff, off-season camps, etc. No one would force a community to do it, but for those communities who struggle with low enrollment and or participation rates a coop agreement with another nearby school can provide opportunities to the students in smaller communities commensurate with those in larger districts. I believe we should allow communities to endeavor to provide those opportunities to their students. This isn't a football only issue, the coop model could be used to allow schools to participate in all sorts of additional sports. The coop model is already used in Indiana for special education and technical education cooperatives. I'm pretty sure that there are purchasing cooperatives in Indiana where schools can collectively purchase equipment and maintenance materials. Cooperatives between schools is not a uncommon thing in Indiana. Coop's would actually accomplish what you have advocated for, DT. Reducing the number of teams and thereby improving play, but this would actually do better by allowing schools to combine resources and participants.
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    Wood Memorial

    Any data to back this up? You have also advocated for football to become a club sport. Do you think that won't involve greater cost and travel for families? Have you seen youth football and the costs, travel and time commitments by parents to be involved in that (or any other youth sport for that matter). There are 45 Co-Op football teams in Minnesota. Some are small schools combining resources, some are big schools with a small school under it's umbrella, and some are actually public/private. I counted 53 in Illinois and 36 in Michigan (for just football) DT, I'm coming to believe that you actually don't like football. Those of us who actually enjoy the sport and see it's value to communities and the players that participate in it will continue to try to support efforts to increase safety and participation regardless of how much you hope for the demise of the sport.