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High School Football Dying a Slow Death

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6 hours ago, Giantbeareagle80 said:

Frankton HS walked off the field after a sectional loss in 2013 with 23 in uniform.  With the start of the 2019 season in 2 days they will take the field with 64.  New Coaches , Principal and Board members have made Football relevant and fun again.  Not bad numbers for a 2A school. 

Thats HUGE!!!!

Congratulations

 

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Maybe a bigger and more damaging trend impacting the game is the fact that fewer people are watching because the game has become homogenized and boring.

Attendance everywhere is down, especially at the college level.  Not good.

TV ratings have been on a downward trend for several years.  High school football stadiums sit 80% empty on Friday nights.  Bet those admins and ADs wish they had some of that stadium expansion money back.

Lake central built a $5M football palace 5 years ago and has stunk up the place ever since.

 

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21 minutes ago, DT said:

Maybe a bigger and more damaging trend impacting the game is the fact that fewer people are watching because the game has become homogenized and boring.

Attendance everywhere is down, especially at the college level.  Not good.

TV ratings have been on a downward trend for several years.  High school football stadiums sit 80% empty on Friday nights.  Bet those admins and ADs wish they had some of that stadium expansion money back.

Lake central built a $5M football palace 5 years ago and has stunk up the place ever since.

 

We used to pack that "dump" when it was The Burial Grounds.

I use the word "dump" very affectionately.  It wasn't anything pretty, but it was OURS!

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27 minutes ago, DannEllenwood said:

We used to pack that "dump" when it was The Burial Grounds.

I use the word "dump" very affectionately.  It wasn't anything pretty, but it was OURS!

Yours truly set the Highland school record with an 86 yard touchdown reception on that dump back in 1978.  LOL

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2 hours ago, globemstr3 said:

Until they stop making footballs the Linton Miners will play

YESSSSS!!!

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I've seen a decrease in attendance in Fort Wayne over the years. Part of the blame is the ability to live stream any SAC game on the internet. Not sure what the entire problem is. 

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13 hours ago, BTF said:

 Not sure what the entire problem is. 

For me a break in this hot, humid weather means a rare opportunity to go hiking/backpacking for the weekend.  I'll be in the woods, not in the stands.  Sorry.

 

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3 hours ago, Tanka Jahari said:

What do you do when you have to poop while you are hiking/backpacking?

Wipes with DT's posts?

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On 8/21/2019 at 7:22 AM, Kick4fun said:

This is the first time I have seen this article. I believe the title is inflammatory and false; a different look at the numbers would suggest the following title:

High School Football Participation Numbers Decreased Slightly, but that is OK

There is absolutely NO evidence that football is Dying a slow death. There is still plenty of participation. The author points to a 6.5% decrease in athletes playing football and the rise of Lacrosse. What the author does not point out is that the decrease in participating schools across the country has been 1% in 10 years. That means that 99% of the US high schools that fielded teams 10 years ago still have students excited about playing football. 1% decrease in schools participating is not a slow death.

Furthermore, the author makes additional points that explain the slight decrease in participation. Most notable of these is the decline in the total number of boys in this country aged 15-19. His census numbers showing that there are 700,000 fewer high school boys in this country accounts for a 6% decrease in the number of high school males. So football participation has decreased at the exact same level as high school boys attending high school. Amazing coincidence (haha). Bottom line: Using his numbers, the same proportion of boys are playing now as did 10 years ago. Hardly a dying sport.

There is some truth to arguments that sports specialization causes some athletes to choose other sports (baseball players choosing fall ball over football). There is also truth that some families are pushing kids in different directions due to concussion risk. And there are a few families that see sports as a path to a scholarship and push their kids toward other sports that that they mistakenly believe are easier routes to that scholarship.

But overall, our communities are excited about this Friday night and the beginning of football season. Players are excited. Students look forward to attending and entire communities are coming together on Friday nights.

Football is definitely not dying.   

   

I would also add that there are more options for kids to participate in than there were even two decades ago.  So that will skew statistical data that does not take those factors into account.

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