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  1. What has happened to FH? When I was at MP they were always a powerhouse. I am not taking anything away from MC but the John Lowery era type teams at FH seems to be over.
  2. Glenn

    Page Pirates

    There is a huge difference between hurts and injuries. I am not talking about hurts. I am talking about season ending and long term injuries. Both programs varsity and JV teams had great years last year so this year should have produced an abundance of players. You can fake hurts but you cannot fake injuries as easily. Most of the kids we have who quit do so before they ever play in a game. I can honestly say I have never been in a program where winning is not the focal point. I don't know what anyone could do special to make winning a focal point. If you do what you need to do every day in practice as well during the year in the off season to prepare them then wins will occur. However, if you don't have the players the wins will not be there no matter what you do. But you did bring out one point in the fact that kids are not willing to go through a losing season. This goes back to the problem of the kids will only stay if you are winning. To me this is a mental toughness issue. I do not want these I will only stay if we win type of kids because they will let you down before it is over. I do agree with you in the fact that marginal kids will not stay if you are not constant winners because when you lose their PT is less. When you are blowing people out then they get to play more. I have been coaching for a long, long time and the fact as I have experienced it is that over this long history I don't think that kids have changed that much. Parents have changed dramatically. So, I don't think those days are over at all. One thing that I do think has changed is that kids do not spend a lot of time playing out doors. They no longer meet up on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and play ball. They prefer to stay indoors and watch TV or play video games. They have been allowed to become complacent. My parents encourage me to get out of the house. This attitude and lifestyle extends to their athletic life as well. They are not willing to play a sport like football because it is hard work. They want easy and instant gratification. That goes back to the will not play if they are not winning comment. To me this is all about mental toughness. One of our problems at EG is that we no longer get the big overwhelming dominating type of players that we enjoyed the past 5-6 years. The ones who enabled us to be a top ten team. It is difficult to win using 160 - 180 lb. defensive linemen against teams that have 270 - 300 lb. linemen. Like the old saying goes, it is not about the X's and O's. It is more about the Jimmy's and Joe's.
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    Page Pirates

    What I have seen this year is the fact that many kids in MS are not accustomed to the rigors of HS FB. We started out with 50 JV players and after the pre season practices we had 40. Then once the regular season practice we had a few more to drop out. With the 6 injuries we had (4 for the year) we are now down to 28. I have no answers for why some kids are not tough enough to stick it out. Injuries are inevitable. Quitting is something I can't explain. If anyone has an answer I would like to hear it. In this day and age we have to find the correct formula to keep these 9-10th graders out for the full haul. Page has gone through this as well this year. Perhaps it is a phase there as well. Look all over the state and many schools are finding it difficult to field a JV team. Numbers are down. The concussion factor has a lot to do with it. This impacts the varsity in a hurry. I have several opinions about why this is happening but prefer not to voice them on here. Sometimes I say too much.
  4. Great article. https://nypost.com/2019/10/14/the-sports-specialization-nightmare-facing-high-school-athletes/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site+buttons&utm_campaign=site+buttons
  5. How many HS refs do that gig for $$. Most of them call 3-6 games a week with rec ball, MS, JV and varsity. They make more money than you realize. I know many who do it as a part time job for the money. Of course they love what they are doing. There are many who enjoy the control and the power that comes with the job. However, the vast majority of them are good guys and try to do a good job. My daughters boy friend umpires baseball and makes a lot of money doing this 9 months of the year. Football has the shortest season in terms of how much the officials are able to work.
  6. Of course they like it. They work a shorter time period for the same amount of money.
  7. I agree. However, I hate this running clock. When a team gets up by a certain number of points the HC should be held responsible for making sure all the starters are out of the game at that point. The running clock makes it difficult to get all the kids in for several plays if you have 50-60 kids on a team. There has to be a better way.
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    Band Practices with football team

    It is never a problem with us if they are practicing on their field which is on the other side of the tennis courts. The fact is we play loud music during practice to help our players get use to crowd noise. So, the band noise never bothers us. We once had a tennis coach who complained about our noise during their match especially when the segment timer horn went off every 5 minutes. I told her that this should help our tennis team and be a distraction to their opponents since they had to practice hearing it every day. EJ, your problem would be a huge problem with me. Why does the principal want you to share the practice field when there are two practice fields? Why would you have to rotate fields? Perhaps I missed something. Please respond. If there was only one field I could understand. In that case the only option would be to set up a time schedule to share. Example: Mon., Tues., We practice late from 5 PM until with a study hall between 3 and 4:30 on those two days with all tutoring and makeup work taking place on those days. The band has the field from 3-5. On Wed. and Thurs. we have the field from 3-5. My friend who is the DC at Page tells me that they practice every Wed, from 6 AM - 8 AM. They do this even though they have zero field issues. They like to get the day over with and the kids have the afternoon off to get tutoring help, make up work, or do whatever they want to do. At EG we have 3 practice fields. Soccer has their own practice field. We probably have 150 acres so land is not a problem.
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    My Realignment Proposal

    The old "we have always did it this way," line came up. As far as I am concerned this is an excuse people use because they do not have a solution. The NCHSAA comes out from time to time with a new way of doing things (like the POD System) and usually their ideas do not work out very well. When they come out with these new and improved ideas (like the POD System) we have no choice but to use them. btango will disagree with me on what I am about to say and I understand where he is coming from and agree with his argument (Actually I agree with most of what he has to say) to a certain point. The NCHSAA should have a mandatory Head Football Coaches meeting in the spring one day during the week in which they give them an opportunity to come up with a unified plan to determine if they want a 5 classification system as well as how the playoffs should be structured and all other problems that need to be addressed. I am sure there will be several different opinions on each different subject, but they should be able to come up with no more than 5 options. Then these options should be taken back and discussed with his staff and then voted on. If a HC does not participate then his opinion and vote does not count either way. He has to live with the final recommendation. If he has a valid reason for not showing up then he needs to send a representative in his place. Each HC will know before hand when this is going to take place and will give him ample time to discuss this with his staff on what they want to propose. btango will say that getting coaches to agree on anything will be impossible. I agree but if you put this on them and they cannot come up with something they can all live with then they have no reason to complain. My objection to how they now do things in which most of the decisions are made by people (superintendents, principals, athletic directors, NCHSAA employees and very few coaches) who are not the ones who work their tails off all year long with the kids who make up the teams and who this impacts the most is not a very good system either. Put the pressure on the coaches to come up with a plan. If they fail, then they have nobody to blame but themselves. It is easy to respond to a coach who wants to complain but does not insert himself into the solution process by reminding him that he had an opportunity to voice his opinion but he chose not to get involved. The response is sit down and be quiet. Live with what your peers voted on which was implemented.
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    My Realignment Proposal

    I have always favored the concept of having to play in the playoff bracket based on enrollment no matter what conference classification you played in during the year. This would fix the problem somewhat of a school having an enrollment of 1900 playing in a 3A conference while there is a school with an enrollment of 1700 playing in a 4A conference. In the end the 1700 member school would be in the 3AA playoffs while the 1900 member school would be playing in the 4A playoffs. I understand this happens because of the location of schools creates this problem, but during the playoffs this would not matter.
  11. How is NE Guilford ranked higher than we are when we beat them. Plus the fact that our 3 loses were against Grimsley, Page and Reidsville.
  12. Glenn

    Page Pirates

    Shows how little they know. Max preps has them at 96. That is a huge difference. I doubt that they would beat MC or many of the other top ranked NC and SC teams.
  13. Glenn

    Page Pirates

    Let me clarify one point. I read somewhere that HS was no 15. That is not true. They are like 96. Page will be OK. Every team goes through highs and lows. Look at all HS teams and you see this. The only teams that do not go through this are the privates who are not members of the NCHSAA. They can reclassify and recruit. The rest of us have to play with who shows up.
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    My Realignment Proposal

    I like your original proposal as well. What about this concept did they not like? What I like about it is that you sign a 2 year contract and if all of a sudden that school gains 500 students then yiou are not stuck for 4 years before something is done. I proposed several years ago that no matter what conference or district you play in, at the end of the season if you qualify for the playoffs you play in the classification your ADM numbers that year you play in. It does not matter if you are 2A during the year you may be in a 3A playoff bracket all because of your ADM numbers.
  15. Glenn

    My Realignment Proposal

    Good concept Paul. I am always open to new ideas. I like what you have.
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    Fall Ball (Baseball)

    Eagles 1313. This is great. Thanks so much. This proves my point. Two of my favorite QB's (Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray) both passed on baseball contracts (especially Kyler who passed on a $4 million contract) to become outstanding NFL QB's. As you said, this list is a small sampling.
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    Page Pirates

    I read where Page dropped 2 TD passes in the EZ. Actually 39-7 against the 15th best team in the USA is not bad for an unranked team especially when they are so young and going through injury problems. I read that HS has 7-8 D1 players on their team. Instead of finding negatives. I always try to find positives. After all these are kids and they read these posts.
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    My Realignment Proposal

    Paul, are you saying that those 5 non district games would not count in the seeding process for the playoffs. If I am understanding what you are saying is that a team could lose all 5 non district games, win all 6 district games and be in the playoffs with a high seeding because they won their district. In your system I also think that a strength of schedule should also be a part of the process. For example one team could play 5 weak non district teams, end up 11-0 and get a higher seeding than a team who played and lost to the 5 top 5A teams and end up with a low seed simply because they played a much tougher schedule than the higher seeded team. I do like the percentage portion of your plan. I also like the part of it that allows us to once again be able to play our former rivals (which we no longer play because of scheduling problems) such as Western Alamance, Eastern Alamance, Western Guilford, Northern Guilford). The games with those teams allowed us (as well as them) to have big gates. I remember the 2 games we had with WA 3 years ago were big gates. The second game we played them in the playoffs filled our stadium to the max. It may have been the largest crowd ever at EG. Both games were special to me because I coached at WA for 8 years back in the 70's (1970-1978). The stadium is named after my former principal AM Primm who loved sports and was a huge fan. He was special because he wanted every extra curricular team and club to be the best. Unfortunately that is not always the way it is today. Many principals today would be happier if there were no athletic teams. We are fortunate at EG in that our principal Lance Sockwell reminds me of Mr. Primm in that he is very supportive.
  19. Glenn

    Page Pirates

    Wolfblood you say that the kids will not play for Rolfes. What is the reasoning behind your statement. A thorough explanation is needed when you make a statement like this. I know that they have been tough to play against the last two seasons. This year they are very young and have had a ton of injuries with a couple of kids through for the season. I mean look at us. We have had a great run the last three seasons but this year we have struggled because of being young and having injury problems, plus playing a tough non season schedule. We started out with 50 JV players and are now down to 32. Does that mean that Coach Agular is not a good coach? In many cases it means that those 18 missing JV players decided that FB was not for them because they were not prepared for the hot, humid weather and the grueling practices as well as our expectations for them plus many found out that this was no longer middle school or rec ball. Many find out that they are no longer the top dog and are unwilling to work year round to get to where they need to be. The ones I am proud of are the ones who stay with us for 4 years and do everything they can to get better. I am extremely proud of those kids who do all this knowing that they will never become starters and are willing to do this knowing they may only get to play a few plays each game. All of our players are special to me.
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    Clinton at Central Cabarrus

    I coached at CC back in the day.
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    Clinton at Central Cabarrus

    I would think that they will be on an air conditioned comfortable seat luxury tour bus. Most schools travel this way when the trip is over two hours away. When I was at NE Guilford we always took a tour bus on trips over 1 1/2 hours away. An interesting yet funny story. We went to S. Granville for a game. One of their FB players asked one of our coaches if we always took a tour bus to away games. His answer was that we took this bus from the airport. I still laugh when I remember this.
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    Game Start Times Question

    JV @ 7 and V @ 7:30.
  23. Glenn

    Fall Ball (Baseball)

    ramheadbut. I wish someone would do research to see what the percentage is of all the ML baseball players played 2-3 sports while in HS. My guess is that the vast majority did. I would also like to see the percentage who played FB.
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    Fall Ball (Baseball)

    You are dead on correct about the money aspect. I also wish there was a way to hold these non school coaches accountable when they make all these empty promises knowing full well that they cannot honor them.
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    Fall Ball (Baseball)

    My point was that playing fall baseball is no worse than the out of season things athletes are asked to do for football. True. I have had several players who played fall baseball on the weekends during FB season. The only problem was one who was on a fall travel team who was lied to about when he asked where they would travel to. He was told they would be playing in NC, SC and VA. The games to PA, NJ and FL were never mentioned. He was leaving out Sat. early getting home Mon. around 2-3 AM. His parents made him quit BB because they were lied to and it was not good for the kid health wise. My point is if their schedules are geared toward what the kid wants to do then I am fine with it. I am big on year round WL, speed and agility training because it will pay off big time in all sports. I have had kids tell me after HS that they did not like having to do all these things but realized later on how much it helped them to become a better athlete. I may be older than you.
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