by Loren Stanton
January 12, 2005
This fall during the outdoor soccer season tournament coaches scheduled tryouts for basketball teams. These same coaches said that if you did not show up for the tryout you could not play. Several soccer matches were directly affected by this move. Some teams played down 2 or 3 players during a tournament match! A master schedule of events is necessary. If someone wants to play basketball during the winter they should not have to force their soccer team to lose a tournament match at the end of the season just to get on a basketball team.
So it goes. More sports. More conflicts. More expansion of the time for each sport. Thus Ketchikan continues to choose more sports over putting all the best athletes in one or two sports. This is alright unless you think we should actually win against Juneau in some sports. As long as we keep adding sports and spreading out the talent that is our choice and the kids should play one sport at a time and realize that winning is going to take a back seat to participation.
Here is an excerpt or two from the article.
"I was just sort of stunned that a high school senior didn't understand the basic concept of team commitment and how it applied to him. So I explained that commitment to a team has to be 100 percent. It just won't work any other way. I told the youngster to make a choice, and he chose soccer."
"It goes beyond just fairness to others. The athlete herself benefits by being committed to a team. Players learn how to work together toward common goals and how to sacrifice personal glory (and ego) for the greater good of a team."
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