If you build it . . . . they
By Billy Johnson
December 17, 2007
In regards to the recently letter about building a new soccer
1. Instead of begging for money from the city or state, how
about fund the upgrades yourself? You've been provided with a
playing field. Instead of living on handouts, go out and fund
raise. Take pride in ownership. Get some corporate sponsors,
round up parents/coaches/kids for volunteer work and fund raising
duties. Taking ownership will give the players, fans, coaches
and parents pride and respect for what they achieved working
together as a team!
2. Despite playing on Norman Walker and Dudley fields, baseball
and softball have never had a problem getting Juneau and Sitka
to come to Ketchikan for games. Soccer's problem isn't the field.
No offense, but it's because of competition or lack there
of. I'm not sure that we've ever beaten Juneau in high school
soccer? If we start putting out a competitive team that can hang
with Juneau, then they will spend the thousands of dollars it
takes to travel here to play.
3. Concerning playing on crappy fields . . . again, the youth/high
school baseball, softball and football teams have played on terrible
fields. Yet, I see our baseball team winning Southeast and State
titles. Last year our high school softball team won the state
championship. Our Senior League baseball team won the State championship.
Playing on a terrible field didn't prevent those sports from
having success . . . why does it hurt soccer so much?
I guess my main point is that
instead of whining about the field conditions and begging for
money, I'd rather see the soccer world DO something about it.
Take control. Stop blaming everything and everybody else for
your lack of success. Juneau doesn't beat us because they have
a better field. We beat them in baseball. We beat them in wrestling.
We beat them in softball. Sitka's baseball field is in worse
condition than Norman Walker, but they've won three consecutive
I've found in my life that
success doesn't come from buying better equipment, playing weaker
opponents, having nicer uniforms, etc. Success comes from working
harder and taking ownership of what you are doing.
Just my two cents. And yes, I'd be willing to donate a few bucks
or buy a raffle ticket if it meant helping out the soccer folks.
About: "30 year Ketchikan
Received December 11, 2007
- Published December 17, 2007
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