@ JMHO - football speed training and track sprint training are not near as
aligned as they used to be. With the emphasis on dynamic speed training
specifically for football (change of direction, power, agility) thru a variety
of explosive movements, track speed training falls short of this type of
training for football.
I wanted to b e a multi-sport athlete, but quite frankly, I wasn't good
enough to do it. My only sport was football, and I would have enjoyed less down
time. It would have helped me play better. Besides, even with the weight
lifting class and lifting weights after school, I still had time to work, have
good grades and have fun. I think kids today can still manage to do the same
while getting more time to practice their sport. So I say reduce down time, but
that's just me.
I remember the day when off-season football was called wrestling in the winter
and track in the spring. Now a kid has to "choose" what sport he is
going to "specialize" in and do that year-round. The coaches in the
article talk about speed drills in the off-season, but yet don't have their
athletes compete in track (look up the stats on Jordan and Bingham's track
teams in the sprints). Doesn't seem right. Let the kids be kids and do
all sports in season. They are more likely to grow up to be dads and moms than
they are to be sports heros. The experience of being involved in multiple
activities will give them more perspective.
Despite these coaches assertions that they would like to have the kids play
multiple sports very few of them actually do want that. I have kids currently
playing hs sports and each of the coaches of the various sports say they prefer
that but when it comes down to it they always have reasons why they
shouldn't. I think that is too bad, when I was in HS most of us
were still multi sport athletes but even then, early 80's, there was
pressure to specialize. About the only kids that play multiple sports any more
are those truly rare athletes that are just so superior to everyone else
athletically that it is impossible for a coah of a given sport to tell them they
cannot play another sport.I support moratoriums that seperate kids
from coaches for a period of time and do not want to see that moratorium reduced
in length. It shouldn't be that hard to come up with a way that kids can
still condition with the coaches and not have to practice a sport. I
do pay to have my kids work with private instructors and play on club teams.
Where is the fun in sports anymore? Most coaches, I believe would like to not
have so much time with the athletes. However, their competitors are spending
more time and they are stretching the rules. So, the coaches that want to have a
life cant because the competitors are pushing the limits. So, it is a never
ending cycle. The cycle has produced some great teams and great athletes. My question is still the same. Why aren't we doing sports for fun
anymore? It used to be that you could have inferior athletes but with some
strategy and team work you could prevail. Now the thinking is that you have to
be loaded with talent in order to win.I still think sports are fun.
But....the joy of competing for just competing is going away. It seems to be win
I liked the article written the other day on South Eastern football and why
they're so dominant compared to the rest of the country. How many kids from
Utah are being recruited to play Division 1 football, basketball, or baseball.
Very few- I wonder why?Most sports are controlled outside of the schools-
club teams rule. In football, the schools run them. There are a few elite
programs in the state that are run by gifted teachers/coaches. I know we
don't have the population compared to California or Texas, but, schools may
want to do some research to see why Utah is so often overlooked. Then start
applying them. Quit squashing the likes of Timpview and Cottonwood. Utah
is actually a great resource for sports teams. Why because of the strong family
values that are present here. College coaches find that Utah, generally,
don't cause problems for their programs. I think they're overlooked
because kids aren't prepared athletically to compete with out of state
competition. Lone peak has- a place full of private coaches and club/wealthy
The whole rule is a mess and should be done away with. The UHSAA (as usual)
doesn't have a clue how to enforce the rules they have in place. And this
"dead time" rule has never been followed by the High School coaches.
They have found so man ways around it that it has made a mockery of the UHSAA.
If the rule was enforced I would quess that the state would only have about 2%
of kids that would be eligible to play. This rule is broken all the time and te
coaches know it.