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Old 10-21-2018, 08:05 PM   #76
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I played four years of football and a year of basketball. Since I started teaching I coached HS football for 19 years and HS wrestling for 13 years.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:03 PM   #77
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:40 PM   #78
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Old 11-21-2018, 10:18 PM   #79
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Does volleyball count?
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I played intramural volleyball in college. Was yours a school team?
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:05 AM   #81
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I played intramural volleyball in college. Was yours a school team?

It was just gym class...
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:29 AM   #82
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Interesting question since in Europe and other countries high schools and universities don't have sports teams. There is certainly lots of sports available for kids, but the sports associations and clubs are not part of school. In my view it's much better because it gives more kids the opportunity to play team sports. And schools can focus on academia.

I wonder how that ever got started in the states? Perhaps because the US was once very rural and schools were the natural place to form teams?

A study of this would likely reveal that it was/is all about community. The town, or rural community, would have maybe multiple elementary schools, a middle and a high school. Sports would start at middle school, and get popular at high school. In a city, there would be several high schools.

It was, and is, the perfect funneling for these opportunities and created natural rivalries. I know a place where out of many community "1st through 12th grade" schools came a new system, many decades ago, that produced two new high schools in one county. They've been rivals for decades now. Thousands would come to the annual football game.

A newer phenomenon in America is what is known as "sport specialization". The very short explanation is that kids are being told if they're good in one particular sport, they should play that, and only that, 8-11 months out of the year. So, when high school season is over, they pay to play for "travel teams" which go to different tournaments and events.

They do it being told it's the best (or only) way to get in front of college coaches to find a scholarship. The percentage of student-athletes who actually get a fully paid college scholarship playing sports is SO LOW, their parents would be better off taking the tens of thousands they sink into these travel teams (gas, hotels, food, uniforms, specialized equipment for sometimes 7-10 years) and save it to actually pay for college.

It's hard to say if, one day, high schools won't be the "go to" place for sports. It'll be sad if it does, because what will happen is the economic well-to-do will be able to afford sports, and the poor will not.
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I was a mathlete. Does that count?
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I was the tallest and skinniest kid on the team. They called me the Praying Mantis.
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Old 11-22-2018, 02:29 PM   #87
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A study of this would likely reveal that it was/is all about community. The town, or rural community, would have maybe multiple elementary schools, a middle and a high school. Sports would start at middle school, and get popular at high school. In a city, there would be several high schools.

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A newer phenomenon in America is what is known as "sport specialization". The very short explanation is that kids are being told if they're good in one particular sport, they should play that, and only that, 8-11 months out of the year. So, when high school season is over, they pay to play for "travel teams" which go to different tournaments and events.

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It's hard to say if, one day, high schools won't be the "go to" place for sports. It'll be sad if it does, because what will happen is the economic well-to-do will be able to afford sports, and the poor will not.
There is something to this specialization thing, but I find it tends to happen in sports like volleyball. On every coaching staff I was ever a part of (football and wrestling), we strongly encouraged our athletes to play other sports. We didn't want our athletes to specialize. We wanted them to develop skills, teamwork, and most of all have fun in high school.
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