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Common Sense

Member Since 04 Mar 2010
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In Topic: Three Weeks-In Recap

21 December 2017 - 04:51 PM

View Postcharliesheen, on 20 December 2017 - 09:34 AM, said:

Sounds like there are "issues" at Lima Senior. Quincy is cracking down on grade problems and other troubles. Kids have been left home from games....suspended, etc. Some parents aren't taking well to this new policing of their kids and aren't happy with Q for ramping up the penalties for screwing up. Sounds like they also had a couple guys miss last night with the flu.
Kudos for whomever is stepping down on these kids. We have too many instances where the kids are not taking their school seriously. Most of these kids will not play college basketball, but they all need to be able to go out and get jobs some day. The only recourse for coaches and administrators is to take playing time away.

In Topic: Three Weeks-In Recap

18 December 2017 - 03:08 PM

After Cory Rawson's stunner over LB last Friday, it's safe to say the league is wide open this year. Pandora, North Baltimore, Leipsic, Arlington, Van Buren and Hopewell Louden all are in the mix. As far as any kind of power rankings, I think you do have to look at teams having the best seasons of the teams they play, not that who is the best team in the area. Question, when is the last time LB started a boys basketball season 0-3?

In Topic: North Baltimore coach?

28 July 2017 - 02:13 PM

My understanding is that they have a pretty good core coming back from last year. In most of the rural / small school public schools, you don't see much transferring simply for athletic's sake. To sit for a 1/2 season is big time deterrent, which I support. My opinion is that most transfers end up being a negative for both sides.

In Topic: Area Baseball Outlook

07 April 2017 - 11:45 AM

View Postveteranlefty, on 06 April 2017 - 01:29 PM, said:

I think sports specialization plays a part in it for sure. AAU volleyball and basketball play a part as well. The other huge thing at the high school level is nobody plays baseball/softball in the summertime as a team anymore. ACME baseball used to be huge in Ohio and it has shrunk a lot over last 10 years. Basketball coaches have their 10 days of team camps and shootouts to use in June or early July. Football schools lift and do speed work 3-5 days a week the entire summer and 7 on 7's start in July. Most high school baseball coaches go tired of trying to fit games in. The really serious baseball players find a travel team or legion team to play on but most of the high school baseball players do not do much baseball during summer. I think this is why the caliber of baseball being played in high school has gone down too. While travel baseball is good for the gifted players, it has wrecked the local rec leagues and city leagues. Fewer teams and quality of play is not what it was 10-15 years ago IMO.
I could not have written this post any better. It's sad that baseball is struggling like it is. Larger schools can make it work, but smaller schools really struggle attracting and retaining players. The new thing we are seeing is because there is a need, you are having kids who've never played baseball/ softball on high school teams now. Unfortunately baseball/ softball is becoming like intramurals.

In Topic: Area Baseball Outlook

05 April 2017 - 12:07 PM

Doesn't look like much traffic on here, but I'll throw out a question for anyone stopping by to chime in on. What is the status of baseball at your school, or schools in your area? You certainly don't need to name your school specifically, but I'm concerned with baseball moving forward. The specialization of one sport, AAU basketball and just lack of interest is killing spring sports. And not to be mean, but you are seeing less athletic kids playing baseball these days. Look at your own schools, does the best athletes in your school play baseball/ softball anymore?