Re: Hold Backs

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Posted by truth on June 14, 2017 at 11:30:03:

In Reply to: Re: Hold Backs posted by Soapbox on June 13, 2017 at 14:47:10:

: The whole “red shirt”, “holdback, “reclassification” scheme is cheating plain and simple. Yes, holding back technically is allowed to certain a point but for the purpose of academic and social development. It’s a violation of the spirit of the rule if not the letter of the rule. These parents are trying to game the system point blank by using a loophole to keep the dream of a scholarship alive.

: However, these parents miss a couple key points

: To be a scholarship athlete you must be on an elite level physically. No amount of holdback years will make a child grow 5 inches if it is not in his DNA. In other words a bigtime athlete is going to be one if it is meant to be. We all know the numbers – there is very little chance your son is in that select group.
: The “edge” that your child gets by holding back is shrinking due to the sheer numbers of holdbacks growing each year. Think about it – the whole scheme is premised on the assumption that your son is an outlier; older than everyone else. However, the more holdbacks means less of an edge.
: You are teaching your child the wrong lesson and costing him long term. “Johnny your aren’t good enough so let’s try to misuse the system and keep the lie alive”. When I was a kid I was told to work harder – now parents are cheating. And while you cheat your son loses a year socially, academically and, eventually, of income potential.

: Wake up parents – it’s about education and life lessons. I know it won’t happen so all I can do is just laugh at the parents doing the walk of shame at ASC as everyone knows their kid is enjoying 8th grade for the second time.


I had a kid in my class this year whose parents removed him mid-year in 8th grade so they could "home school" him for the next 18 months- essentially holding him back a year so he'll be older as a 9th grader and he'll be ready to compete at a higher level athletically.
He's a decent athlete- pretty quick, decent hands- but not a "special" athlete. That's the point most of these parents/club coaches/athletes have to understand- if you're special, you're special no matter how old you are. If you're special, it just looks different- there is an "it" factor. Some of it is measurable, some is intangible. But most of these kids are maybe above average- which doesn't equate to "special".
The kid I reference is an average-to-below-average student, so 18months of "home school" should do him wonders! HA!

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