Re: One more pointless "showcase": The San Fernando Valley Invitational 1/6/18


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Posted by Former scout on January 01, 2018 at 22:20:47:

In Reply to: One more pointless "showcase": The San Fernando Valley Invitational 1/6/18 posted by Parent on January 01, 2018 at 18:21:31:

: : : : : 5th Annual Take Flight Challenge Schedule
: : : : : Cerritos College
: : : : : Jan 5-6, 2018

: : : : Yet another perversion of high school basketball.

: : : : First, these "showcase" events take games off the campus of every school involved. That, in and of itself, is just wrong. High school basketball games should be played during the regular season on the campus of the host school so that parents, students, faculty and the local community have a reasonable opportunity to see their school's athletes compete against a visiting team.

: : : : Second, on the issue of price, there is just so much to criticize here: Initially, almost every high school game which takes place on the local campus of a host school does not involve any admission charge at all. But these "showcase" events always involve an admission fee. Here the admission for students is $10 per session, but that also masks the fact that for many of these schools the cost to travel to the event is going to be costly, contributes to yet more traffic on the freeways, wastes gas, puts wear and tear on vehicles, and discourages students (some of whom don't own vehicles or don't yet drive) from attending at all.

: : : : But some wise-guy will respond, "Oh, not so, because many schools will bring boosters and fans in busses" but again, at what cost to the schools attending? Bus rentals, insurance, time delays, traffic, and the general inconvenience of traveling to a remote location just to see their own team compete in what should be a home game held on their own campus.

: : : : The flyer doesn't mention parking fees, but if past experience is any guide (and if recent events like the Damien Classic are an indiciation), there will also be a parking fee charged. Another $5-10 no doubt.

: : : : And if you're not a student or a senior, and just want to see a single team you're interested in, the charge is $15, plus the costs to get there, parking, etc.

: : : : Every one of these game could have been scheduled to take place on the court of the "home" team, but by removing the games to remote locations, the impact on the school community is a huge negative.

: : : : Really, what is the point of these events? To make it easy on college coaches or "scouts" to see players in a single location. Not a valid concern and it turns the purpose of high school athletics on its head.

: : : : Ninety-nine percent of the players at these games will not wind up playing college basketball. The numbers alone will simply dictate such an outcome, no matter how many games you pack into a single gym location on a single day (or as here, two days).

: : : : The only thing these events are good for is (a) scouts, making it easy for them to see more players in a single location, and (b) the organizers of the event, who stand to make a nice, tidy profit from charging $50 a pop for "courtside" seats.

: : : : Really shameful. The CIF has nothing to gain from these events (unlike the playoffs, they get none of the revenue generated) and it's about time they finally recognized the value of keeping teams on their home campus for games other than tournaments or playoffs. I realize the CIF will never grow a conscience but it's time for a re-evaluatin of whether member schools should be allowed to participate in these sorts of single-game "showcase" events at all during the regular season.

: : : There are actually far more "showcase" events all scheduled for next weekend. Here's another one, the Real Run Challenge at Lynwood HS:

: : : Real Run Winter Classic (Lynwood HS � 1/6/18)

: : : Narbonne (Harbor City) vs. Coronado (Henderson, Nev.), 7:30 pm
: : : Camarillo vs. Birmingham (Van Nuys), 6 pm
: : : El Camino (Oceanside) vs. J.W. North (Riverside), 4:30 pm
: : : La Salle (Pasadena) vs. Lynwood, 3 pm
: : : Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) vs. Washington Prep (Los Angeles), 1:30 pm
: : : Orange Vista (Perris) vs. Carnegie School (Riverside), 12 pm
: : : Cleveland (Reseda) vs. Buckley School (Sherman Oaks), 10:30 am
: : : Jordan (Los Angeles) vs. Ambassador (Torrance), 9 pm

: :
: : Westchester Challenge (Westchester HS � 1/6/18)

: : Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) vs. Oak Park, 8 pm
: : Westchester (Los Angeles) vs. Villa Park, 6:30 pm
: : Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) vs. Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), 5 pm
: : Gahr (Cerritos) vs. Hesperia, 3:30 pm
: : Foothill (Henderson, Nev.) vs. Bakersfield, 2 pm
: : Highland (Palmdale) vs. North Torrance, 12:30 pm

: And here's another one which proves my points above better than I ever could that these "showcases" are pointless, harmful to the spirit of high school athletics and designed only to line the pockets of whoever organized this "event":

: San Fernando Valley Invitational (Pierce College � 1/6/18)

: Valley Torah (Valley Village) vs. Yeshiva (Los Angeles), 8:30 pm
: Valencia vs. Santa Clarita Christian (Canyon Country), 7 pm
: Hart (Newhall) vs. Simi Valley, 5:30 pm
: La Canada vs. Saugus, 4 pm
: Viewpoint (Calabasas) vs. Golden Valley (Santa Clarita), 2:30 pm
: West Ranch (Valencia) vs. Village Christian (Sun Valley), 1 pm

"Ninety-Nine percent of these players will not go on to play college basketball"

More like 85-90%, unless we're talking the event at Pierce College, for that 99% may be accurate. If you are including players who will play at Junior College, more like 75-80. And even if a player has no plans on playing beyond HS, it is nice for them to get a chance to play in front of local reporters/bloggers.

Some of the schools involved may still be on vacation, if so, the neutral venue for the showcase saves that school money. Also, it allows a team to tune up against a worthwhile opponent before league without the pressure to commit to a home-and-home next season, or to have lower level games beforehand.

Most schools I've been to in the past decade charge admission, but this 10-15 dollar stuff only started recently, even at showcases it used to be $8, the CIF definitely should regulate that.


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