Posted by Intrigued on September 21, 2017 at 07:25:35:
I wonder if we will ever see High School Basketball become the medium it once was less than a decade or so ago. HS Basketball for the masses , not the few and on both sides, Men and Women has become such a sad state of affairs that there can be an argument should it even still exist in its current form.
The laundry list of problems many High School problems face is long, complex and honestly ridiculous. From administration to parents to kids to coaches , all involved have played a hand in the eroding of a once great idea, High School Basketball. I am sure that this can be said of all sports but since this is a basketball forum why not stick to basketball.
Having a great person to help shape young men and women through basketball is a thing of the past. I know there some coaches out there that do a great job but we all know we are talking about the 1 percent. Why is it so hard to find quality? Two main reasons one which revolves around money and the other is the dynamic of "behind the scenes"
Coaches stipends $3500 $4000 at most, if you break that down hourly you are well , well below minimum wage. Compare this to a "Super Indented who is some districts racks in $175,000. I understand the two are different. The gap is too large though between the two that are supposed to be helping prepare young men and women . One can argue that coaches and teachers are far more important to the process than Principles and Administrative staff. This is by no means an attack on them but an opinion.
Another problem is not having teaching jobs to offer coaches. This runs off a lot of good candidates. No one in their right mind believes you can run a great program "off campus" You have to be there daily for a myriad of reasons. In many instances Administrators would rather hire a walk on, or make little to no effort to find a potential candidate a teaching job at their school or within the district. Again I can site few examples as I am sure some of the readers of this can as well. We are talking about the overall problem, not trying to find the silver lining.
I was prompted to write this as I have seen first hand within the last two years people get jobs that have no business getting jobs that involve young men and women. These are people that are hired to coach but honestly these are people that should be helping young student athletes become pillars in society, Winning is great but it has a price to pay if the end goal is overlooked or ignored. I was fortunate enough to have great men as coaches and they are respectively in their 20 plus year of teaching and coaching.
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