Louisville schools against Spring Football - They want to take it away from everyone

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    I thought football was a dying sport and nobody wanted to play (cynicism)? Those same AD's love the football gate money to support the rest of their athletic departments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachBuckett View Post
    Here is a better Idea
    Allow Footballl keep spring practice.

    Only give basketball 10 days in May

    Give kids off the month of June
    Outstanding suggestion.

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    Spring football is a GREAT benefit to teaching fundamentals of football. Anyone that does not understand how important teaching of fundamentals is to this sport probably is just a casual fan or has not been part of really good football in my opinion. And that is fine but I guarantee you most successful experienced coaches will understand how critical good fundamentals are to having a successful program year in and year out. I don't think all schools have to do it so don't use it if you don't want to. That is pretty simple. But to me it is critical to develop fundamentals for safety and good football. If you add up 3 years of good solid fundamentals an average kid can become pretty good and a pretty good kid can become an excellent football player. Just my thoughts. It is pretty obvious reading on the list serv that coaches in Kentucky are greatly in favor of spring football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Preston View Post
    Spring football is a GREAT benefit to teaching fundamentals of football. Anyone that does not understand how important teaching of fundamentals is to this sport probably is just a casual fan or has not been part of really good football in my opinion. And that is fine but I guarantee you most successful experienced coaches will understand how critical good fundamentals are to having a successful program year in and year out. I don't think all schools have to do it so don't use it if you don't want to. That is pretty simple. But to me it is critical to develop fundamentals for safety and good football. If you add up 3 years of good solid fundamentals an average kid can become pretty good and a pretty good kid can become an excellent football player. Just my thoughts. It is pretty obvious reading on the list serv that coaches in Kentucky are greatly in favor of spring football.
    I'm sure, as a coach, you'll take all the time you can get to work with your younger kids. Probably a good opportunity to continue building relationships between teammates and coaches/players, as well.

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    I think this would hurt smaller schools more than big ones. Those schools that rely on underclassman to fill starting roster spots I believe make very good use of this time. I would hate to see it go away.

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    Also, the gap between the haves and have nots will widen. Spring football gave Mason County 10 opportunities to improve, in pads, blocking & tackling, to close the gap between ourselves and more established programs. Of course we had good players. But, those practices were huge difference makers for our program and we do not have the same level of success without them.

    We have all got to understand that safety, practice & instruction are all connected. If we are going to continue to block and tackle and wear pads on Friday night, we need opportunities to prepare our kids by blocking and tackling in pads as well....especially during a time of the year that their bodies can recover completely.

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    lol, one of the AD's of that group came out and said he was not aware of everything they were going to propose and he would vote no at the meeting......... SMH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo-Jo13 View Post
    lol, one of the AD's of that group came out and said he was not aware of everything they were going to propose and he would vote no at the meeting......... SMH
    Well that could be code for I showed lack of intestinal fortitude to stand up for my football coach and now that he knows I conspired behind his back (with no communication) to take away spring practice I need to backpedal since I must look this guy in the eye daily and know that he knows what I really am. Or maybe not.

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    What shocks me is Trinity is one of the schools. With over 100 kids you think they would want every opportunity to get all the kids reps.

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    Who's the boss the AD or the coach? Maybe, just maybe it would be better for the overall program and that's what the AD was thinking. I still contend that 8 days in pads in March or April does not translate into results in September. Every football coach in Kentucky has all of June and July with the exception of the dead period to teach fundamentals. And I'm far from "just a casual observer" of high school football.

    Where's the consistency in football rules. During the regular season everyone has to go through an acclimation period before they are allowed to put on full pads, and no it's not because of heat as a kid coming back from an injury or being ruled eligible late in the season has to go through it. Yet the current spring rules allow full contact after 2 days and as someone pointed out earlier some of the kids that come out in the spring have never played before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Truthsayer View Post
    Who's the boss the AD or the coach? Maybe, just maybe it would be better for the overall program and that's what the AD was thinking. I still contend that 8 days in pads in March or April does not translate into results in September. Every football coach in Kentucky has all of June and July with the exception of the dead period to teach fundamentals. And I'm far from "just a casual observer" of high school football.

    Where's the consistency in football rules. During the regular season everyone has to go through an acclimation period before they are allowed to put on full pads, and no it's not because of heat as a kid coming back from an injury or being ruled eligible late in the season has to go through it. Yet the current spring rules allow full contact after 2 days and as someone pointed out earlier some of the kids that come out in the spring have never played before.
    In that case the AD should express that to his coach imo. I would think any decent coach will not just throw kids out and go to full on hitting; especially the new kids! Pads are for PROTECTION not to injure. All just my opinion after 28 years of coaching.

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    For all of your non-spring sport athletes, Spring football is the absolute perfect time to work on developing players and give some one on one instruction.

    I know at Boyle, they may get only 40% of the roster out for Spring practice, everyone else is involved in other sports. But for those 40%, those Spring reps may be the best looks they get all season.

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    I was going into my junior year when the inaugural spring football season started in ‘97. I felt it was beneficial to my growth as it was the first opportunity I had to consistently take 1st team reps.

    With the shortening summer schedule, I see the value in spring ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    I was going into my junior year when the inaugural spring football season started in ‘97. I felt it was beneficial to my growth as it was the first opportunity I had to consistently take 1st team reps.

    With the shortening summer schedule, I see the value in spring ball.
    There's value anytime you can get your guys together as a team and work on things. It's a great time to try new things, and revisit fundamentals. Is spring ball necessary?? Not really. And I don't think it's making or breaking any programs. But it does certainly have value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefSmoke View Post
    With all of the safety concerns regarding football, it would be a mistake to take away ten days in pads, many of which can be contact, that could be used to safely and properly teach tackling & blocking.
    More contact in the name of safety - that is an interesting argument.

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