I will give you one reason why club teams are ruining the game. What about town pride?? I grew up in a blue collar town but had a great team. I am proud of where I grew up and when ever asked I say it with pride (2 t . the i). The other day I watched a game and all the kids were wearing different helmets from their club teams. The haves and have nots. What happened to school colors.
Brings me to my second reason. People figured out they can make a lot of money off everyone who thinks there kid is the next best thing. Even the equipment companies joined in by raising prices on everything. Do you know all equipment is made the same and do you know what it cost to make a plastic head?? Because of this parents (some anyway) can not afford to buy 2 helmets.
Lmao Town Pride? Youre kidding me right? Do me a favor send me your address so I can come over and we can watch Remember the Titans together and hold hands and chant koombaya together.
Town Pride has many meanings. Town "A" had a great thing with some real good young talent coming through the past few years. Each year pulling up a few MS to play (sometimes missing a player or 2, but who doesnt). One might say they had a group that was best on the island at their age group. Town "A"'s Varsity would make the playoffs but were perennial one and dones.
Even with the promise of playing and being a playoff contender the town parents didn't want to hold back kids, the town parents wanted better for them and supported the players when the kids decided to pursue other opportunities and outlets. (Chaminade/St Anthony's/St. John the Baptist) That is town Pride!
The Athletic Dept on the other hand did nothing to help cultivate and foster a solid program. Always poo poo'd the notion of travel. Town "A" Lost a good portion of the best players to the Catholics. Not because they really wanted to go (or the grass was greener) but because school "A" both academically and athletically didn't care if they stayed or not.
School board couldn't care less their kids were now done with College. Heck Principle couldn't keep the affairs of the school straight and had a transient Superintendent at best for a few years. Its not that there wasn't pride, there just was no promise!
Like I said, parents were happy for those athletes who pursued a dream, why, because they knew the town HS was not going to help them. That to me is town pride!