Penny Nelson: Questions about CMS football coaching

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To the editor:

I’m confused. Is the middle school football program designed to train all participants in the various aspects of team sports and teach each individual the techniques required or is it to win at all costs?

If it is the former then why is the quarterback playing offense and defense while several players are on the bench not being utilized? Doesn’t playing both offense and defense exhaust the players to a point they are more susceptible to injury?

What values are we instilling in our youth when Coach Hilderbrandt uses profanity to motivate our young people and Assistant Coach Maneotis threatens an upset parent with an invitation to settle the difference in the parking lot?

Of course, if it’s the latter, we need a new management team as they have an 0-and-2 record. This speaks volumes to the coaching expertise.

Above is the first letter I wrote to the editor. I submitted the letter on Sept. 12 after the eighth graders had lost their second game.

I called the content manager, Jerry Martin, on Friday, Sept. 15th to find out why the letter wasn’t printed. I asked him if there was a problem with the letter.

He advised me the letter was appropriate, however it wasn’t published due to a large volume of letters waiting to be included. He said it was next in line to be published.

On Monday, Sept. 17 Mr. Martin reversed his explanation stating he and the publisher decided not to publish for a reason we then discussed on the phone.

It seems to me that Mr. Martin could have told me that when I spoke with him on Friday.

The eighth graders did beat Meeker on Saturday the 15. So now they have a 1-and-2 record.

There were still players used for both offense and defense, which I certainly don’t agree with. However, at least there were other players utilized.

Time will tell!

Penny Nelson

Comments

thirdgenerationinCraig 2 years ago

There are several issues this year with the coaching. One of the issues stems from the 7th grade team. There are more than 50 boys who wanted to play football from the 7th grade, which is a huge amount of players on one team.

The solution was to create an A & B team. The A team to play the first two games of the season, the B team to play the next four and the A team would finish the season and play the last two games. Seems fair that they split the games in half, right?

The A team got to play their first two games. The first B team game was in Hayden, where they only have enough 7th & 8th graders to make one team. Due to that the decision for that night was to play a six-quarter game where the 7th & 8th grade CMS teams would switch each quarter. It was a reasonable solution for that game. At the end of the fourth quarter Hayden was winning, at the end of the sixth quarter CMS was up, leading us to believe that CMS won the game.

The next evening my son came home from practice to let me know that the score only counted through the end of the fourth quarter. Since Craig technically lost the game the coach decided to take the A team to Meeker along with the B team. He told the boys that the B team would only get to play after half time if the A team had created enough of a lead.

That tells me that the coaches have one thing in mind: winning. The coaches are willing to go back on their word to the team in order to win. What a sad set of morals we are instilling in these boys.

At the A team games the B team was asked not to dress out, because there is no chance of them stepping on the field. Wearing that uniform does a lot for the players of the team. It gives them the sense of belonging to the team, creates a greater team/school spirit among many other benefits from dressing out for the game. Being part of the team and getting to play motivates these kids to do well in school and gives them something productive to do after school. Being part of the team is huge at this age.

Are the ambitions of the coaches for 7th grade is to discourage the boys from the B team from coming out for football next year?

The moral of the story, in my opinion, is that the B team will only be able to play two full games this season. The B team has practiced just as hard and often as well as paid the same amount in fees to play the sport. I truly hope that these coaches see this and I truly hope that they take a minute to think about what middle school sports should be about and the impression they are leaving on these boys. Or maybe I hope the athletic director and school board sees this, maybe they can take a look at who they have coaching for them.

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mountup 2 years ago

If you see such a problem with the coaching how about you step up and do it. These coaches take their personal time to spend with your kids. Those coaches are not out there for themselves, they are out there for the kids. They teach them discipline, and that sometimes you need to put in the extra effort on and off the field. Some kids do not play because they are lazy at practice, and do not work as hard as others. Being a athlete myself, I know what it is like to sit on the sidelines sometimes. Yes it does suck, but it always lit a fire under my butt to work harder. Even in middle school. I would not be where I was today if it wasn't for those coaches in middle school and high school that pushed me to where I am today. Do not automatically blame the coaches for their choices in the game, it will get you nowhere.

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