Re: Blacksburg basketball
If these are the best athletes then play them but I know there are other kids that are just as good but never get the chance to show it because their families bank account isn't large enough to choke a mule or their parents don't work for tech or the town, changes are needed in both football program and boys basketball starting with head coaches both were great in their time but it's time to move on and not just hang around to get that extra paycheck at the end of the season because the only thing they are teaching is that losing is exceptable. PLEASE return Blacksburg High sports to what they once were and that is a team to be feared every game
I have to agree with the above post. The players playing aren't any good and the performance shows. Not sure how a coach can keep playing the same players when you get beat by large scores each game. Why not give other kids a chance? But when your daddy makes a lot of money, and his business sign hangs up at the school, your kid plays I guess.
The only thing I disagree with is that I don't thing these coaches are hanging around for the extra paycheck. Although the pay is good, HS sports don't pay what college does. I think they are hanging around for selfish reasons. I'll go as far as to say that they only teach because they want to coach. Just not sure how long MCPS can accept these outcomes and not at least try to make a change? Maybe they don't care either.
Just a fair warning to anyone who really cares. Once your program is known for losing and you fall into a perpetual pattern of non competitiveness, it can take a very long time to pull out of that hole. Sometimes it's practically impossible. Young kids growing up at the elementary stage play sports that they think are more successful and don't even attempt to play the sports that are not. Why take up a sport in elem school when the program is a regular loser? These kids don't care (or know) what happened 10, 15, or 20 years ago. All they and their parents see is whats happened lately. Because there is so much complaining and frustration within the losing sports, the negative culture spreads like the plague. Why join a sport when you hear all about your neighbor's kid having a really bad experience, especially if you don't have the money to influence playing time?
There is a reason why 500 kids play Kindergarden soccer in Blacksburg. Because there is a culture of winning and success. The ironic thing is that many who don't play soccer but play other sports laugh and make fun of the game, but in reality, who is the real loser?
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