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6A a conundrum

The proposed 2022-24 CLASS 6A tabled in May 5th meeting.

Only ONE team was granted a lower classification, 5A in Doherty thus leaving 33 teams in the soon to be rubber stamped 6A for the next two year cycle. But wait, it was NOT just about 6A, there were other classes upset with the landscape of Colorado high school football.

Oh my gosh there are other classes outside the current 5A?

YES!

In the past decade no one in Colorado or even the region if they have cable television would know any of the nearly 300 football teams based on coverage. It has and continues to be about a handful of teams being featured by local outlets, namely its organization, CHSAA. One staffer has a nest at Valor during Eagles games while the other rarely attends anything outside of Denver Metropolitan. Just look at game log stories on their internal website.

In 2012 Valor moved into an independent conference because nobody wanted them in their league or conference. Especially after throttling Pine Creek 66-10 in the 4A Title game at Mile High stadium. The 2011 team was so punishing that Littleton (1-9) forfeited in the regular season for fear of embarrassment and setting the program backwards.  LHS is on its third head coach since that season and has mentioned playing at the 1A level or at minimum 2A. The team was winless in 2021 Spring season and has not won a game in five years and only 17 dubs in 11 years. ZERO wins in four years and spring 2021 was to be against LIKE TEAMS but its a telling tale amid all classifications that the football committee needs to wake up, smell the pigskin and really give ALL CLASSIFICATIONS an honest look to develop the future.

Do away with the mantra of being a Top 5 nationwide program like a California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana or Texas. The harsh reality is the Box State is in a region with less population and not a lot of top tier talents even with more people moving into Colorado.

Stop having your staffers attend paid trainers gyms, 7on7 practices or events to cave into the hype. Do your own research by attending games on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays and report on what you see not just box score finals.

Anyone that listened to the highly successful and top rated Friday night 10pm to midnight radio show in 2015 or 2016 and the Blogtalk via podcasting in prior years via @303Gonzo knows it takes a lot of time and dedication to the sport and covering all the fields not just a handful!@303Gonzo changed the reporting of polls on Tuesdays to Mondays after posting Top10 on Saturdays. After all when you watch multiple games per night it is easy to access players, teams and rankings, PERIOD!
While the focus was primarily to rubber stamp 6A and thus impact the other classifications, it should be noted there were determined individuals doing what is/was in the best interests of the kids and their high schools.
As you peruse the proposed 6A tabled for December, ask do these teams really need to be grouped together?
Are more running clocks necessary?
The highest classification will remain 5A in 2021 season. However, in December the topic of 6A will be discussed but as it stands for ratification here is the list:

    • Arapahoe
    • Arvada West
    • Brighton
    • Castle View
    • Chaparral
    • Chatfield
    • Cherokee Trail
    • Cherry Creek
    • Columbine
    • Denver East
    • Douglas County
    • Eaglecrest
    • Fairview
    • Fort Collins
    • Fossil Ridge
    • Grandview
    • Highlands Ranch
    • Horizon
    • Lakewood
    • Legacy
    • Legend
    • Mountain Vista
    • Mullen
    • Pine Creek
    • Pomona
    • Poudre
    • Ralston Valley
    • Regis
    • Rock Canyon
    • Rocky Mountain
    • Smoky Hill
    • ThunderRidge
    • Valor Christian

A travesty only ONE team was granted a lower classification of 5A versus 6A in Doherty when a vast majority should have been approved a lower class. The approved 33 teams in the soon to be rubber stamped 6A for the next two year cycle should be as follows in conference play.

  1. Fort Collins
  2. Fossil Ridge
  3. Poudre
  4. Rocky Mountain
  5. Brighton
  6. Denver East
  7. Smoky Hill
  8. Horizon
  9. Legacy
  10. Lakewood
  11. Arvada West
  12. Mountain Vista
  13. Highlands Ranch
  14. Douglas County
  15. Chaparral
  16. Rock Canyon
  1. Chatfield
  2. Mullen
  3. Arapahoe
  4. Legend
  5. Castle View
  6. ThunderRidge
  7. Pomona
  8. Fairview
  9. Eaglecrest
  10. Grandview
  11. Cherokee Trail

The following are the powerhouse teams that should just play one another in a Home and Away Games to test Algorithms of spreadsheet football of (#RPI, #MaxPreps, #Packard, and the biased coaches poll).

  1. Valor Christian
  2. Regis
  3. Ralston Valley
  4. Pine Creek
  5. Cherry Creek
  6. Columbine

Best news is the football committee is back to polling its members but coaches need to be vocal as they know how their 3 levels of FR/JV/V will shape up come 2022 and 2023. Perhaps a recommendation can be made for December 2021 for a vote in February 2022. Championships will be completed and transfers in January 2022.

The time is now! Earn respect of your peers. Strategize, take ownership to REGULATE and do your job!

Tag, NOT IT!

In normal times, pre covid-19 this would be a heavy month of college football coaches bumping into players at their high school. The infamous evaluations period that was scheduled for April 15 through May 31, 2020. Unfortunately the video conferencing has become the new normal to be introduced to coaches and take over on campus visits. However, is this really a substitute for recruiting?
Most likely not but better than nothing or the annoying list almost every college buys to send you camp invites or to purchase season tickets. Let’s face it the university wants your dollars even if you never make it to the fields or courts.

The odds of a high school athlete completing 3-5 years of a sport are truly against the odds. Primarily due to the rigorous schedules and heavy work load in the classrooms. Early enrollment and summer school is now a must and burnout ensues for the guys that were all hype and can NOT cut the mustard next level. The 18-25 new faces every year make it challenging in addition to the transfer portal as more experienced plays are determined to win a job by any means necessary. The deck is stacked against student athletes that have little discipline. A wake up to be in the trainers office by 5am and practices at 6am with meetings can last past noon. So that reason you are there called a post secondary education can last well past 8pm. In addition tutors and a good nights rest. Yep, the rigors of a student athlete is cumbersome and complicated.So no social life outside of team and heavy demands to be in tip top shape to be the next man or woman up.

So how do you get to post secondary education?
Well for starters it is NOT some trainer, handler, coach or someone else tagging you name, profile or video(s) daily or hourly to colleges. Some of the biggest misconceptions is that individual position coaches actually read, view or respond to emails, IMs, DMs, etc. The big schools have people on staff to filter the noise, spam or content considered junk. So, if you really think that low, low payment of $239 a month or more has value, RETHINK IT! The recruiting companies, APPS, websites and trainers are out to make money! its their business to make money and blow smoke up your ass! That is a guarantee. 99.9% sure if you stop payment, stop attending or rip up a contract the HYPE they call recruiting goes away like dust in the wind. If you ain’t paying you ain’t getting hyped any more.

Years ago coaches had a long tenure and players were cultivated organically. Eventually the pressure to win became increasingly more demanding to attract paying students. The University of Miami is a prime example in football and UNLV in basketball. The wins, bowl appearances and limelight causes HYPE and REVENUES. The coaches have gone from $25,000 to $300,000 in annual salaries in the past decade. So do you really think they are concerned with being tagged on social media?
The smart answer is NO because they want to keep their jobs as they are well paying nowadays. The modern day HYPE in recent years dwarfs the past decade whenless communication was transmitted and of more value or quality.

Fast forward to 2015 and the plethora of backyard gyms, trainers, handlers and boosters willing to pay to play. Even the high and mighty Hollywood actors that scammed their way into elite schools. Some musicians children or former professional players all because the Universities knew they could leverage donor monies. Yep, fields, field houses, practice facilities and buildings need to be erected so if you have a fat wallet or sizable bank account odds are you might be recruited as opposed to someone deserving. The coaches reliability on word of mouth now has red tape associated to an offer or camp invite. Some schools will even make sure a player or two from the local market are on the roster to sell the fan base season tickets. Yes it happens and why many colleges align with a handful of dominate or winning programs so they can say we did our due diligence when in reality its a favor to save face.

So the biggest resolve is are we making this more difficult or complicated than it needs to be and the answer is YES, emphatically! The offers are just a way to get you to pay for a summer camp and prove yourselves. These camps are where they can eyeball and get true measurements rather than rely on self reported height, weight and statistics.
Are you really 6’3″ and measure barely measure 6 foot.
Is that 4.62 40 yard das a true assessment or is it more like 4.95-5.10?
Are you 100+ tackles true and if so why during team camp are you NOT making plays?
After all that is the medical record checks for not only broken bones but concussions or learning deficiencies. If you can not learn in the classroom, how are you going to be eligible?
College board exams of ACT and SAT need to be verified alongside a high school transcript with the intention of are you going to be eligible on game day?

So Tag, you NOT it has meaningful purpose, wake the fuck up and spend your hard earned monies wisely! The going collusion rate for a position trainer is $499 a month with a 12 month contract, rain, shine, snow or pandemic. So for you non mathematicians that adds up to $5,988 per annum or $23,952 if you get suckered for 4 years. The same sum most post secondary students pay for local tuition to get that education and can enjoy the college experience without having to sacrifice their time or bodies of potential life long injuries.

Parents don’t believe the HYPE as no one person can guarantee a division one scholarship no matter how many social media tags they post about your child! The monies you pay are to a business person to line their pockets. Some will resort to placing advertisements in magazines, host a podcast or even buy air time waits for no one! Hustle your ass bou on the radio to create HYPE on their paying clients. In fact there are a handful of subscription based media advertisers that have ranking lists and will write a story on your children if you have been paying for a few years. Yes the click bait is real annoying as film does NOT lie but trainers do. The basic reason is so they can hustle you for the almighty American dollars once a month for 12 months! As for 7 on 7 guys, that is the ultimate hustle for monies when colleges do not even care or plan to watch that film as its on air or not true football. Better time and monies could be spent on hoops for a vertical or rugby for tackling and even track and field for speed. 7v7 is a money maker for HYPE guys and only a couple do it for the cost of the helmet and uniform. A vast majority do it for revenues like $60,000 per team deposited into their pockets, especially the cash based hustlers!

It truly is a game so Tag, NOT IT!
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