Re: High School Football 2022
Date: December 12, 2021 03:21PM
I want to bump my post from the thread last year because I think the message is really important. For whatever coaches lurk this website, please take a look. This is how Fairfax needs to operate to beat 757 teams!
Recruiting is terrible and should probably be dealt with legally somehow. However, some programs do a terrible job at the right type of recruiting, that being driving turnout from their own school. IDK if this is the job of the VHSL, VDOE, individual counties, or whoever, but there needs to be support programs in place to drive turnout from kids at their own school. Why do we think turnout is down across the state? Why do so many people say the talent level has decreased? Why does RE Lee HS (lewis) only have 25 some kids in their program in a school of over 2,000? Its not like kids have to even pick up a football prior to highschool to be able to play like other sports (baseball, typically). Highschool football programs needs to have serious school pyramid outreach to drive interest. Kids need to get into the weightroom prior to HS and then during all of HS. Theres a lack of interest? Coaches, get to your feeder middle schools and DRIVE that interest. Thats how the level of talent in FFX is going to improve.
Additionally, building a program means community outreach, volunteering, and fundraising. This can be done through fooddrives, leaf raking, selling christmas trees, etc etc. The more the team means to the community, the more people will come to games, buy tix, food, donate etc. Feedback loop that improves the program. This is what madison does and part of why their community supports them so much.
outreach to middleschools means going to them on field day, having an assembly, or whatever, and selling them the idea of playing football. Have your players go there and meet kids. It means having a pyramid game where all the kids from the HS pyramid middle and elementary schools get in free. Give them a shirt or whatever too. Let them go on the field after and meet players. It means having a summer camp for these kids to learn some football, it means an afterschool program in middle school to prepare them (basic lifting, sprinting, flag football). This is why Texas HS football is so good.
Like every high school that recruits has figured out..... its about jimmy's and joe's, not X's and O's.... so develop your jimmy's and joe's, and get more of them !
lmk what you all think, thanks