Coach Ray Jindra, Hilltop High School Girls Basketball Coach retiring after 10 seasons at Hilltop and 42 seasons as a high school head coach. 565 career wins puts him as the third best in the San Diego Section. This season 18 straight wins, runner-up in the CIF Division III final.
High School sports losing out to clubs?
July 24, 2015
By Susan Luzzaro
Is it curtains for high school sports? Are high school athletes playing their hearts out, but nobody’s scouting them for scholarships? Are club coaches, who are also school coaches, recruiting student-athletes? Will all student-athletes have a level playing field?
Joe Heinz, Sweetwater Union High School District’s athletic director, made this surprising statement to the board of trustees July 13: “Over the last ten years far and few between is there a coach that comes to a high school [game] to recruit kids, they are getting those kids in the outside club region. The [club] parents know that, and that’s why they’re willing to spend those tons of dollars to get that exposure for their kids, because in a college recruiter’s mind [at the club games] he’s seeing kids at the highest level playing against similar competition.”
According to board dialogue, club sport fees can range from $1200-$2500.
Heinz said the lure of the clubs is a country-wide issue and that his research reveals that some even believe club teams might be the end of high school teams.
In an evolving response to the situation, Sweetwater schools have begun to create out-of-season opportunities for student-athletes so that coaches can continue to work with students to hone their skills in winter baseball teams or summer basketball teams, etc.
Until now the Sweetwater’s out-of-season programs have varied from school to school, but trustees are anxious to see uniformity in the district. Heinz, in his July presentation, stressed that “this is a big animal.” Heinz is tasked with bringing “consistency and equity” to out-of-season sports.
The inherent problems are: facilities use, wear and tear on facilities, where to get liability insurance—and money—how to collect it, and how to ensure appropriate oversight of it. The other issue that needs to be addressed is, according to the California Interscholastic Federation, CIF, the teams need to be separate from the school and the district.
Heinz has suggested two ways to address the programs. As these are Sweetwater students, one route allows the athletes to use the facilities for free. Nominal fees would be paid by students, coaches would be unpaid, and coaches would obtain insurance and oversight through an outside agency.
The other possibility introduced by Heinz is that out-of-season teams would obtain 501(c)3 non-profit status. This would allow the out-of-season teams to have fund raisers and booster clubs. If the teams went this route they would likely pay their coaches and the district would charge the teams for use of the facilities (courts, fields, weight rooms, etc.)
Both routes are intended to allow coaches to continue to work with their student athletes after the playing season is over. Both routes could induce students to stay in the school programs.
The discussion on sports between Heinz and the board was wide ranging. Trustee Frank Tarantino brought up some hypothetical problems with walk-on coaches, coaches who are not regularly employed by the district but receive stipends for their seasonal work.
Tarantino asked—what if a coach is also the coach of a club team and sends emails to the parents with the logo of his or her club? In other words what if the club coach is recruiting from the school teams? Heinz said this was a topic that required further investigation.
In a July 21 interview Heinz said it was very difficult to recruit coaches. In the old days he said the coaches were drawn from teachers and staff, but now 82% of the coaches are not employees of the district. He also pointed out that elite athletes have big tournaments and it’s critical for our sports program to be enhanced and that to get a coach with background and training was a plus for the program.
Another challenge for Heinz is to equitably address the needs of a very large district with diverse funding opportunities. In the end, he said the trustees might consider a combination of the two approaches when they revisit the topic in September.
CIF San Diego Commissioner Jerry Schniepp said on July 21 that Heinz had shared his plan with him to address the out-of season teams. He applauded Heinz for his efforts, but he said it’s very complicated and hard to fit several programs into one mold.
About the forces driving change in the sports world Schniepp said, “We are an organization that is not built for the 1% of the students who are going to play beyond high school; we want to be that venue, we want we want those quality athletes participating, but the fact of the matter is that 98-99% who compete in high school athletics are not going to play beyond high school and we want to make it a positive experience that isn’t overly demanding, that allows them to have a life, and that allows them to succeed academically and have fun as well as be competitive.
“I get the club world and I think there’s a lot of positive to it, but I also think it’s geared to the individual and the exposure of individual, increasing their visibility and their skill level. But high school should be, in most cases, about the team and about learning the life skills that athletics teaches students. It’s about putting the team first and seeing that there is life beyond the individual and this program is bigger than me as an individual. It teaches those skills that athletics teaches that are difficult to find in any other setting.”
The South County Coaches Association is offering a 3-day girls’ field hockey camp that will have coaches and current players from the South Bay community high school girls’ field hockey programs to instruct your child. The camp will take place at Otay Ranch High School on June 23, 24, & 25. There will be 2 days of intense fundamentals, passing/receiving, shooting, and offensive/defensive skills. The 3rd day will include a series of mini-games. We look forward to seeing you and your daughter at the Metro Conference Fall Field Hockey Camp.
To register/view the camp flyers, please visit the link below:
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the SCCA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweetwater Union High School District Office Rooms A and B
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1.0 CALL TO ORDER
2.0 INTRODUCTIONS AS NEEDED
3.0 ADOPTION OF AGENDA
4.0 APPROV AL OF MINUTES OF LAST MEETING 5.0 CORRESPONDENCE
6.0 PUBLIC COMMENT
7.0 CLOSED SESSION
7.1 Personnel: Selection of Nominees for Lifetime Achievement Award
8.0 METRO CONFERENCE INFORMATION/POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS
- 8.1 Information about schedules
- 8.2 Incoming ninth grade eligibility proposed policy………………..Heinz
- 8.3 Tennis Tiebreaker
- 8.4 Swim/Dive Finals Metro Conference
PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54954.3 AND EDUCATION CODE SECTION 33353, ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK ON ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA WILL BE HEARD AT THE TIME OF DISCUSSION OF THAT ITEM OR DURING ITEM 6.0 OF THIS AGENDA FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF THE METRO CONFERENCE (AND OTHER ITEMS WITHIN THE SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OF THE METRO CONFERENCE) NOT APPEARING ON THIS AGENDA.THE TIME FOR SUCH COMMENT IS NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES FOR EACH PERSON AND NO MORE THAN 20 MINUTES ON AN ITEM OR AS DESIGNATED BY CHAIR.
- 8.5 Rotation of Metro Conference President
- 8.6 Minimal Supervision requirements for athletic contests
9.0 METRO CONFERENCE ACTION ITEMS.
9.1 None at this time
10.0 CIF/CIFSD ACTION ITEMS ( Report on action taken at 4/30/14 meeting)
- 10.1 Coastal Conference Membership Expansion
- 10.2 Grossmont Conference Re-leaguing
- 10.3 State CIF Article 60; Bylaw 600
- 10.4 State CIF Practice Time Allowance
- 10.5 State CIF Expansion of the Southern California Regional Soccer Championships
- 10.6 State CIF to Create CIF Regional Badminton Championships
11.0 CIF/CIFSDS INFORMATION ITEMS (Action to be taken at 6/4/2014 CIF Board Meeting)
- 11.1 Southern Conference Re-leaguing Proposal
- 11.2 Grossmont Conference Football Game Limit Proposal
- 11.3 City Conference Elimination of CIFSDS Bylaw, Article XII- Videotaping Rule
- 11.4 CIFSDS Divisions Amendment, Commissioner
- 11.5 North County Conference Re-leaguing Proposal
- 11.6 CIFSDS Audit Report, 2012-2013
- 11.7 CIFSDS Staff Benefits, Commissioner
- 11.8 CIFSDS Financial Policies, Commissioner
- 11.9 2014-2015, CIFSDS Budget Proposal
Special Thanks to Kevin Bear at Sports on the Side
Name / School / Yr.
Branden Sanchez / Olympian / Sr.
Matt Deemer / Carlsbad / Sr.
Rafael Espinoza / S.D. Southwest / Sr.
Bryce Flores / Poway / Sr.
Tony Moreno / Scripps Ranch / Sr.
Wayde Scibilia / San Pasqual / Sr.
Luis Cardenas / Oceanside / Sr.
Tanner Caldwell / Coronado / Jr.
Cheyne Davis / St. Augustine / Sr.
Bernardo Leyva / S.D. Southwest / Sr.
Felipe Liborio / Castle Park / Sr.
Name / School / Yr.
Sam Carney / Pacific Ridge / Sr.
Logan Hess / Valhalla / Sr.
Ricardo Cervantes / Monte Vista / Sr.
Abner Alatorre / Hilltop / Jr.
David Loya / Chula Vista / Jr.
Raad Aljabi / San Ysidro / Sr.
Raul Guzman / San Dieguito / Sr.
Andrew Harris / Westview / Sr.
Thomas Mackey / Torrey Pines / Sr.
Christian Sevilla / Orange Glen / Sr.
Diego Ochoa / Coronado / Jr.
Coach of the Year: Giovanni Medina, S.D. Southwest
The Southwest Raiders, CIF San Diego Section Division I Soccer Champions, completed a historic SoCal State Championship with a 3-1 win over the Royal Highlanders in Downey today. Congratulations to Head Coach Guillermo Medina and the Raiders.
NorCal does not play soccer in the winter so they can truly take credit for a State Championship.
Photos from the Championship
Photos by SOH Principal Lee Romero.
From LA Daily News
By Alex Valladares, Special to the Daily News
DOWNEY — The Royal boys soccer team started Saturday’s Southern California Regional Division II final fast, scoring within the first 10 minutes.
But the Highlanders couldn’t keep up the pace with a more energized Southwest squad and suffered a 3-1 setback at Warren High.
Royal (25-5), which became the sixth area team to reach a regional final, showed signs of fatigue in the second half and the Raiders used their speed to take advantage.
Southwest (22-2-4), the San Diego Section Division I champion, scored three unanswered goals to win its 12th straight match.
“We were completely gassed,” Royal coach Ignacio Saldain said. “They were a very good team and they can play. We didn’t have our best passing game today. We didn’t do well with the heat. We probably pushed our bodies to the very limit. We just tried to survive out there in the second half.”
The Highlanders, who suffered a 1-0 setback to Corona in the Southern Section Division II final March 7, took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.
Daniel Gonzalez intercepted the ball on a failed clearance by the Raiders inside the box and sent a cross to Trent Madison on the right side.
Madison quickly settled the ball and sent a shot inside the left post for his 21st goal of the season.
But Southwest took control after that, using its speed up front to put pressure on the Highlanders’ back line.
“We got the momentum after the first goal,” Madison said. “They woke up after we scored. They came out flat and we pressed. We didn’t sub in the first half. Once fatigue set in, we were done.”
Rafael Espinosa scored on a penalty kick in the 48th minute to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead.
Southwest added an insurance goal in the 77th minute when Brandon Mejia scored off a cross from Gabriel Alamillo, who also set up the Raiders’ first score with a cross to Jerry Mendoza in the 25th minute.
Royal, which became the first team in Marmonte League history to finish the 14-match schedule unbeaten, had its chances to score.
With his back to the goal, Anthony Manzanares flicked a shot off the crossbar in the 46th minute and Gonzalez’s shot from the left side of the box went wide in the 57th minute.
“We had opportunities in the second half but we just couldn’t put it away today,” Saldain said. “We had a great year. If you had told me in the beginning of the season that we would get all the hardware we have today, I would have been pleased. Of course, losing in the final is not ideal. I’m incredibly proud of the boys and what they accomplished this year.”
San Diego Mater Dei defeated Calabasas, 45-43, after a controversial ending. Austin Smith followed a pinned shot with a tip-in, but the ruling was it happened after the buzzer. For the Crusaders, Jaylen Hands had 18 points including an 11 point individual run in the first half. Iman Chatman provided 10 points and outstanding Senior leadership in the closing minutes. Coyotes’ Jeremy Lieberman had 11 points and seven assists. Mater Dei will face St. John Bosco, who defeated Sonora, 94-67. Daniel Hamilton and Jesus Zesati each had 23 points.