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.
South County soccer teams get their kicks with CIF finals victories
Star-News Phillip Brents | Mon, Mar 10 2014 10:48 PM
- Southwest players celebrate the school’s first CIF boys soccer championship since 2003. Photo by Lee Romero
- Southwest successfully navigated past the upset-minded San Dieguito Academy Mustangs in Saturday’s Division I final. Photo by Lee Romero
- Jazil Galaviz heads the ball for Southwest in Saturday’s CIF championship game. Photo by Lee Romero
- The celebration is on for Southwest players after game-winning golden goal in overtime. Photo by Lee Romero
Please note that this article mistakenly indicates that Chula Vista High Tech High is in the Metro Conference.
The Southwest Raiders, Chula Vista High Tech Bruins and San Ysidro Cougars soccer teams have collectively given the Metro Conference a kick, so to speak, in winning San Diego Section division titles last weekend.
The second-seeded Raiders came home with the prestigious Division I championship trophy after riding sophomore Gabriel Alamillo’s golden goal to a 2-1 triumph over ninth-seeded San Dieguito Academy.
Meanwhile, a pair of underdog teams raised the bar high in their respective competition divisions: the 12th-seeded Bruins rode the standout goalkeeping of Sierra Sanchez to upset second-seeded Helix in a 3-1 kicks-from-the-mark tie-breaker to claim the Division III girls title while the fourth-seeded Cougars rode a pair of goals from Raad Aljabi in to give third-seeded Hoover the boot, 2-1, in the Division IV boys final.
A total of nine South County teams advanced to the section semifinals, with three punching tickets to last weekend’s division finals. All three finalists emerged with victories on Saturday to make a statement for the level of the game as played south of Interstate 8.
“Through my 26 years in education, this win has to be one the highlights of my career,” Southwest principal Lee Romero said. “Not only am I excited and proud for our players, but this win mean so much to our Southwest High School community.
“We love our students, we love our community and we love our futbol. To win the way we did in overtime was incredibly exciting.”
Both Southwest and Chula Vista High Tech received berths in this week’s Southern California regional championship tournament.
The fourth-seeded Raiders (18-2-4) are scheduled to host fifth-seeded Baldwin Park (21-4-1) in a Division II quarterfinal match Tuesday at San Ysidro High School.
The eight-seeded Bruins (17-4-3) are schedule to play at top-seeded Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) in Monday’s Division III quarterfinals.
Girls semifinal matches are Wednesday while boys semifinal matches are Thursday, both at the higher-seeded team and also starting at 4 p.m.
The Division III girls final is Friday, March 14, at Warren High School in Downey. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Division II boys final is Saturday, March 15, at Warren High School in Downey. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Los Angeles Cathedral (26-1-1) is the top-seeded team in the eight-team Division II boys bracket.
The CIF title was the first for the Raiders since 2003 but not for a lack of trying. Southwest had advanced numerous times to either the quarterfinals, semifinals of finals, as in 2008 and 2009, before encountering a roadblock to victory.
But not this time, not even facing overtime.
Southwest, the 2013-14 Metro-South Bay League champion, took a 1-0 lead in Saturday’s division final at Mesa College on a goal by Alfredo Adame in the 58th minute. But the Mustangs, riding a string of three upset wins in the previous rounds, including an overtime defeat of top-seeded St. Augustine in the quarterfinals, would not go away quietly.
San Dieguito Academy (9-8-5) notched the equalizer on a free kick by Tristan Norton with four minutes to play in regulation, thus sending the game into extra time.
The Raiders, however, quickly regained the momentum they had lost at the tail end of regulation play and ended matters on Alamillo’s tally with four minutes elapsed in the golden-goal period.
Goalkeeper Juan Barrera was credited with five saves in picking up the win.
Mis-seeding or simply an act of parity playing out on the pitch? Chula Vista High Tech’s never-say-die kickers will take it either way in charting their spirited odyssey through the thick of the divisional playoffs. The Bruins, seeded last in the division, upended the fourth higher-seeded team paired against them in the elimination bracket to stand alone on the sun-drenched field Saturday at Mesa College.
Stand alone with the prized championship trophy.
CV High Tech’s playoff run was ground-breaking for the school’s girls soccer program, which had never won a playoff match until this year. But the Bruins (17-3-6) served notice they were destined to make history after recording a 9-0 showing in Frontier League play and then sending home, in order, fifth-seeded Valley Center, fourth-seeded Central Union and then top-seeded Escondido Charter to reach last weekend’s CIF final.
The CV High Tech defense allowed just one goal in four playoff matches en route to winning the school’s first section title in the sport. The Bruins blanked Valley Center, 4-0, edged Central Union, 2-1, and then shut out Escondido Charter 1-0.
No goals were scored in Saturday’s division final, either in regulation or overtime, though the Bruins nearly put one in midway through the second half of regulation when Alexie Gates’ shot caromed off the crossbar.
Sanchez was credited with five saves in regulation and OT against the Highlanders (8-9-6). She stopped the final shot in the KFM tie-breaker while teammate Jessica Castro scored on the Frontier League champs’ fourth attempt to give the Chula Vista team a winning two-goal edge.
The Cougars also played the role of spoiler in their drive to the CIF title after eliminating both top-seeded Monte Vista (1-0 in the semifinals) and the third-seeded Cardinals in the championship round.
San Ysidro (11-8-2) made the most of its opportunities in the final, taking a 2-0 lead on a head shot by Aljabi in the 20th minute and a curling shot to the far post just before intermission.
Hoover (11-10-1) scored almost immediately after Aljabi’s second goal but could not take advantage of any of its scoring chances in the second half. Luis Aparicio was credited with the Cardinal’s lone goal in the match.
The Cougars’ soccer championship builds on the successful playoff run posted by school’s baseball team in winning last spring’s Division III title.
– See more at: http://www.thestarnews.com/sports/south-county-soccer-teams-get-their-kicks-in-cif-finals-victories/%23#sthash.kA7dVfZK.dpuf
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is now considering an amendment of Bylaw 600, which would remove the restrictions on participating on non-high school teams during the high school season of the same sport. In other words, an athlete could compete for a club team and a high school team in the same season in the same sport unless the club team is being coached by any member of that sport’s high school coaching staff.
As of 2011, 26 states have eliminated this prohibition and now allow outside participation concurrent with the high school team.
According to an article in the U-T Sports by John Maffei, the discussion has found strong opinions on either side.
People are very passionate about this subject. There are strong emotions in San Diego about the negative effect on athletes changing this rule would have.
Changing the rule might force athletes to make a decision between their high school team and their club team.
The feedback we’re getting is that our section is not in favor of change.
–CIF San Diego Section Commissioner Jerry Schniepp
Currently, for example, a high school soccer player may participate on a club softball team during the soccer season but not on a club soccer team. The driving force behind this proposal appears to be parents who want to give their students the greatest opportunities to excel in their sports and hence, increase their exposure to college coaches who might offer them a scholarship.
Impact on Player Participation
Will participation in club sports affect the athlete’s participation on their high school team? Here is an example of a worst case scenario for high school athletics from Chicago:
Leanne Mueller has precious memories of playing varsity soccer at Hoffman Estates High School in the 1980s: the cheers of classmates from the bleachers, bonding with teammates on long bus rides, clipping articles from the local paper about the team’s big wins.
But when her 16-year-old son decided three years ago to not even try out for the Schaumburg High School soccer team, she realized how times have changed. A standout who began playing club soccer in grade school, Christopher Mueller told his parents he thought he would get more out of year-round participation at Sockers FC Chicago, an elite soccer academy in Schaumburg.
And this summer, before his senior year started, Christopher accepted a scholarship to play soccer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Be true to your school? Athletes have options by Vikki Ortiz Healy, Chicago Tribune August 14, 2013
Impact on Academic Performance
Will athletes involved in both club sports and high school sports get lower grades? According to the CIF, statistics show that athletes get higher grades during the seasons in which they participate in sports.
It is up to the parents to help their students budget their time. Parents and students alike know that very few athletes receive college scholarships without proof of quality performance in the classroom.
The Lousiana High School Athletic Association presents a clear contrast between the benefits of Club Sport vs. High School Athletics:
The mission of high school athletics is for the student-athletes to be successful, to gain information, knowledge and skills they can apply in problem solving and to become better citizens in the classroom and in their daily lives. If there is no educational value inherent within our programs, then we have no business providing sports in a high school setting.
— Lousiana High School Athletic Association
Cost of Participation in Club Sports
The cost of participation in high school athletics is minimal especially in California. Unlike many other states, California schools and districts are prohibited from charging fees for participation. Club Sports, on the other hand, can cost many hundreds up to thousands of dollars a year.
In an article $4,000 for Youth Baseball: Kids’ Sports Costs Are Out of Control, by Sarah Butler, one parent delineates the costs for one season:
In fees alone, we are looking at $1,500. That includes uniforms and what we have to pay for each tournament. That does not include the park fees. Just this weekend it cost me $35 to get into my own baseball park for the tournament we hosted. It’s $5 for each adult and $3 for each kid for every single day you go — it doesn’t matter that I’m the parent driving my player there, I still have to pay. This upcoming weekend we’ll spend several hundred dollars on hotel rooms, food and gas. In July we’ll head to Panama City, Florida, for an entire week to play baseball. That is also not included in the cost and is essentially our summer vacation. You also need to factor in costs for baseball bats (we went through two last year, approximately $450), cups, chest shields, you name it!
In our district, many parents can afford these costs but many cannot. These basic differences show up geographically between the schools on either side of I-805. This exacerbates the issues of competitiveness and inequality that our athletes have to overcome as they face schools with students of different economic abilities.
Impact on School Competitiveness
Currently, it is difficult if not impossible for either the district or the CIF-San Diego Section to prevent a student from attending the high school of his or her choice. Therefore, it becomes apparent that certain sports at some schools are much more successful on a regular basis than those at other schools. Formal Recruiting by coaches is prohibited. That said, informal approaches by athletes, family and fans happen. Now, add to that the desire for members of a club team which represents a large geographic area to enroll at one particular school with an eye to hanging some banners.
Impact on the health of athletes
One impact of this rule is that the athletes will face greater risk of injury, especially those injuries caused by overuse and fatigue. The counter-argument is that active athletes will get hurt anyway so the numbers will not increase. For baseball and softball specifically, though, will there be any consideration of limiting the combined innings pitched?
Between now and May 2, when the CIF makes a final decision, we will deal with the vehement arguments and strong opinions on both sides of this issue. But, as educators, we are bound to serve the desires of our clients, the students and their parents. In this author’s opinion that makes the outcome of this issue inevitable. In 2014-15 and beyond, we will have to deal with athletes participating in club sports and high school sports concurrently.
Club Sport vs. High School Athletics from Louisiana High School Athletics Association
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$4,000 for Youth Baseball: Kids’ Sports Costs Are Out of Control, SARAH BUTLER, MONEYWATCH April 29, 2011,