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OPINION: 50 Football Players, But Few Get Playing Time

Starting Perry Hall High athletes become exhausted, yet continue to play offense and defense for the entire game.

Patch reader Enid Morgan submitted the following opinion editorial as a .

I have a major gripe with regards to the varsity football program at Perry Hall High. Why is it that when there are close to 50 athletes listed on the roster, only half ever see playing time? Did they not all go through the same tryout process? Do they not all participate day in and day out in practices? The majority of them were either varsity or junior varsity the previous season, yes? Obviously, the coaches saw something in them in order to make them part of the team, didn't they?

As I see it, the only reason these coaches allow so many players on the team is so they have enough for practice squads. After all, you can't have your starters hitting and tackling each other and risking getting hurt in practice.

From the games I have observed over the years, coaches tend to play the same athletes on offense, defense and special teams for an entire game. They obviously don't do this to hold the lead or to eventually win the game. So far, after two games at Perry Hall, had the coach been more liberal with his substitutions, I think the outcomes may have been much different. Our starting athletes were exhausted, yet they continued to play both offense and defense for the entire game. Teenage athletes are not designed to play 15-minute quarters for four quarters of a game. They have no chance to rest, refresh and clear their heads, other than half time, which is not adequate.

Wake up, coaches. You have a ton of talent being wasted on your sidelines. They aren't exhausted, they have fresh legs and they are determined and eager to contribute to their team’s success.

With close to 50 athletes, there is absolutely no reason for such poor management. The game isn't about playing seniors before juniors because it’s their last year, nor is it about playing favorites. It’s about winning and advancing your school to championships. Yes, people, this is high school, not rec league. Playing an exhausted athlete, whether he is a senior or junior, will not impress any college scout.

This issue should be a no brainer. You don't see colleges or pro teams playing both offense and defense for entire games. Perhaps it’s time high school football teams be made to define a player on the roster as either offense or defense and limit the roster to no more than 40 athletes.

Tim September 15, 2011 at 09:20 PM
one reason: Injuries although don't we have a football coach (not PH specifically) on here? He could tell us best.
hose maneth September 15, 2011 at 11:57 PM
I sorta agree with Tim and would like to hear from other high School coaches. Baltimore County and even the State of Maryland are not known to be the real "hot beds" of HS football......any coaches out there with ties to Texas/Ohio or even Pennsylvania?
alumni September 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Not just football I know varsity softball is the same way. It doesn't matter how good you were, the coach always played his favorites even though some make 3 or 4 errors per game.
Tim September 16, 2011 at 01:45 PM
The only thing I'd add, is that I am a bit surprised they don't use backups on special teams. Special teams plays are unusually exhausting. Using starters on them reeks of desperation and a coaching issue. I follow the New York Giants, so I know something about the failings of special teams.
Bill Howard September 17, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Sounds like they need to use all their talents and Play Like a Raven. The first coach who is smart enough to heed what the Patch has pointed out will be a big winner.
Pam September 18, 2011 at 04:27 AM
SO WHAT'S NEW!!! This is the typical procedure for all high school and college teams, in and out of state. I have been exposed to this since the late 60's when my brothers played, then my sons and my grandson. It was very disappointing when we went to watch, but the boys know this when they get picked for the team. They need to use the best to WIN.
Ll October 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I agree with you,my son plays and he's been playing since 6 grade .He got some play time then,but now he's in high school the coaches there plays the same players the whole game and the same plays over and over again.My son has been on the team 3years and has played in one game .My son can play. Iv'e had recruiters come up and they have a hard time with him not getting that playtime.They say he's good .

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