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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Some news

It's been a slow week...

Soo Indians fire entire coaching staff...

USHL talks about education numbers...

Westside Warriors wait on new arena...

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Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (6:27 AM, January 04, 2007) : 

The USHL is being hypocritical touting the importance of education in a season where it sends Green Bay to Columbus for Tuesday and Wednesday games.

Green Bay left at 10am Monday, so the kids maybe - maybe - went to 1 or 2 classes. Given the drive, they got home at 8 am Thursday. How alert do you think those high school kids were in class that day?

Later in the season, DM makes a Tuesday visit to Green Bay. Again, that's tough.

I understand kids will miss Friday classes for out of town games. But there's absolutely no excuse for scheduling teams which are 10 hours away for Tues-Wed games. I realize it's different when Waterloo visits Cedar Rapids on a Tuesday, or Omaha-Lincoln - though even those games make it difficult to expect them to get any homework done.

Such scheduling shows that money is more important than education to the league.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:36 AM, January 04, 2007) : 

I agree that the crazy week night USHL scheduling is a bit demanding on the high school students.

I also thought the USHL Central scouting article was a blatant attempt by Bob T to further his personal agenda. He's clearly telling kids to go USHL / NCAA, citing his "ballpark" statistics... 35% of kids who... maultiplied by 4 birth years.... minus a Russian. Let kids make up their own minds as to where they want to play and what roads they want to run down, a million different reasons come into play - I don't like articles that suggest one option is best for everyone - college, or life in the US is not for everyone.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:16 PM, January 04, 2007) : 

It's essentially the sme talk he gave the kids & parents at the last MWEHL mm showcase event.

as a parent, I listened and took it with a grain of salt - everyone comes at things with their own agendas/biases, just have to be able to sort thru it.

Bigger question to me - should high school students even be playing Jrs if education top priority?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:04 PM, January 04, 2007) : 

From what I understand many teams work closely with the high schools so even if they miss classes the aren't missing the work. Granted this might not be the case for all USHL teams.


Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (8:46 AM, January 05, 2007) : 

yes, the schools work with the kids. And GB has most of their HS kids at one school which is excellent.

But, if you are on the road and miss a science lab, a presentation day, discussion in English class, etc, those are nearly impossible to recreate...


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