Telling isn’t it? wrote:
Well, there are 7-8th graders that do attend public high schools. I coached at one, they attended the same school, were in the same building and had the same principal. We were allowed to use them to fill varsity rosters, graduating classes were 95-100 students. Even with them we were at a disadvantage to larger schools. How would these guys complaining about 7-8 graders do with only 50 girls per class?
“We were allowed to use them”. This is the point I’d like to make; “using” middle school girls to keep a coaches ego inflated at the expense of long term development and health is not appropriate. It’s not about fairness from one achool to another, the issue with middle schoolers is the severe mental burnout and potential physical health issues.
Keep your pants on boy, you don't know anything about my coaching or the program. Using them meant having them available to field teams, that was needed by every athletic team in the school due to the size of the school. We were not allowed to cut them based on age and I never felt the need to cut anyone. There may be cases of "severe mental burnout" out there, I see most of that coming from parents who push their kids too hard and pay strength coaches and private coaches etc.. It is not always the HS coaches who do the harm.
While coaching at that school I never had a girl run more than 40 miles in any single week (most around 30), 7th graders were around 20, if they were good enough to run varsity off of that so be it. (only happened twice in 9 years, never after the third year) only one 8th grader made the team after that as well. Once we were established and had enough athletes the 7-8 graders were there to learn and have fun enjoying the sport and developing.