NEW ROUND BALL LEADER FOR JAGS:
East Gadsden has a new basketball coach and his resume is very impressive.
The Jaguars have added Coach Michael Hunt to the roster. Coach Hunt was on former FSU coach Pat Kennedy’s staff as a graduate assistant years ago and has 21 years of college coaching experience behind him. Hunt also coached at Towson, both as an assistant and head coach, Tennessee, Georgia and at the University of Miami (2004-07). Most recently, Hunt was an assistant coach at his son’s high school, Palmetto High in Miami.
Welcome to Gadsden County, Coach Hunt!
TRACK ON TRACK FOR 2014:
It’s a long time until track season, but here’s the latest district track and field alignments from the FHSAA.
West Gadsden’s large and competitive track and field team will remain in Class 1A – District 2 along with Blountstown, Franklin County, Graceville, Liberty County, North Bay Haven, Port St. Joe, Sneads and Wewahitchka.
East Gadsden, who’s track exploits have fallen off in recent years, is in 2A – District 2 along with heavy hitters Godby, Madison County, Florida High, Marianna, Rickards, Taylor County and Wakulla.
TO TACKLE OR NOT TO TACKLE, THAT IS THE QUESTION:
Football coaches, particularly those with limited rosters, bounce back and forth on the issue of tackling in practice: Tackle and risk injury or don’t tackle and realize that the fundamental might be lacking on Friday night. All football players have to learn not only how to tackle correctly and safely, but also, how to BE tackled. Last year, Pop Warner League adopted the policy to limit contact in practices in order to reduce concussions.
Now, a study released recently by the University of Pittsburgh and its medical center followed 468 players ages 8-12 during the 2011 season in the Pittsburgh area and central Pennsylvania. It found they were 26 times more likely to be concussed in games than in practices. The researchers fear that limited contact means limited instruction on how to make contact more safely. Pop Warner says if it reduces concussions, it’s worth it.
PARENT PERSONALITY #3:
This week’s parent is “The Generation X Parent.” Parents today are connected more than ever through technology, and the sheer amount of information available leads parents to be self-proclaimed experts. That gives them ammunition to second-guess coaches and scream at referees from the stands.
While knowledge is valuable, a coach should never be asked to substitute a parent’s opinion for his own. Trust your child’s coach!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.” –Paul Brown