Ath­letic Sup­port: “What you look for, you will find”

Big Spring Herald - - SPORTS - Spe­cial to the Her­ald ELI CRANOR

Dear Ath­letic Sup­port: With ev­ery­thing else that's go­ing on this year, my son's foot­ball team has been dec­i­mated by trans­fers. These are boys he's grown up play­ing peewee foot­ball with, and now they're leav­ing to go to sur­round­ing schools. They all have dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Some went to smaller schools to get more play­ing time. Oth­ers trans­ferred to big­ger, more suc­cess­ful pro­grams. There were even a few that just had is­sues with the coach at our school and left be­cause they didn't want to play for him any­more. This is a far cry from what I re­mem­ber back when I was play­ing ball. What­ever hap­pened to play­ing for the home team? What­ever hap­pened to team spirit! Seems to me like we need to stick to­gether now more than ever. Is this the new nor­mal? What's go­ing on here? — Dazed Daddy

Dear Dazed: These days, loy­alty is hard to come by. I don't know ex­actly what shifted, but it hap­pened long be­fore COVID ever hit. Five years ago, I was a head high school foot­ball coach, and I was bat­tling this same sort of prob­lem.

Our team was strug­gling to win and play­ers were trans­fer­ring left and right. Like you said, they all had their rea­sons, many of which were valid. Still, it irked me to see kids who lived in my school district play­ing for the crosstown ri­val.

From a player's per­spec­tive, I'm sure it hurts on both sides. Young ath­letes who stayed put prob­a­bly felt aban­doned. While any­one who left had to deal with be­ing the new kid at school.

The worst part was, some of these ath­letes didn't get a say in the mat­ter. Their par­ents made them move. The par­ents were the ones who had is­sues with the coach or thought their son might get a bet­ter chance at a schol­ar­ship at a dif­fer­ent school.

I'm sure it worked out well for some, but there were many kids who ended bounc­ing around through­out their ca­reers, never quite set­tling into a per­fect fit. For any par­ent/ath­lete con­sid­er­ing trans­fer­ring to a new school for sports, just re­mem­ber, the grass isn't al­ways greener on the other side.

Dear Ath­letic Sup­port: I keep try­ing to see the light at the end of the tun­nel that is 2020, but I'm start­ing to think that light just might be a train. My daugh­ter is hav­ing a tough enough time mak­ing the tran­si­tion back to school. She hates wear­ing a mask, she can never re­mem­ber her pass­word for her vir­tual as­sign­ments, and she says the teach­ers are all grumpier than usual. Com­bine this with the fact that we're sup­posed to be trav­el­ling mul­ti­ple times next week for her vol­ley­ball games, and I'm ready to throw in the towel. My daugh­ter hasn't men­tioned quit­ting, but if she does, I will be happy to pull the plug. I know this isn't much of a ques­tion, but I just won­dered if you were hear­ing sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments from other par­ents out there?

— Look­ing For

The Light

Dear Look­ing: I hear from dis­grun­tled par­ents, teach­ers, and ad­min­is­tra­tors daily. The flip side is, I also hear from par­ents, teach­ers, and ad­min­is­tra­tors who are ex­tremely en­cour­aged by what they're see­ing at school.

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So what's the rub?

I don't re­mem­ber where I heard this next line, but it's stuck with me: “What you look for in this life you will find.”

That's it. That's all I've got. Keep look­ing for the good and sooner or later we'll all get through this.

Eli Cranor is a for­mer pro­fes­sional quar­ter­back and coach turned award-win­ning au­thor. Send ques­tions for “Ath­letic Sup­port” to eli.cranor@ gmail.com or use the con­tact page on el­i­cra­nor.com.

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