Varsity Letter

From those who compete, ideas on fixing sports

By Preston Williams
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig recently appointed a special committee to brainstorm ways to improve his sport.

With that in mind, Varsity e-mailed the fall All-Mets and the returning winter and spring All-Mets from last school year to ask them what they would like to change about high school sports, or their sport in particular, from the major to the mundane.

Here is a sampling of their suggestions, some of which were edited for length. Female athletes were the most responsive.

* * *For some sports, high school is the only way kids are scouted for college. So high schools need to be able to prepare their student-athletes in the best way they can, which means having an up-to-standards weight room and proper athletic training room. Because of the economy, it is virtually impossible to raise money the way we used to for this type of equipment. As a result, the quality has declined greatly in some schools. Just as teachers want to provide students with all the resources they need to succeed in the classroom, coaches want to provide their athletes with all they need to succeed on the field or court.

Kristen Lybert

Woodbridge girls' soccer, senior

* * *I would have a freshman team in addition to a junior varsity team because when people get cut their freshman year, they are too embarrassed or not willing to try out again. A freshman team would give these late developers a chance to prove themselves if they didn't get a good look during tryouts.

Sam Henke

Severna Park volleyball, junior

* * *I would like to see equal publication for all high school sports, not just popular football and basketball. I would like to read articles about swim meets, volleyball games, soccer games and golf tournaments just as often as you see football and basketball. It's unfortunate for people who don't play big sports because they don't get recognition like others.

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