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  1. I would watch out for Anderson County. They were in AAA for the last 8 years and Farragut got them in the Regionals. Last year they lost in the sub state to South, but this year they have a team of all freshman and Sophs. This group won back to back middle school sectionals, and have played together in a closed club for the last 4 years with high quality club coaches. They have gotten better every week as the young players learn. They are the biggest AA team in size I have seen, and they are athletic and well coached. They may be a year away but if they beat Catholic in the Regional on Tuesday they could be a tough out. Right now I think Portland is the best team, and the team to beat. They are solid and experienced. I think they will repeat. Catholic, South and Camden are my other top 4. Catholic has Cunningham who is their best player by far, if she gets enough sets they could beat Portland. They have a strong Libero and a good setter. The other hitters aren’t as strong, but Cunningham can carry the load. Hume Fogg is my unknown, sometimes I think they look great, other times so so. South is the same, they come out flat and look average, other times they look great. i pick Portland over Catholic in the finals, but...AC has a strong winning tradition, and are loaded with big strong skilled players. If they can get over their youth and get hot they would be my dark horse to make a push. Still they they are next years team to beat but they are dangerous.
  2. I agree with you both, to a point. For clarification my youngest graduated more than 10 years ago and I am sure much has changed. I am looking at this from the perspective of a physician and retired pro athlete. I respectfully disagree with the stress on the body. The jumping, and the the lateral net movement puts more stress on the body than running. Don't equate contact injuries with long term stress injuries. Think Tiger Woods. It's great that your coaches don't allow weights! Those should be outlawed for high school athletes. In Louisville, our best club practiced in December, and when I observed their high schools the level of competition was way higher than what I saw in Tennessee. Also more intense. Good comments.
  3. Just watched an interview with the director of the concussion legacy foundation. He is a Harvard trained physician and former college football player. His foundation believes that CTE is not caused by five or six big hits, instead he believes that it is the hundreds/thousands of small hits that youth players receive by playing tackle football as children. This medical organization is proposing legislation to limit helmets and pads until players are 16. What was interesting is that they don't limit the negative effect to just football. They are documenting the negative effects of over training on children. The doctors believe that children shouldn't have intense physical training until their bodies completely developed. Usually between 15-20. The long term physical effects we won't see until this generation hits their 50's, and my fear is if those of us who love volleyball and love our daughters don't start speaking out it will be do late. i am interested in hearing from someone who supports year round play and intense physical training for 12-18 year old children, and why they think this is good for the children.
  4. TT, I think you hit the nail on the head, it is about MONEY. These are our children. It makes no sense why college and pro athletes are restricted from year round play but not the children. 10 years from now we are going to look back and wonder what we were thinking. The long term negative effects of the physical and mental strain we put on these children's body is wrong.
  5. I agree with the above, especially on the number of high school matches. When we were in middle school age, mid 90's the high schools played over 60 matches! There was no limit on tournaments. I strongly agree with limiting to two tournaments and 25 non tournament matches for high school. Don't let matches play until the end of August, that gives everyone a month to get back in shape before live play. If we moved the state tournament back to the end of October and I love the 2 tournament idea, that helps, but we still have to deal with club, and the off season training. I am way removed from this but how are parents and coaches justifying not giving these girls at least 4 months off? Are the clubs pushing it? I believe this is a serious issue that affects the health of children. What rationale is being given to push so much play. Great discussion btw.
  6. When my daughter went to college she was part of a study that talks about how much rest a college athlete needs. The results were eye opening. A Division 1 athlete needs a minimum of 4-5 months away from the sport and from anything close to serious training to stay healthy. When I played pro ball our contract gave us a MINIMUM of 4 months away from the club, and we were NOT allowed to do anything physical in able to let our body rest. A high school athlete should have the same time off as a college or pro athlete, even more. Parents have gone sports crazy, and clubs are so motivated by the dollar that they create a false idea that year round play makes you a better player. I would offer that it is the quality, not the quantity, of what you receive that makes you a better player. i stand with my last week of July Start for high school. Back the state tournament back up to the end of October. Start games the last week of August. No club play until February and end by first of June. How would this do anything but help the athlete?
  7. First, thank you for taking the time to call me about this instead of making a childish response. This is NOT an attack on club in anyway. My daughters played club, and I played ball professionally and know what it takes to compete at the highest level. Parents have lost perspective and clubs have become more focused on making money. No one, even professional athletes, should play competitive sports on a year round basis. It is not healthy. As many of you know me, I played professionally for 6 years and I am now a physician. Year round play is harming your daughters, and if the club and high school coaches tell you different then they are either uniformed or intentionally misleading you. My suggestion is this: High School season run from August until October, like it used to. Club tryouts occur immediately after high school is over, but NO practice until January. Have the nationals end by the first week of June. This gives the athlete two (2) month breaks. what do you think?
  8. That's rough. I am going to say something that I feel needs to be said. I think we may be pushing some of these young ladies too hard physically too early. Many, if not most, teams have year round players. That is too much for a 14-18 year old that is still growing and maturing. Also, a lot of club and high school coaches lack in athletic training experience. I was shocked to see a 15 year old doing squats, with weights, with poor form. Nothing but body weight should be used, and there needs to be an off season. Pro athletes rest. I think some parents need some perspective.
  9. Sounds great! Which team will go farther in the playoffs, the football or the volleyball team?
  10. KVM sorry I missed you, we are coming back thru TN during volleyball season and hope to see the new floor! I was stunned at the size and numbers of the incoming 9th graders. I know you have been around since the early 90s, but I think AC getting into club, and having Harshbarger take over the middle school programs and going back to AA is a smart move. The idea of havin two 12 and under teams for the 3-5th graders, a 6-7, grade team and an 8 grade team with Harsh running the middle schools was brilliant. These incoming freshman have had three years of club, and real coaching at the middle school. My daughter played club for the Hames when they worked for Carmen, and we were the only family that could play because of cost and travel time. The club AC started was smart because of the 10 total coaches, all played college, all coached club, 4 coached college and 5 of the other 6 coached high school. They are all AC alumni and dedicated to helping the high school. AC will never be a Brentwood, too small, too rural, to poor, but I am excited to see how the club experiment plays out the next four years.
  11. Great seeing my old Anderson County friends this week! Makes me miss what was home for 12 years! The new facilities look great, a lot changes in 10 years! I bet the AC coaches are pumped about being back in AA and havin 4 six foot and growing incoming freshmen!
  12. Lol! Because we are being respectful, sharing information and not talking trash!
  13. No, that is the total cost. They play Dec-May. They practice twice a week as a team and once a week on position. It includes two uniforms and knee pads, no shoes. The coaches all have college or high school coaching experience. The little ones only play 5 tourneys, the 13's and 14's play 7. The difference is the club is not being run to make any profit, it is done solely to get the girls to play better. They also don't go farther away than Atlanta. These families don't have the income to pay the cost of a K2 and it is over an hour drive to practice at K2.
  14. I am tickled to be closer to TN South Carolina, and to be back in the club scene. I loved the club assessment above. Somebody did their homework! One of my best friends is an AC coach. They thought they would be back at state last year but injuries killed them, they lost their Middle, the Junior on the K2 referenced above, their L, and their Setter to injuries and Farragut, who was simply better, beat them in the Region. He agrees that the Knoxville senior class was strong. AC had no seniors, and even with the injuries beat Maryville, Heritage, Harden Valley, Berean, CAK, Hume Fogg etc? They are LOADED coming back and pumped about double AA. But here is why they are stoked. AC has struggled to get girls into club, geographically and financially it is hard. Two years ago they decided to form ACE for their elementary and middle school teams, and to allow the high school girls to play who don't play in the bigger club, last year the 13s played 7 tourneys and did not lose a match, winning all seven, including two matches against teams ranked in the top 10. They are coached by an ex college coach. The 12s won 5 tournaments and finished. 3rd in the Atlanta qualifier beating a ranked team. These girls play on apthe Norris Middle Schoo, team coached by Jeff Harshbarger, former great coach, and they won the Middle School sectional which is the state tournament for middle school this year and favored to win next year. The 12 and under team they started this year has over 40 girls, most are daughters of alumni, coached by another ex college coach and AC alumni. I say this because AC understands that to get back to being competitive at the state level they had to develope a strong club team with 100 percent participation and start at elementary school. This will be its third year, it has almost 80 participnts, and all are in the AC feeder system, the Director they hired was a former state tournament MVP and alumni who was a club director in Colorado. The coaches all have college coaching experience, and strong ties to AC. They have put in former coaches at the middle schools and now have open enrollment where players can transfer in, this years freshman class will be the first to have gone thru ACE. With open enrollment two 6 foot incoming freshman will join them. The club is being financially backed by AC supports. For 7-9 tournaments, two uniforms, three days of practice a week, two team one individual skill, and with the coaches paid the same as K2 the cost is less than six hundred dollars for middle school less than 500 for elem total. What is the cost for K2 or Alliance? AC knew they had to get competitive in club to stay competitive in high school. I still say they have the top high school staff in the state, now that they have the club staffed and running they have the financial backing and are building a club facility on the AC/Knox county line to attract the North Knoxville players. I think they will be in the state finals this year in AA and now that the club and Middle school programs are set for many more years to come!
  15. And Anderson County is playing Farragut in the regions! Maryville had all of the talent and still failed to make it out of District. Has Maryville ever even been to a Regional?
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