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on Mar 1, 2010
Congrats to SRV on a fine season. No doubt they have a fine group of young women well trained by mainly the Mustang Elite Soccer program. But when you look under the covers, you see the spoils of insider politicking that often weakens teams and destroys spirits.
Yes, they beat my team this year, but from their program information it appears that they have 4 freshman on their team. So the coach thought it was incumbent on himself to offer 4 spots on the team to freshman, so 4 senior or junior girls then do not have a spot. Most of these girls on these teams these days have played all their lives at a very high level. Do they really need a politically connected and savvy coach to deny them a spot on the team, so the cream of the Mustang Soccer crop of freshman girls can take their spot, to mainly warm the bench and get varsity practice time. Who really believes that the four freshman, or for that matter any freshman deserves spots in place of graduating seniors.
Maybe it is high time that high schools put in place policies that promote freshman teams and / or severely restrict or eliminate a coaches ability to put freshman on varsity teams. It is a judgment call. Many other schools have this policy, and in fact other sport programs at the same school have this as their own policy. Time to end the politicking that is going on and the needless dousing of school team spirits.
Horrible argument and San Ramon Valley is the worst example you could have used because this is their 5th year in a row that they have made it to the NCS finals and the first time in those five years that they haven't won it all. So obviously their team spirit has been great throughout the years.
Why are you making judgments based off of their program information when none of us except for SRV know why their 4 freshmen made the team? Freshmen are put on varsity teams because they have earned the right to be there. If they are good enough to start, then they should be starting. It's not unusual to see this and I don't know why you are complaining. I'm sure these four freshmen earned their spots to be on the team. Bottom line, if someone is good enough to be on the team and play at that level then they should be on the team regardless if they are a freshmen or whatever class. Again on the team spirit theme, I guarantee you varsity players would rather have teammates on their team that are at that high level of play than ones who are not at that level of play.
I don't think you'll hear many of the JV girls complaining - most of them are freshman and sophomores themselves and come out to support the varsity squad whenever they can. I'm sure they will be looking forward to competing for spots when several seniors graduate this year.
When you have a national championship club team (Mustang Blast) of freshman and sophomores available, you should expect most of them to get to varsity pretty quickly. One of those 4 frosh came on late in the 2nd half and provided quite a spark to the team - SRVHS had a few excellent chances late in the championship game.
Kudos to Castro Valley, they put in a gutty performance to win. They looked gassed at the end of the first half, but came back out to tie quickly in the 2nd half and pulled ahead on a perfectly placed free kick.
And kudos to Mark Jones. He epitomizes good sporting behavior. SRVHS is lucky to have him. I highly doubt there was any politics in his decisions. Preparation - maybe? Next year's team will lose 7 seniors, with only 4 rising juniors to provide leadership. But it will also have 10 rising frosh and sophomores with 1 - 2 years varsity experience.
Matt and Rick Bobby are right. The Varsity program at SRV is about winning and the Varsity squad is comprised of the best players in the school-regardless of their class. It should be noted that several of the Seniors on the team this year were also on Varsity as Freshman. Four NCS Championships and one runner up in the last five years? The recipe seems to be a good one for Mark Jones and the lady Wolves.
I am not sure what this thread is all about, but reading it and pondering the points, I would wager (and true for most all High School teams) that in this case the SRV girls soccer team would have won all four NCS titles without freshman on the team.
The seasons over the girls are back with their clubs! Their a great team with a great coach! Everybody tried out for over a week,theres no politics. Why don't you all move on,they have.
Having a freshman granddaughter on another valley high school team, I feel the need to address this issue. My granddaughter (and probably all the freshmen recruits) earned her spot on the team. She was a starter for her high school team, and believe it or not, turned down a chance to play on the Mustang team to stay with her club last year. All the practices, drills, and extra time it takes to play varsity, plus retaining a very high GPA, speak of her dedication and that of her family. Her grandfather and I had a chance to attend many of her games, and we were impressed by the level of play from all the ladies' teams! And I'm a grad of SRV when girls couldn't even play sports.
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