Interesting Numbers -
I guess this goes under food for thought.
These numbers were compiled by my brother, the co-director of the Lincoln Club down at Cambridge City, Indiana. He tracked his hours this season and found some interesting nuggets of information. Even with several weekend practices and playdates canceled, he was in the gym for practice approx. 88 practice hours, playdates accounted for 74 hours, and 12 set-up/clean-up hours.
Donny coached two teams and wrote the following "On the road for 31 hrs and 1,752 miles."
I checked and CIViC had 141 girls registered from 16 school districts. We had 15 teams and they played in 62 tournaments,
In general, our teams have been some of the most competitive in the NCIPL. Our 18-1's was neck-and-neck for the best 18's team. 18-2's floated in and out of the A bracket and B.
Manchester 16's got my vote as one of the two most improved teams in the whole power league. Carroll 16's were both very good B level teams.
15's is the same story. There were three teams in the NCIPL in this age group that are very special. Then another group of three including Carroll 15-1's right below that first group. Carroll 15-2's were really competitive in B pool. Manchester has been competitive in C pools. 15-3's continue to improve registering several wins playing many 8th grade teams.
I saw the 13's about as much as I saw my daughter play, which is to stay next to never. I heard the 13's improved from Coach Greg and several others. Very nice job by the coaches as they practiced on Wednesday, which was my busy day at school.
It was a trying club season on several levels, mostly weather. A winter for the ages. We had a couple of season ending injuries and four girls just quit. As small as we try to keep our teams for teaching and playing time, those events caused our coaches to scramble in putting competitive teams on the floor.
I think they were able to do so more often than not.
Parents and players, please thank your coaches. Based on my brother's numbers, our coaches are making just short of a whooping $3.00 an hour. This is really a labor of love, so please share a little love on the coaches.
As educators, we are committed to providing a quality learning experience at an affordable price. We will not form a team without two quality coaches. We limit the size of our teams to guanantee a 1:5 coach to player ratio. Generally our teams have no more than ten players in an effort to insure a player's role. Having said that, attendance at practice is very important.
Our high school teams practice on Sundays. While we have reservations with this day, it works best in order to gain access to the gyms and allows the girls to remain active in their home community activities.
Lastly, we will ability group our teams. It is to the benefit of every player that practices and schedules allow them to compete at an appropriate level.