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From D To DD

Numbers Game Moves Bears, T’Wolves Down

August 21, 2013

Terry Gray could see it coming; Tim Miller, too. “The writing,” Miller said, “was on the wall.” “But what can you do about it?” Gray asked....

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nonfiction

Aug-23-13 10:14 AM

Don't be too proud to be a trend setter and go to 6 man football before you have to shut the football program down completely.

I would argue "dont be to proud" and merge your football team like Forstville-SC, Westfield-Broc and MG-Chaut lake. No reason we can't see Clymer-Panama, Falconer-Frewsburg in the furture to secure a full roster and create a better more competitve team.

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hoser48

Aug-21-13 6:07 PM

I wonder how many complainers on this forum have ever served on a merger committee. It's a lot harder than it looks people. Don't be too proud to be a trend setter and go to 6 man football before you have to shut the football program down completely.

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Orangeman

Aug-21-13 9:33 AM

Its time these schools wake up and smell the coffee they have to merge more than the athletic teams.

Go back a few months and look at the amount of kids who graduated from area high schools as reported in the PJ. Falconer could send all its kids to Jamestown and it would still graduate about 100 students less per year than it did in 1960.

Frewsburg could be split in two and merged with SWCS and Falconer based on geography.

There are countless examples of this and the schools and coaches. How many seasons do these teams and coaches have to go through this. Parents need to stand up for their kids and force these smaller districts to merge for the betterment of the area.

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nonfiction

Aug-21-13 8:43 AM

The problem is the shrinking enrollment of the schools. Are tiny schools aren't a result of very large rural districts with small populations like you see in remote areas of the midwest, its that old districts that's boundries were drawn 80 years ago refuse to merge with neighboring districts. I would much rather see, combined teams (or just merge the schools Already!!!) that are more competitive than resort to playing 8 or 6 man football that my grandfather played in 1948.

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nonfiction

Aug-21-13 8:38 AM

"The other problem that exists is that DD schools are barred from competing for a state title. That is simply outrageous that a small school"

It's the schools choice which one to be in. Both Catt-Lv and Frewsburg have slightly larger enrollments than Randolph. The D v. DD is based on how the school feels it can compete.

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hoser48

Aug-21-13 8:30 AM

The other problem that exists is that DD schools are barred from competing for a state title. That is simply outrageous that a small school, no matter how good they might be, has no chance at a state title despite the fact that they might have D schools on their schedule in a non-league game status.

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hoser48

Aug-21-13 8:28 AM

None of these schools has any trouble fielding a basketball team. The problem is with the large number of kids required to field a football team, relatively speaking. There is a solution but no one wants to address it. The solution is to go to 6 man football. This is highly successful in states such as Nebraska and Texas where schools have implemented it. Then you wouldn't have to merge sports teams and the number of players needed to field a team is cut almost in half. Hey, it worked fine in Chautauqua and Catt counties before 11 man football came along. Isn't it worth a try?

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nonfiction

Aug-21-13 6:42 AM

I think with the state rules on merging sports teams, its silly not to certainly for a sport that needs the number of bodies football needs. The state only counts the whole enrollment of the larger school and 20% of the smaller school. This is allows you to stay in relative class and demographics that you were in before merge. Falconer and Frewsburg could combine and still be a C school. Catt-Lv could combine with the neighboring Randolph, Pine Valley or Ellicotville-West Valley team and still be a D. Clymer-Sherman-Panama could merge football and still be D. This would do wonders to make football more competitive like it was just ten years ago. I don't really agree with the 100%-20% rule and I think the schools like Chaut Lake and MG who took advantage early will recieve certain advantages. I just hope schools statewide do it for numbers reasons and prevent loosing football only, so this doesn't turn into an arms race.

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