Is JC Football back in Washington
One of the things we here at High School Cover 2 have tried to spotlight is the dwindling opportunity for high school football players in Washington State to play at the next level. The last Washington Junior College football team closed its doors more than 10 years ago, leaving few option for kids to play football after high school unless they are superior student athletes able to garner interest from one of the three Division III schools in the state or Central, Eastern, UW or WSU. in California or elsewhere, but mostly they have no good options. That's why, when we heard that a league had been formed to allow Community College athletes to continue playing football right here in Washington, we were intrigued and made arrangements to find out more about this exciting idea. We were lucky enough to corral Kory Hill, Executive Director of the fledgling Northwest Community College Football League, and Brian Moylan, the NWCCFL Director of Football Operations, earlier this week to hear more about what they are doing. We came armed with questions, which they graciously fielded below: (Note: the terms JC and Community College are used interchangeably in this article.)
Kory Hill: I had been working to try to bring back Junior College football for three or four years. I saw it as a glaring need and a means to give kids a reason to continue their schooling after high school. Most of the JC Athletic Directors and other school officials were interested in telling me about their past successes and spent hours regaling me with stories of past gridiron players and games. Unfortunately, the schools had no funding to reestablish the sport. Finally, at one of the many meetings I attended, Dick McClain of NWAACC said: "Kory, if you want to do this so badly, why don't you start your Billig Generisk Cialis own league?" On the way home from that meeting, I decided that that was exactly what I was going to do. After some thought, the non profit Northwest Community College Football League was born.
NWCCFL: As was said above, we are a non profit organization. There are four of us on the board "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" of directors. We take no salary. The coaches are only paid if there is money left over at the end of the year. They are coaching because they love working with kids, certainly not for money.
High School Cover 2: Let's start with the teams and their affiliation with the schools. Can you explain your connection with the JCs and player requirements?
NWCCFL: Last year (our first), we had four teams: Green River, South Sound, Tacoma and Yakima Valley. Columbia Basin is joining us for 2010. There is no official affiliation with the schools. The only connection we have with them is we use players going to those schools. They must be enrolled at that school; they must be between 18 24 years old and they must be taking 5 credit hours in core subjects, (no basket weaving, etc.) In 2011, we will demand that players carry 12 credit hours. We check grades periodically and they can't play if they are failing or don't have the required hours in the required classes. We receive no funding or facilities from the schools. We do not even use the school mascot. Our teams don't have mascots.
High School Cover 2: If the schools do not provide funding, where does it come from?
NWCCFL: In our business model, we decided on a 3 prong approach to funding. First, we needed money for insurance so we charged players $40.00 for tryouts. That covered insurance. Secondly, we charged players $260.00 last year and that covered their uniforms. In succeeding years that cost will drop as we acquire equipment. Thirdly, there were gate receipts, etc., that paid for game day expenses (fields, referees, etc.). Obviously, we have a shoestring operation, but it works. Mostly, our players drove themselves to games. Our coaches received $200.00 for their years work. Everyone else worked for the love of the game. In this our second year, we are going to focus on infrastructure including transportation.
High School Cover 2: What is your relationship with the schools that you represent?
NWCCFL: It varies. Some support us and tell students that we are out there. Others don't and go out of their way to discourage student participation. Since we are sending them students that wouldn't normally attend their schools, that's hard for us to understand.
High School Cover 2: How do you publicize your league to high school players who might want to play for you after they graduate?
NWCCFL: Word of mouth is one way, and our coaches do a little recruiting in local high schools. I have a lot of parents calling me wanting to know how their sons can get involved with the NWCCFL. We have found there is an abundance of players who want to play.
High School Cover 2: We know that you've only been in operation one year, but have you had anyone go on to play at a higher level?
NWCCFL: Not yet, but Simon Frasier University has been in touch asking about players. They will be playing in the GNAC next year and they have reasoned that we might be a good source for them to draw from. We'll see how that works out. We don't guarantee that every kid will go on to play anywhere after playing in the NWCCFL. We hope they all do, but that's up to them. We are just as proud of our academic successes. We particularly enjoy seeing young men who wouldn't be in school without football become excited about learning and turn their lives around. We think that is pretty neat. One player discovered aviation classes at his school and he just announced that he wouldn't be playing with us Cialis 10 Mg Goedkoop next year because he is becoming a pilot. These are just some of the instances where being able Buy Cialis Switzerland to play football has given someone the opportunity to discover how to better themselves through football and education. These "Anabolika Definition" are opportunities they wouldn't have without the NWCCFL.
High School Cover 2: Are you making any changes for 2010, your second year?
NWCCFL: Besides adding a fifth team, Columbia Basin, we have just signed an agreement with Snow, Utah, to bring our league champions there to play their team. For us, it will be a reward for winning the league championship. We are very excited about this game and hope to schedule other non league games in Masteron King the future. We have held talks with teams in Arizona and elsewhere about playing their teams in the future. Eventually, we Primobolan Price In Usa will add additional teams to our league, but we will do it slowly so that we can continue to follow our business model. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves.
High School Cover 2: Our final question is: Do you have any aspirations that the Community Colleges will eventually decide to reinstitute JC football and make Is Testosterone Propionate Illegal you unnecessary?
NWCCFL: Yes, we'd love that. You might even say it's our ultimate goal. But, if it doesn't happen, we are prepared to go on forever while improving our league and giving young men the opportunity and the interest in continuing their education.