Growing the men's volleyball game May 20, 2012 0:51:53 GMT -5
Post by head31919 on May 20, 2012 0:51:53 GMT -5
The more they grew at the local level, starting with grass roots programs, the more they grew at the high school level and club level. Then the colleges came along.
Trying to build a sport from the top down is silly. Kids play sports because they are fun. No 10 year old starts playing a sport because they want to get a college scholarship.
Is North Carolina rushing to add the sport at the high school levels now that the Conference Carolinas added it?
Title IX? Might have a little to do with it, but probably more so is the fact that money is tight these days. We hear about schools cutting lots of programs, and budgets being cut all over the place. States are cutting funding to schools. so how do you add programs when the school budget is being cut?
I have talked to administrators at a couple of schools who have added men's and women's lacrosse in the past couple of years. This motivation comes not from the athletic department, but from the admissions department. They believe that adding those sports boosts the applicants to the schools in certain demographics. Meaning they can get applicants from certain parts of the country who are wealthy. They don't see that opportunity with men's volleyball.
We keep talking about why schools should add men's volleyball. If you are a fan of the sport, you think that is a no brainer.
But we need to find out why schools aren't adding the sport, and address those issues. Obviously, there is a reason why it isn't being picked up by colleges. So to keep stating the same old arguments over and over is pointless.
What areas are rich in lacrosse? Not in terms of $ but popularity.
Maryland is the lacrosse capitol of the US. It's pretty big from the up through most of the northeast.