Green Phone

I would like the red phone to look into the following matter of
the Gilroy High School football program, specifically the freshman
team.
CALLER 1: I would like the red phone to look into the following matter of the Gilroy High School football program, specifically the freshman team. I would like the red phone to ask the coaches and athletic director questions regarding how decisions are made about who gets to ultimately play during the games. This year there were approximately 40, 50 kids who participated in the sport, yet only a handful who ever got to consistently play.

And yet every day kids who never got to play were expected to show up for practice without fail for the sole purpose of being used as pawns to train the starters, and the kids who never played could also never miss a game. At the games they were made to stand on the sidelines for two hours and just watch. If any of the students failed to do any of the above they could not participate in any other sports throughout the semester. My question is if a student is not able to play in any game, why do they have to continue? Once the star players are chosen, let the others go. I realize there may be a need to have a few backup players but 40, 50 standing on sidelines? It seems a bit unfair.

GREEN PHONE: The Red Phone gave way to the Green Phone for an answer. But frankly, neither phone will provide the woman who called about this with an answer that will be satisfactory to her.

In the first place, this is not the topic newspapers investigate. Different schools have different methods for deciding who plays and who sits. Last time I checked, though, it was never mandatory that a student had to come out for football. That is generally the student’s choice. And when there are 40 or 50 players, sheer numbers tell you that some are not going to play.

Who plays is left to the discretion of coaches. There is no mystery to that. It sounds like perhaps your son made the wrong decision when he decided to go out for the football team. It may be wise to vent your frustrations to a school official to get the answers you seek.

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