The question comes down to conviction. Personally I come from a small state that other than a handful of kids who have done well at the next level (NCAA's)our state tournament is probably more like the southern section masters than the whole state of California as far as strength. With that being said I made weight, qualified and beat everyone in my weight class and got my wall chart. The word state champion means something to me and I want it to mean something to my sons. I have a friend in PA and a friend in SD that feel the same way--one wrestled a future NCAA champ to win his title and the other wrestled three guys that wrestled bulls and broke horses the minute their hs days were over.
This year we likely could have had 1200-1300 kids if we just let anyone in. Sticking to the vision of building a true state series will likely cost the organization a ton of money. So the word conviction comes to mind when I read Silva's question; do we care more about principles than dollars and cents? I do and so do the guys I hang with. The title state champ means something to all of us involved and in my eyes you should have to do more than pay your $40 and show up to be one.
Personally my sons love the cool medals and singlets that acompany all of these events. When the zone singlets came to the door the boys went crazy and when they saw the jackets they were like dad I want one. I understand that in the mind of a 7 year old having a ton of state championship medals and belts or whatever were giving away these days means a lot. But I also have witnessed everything that is wrong with the system as well. So I will go on record
We as an organization care more about the process than how many kids we can pack into a gym or arena. I read Dylan Martinez FB page after his qualifier and it said going to state and I knew that Keysaw wasnt crazy when he wanted to impliment this here in CA. I don't know everything but I know this:
If you want something to mean something then you have to make it meaningful.
In closing I don't want to diminish all the kids acomplishments last weekend because anytime you strap it up your a warrior in my book. However I will not hide the fact that I am not a fan of a $50 belt that says national champion when 6 states were present and a seeding line item that contains 3 state championships this year for a 7 year old.
The word state champion means more to me than that.
Last edited by UniHighCoach; 03-20-2012 at 01:08 PM.
There are two types of people: those that talk the talk and those that walk the walk. People who walk the walk sometimes talk the talk but most times they don't talk at all, 'cause they walkin'. Now, people who talk the talk, when it comes time for them to walk the walk, you know what they do? They talk people like me into walkin' for them.