Rugby is alive in Colorado

Many fans are clamoring for a new sport when football is out of season. Yes there are numerous proposed Spring Football leagues but still not really the NFL many are waiting for in August. This season the city of Glendale will celebrate 11 years of providing professional Rugby. In addition they have a feeder team called The Merlins.

Glendale Raptors 2018 Schedule:
April 21-22 vs. Austin Elite Rugby in Glendale
April 28-29 at Seattle Seawolves
May 5-6 at Utah Warriors
May 12-13 vs. San Diego Legion in Glendale
May 26-27 at San Diego Legion
June 2-3 at NOLA Gold
June 9-10 vs. Houston SaberCats in Glendale
June 16-17 vs. Seattle Seawolves in Glendale
The Glendale Raptors play their home games at Infinity Park near Colorado Blvd. & Kentucky Ave.
CBS Sports Network will televise 13 Major League Rugby games and ESPN has also inked an agreement, most likely ESPN+ a new subscription based platform.

Meanwhile the youth and high school programs will be non sanctioned programs and have been around for over 30 years. Currently the high school program has over 30 teams that play February to May. Colorado will host a regional all star tournament in June at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. Below is a list of High School Champions.

CHAMPIONS HISTORY Division I Division II
Champion Runner Up Champion Runner Up
1986 Fort Collins
1987 Arvada West
1988 Regis Jesuit HS
1989 Overland
1990 Douglas County
1991 Littleton (LAFS)
1992 Douglas County
1993 Littleton (LAFS)
1994 Fort Collins East HS
1995 Fort Collins
1996 Fort Collins
1997 East HS Ft Collins
1998 Denver Harlequins U-19
1999 Regis Jesuit HS
2000 Littleton Harlequins
2001 Highlands Ranch
2002 East Hs Douglas County
2003 Chaparral East HS
2004 East HS Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club
2005 Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club East HS
2006 SWARM East HS
2007 Regis Jesuit HS East HS
2008 Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club East HS
2009 East HS Aurora Saracens
2010 Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club East HS Boulder Valley Lions PAC RFC
2011 Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club East HS Cherry Creek RFC PAC RFC
2012 Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club Cherry Creek RFC PAC RFC Grand Gents
2013 Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club East HS Jr. Gents Fort Collins
2014 Colorado Springs Grizzlies HS Rugby Club East HS PAC RFC Jr Gents
2015 East HS Regis Jesuit HS
2016 Rdgis Jesuit HS East HS Palmer Terrors Monarch HS
2017 Monarch 29-24 East HS Arapahoe  Dakota Ridge

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs for Football
May 1, 2018 Rugby Playoffs Begin
June 8-10, 2018 Regional Select Team Tournament (Dick’s SG)
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Monies have ruined the game

Often many ask how has the game has changed and the answer is simple, Money! Money has been the incentive for many since the barter system has been in place. Some would say this is a good strategy while I am a firm believer it has ruined the game and the futures of many. Yes there was a time in which sports was a leisure activity and an opportunity to get some exercise and bond with the neighborhood kids. However, In 1980 Nolan Ryan became the first million dollar player when he signed a four-year free agent contract with the Houston Astros for one million dollars per season. Some might say this started the beginning of sports as a career. In the 80’s Dr.J, Bird, Magic and Jordan made Basketball the talk of the town and youngsters grabbed a pair of shorts, sneakers and a basketball rather than trying to graduate from high school. So as we fast forward almost 4 decades salaries have gone up tremendously and academia has suffered as students ditch the books to focus on athletics and dreams of stardom.

"Wanted Immediately: A Sober diligent Schoolmaster capable of teaching READING, WRITING, ARITHMETICK, and the Latin TONGUE... Any Person qualified as above, and well recommended, will be put into immediate Possession of the School, on applying to the Minister of Charles Parish, York County." -- The Virginia Gazette, August 20, 1772

In 1772 academia was being requested as obtaining an education was valued. Nowadays in some areas schools have become babysitters for parents and graduation rates are lower than usual. The trend of one and done in college even weakens the value of post secondary education and emphasizes athletics. Even the fact that ice hockey or baseball will have you enroll at a young age to play sports rather than attend college in what some term “Gap Years” to avoid next level education. All of this may be fine if you are truly gifted but are you remains the question.

In the early 1970’s many were introduced to a Strength & Conditioning coach named Marv Marinovich whom became popular nationally when his son Todd Marinovich was published in Sports Illustrated in an article, titled “Bred To Be A Superstar”, that discussed his unique upbringing under his father who wanted to turn his son into the “perfect quarterback”.  Many will say this led to the proliferation of the money grab for both Strength & Conditioning coaches and quarterback trainings. Now every kid in America could travel to California to become the next Air Jordan or star quarterback all for a fee.

Yes the almighty dollar has created the haves versus the have nots as eager parents chased the trainers to separate themselves from the local talents as the 70’s had self proclaimed experts that were trying to build their business’ and make money. It may have worked for a few but like anything else in business it spread nationwide as the hustle for new clients via traveling training camps evolved. Yes the come train with us became a big business over a decade ago as former athletes, some who signed professional contracts but never played, became experts in the field of speed and agility training, Strength & Conditioning or a quarterback guru.

Just like the infomercials, but wait there is more, seems to be the mantra of many to get parents to buy into their business of making your son or daughter a D1 athlete. If anyone promises D1 you should grab your wallet and run as most likely they are in the business of making money as their is no guarantee of being D1. All one has to do is some easy research to find out if a trainer is certified via the DORA – Colorado.gov website that regulates business’. Also the internet is a great resource to find out if a person played professionally. Many websites show transactions like being signed or cut from a team along with games played. Often the language of “Former Player” simply means a contract was signed to participate in team activities and the said player most likely never played for that particular team. However, if they did play an extensive log would be available. So doing research in the modern era given the unlimited resources on the internet should be a focal point. In todays modern era people are trying to make money off families without providing results. So Monies have ruined the game. Just look at all the so called experts charging a fee to participate in their facility or field compared to the volunteer youth and high school coaches. Chances are the later attend training events and seminars and do a better job than the fee based outfits that are similar to the often complained about membership gyms.

Monies have ruined the game as business’ that complain about coaches ramp up their client lists to make hundreds of dollars weekly. Some even partner with pay to play events such as all star games or traveling events. 3 years ago a trainer balked at 7on7 and said it was a waste of time and money. Now he fields multiple teams and charges thousands of dollars to participate. Again Monies have ruined the game.

In the end it is your choice on how to spend your hard earned dollars. However, we have been around the block and know it is about talent NOT how much money or the number of events one attends. Focus on spending money on educational tutors for a higher GPA or college board exams like the ACT or SAT. Monies invested in academia usually provide better dividends than sports. So when you are told to open your wallet be cautious as it is NOT about spending or attending multiple trainers or events it is about be well rounded and probably relying on you high school coaches that are FREE to you to get better. Last time I checked that 45 pound weight at the school weighed the same as that fancy gym membership location. Also the goal post you toss the football to hit at the quarterback training field looks similar to the one at your high school that is FREE. Monies do not have to ruin the game if you are smart about it so focus your efforts on bonding with your team at your school with your coaches. These are the same coaches college recruiters will rely upon when they visit during their recruiting cycle. Football will make a big push to evaluate April 15 to May 31 so be prepared. Being prepared means talking to your counselor for your transcripts, college board exams and your head coach. All of this is FREE and no monies exchanged. Therefore NO Monies have been involved in this equation for success. Hard work does pay off as long as you know what work needs to be done. Academics is a good start so focus on the books and not what others are doing. You control your own destiny not some for hire guru. Be wise and be well and beware of opening your wallet when things can be free.

Make a Buck, what the F***!

The landscape of sports has changed dramatically in the past decade or so both in Colorado and Nationally. Every day someone is trying to make a dollar and seldom do people holler. I was asked a few weeks ago why I vehemently despise and loathe the business portion of youth and high school sports and the answer was extremely easy to answer.

"Many are in the business to make money without regard to the people they claim to help. In the sports world everyone is specializing for a price and it is for their personal gain. The overhead for a business is expensive and to pay to keep the lights on means anyone with a dollar can pay to play."

Somewhere in the past decade we as a society have deemed paying for training will be the answer to grabbing the brass ring which is a falsehood. Years ago people made fun of Marv Marinovich, a retired American football offensive guard and Strength and conditioning coach; who raised a trophy kid in Todd Marinovich. He was trained to become a quarterback by his father Marv from the day he was born. Todd played at USC and personal demons such as drug use eventually caused him to wear out his welcome at USC and he entered the NFL draft and was selected by the Raiders but had some long term issues. Todd Marinovich said,

"I had no real choice with regards to whether I would become an NFL quarterback. My father put me on that path of training to become an elite athlete, it was simply second nature. Kids need to be able to make their own decisions in terms of whether or not they want to pursue becoming a professional athlete. My dad was trying to live vicariously through me. I resorted to drug use in order to lash out which was a mistake and my downfall. My hope is others will learn from my fathers mistakes about training and that it simply cannot consume your entire life."


In 1991 Todd Marinovich was drafted in the 1st round and lasted two years after failing three drug tests.

27 years later we are talking about a young man that was a fathers mistakes about training. Yet many business’ are thriving to make you bigger, faster and stronger without much regard to what is best for the individual or the families involved. In recent years the academic standards have risen from a 2.0 to a 2.3 minimum but that is for an elite athlete but many casual athletes will pass on the books to train or attend a plethora of camps, combines, tournaments and pay to play events that include self proclaimed all star games. In the meantime the sunshine pump occurs back home and the credit card bill rises and the pressure for the high school coaches to play Mr. Wonderful. In addition all the subscription based rags are charging an annual fee to write a few articles on their subscription based clients. So yes, making a buck off kids and preying on their parents pocket books exploits way too many kids. There is no way you can focus on any one given client. The answer has been to throw a wide cast net that will inevitably work. If one out of a hundred pan out that could be considered a success on the athletic side of the business.

However, on the academic side, a school like Notre Dame or its IVY league counterparts may be a better path. These schools focus on academia and a top 5% in the classroom. So a high GPA and High ACT or SAT is more probable of being selected rather than brawn. Everyone has an opinion of a path to take but many former athletes will always say, “I am glad my path was based on life after athletics. Having an education unequivocally outweighed sports long term.”

There is no easy route or button in life. Also making a buck is not wrong if the focus is truly helping families. However, as business’ expand where is the focus? Most likely the bottom line and not the original intent  of helping kids. So for those boasting about training 60, 80, 120 or 200 kids are you really training or just chest thumping all the way to the bank and using social media to glorify it all? Yes ponder that question when college recruiting coaches walk the hallways seeking their high school coach to talk about character, on field play and then hit up the academic advisor to pull transcripts and check out course work. I bet the success stories are the kids in the building bonding with their classmates and teammates and not wearing some fancy hat or T-shirt from some PAID event that tells you how good you are if you continue to attend and pay.

BIG TIP: Save your monies by attending local Junior Days during your Junior year. (This year for 2019 graduates) Then focus on a few schools you want to attend and participate in their camps. Along with your academic advisor see how your GPA, ACT/SAT scores compare to your desired locations or college choices. Also if you want to spend monies than train your brain via a tutor to get the grades up and score well on college board exams.

Remember college coaches rely on the high school coaches and have a propensity to admire multi sport athletes. So consuming one sport for 365 days is probably another reason to rethink your future success. Also 7 on 7 is not considered a second sport nor is training for one sport year around. The body has different muscles that need to be worked out in different manners. Just as your health or PE teacher about long versus short muscles or google it. As always I am sure this topic will ruffle some feathers and some will flex their social media muscles, but honestly who cares when its the truth!

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Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Wyoming Pro Day

Laramie, Wyoming  was the site of the Pro Day for 10 athletes including Josh Allen a top NFL draft 2018 QB.@303Gonzo of course was on hand to see local Colorado talents Ryan Cummings and Drew Van Maanen that played high school football at Valor and Chaparral.

Colorado talents Ryan Cummings and Drew Van Maanen supported by teammate Josh Allen in the AM and post Josh Allen QB position drills and 60 throws grab a photo for @303Gonzo and family.


The day started at 9:30 am with athletes stretching and preparing for the NFL scouts whom watched: the bench press, the vertical jump, standing long jump, 40-yard dash, 3-cone test, I-test, 60-yard shuttle and some specific position drills.


Ryan Cummings puts up 18 reps on the bench.
The 10 athletes on hand were as follows:

While many NFL scouts were viewing Allen many heads were rattled when Rico Gafford ran a 4.23 40 yard dash and scouts were impressed and compared stop watch numbers.

Look for Rico to be a day 3 selection as you can not coach speed. Meanwhile Allen was the main attraction and the Cleveland Browns had many personnel watching as did the Giants and Jets. Josh Allen since battling back from a 2015 spring injury has continued to get better on the field and Fridays pro day was no different as the young QB dazzled all in attendance and those watching on TV. The wide receivers for Josh Allen were as follows:
Justin Berger
Ayden Eberhardt
Chris Kearney
Gio Pascascio
Drew Van Maanen
Travis Wilson former Utah QB

"Josh Allen is the best quarterback in this draft. I think all of the talk about his accuracy is the most overblown thing out there. His guys don't get open, which causes a lot of the incompletions -- it's not an accuracy issue." -- NFC executive

Josh Allen checks all the boxes; Character, Height, Weight, Football IQ, movement and an arm that can sling the pigskin.
Allen is off to New York Saturday to do a photo shoot for JCP, JC Pennys for you old school folks, and the Collection By Michael Strahan. Allen is scheduled to wear the suits on NFL Draft night and at his official team press conference. Until Apr 26, 2018 – Apr 28, 2018 held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas it will all be speculation as to where Josh Allen lands. As of Friday March 23rd the draft order is 1.Cleveland, 2. NY Giants, 3. NY Jets, 4. Cleveland, 5. Denver. The Jets traded up to 3 on March 17th in hopes of landing Allen. However, it is rumored the Bills are trying to move up to select Allen or Mayfield so it will be an interesting 33 days until the draft.

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If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the 303Gonzo.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the 303Gonzo.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Game of the week 2018: Week 3 #copreps

We are talking March Madness and basketball but what a whirlwind to get the Milk Jug finally a reality! Due to changes in the new 2-year football cycle and realignment there was confusion about the new system. The issue was moving football up a week and advancing the schedule to August 23-25, 2018 rather than August 30 – September 1st. Many of the non 5A classifications had loose schedules in place based on weeks NOT dates. In addition “Zero Week” is no longer but many may call scrimmages on August 17th zero week. 

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Regardless, the community game will be our week 3 Game of the week. (#GOTW) Arapahoe will be the guest to Heritage the home team in a stadium both call home in LPS stadium. Heritage, 4A versus 5A Arapahoe is a neighborhood school pride Rival Game for the Milk Jug and for community bragging rights.

HHS

Currently the game will be hosted by the Eagles on Friday September 7, 2018 at 7pm

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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COACHING CAROUSEL: Wednesday March 7, 2018

Boom another 5A coach moving to a new home and a few potential head coach jobs available in the  coaching carousel 2018:

Ellicott 1A Donte’ Stewart
The Pinnacle 1A Marcus Dow
John Mall 1A Robinson Payne
Englewood 2A Jay Graves Mike Campbell
Prospect Ridge 2A John Roberts Michael Storer
Aspen 2A Karson Pike
Moffat County 2A Keith Gille
Resurrection Christian 2A Mark Roggy
Riverdale Ridge 2A Open Wayne Voorhees
Faith Christian 2A Ralph Nance Vince Siravo
Centaurus 3A Bob Carskie
Sand Creek 3A David Ramirez Ricky Lobato
Green Mountain 3A Matt Pees Jesse German
Denver North 3A Nick Trombetta C.J. Hanna
Northfield 3A Open Ahmad Lowe
Kennedy 3A Rich Martinez Scot Kinder
Evergreen 3A Rob Molholm David Leek
Glenwood Springs 3A Rocky Whitworth
Sierra 3A Shane Rowland Draye Ersery
Falcon 3A Terry Poirier
Thornton 4A Dorian Cagaanan Nick Trombetta
Aurora Central 4A Jamarr Kerney Austin Able
Liberty 4A Marc Sites Erick Gossage
Fruita Monument 4A Todd Casebier Cameron Ross
Highlands Ranch 5A David May (interim) John Trahan
Castle View 5A Dustin Pfeiffer Todd Casebier
Smoky Hill 5A John Trahan  Tom Thenell
Arapahoe 5A Mike Campbell  Rod Sherman
Eaglecrest 5A Mike Schmitt Dustin Delaney
Chaparral 5A Rod Dobbs  Jeff Ketron
Valor Christian 5A Rod Sherman Ed McCaffrey
Mullen 5A Tom Thenell  Vincent White
Legacy 5A Wayne Voorhees
Colorado Deaf & Blind 6-man Darrell Shular
Cripple Creek-Victor 6-man Mark Sampson
Sangre de Cristo 8-man Emmanuel Nwabuonwu
Dayspring Christian 8-man John Schwartz Mick Holmes
Sanford 8-man Rhett Larsen

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Overrated and over exposed

March for many is about basketball but many will argue ladies volleyball tournaments and ruggers will state its 15s season. Regardless the spring sports are upon us but so are the infamous and outrageous fees associated with exposure. A great deal of families will rack up debit because they were told to join a certain team or attend a certain event and even be told to go to a certain trainer. All of this is fine if you have deep pockets or really are true next level athletes. However, the reality is many people are making a living selling athletes and their families exposure for payment.

"We never read recruiting websites or accept emails from these cats. Our admin person filters emails before we read our files. We target guys in camp and will DM, IM or direct text them. So don't pay to get recruited just go to a few college camps in pads." - D1 coach

There are many avenues to success but many try to make short cuts or think that if they are associated with a certain club, school or trainer they will ultimately be noticed. All along it is the athlete that makes his or her own path for success. It is the DNA that no one can determine or the athletic ability displayed on a court, field or track. While coaches or trainers might be able to assist in technique or fundamentals, it is ultimately the athlete that has done the work NOT the trainer or coach. The athlete has to make strides and provide consistent efforts to get better. This is something that can be done for FREE if your youth or high school coaches provide you with that type of culture. In todays world many schools are changing their culture and adapting to keep kids involved in their community or within their 4 walls. Now the IT’S ME, ME, ME! is changing as new coaches take the reigns of their schools programs. More energy and rejuvenation to change the culture to TEAM is happening as both booster clubs and coaches are coming together as one unit.

In Colorado there are very few media outlets that spend time or resources researching youth and high school athletes and many try to tie in advertising revenues to report on that schools or trainers athletes. Yes sometimes you have to pay to get your name in print because the media is not attending games because they have said,

"No one cares about prep sports! In football its about 3-4 programs and basketball is about the same. As for the other sports no one has time to attend 3-4 games a week in winter or spring. We attend the playoff games and that is good enough."

So with this type of attitude it is easy to see why writers from various publications sell advertising in exchange for information. The so called journalists do not want to put in the time but rather grab a cliff notes version and read an online statistics sports website to write stories. However, statistics do not tell the story, people do and why a journalist needs to be present for more than one game a week. Also the trend is to hype an athlete but in order to read the article when you click to read you have to reach for your wallet to pay a monthly fee or subscription. Yet another revenue stream in the world of Overrated and Over exposed that many would say is outrageousshockingshameful or disgraceful but some pull out the credit card to see for themselves and contribute to the money pit, So agreeing to make an advance payment in order to receive or participate in something is probably Overrated. Again it is one writer, one trainer or even a group of subscription based writers trying to sell you something that means relatively nothing to the next level colleges and universities. Affluent people might disagree but many that have travelled the paths before will admit it is unnecessary to get caught up in the hype of being with a certain club or trainer because that have a few past success stories. Meanwhile, credit was never given to the talent but has become a chest thumping look at what I can do for a small fee of $500 a month. Again, do your homework and see if that person is overrated and over exposing your wallet. Chances are the monies would be better spent traveling to areas of concentration for a college degree.

The best thing a family can do is eliminate the HYPE trainers, 7 on 7 tournaments and Junior Day visits and concentrate on being a better teammate or athlete. We recruit 60 to 75% off film. Junior Day visits have become overrated and over valued. If a family shows up to our spring game and summer camp they have a better shot of catching our coaches eyes. We need to know and evaluate them, PERIOD!

So for parents unaware of the process just relax and become informed. There is no magical wand or must attend event to attend to guarantee success. However, the most important factor might be the SAT or ACT in combination with the students GPA and recommendations from a teacher or a school guidance counselor. Just like the film don’t lie, neither do the grades and test scores. If you are a sub 3.5 GPA then take a look at the chart: Notice the dramatic drop off at 3.0 and below. So use your schools online college platform to check out schools minimums and cutoffs for tuition assistance. Some may use a 4.0 or 3.9 as their tier 1 and a tier 2 might be somewhere between a 3.2-3.75. The days of 2.3 are in the rear view mirror as many college and university coaches want to know they will not be worrying about eligibility during the season. So the next time you are talked into attending an event or coerced to train with an athletic or gym guy, just think about spending those monies with an academia guru. Figure out how to master homework and tests in high school. Also train your brain with an ACT or SAT tutor to help you with the process to success in test taking. So the next time you say that player is overrated and over exposed, ask the additional questions of what is their ACT/SAT scores and GPA. Many will be surprised a marginal to above average athlete might be better in the classroom and less of a risk. You can never under estimate the power of academia. Do a lot to build your overall skills. Overrated and over exposed is only an option if you choose it. Not all are created equally so what might work for one might not work for all but the academic portion sure does as a 3.5 GPA makes a profound statement. So do the math and study hard.

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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It’s Me, Me, Me!

March 2018 is upon us and the primary local coaches clinic is over. In addition the second of two NLI (National Letters of Intent) is nearing the April deadline for football and a few other sports. Many coaches are concerned about the sport of football and the low participation numbers. However, the major concern is how the game has turned many opportunists into businessmen. For several years many coaches wanted to be part of their schools fabric by coming back to coach and giving back to the community. But now more so than ever before the almighty dollar has overtaken many programs. Yes the days when in house coaches would try to gather players on their rosters to work together has become a major issue because trainers and position gurus have brain washed naive athletes and players that it is about me, me, me at an early age! Yes many camp companies including combines have starting focusing in on 3rd graders all the way to high school freshmen and the reason is simple, MONEY! Yes lots of money is being swindled by guys that have no interest in developing athletes rather taking their money and selling your information to apparel companies, other camps and subscription based entities that want yes, want more of your money.  So again many of the tenured coaches are aware of this and are moving onto smaller schools so they do not have to listen to parents and the for profit business’ saying, “Your HS coach is an idiot for NOT playing you. He doesn’t know anything. You should transfer.” This has been an ongoing issue for many programs and while many college coaches may listen to a for profit business person, ultimately they will meet with a high school coach and school counselor to gain feedback. These are the real a persons trained to give guidance on personal, social, or psychological problems for FREE. The schools pay these persons to give unbiased evaluations.

We only visit a few trainers or gyms because we are up at 5am and most high schools do not open until after 7am so its a good way to kill time and hope these guys offer insights on guys NOT in their gym. Also the kids will tells us about other players at their school. We will listen to the trainer but usually its all about their guys and very, very, very biased. They forget we do our research and do not drink the proverbial kool aid. - D1 position coach

So knowing you high school coaches and academic counselor whom is FREE is probably the best solution. Numerous college coaches go beyond the field for evaluations and want a GPA North of 3.0 and an SAT over 1300 or an ACT over 26.
So making the grades is extremely important as you can see the options a player has when applying to colleges. A 3.5 for a recruit gives a student athlete a 72% chance of admittance. So kudos to the coaches telling their players its A’s and B’s as C’s are an issue and D’s and F’s mean trouble for our team.

As a coach from the 70's and 80's and even the early 90's I knew we were in trouble every year! The damn QB dad would always make noise about how good his son was and well it was a me, me, me attitude I did not like. Let the kid prove himself to the team. This was in a time where team meant something but in the last decade it has become about me, me, me by guys lucky to be on the field as the sport of football has been watered down with suburb expansion and schools with high attendance playing at the highest classification. These teams have no business being in 5A let alone 6A years ago. I am not shocked that 5A coaches are moving to lower levels as it was way over due. - HS coach 40 years in Colorado

So as the coaching carousel turns and the focus of 9 new 5A head coaches will be on new sidelines in August the fact will remain do we have a team or a bunch of me, me, me roster players.

At some point these trainers are going to have to work with the HS coaches. Working against them is a problem. As much as we want to win in college it is impossible to rely on one source and the model has always been HS Coaches. We can see what happens in AAU and we want no part of that drama so NOT attending a gym might be wise for us moving forward. If the kid is good enough on film we will invite hime to our camp, its that simple! D1 Coach

Whether you played in 1950 or last season the goal has remained the same, hard work pays off. The high school gym or weight room is FREE and if you need to pay for a place many memberships are about $20 a month. The 45 pound weight is the same at school, the recreation center, gym membership place and that fancy trainers facility. So do yourself a favor and complete your homework, be a good student and get that GPA up plus study for the SAT. Those can be about me, me, me!

You have the best chance of gaining our attention by attending our camp. We need to know you are coachable and able to take direction. We treat our camps just like a practice and if you can't keep up or don't get better during the few days we have you on campus that says it all moving forward. We see a lot of 5'11' kids that want to play D1 or are recommended by HS coaches but you have to look at our roster to see what we are replacing or recruiting. Don't just show up to camp, come out and ball out, get noticed so we want to talk to you on the final day. - D1 coach

Again me, me, me is a tough sell if you are a realist. The reality is many high school students will not play beyond their teen years so the focus needs to be about having FUN. Having FUN is what kids need so befor you lay out $500 a month to that trainer just think about how cool it would be to fly to a beach or take a trip to the mountains or even save the money for a new car. Yes the me, me, me might be better upon HS graduation when that $500 times 48 months is saved for a $24,000 car or graduation gift or even a down payment for a condo or a summer trip with friends. Anyone can create a me, me, me culture but it takes a real champion and group of individuals to create a team. A return to team is what is needed and those that buy into the team culture will succeed. A team bond and culture prepares you for the future. Otherwise, clean out the basement as your kids might be moving in after HS graduation or being on their own after post secondary education because me, me, me people have a short sighted future.

We appreciate your #GonzoWatchList postings and emailed lists. We understand you know the athletes in Colorado. You choose to do this for FREE which is amazing. Now more than ever you understand the types of players we are seeking and you give our coaches a starting point to evaluate on our own. Every coach has a few players they like but you arguably have a statewide grasp of the talents and it gives us more reason to read your content. Sometimes we see Freshmen and Sophomores on the list and wonder. However, in the past 7 years we now know you have an eye for talent and these kids did develop over time. Our current target is 2019 but we have an eye on the 2020 kids so we can get a jumpstart on them this fall. Thanks for all you do and keep the lists coming. - D1 DC

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Mustangs go back to basics in Alumnus White

Mullen turns back the clock once again. 6 years ago the Mustangs hired Tom Thenell and today teammate Vincent White a 1979 graduate who went on to play at Stanford and drafted by the New York Jets is the new face of Mullen football. White starred for the Mustangs when it was an all-boys school of about 300 students. White helped Mullen win the Colorado Class 3A title as a senior in 1978. Mullen won state football titles in 3A from 1978-80. In 1978 Mullen won 25-20 over Montrose and tied in 1979 22-22 for a co-championship with Broomfield and in 1980 beat Broomfield 21-8.


So Vincent White the ’79 graduate knows Mullen very well. He understands the core values of Mullen and will enroll all 3 of his children for that college preparatory education that earned White an opportunity to play at Stanford. He oldest is a DB/S and will remind a few of Oregon enrollee Adrian Jackson. His daughter is a soccer player and the youngest will be in middle school. White will again help fuel Mullen to try and win in the Colorado Class 5A classification as the landscape in Colorado has changed in recent years. In 2018 of the 40 teams playing 5A in week 1 August 23-25, 9 will be in new places and White will be one in the mix.
Vincent is well know for his 102 yard return kickoff for a touchdown that won the game and 3A state title for Mullen in 1978. After a successful carrer as a Mustang White became a teammate and favorite target for quarterback John Elway at Stanford. Many may recall the 1982 “Band Game” on November 20, 1982 against California. White scored two touchdowns in that game and had to watch it all come apart when in the final seconds of a game a series of laterals and an expiring game clock suggested the game was over but Cal players weaved its way through the band and scored a winning touchdown.
Stanford has a 20-19 lead with 4 seconds left. Cal uses five lateral passes to return the ensuing kickoff for the winning TD as the band ran onto the field.
White finished at Stanford with 4,552 all-purpose yards, including 1,722 receiving and 1,121 in kickoff returns.
He was selected in the sixth round by the New York Jets in the NFL draft, but elected to come back home to Denver and play for the Gold in the United States Football League, a spring league.
So the White family, Wife Jennifer; son Isaac; daughters Avery, Ashly will call Colorado home as Vincent White has a passion to coach youngsters and playing golf. White has an extensive coaching career and will be leaving the college ranks and recent 2 year stint with the Delaware State Hornets to wear the Navy and Gold again.
The line up for the Mustangs are as follows:
Non-Conference
Far North East
Doherty
Cherry Creek
Regis
Grandview

Conference
Columbine
Ralston Valley
Lakewood
Pomona
Arvada West

Dates and times TBA

March 1, 2018 at 3pm there will be an official meeting with New Head Coach Vincent White.

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