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Sorry 2022 graduation athletes

Do not believe that your success is about making the Varsity roster as a freshmen. Not to be mean but the reality is Y’all have never taken one high school Varsity football snap, shot on the golf course or hardwood or a swing for the fences in a real contest. There are a few reasons why teams play incoming 8th graders. The most common is usually a depleted program forced to field players to be compliant. On occasion there is an athlete that is an upgrade to a position based on upperclassmen that never put in the work to secure a job. Lastly we have been told of aggressive parents that made a deal to attend the school if the player was guaranteed a spot on Varsity. Something not earned but given like entitlement we often hear about in the past decade.

Now we can agree there are some talented 2022 graduation athletes but time will tell the story. The incoming 8th graders that join the summer program after May 1st each year have a better success rate than those that wait until August. Some of the more successful statewide programs work with the various leagues and will mention the May 1 date at school open houses.

We wish all you incoming 8th graders and class of 2022 success but do not come in with a chip on your shoulder as you have 3 year players in front of you that have been in the weight room or have been honing their crafts. The Golf courses are filled with athletes hitting buckets of balls and the black tops with players shooting the round ball and even a few fields with soccer balls or lacrosse balls being kicked or tossed around just like wrestlers during summer camps. Meanwhile in football it is 7 on 7 that consumes most rather than fun in the sun at the swimming pool.  Just remember to have FUN and make high school a pleasant memory and be a team player. Less drama and hard work is a recipe for success so go work for it and earn it so you can own it!

Bucking the kids

We could have used another word, but well it may be too offensive to some. As the summer OTAs have started for many high school programs, many parents are feeling the pressure of specialization and there are many outfits willing to take your monies. Yes while many coaches volunteer to provide summer weight programs and get the kids running for speed and agility drills there are a few savvy individuals working against your high school program.

These are single-sport specialization programs for young kids that are told they need them more than your high school coaches to be recruited. However, this all comes with a low, low monthly and annual fee which is “Bucking the kids” against their own coaches, team mates and potential college coaches. Many coaches during the evaluation period from April 15 to May 31 often tour schools to find that next hidden gem and talk to high school coaches, teachers and councilors. If they like what they see they invite these kids to camp for further analysis. Meanwhile some players are missing out because they are not in attendance or exhausted from the specialization program from that day or night before. After all these college coaches have a relationship statewide with coaches and not specialization coaches. The statewide coaches share insight on their players as well as others the saw on scout videos during the season. So ask yourself of the nearly 300 schools in Colorado that field football teams, whom would you trust to give you praise, a guy you pay to hype your athlete up or the coaches that make it part of their process? The numbers and film do not lie but your trainer may so the monthly contract continues to be fulfilled.

Divison I or bust

I thought I was being recruited by Division I schools because my dad was paying extra monthly for that service to my trainer. I realized too late it was not true as coaches came to my high school and invited me to Division II camps. My dad had to scramble to get me in front of coaches by editing my film and go to school visits and work with my school to get admissions to tell us what we needed to do. I soon found out after years of being with one trainer it hurt me with my friends and high school coaches. After all the talk early on about being a Division I talent it seemed like it was just a way to motivate me and the guys around me to continue to show up and have our parents pay to be talked about but not really recruited. We ended up doing things on our own like a few other guys I was around that did not gain offers. I will attend college but sad I missed out on a lot. The Division I talk really hurt me as I attended prospect camps and realized all the junior day activities my trainer sent me to was a waste of time and my parents wated time attending instead of skiing or preparing for a spring sport. We thought we were doing the right thing to get offers. The fact was we were mislead like many others!" - Male football player

A perfect pairing would be if the trainers worked with the coaches but that would entail collaboration and many fee based outfits bad mouth anyone not on their monthly or annual billing database. (The current trend is $495 a month with a 12 contract. One you pay if you attend or get injured or do not show up.)
The reality is single-sport specialization among young kids is on the rise at an alarming rate. From the ages of 6-15 is the sweet spot as many are sold to participate in many regional or developmental camps. Some even attach the lure of being on a select or all star team. The problem with these teams is they add more teams as parents foot the bill to be a part of some random game that is meaningless. College coaches do not attend these events. However, some savvy groups have hired lower level college coaches or former professional players to entice parents for a value added offer.  The bigger the paid admissions the bigger the names are coaching for about 8 minutes per hour your individual athlete is on the field.

Monies would be better spent touring colleges after sophomore or junior years of high school. A point in which you have varsity film and have established a better than average GPA and have an ACT or SAT score to show admissions and coaches. If you examine many college websites the ability to have a 4.0, 3.8, 3.5 or even a 3.2 may determine if you are worthy of attending that institution. It is very rare that athleticism will trump a college board exam or HS GPA but is happens. Prior to all the hype the reason to gain scholarship opportunities was to get an education that would propel the 55-60 years after graduation. However, because of the expense of a secondary education and the lure that single-sport specialization is a way to be a short cut has become a major flaw in the traditional process.
According to a March 2017 study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 45 percent of high school athletes said they only play one sport. This percentage has gone up drastically in recent years. For many who dream of playing at the next level, many may believe they can only play collegiately If they focus on one sport the whole year. The reality, however, is college coaches see few benefits to specializing in one sport at a young age or participate in travel 7 on 7 teams when they should be in a Spring sport.

“I have seen so many kids get burned out because they have given up their other sports for one and by the time their senior year comes around, they don’t even want to play any more, not even in college. So parents are wasting time and money they could have used to go skiing or to the beach for vacations."

The sport of football has become over recruited in recent years by both trainers and recruiting services because they are loosing prospective clients from low participation and a savvy group of parents that share information. What may have worked a decade ago does not necessarily work in todays world. Parents and players now have the availability to shoot video on their phones and submit via a social media platform. Email has become cumbersome and outdated as twitter seems to be the main method for success. Also there are people actively trying to train or invite guys to come to their establishment or field after they gain offers so they look good to prospective parents.

My son always wanted to play in high school and worked very hard for his dream. During his 8th grade year we learned a hard lesson on a post season team that it was not about talent but who you knew. The next two years my son did all that was asked of him from his high school coaches and we received some solid advice from other parents. After attending a free event we learned a lot and did a lot of work on our own to gain not only our first offer but a few since. Many have tried to get us to join their gym but we found someone we believe in and has been with us since day one. I know that some people have more money than we do but I will caution prospective parents to pay large sums of money for recruiting or training because most high school coaches do the same thing. Also it was the college camps during our sophomore year that made suggestions on what to work on and to consider a secondary sport that was NOT 7 on 7 but a real sport non football related because guys burn out or spend too much money on travel squads when high schools will offer the same 7 on 7 in June and July in preparation for August when the season begins.- Parent Division I athlete

The debate whether to play only one sport hurts everyone

“I felt so much pressure to quit volleyball and track and only play soccer because I was being recruited by Division I schools, and so I did. Playing soccer every day all year round for four years got old and when it was time for college I was so “soccer’ed” out I didn’t want to play any more.” - Female soccer athlete

So Bucking the kids is the age old attempt like snake oil salesmen. If you believe the speech you will fork over the cash. In every city or state there are snake oil salesmen with out a guarantee their product really works. You often hear about the success stories and seldom about the ones that never panned out. In earnest the best method to achieve success is to work hard and get noticed by many and not a few. Not everyone travels in the same pack so a wide net is better than tunnel vision. Life is about opportunities and at a young age kids need to have FUN, not worrying about single-sport specialization programs or being burned out before graduating high school. The days of 3 sport athletes and playing with neighborhood kids are like beepers and dial up internet, they are still around but rare. Think before you act or open that wallet as Bucking the kids is a way of living for many that have monetized sports but not necessary if you have interviewed your high school coaches to make your 4 year education a good fit along with academia.

Pulling out is a concern

In the past few years the landscape of prep sports has changed dramatically. The demise of print media from two major Denver metropolitan newspapers to one fledgling entity that seems to have given up. No daily prep features or photos to capture the moments of the events but if you are lucky a box score that can be found on the internet moments after the games have ended. In addition traditional over the air and cable channels have seen too many cord cutters as they shift to apps and live streaming on free platforms. So post production shows have become bland or boring or ad little to no value. Recently a few network channels have ended news casts with a teaser and scores for a weekend recap. However, a couple minutes is not really covering prep sports but rather a PSA. Also many of the usual media outlets were coerced into featuring former athletes kids or a handful of teams and that demographic is shrinking so they have pulled out or at least that is what many are hearing unless advertising revenue is sourced.

In an attempt to justify change some schools have been granted equipment to broadcast regular season games but get ousted during the playoffs and championship games for guys with deep advertising revenues to make money off aging parents or grandparents out of state unable to attend or rather not endure the elements. So the world of FREE PRESS has turned into subscriptions and pay per view both on the internet or when trying to view a school broadcast during the season. Prep sports has become about emptying the wallets of parents as they try to dream about their kids being good enough to get a scholarship offer.

What stands out is the inability to capture the moments of many high school athletes that might never play after graduation. The pure excitement and joy of the contests are no longer discussed. Instead we hear about players from advertisers who make money selling families some type of widget. The major component missing in the past few years in unbiased reporting and ability to cultivate stories. Relying on a handful of people with social media hype that make a living selling hope or a service is not accurate journalism. Too much tunnel vision has led to what may be a travesty come the weekend of August 23-25, 2018 of little to no media coverage. You can no longer coast in this state and must be abreast of the community. In a large city like Denver the coverage needs to be amped up like smaller communities statewide or in other states that rely on updated information via its media outlets.In an attempt to offer more coverage or frequent coverage will be entertaining the ability to broadcast and cover more events. We are confident if given the opportunity we could cover the football playoffs as well as Championship Saturday in 3A, 4A and 5A Colorado State Title games to be available via multiple social media platforms. After all who has given Colorado its first PodcastYouTube, Periscope, twitter and facebook live events since 2015, while others just entered the market. Yes @303Gonzo  has the

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As the month of May ends so will prep sports coverage for a vast majority. However, for it will be the start of numerous events like 7 on 7, team camps and college camp visits. These are just a few of the stories that make a complete package heading into the season. Knowing the athletes makes it much easier to broadcast games and pronunciate names and articulate background stories.

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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.

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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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 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.

The “Offer” & How It All Works

Last July, I released an article on College football recruiting. This explained attending college campus’ and NOT hustle money camps. Today we will take a look at what the “offer” means and how it should be viewed in current college football recruiting.

Every year the recruiting game is a brand new world for athletes and parents. Obviously recruiting is the lifeblood of a college program, but many fans didn’t really follow it year-round. They just wait to see the product on the field and don’t know any better.

The last few years though, recruiting has absolutely taken off, and the importance and the interest has grown immensely to the point there are multiple dedicated subscription paid websites.

So as someone who has followed recruiting closely for awhile now, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of a trend going on in college football recruiting, and it centers around the “offer“.

Someone asked me the other day, “what the heck is the point of offering a kid a scholarship if he can’t accept it or commit to it?”

What he’s referring to are offers given to kids, that are clarified to be offers that are NOT committable. Meaning if the player tried to commit to the offer, he’d probably be turned down or told to wait. Almost like having last weeks winning lottery ticket numbers played this week.

So the question stands, why make an offer to a kid if you won’t accept his commitment?

Here’s why.

Most “offers” to kids at this stage, are bogus offers. Sure many are the real deal, but many are nothing more than a way for the school to stay in the game with a prospect without losing ground on him to other schools. When in reality, the offer isn’t a committable one, though it could be down the road.

      1. These “offers” mostly consist of certain verbiage such as, “we are offering you a scholarship depending on three main goals being met:
      1. keeping your grades up,
      2. continuing to get better on the field,
      3. staying out of trouble off the field.

    That way the school has “offered” the prospect, but they have given themselves wiggle room if the prospect wanted to commit right then, saying the offer is based on certain things that must be met first.

    Nowadays, offers go out before evaluations are even made on many of these kids. If not, then you won’t sign up many of these prospects to on field camps. So if you “offer” a player before making an evaluation, you can see why the so-called offers aren’t exactly iron clad.

    Now that the college game is making money and coaches well compensated, you better be very sure about a player before you sign him, or you will be fired. Well  This approach to vet high school athletes  to college is to make sure about a kid before they are offered a scholarship over a series of years. Years beyond the coach in some instances.

    Problem with that is by the time a full evaluation is done on a player, if you haven’t offered him, other schools have and you don’t have a chance to sign him. Especially now with a December early signing period and a truncated off season for coaches.

    Basically the “offers” are a way to keep the school in the thick of the race for the kid, but if he tried to commit at that time, he would be turned down. That’s the way the game is being played now. Usually by July prior to a senior season a decision should be made at the division one level. Unless a late bloomer arises it is fairly certain a Senior will not be recruited at the highest level and the NAIA, D2, D3 coaches will set up events to lure you to their campus events from November to January.

    Many colleges  have offered well over 150 kids to a scholarship this year so far. Keep in mind you can only bring in 25 players a year, so offering 150 -300 seems outrageous. But not when you take into account that many of those offers are simply a way to stay in touch with a player that might be further down the board, but you might want him down the road if you have lost out on other top targets. It basically gives you a backup plan.

    Some might think this is disingenuous to the player if he thinks he has an offer, but it really does not. The kid could turn down other schools thinking he has an offer from a big time school, only to find out that it isn’t exactly a committable offer at the time. But that’s the way the game is being played right now, and it’s up to the player to find out just how sincere this offer is.

    If school A reads about a stud player that has 10 offers, that school will most likely send an offer in the mail as well, whether they think they want him or not. The point is to not fall behind in case you do need or want that player.

    So you get your foot in the door with an “offer”, and then evaluate him. If he’s a player you want, then you become the first school to offer him, and he remembers that and it’s your advantage.

    If he’s a player you do not want, then you just forget to call him come spring.

    Offers breed offers.

    I can’t tell you how many times you will see a kid that is relatively under the radar get an offer from a big time BCS school, and within a month he will have interest from many more programs. If one premier school is “offering” the kid, then maybe we should get in on him too. In some instances alumni force coaches to make offers to family friends to kick start the process. Also if another family member had success they will take a gamble prior to the evaluation or film study.

  1. The bottom line is you have to offer kids earlier now, if you don’t, you probably won’t land the prospect because everyone else already has “offered” him.

    Recruiting is an ever evolving game, and this is just one of many little “secrets” that recruiting entails, but you must grasp this concept to have a better understanding of how the game is being played these days.

    All we can say is DO NOT believe the hype of rankings, ratings and stars. It just takes one coach to believe in an athlete and if you attended a college camp of a school you have interest in attending if athletics was not an option that should be your best plan A. Attending college or a university should be about post secondary education not a future in sports. Like an “Offer” you as a student have to evaluate your future and the next 60 years of life. So chose wisely and keep informed as it is your future at stake. Make the right choices and a campus you can call home for 4, 5 or even 6 years.

    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 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
    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.

Academia over athletics

Perhaps it was the 80’s and the slogan too cool for school or maybe it was the parents born by baby boomers but somehow we are raising a culture that simply does not value education enough. This pattern may be traced to little league and the popular culture of select teams that bilk parents at a young age for dreams of playing professional sports. The focus in elementary and middle school should be a basic and fundamental way to organize homework and how to time manage studies. However, students are less concerned than they should be with academics at a young age. Parents are trophy hunting and spending endless hours and monies at tournaments because they have heard about scouts offering kids as early as 6th grade. What they fail to realize is the subscription based online content that reported the news  makes money, lots of money to receive or participate in their website. For a small monthly fee your son or daughter can be ranked or maybe be interviewed. The issue is no one really cares but other parents. Again something for parents to talk about when huddled around a late on the weekends at some arbitrary tournament awaiting college coaches to recruit their kids.

Americans until recently had an obsession with televised sports. In the past few years baseball and football games receive plenty of attention. Nowadays the market has taken a downturn in favor of X-games and other obscure sports that will attract impressive ratings to sell advertising. Just think of the Super Bowl in February and how it has become a social event rather than about the sport. Like the Oscars or Golden Globes people are hosting watch party events so they can interact with one another and talk about the commercials or red carpet wardrobes.  What most likely is lost is that report card on the refrigerator or the real trophy in most families homes. Yes the surge in club athletic participation has led to both a decline in high school team participation and graduation. Only 75% of Americans graduate from high school.

Given the modern American cultural environment, it is at least plausible that Americans prioritize athletics over education and in doing so hold themselves back academically. A trend being noticed by the NCAA that is focusing more on high school GPA versus college board exams ACT and SAT. The uptick from a minimum 2.0 to 2.3 has been a massive campaign. However, a student with a 2.8 or 2.9 is being more scrutinized than ever before. In years past an athlete could squeak into a post secondary education. Now more than ever before the college coaches are making comfortable annual salaries and can not afford to gamble on athletes that are not eligible. The risk is not worth a game of chance during the season. College coaches know that habits are hard to break so a high level student will exhibit more discipline and self-control in the classroom which in most instances translates on the court or field of play.

The focus should not be on one goal of athletics over academia. The college coaches that travel to numerous high schools might be kicking the tires on athletes but they un peel the onion during the evaluation period. At first glance it might be the “Eye Test” but eventually after watching game film highlights or a live game the focus will be on the athletes transcripts. Just like those fancy resumes that adorn stats and accolades the real stats are transcripts. Anyone who has submitted an online questionnaire knows that GPA, ACT, SAT and class rank are to be filled out for a statistical study. Obviously the IVY league schools focus on academia and a 3.55 or 3.80 might be the minimum requirement while several others might suggest a 3.30. Regardless of the minimums, it is highly suggested that a 3.0 probably is a must as competition for scholarships and financial aid is a main concern for most average Americans seeking post secondary educations.

As Americans move forward they are seeing a shift from spending thousands of dollars to travel the globe in little league for a dream offer or scholarship. They are now investing in education and private schools. Yes the private schools are offering faith based educations and a college preparatory path. Many aim to promote and maintain academic standards and in addition to sports its particular focus is graduating distinguished scholars that may become artists,  scientists, mathematicians and yes maybe an athlete or coach. Many of these schools are small in enrollment size of 850-900 compared to public school that are North of 2K or even 3K. So high school is like selecting a college, one can choose the large state school or one that is more concentrated on with smaller classrooms to be focused rather than massive and general in teachings.

In conclusion do not be surprised to see a few area high schools move away from the emphasis of athletics. The trend is academia and back to the grassroots of what made these institutions successful. The gun for hire to excel in sports has turned into the the teachers that will put you in a path to succeed in life. An education lasts a lifetime while sports is more of a leisure activity and something to participate in for fun. Again it is not the amount of A’s in the sports league classification rather the numbers of A’s that should be on that report card hanging on the refrigerator. Make  the smart choices in high school so your future 60 years in life is easier to manage and prosper. Also choose friends wisely as success breeds success.

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:
January 25, 2018 Football proposal vote PASSED
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
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.


On November 4, 2017 I wrote “I GUARANTEE 7 VICTORIES*IN 2018!” and well that immediately caused a stir but who knew in addition to a few teams I cited that needed a new culture, both Mullen and Valor would be vacant. Also 2 top tier programs in Eaglecrest and Highlands Ranch would be replacing head coaches but they recently found their next head coach and are currently filling out staff members. In addition Arapahoe, Castleview and SmokyHill are all seeking new HCs. Meanwhile 5A is being revamped in the new proposal scheduled to be discussed and voted on this Thursday January 25th. More than half the coaches are not excited about this new alignment but none are willing to hang up the whistle over it but that might change as we gain more insight as to the 20 new coaches to be hired statewide. Many have hinted 5A is overrated and the lower classifications are attractive because of the hometown small school charm. Meanwhile OTAs is the off season as we deemed the process and they are not happening without the new coaches in place and players and parents are worried. The process is what needs to happen year round NOT mid August until the last week of October otherwise that is why November ends many teams seasons. So for every month that goes by that is potentially one less win based on a ten game schedule. Especially if the players did not participate in a winter sport and became unmotivated during a 3 month slowdown from football. Some might be awaiting the spring sports next month and once again complications trying to juggle a new coach with an existing spring coach to get some football work in and gain access to the 2018 team.

So many have sent an IM or DM asking, "Will we see you in a  HC uniform this season?"

Currently that answer is ambiguous as some phone interviews have transpired and some positions still remain open until months end. The main issue is I would change the culture BIG TIME! As I mentioned to one AD and will another this week, How about scheduling all our games on Saturday nights. This is 2 fold in my thinking process. The first being the ability to develop the lower levels by having JV play on Thursday at 4pm and Freshmen on Friday at 4pm and allowing all of them to participate in team meal Fridays and dress on Saturdays. Everyone would be able to recover on Sundays and work 4 hard days. The second is to allow parents to enjoy a Thursday or Friday off knowing they did not have to rush to games after work or compete with other events on Saturdays. Thus Saturday nights lights would be a nice way to end a busy week and keep the kids off the streets or head to a game with their coaches to scout other teams. YES Scout other teams as a team as that is how you get better. Some learn via film, others on the field and others in person. So Saturdays work!
Many parents continue to ask about recruiting and there is no easy solution other than to prepare over time and be the best product on the field. So if the @303Gonzo squad was the team of the week every Saturday it would allow everyone to view top talents that will be game ready to play next level on Saturdays. Yes we would focus heavily on the Varsity team and emulate the same process as colleges that play on Saturdays. So why not get these guys next level ready being coached and head into the playoffs on a FRIDAY night so that way college coaches that ofter watch games in November on Fridays because most colleges play on Saturdays and the coaches could watch our team. In addition this allows players to attend recruiting events that usually happen on Saturdays late in the season as we now have an early signing period in late December.
Thinking outside the box is a must for many programs hiring coaches especially at the 4A and 5A classifications. The lower levels are accustomed to playing on Saturdays. Old school coaches are habitual and that is why we are seeing a decline in participation. Repeated playbooks and the way things were done 5, 10 or 20 years ago does not work in this modern millennial generation. They have been raised on i-phones, i-pads, Apps and now drones. So the eye in the sky truly does not lie! Both Regis and Highlands Ranch use drones to film practices in football as does Monarch in Rugby. Something many programs should invest in as they are behind the times. Also there is some great software out there that help during the game that I have used or beta tested but it takes someone with a passion and desire to win to make sure these are being used properly. So while many programs will be handicapped, I still believe that 7 wins are obtainable but a hiring would have to happen by next Friday the 2nd for a February 5th Monday night football meeting and OTAs for 90 minutes to get to know the players.

Being a head coach will not be necessary because a few that I spoke with would welcome @303Gonzo because of the developmental aspect in the weight room, summer program and film work during the season not to mention a recruiting Colorado event that will be in its 6th year in 2018. All of this can happen if the price is right and it is a good fit! Shoot I might even be better off being a consultant for a handful of teams. You never know. So you can see why the answer is ambiguous as there is a lot to consider before adorning a hat and a headset on the sidelines trying to mold boys into men and create a winning culture in a incapacitated community.

So now it is up to the community to buy into the Gonzo Saturday night tailgate package as success breeds success! If you trust the process you will see a dramatic change from old school to new school and it is a one shot deal. If hired as a head coach it could be a one and done or an extension for 2019. By guaranteeing 7 VICTORIES in 2018 was a way to let administrators know I was not messing around. To underwrite the district wages was to put up collateral for what will benefit the community long term. Anyone would be a fool not to gamble up to $7K for less than one year of service as the season officially ends December 2nd, 2018. So the time is now as we are 9 days away from “I GUARANTEE 7 VICTORIES*IN 2018!

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:
January 25, 2018 Football proposal vote
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week not called week one.

Ty Evans commits

January 15, 2018 was a day many kids had the day off to celebrate MLK Day. However, 3A Palmer Ridge QB Ty Evans had other plans. The 2019 graduate went up to Boulder, Colorado to visit the Colorado Buffaloes coaches and make a childhood dream reality.

Evans will be the second local product to give his verbal to the CU Buffs as Josiah Davis has the honor of being the first in 2019.

That’s the plan! - Ty Evans

We reached out to Evans, a long time #GonzoWatchList player and he said, Early enroll is the plan similar to Ray Robinson of 2018 last week. So the Early Signing Period will again be interesting in late December.
Q: What was the main reason that you committed to CU today?
A: “It has always been what my gut has told me to do.”

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
January 25, 2018 Football proposal vote
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice

Football Proposal Fallout

The landscape of football was changed forever a few years ago with what was deemed the “Waterfall” conferences and purportedly the vision of coaches to solve disparity. However, the fallout created a mudslide as booster clubs, parents, athletes and school administrators had to raise more monies to fund long distance travels for up to three levels of play to suffer lopsided scores and games played on Thursdays, a school night, because fields were a premium as the local teams were not competing against one another. If year one was not bad enough the fact remained there was going to be a year two where the same teams had to endure the misery of basketball scores and running clocks in the second quarter of most contests. The reality of all of this was the same 7 or 8 teams that dominated in years past were conference winners in the less than competitive conferences. All along this could have been solved had 6A been reinstated like 1990-1993. The infamous RPI may not have cost a few teams anguish and non participation but more importantly it may not have contributed to this years Football Proposal Fallout!
The Fall sport of football has a new Football Proposal that will be voted on January 25, 2018 that is less than appealing for the teams placed in the conference of 10, which we will call X not to be confused with excommunicated. In years past 42 was the favorable number of teams in each classification but in the new proposal 5A will be 40 as two teams elected to move down to 4A making room for the proposed 5 conferences of 6 teams and one conference of 10. The “X” conference has also been deemed the developmental division because those teams have not won many games or conceivably been able to field 3 levels of competition. However, in our previous article 5A TO BE RUBBER STAMPED ON JANUARY 25, 2018 ? we detailed the teams wins and losses and tallied up the conferences and found flaws. The objective was clear geography and close proximity for natural rivals and less travel was considered in the committee findings. However, once introduced and made public we learned not all coaches communicated with their athletic directors to discuss changes and a few were told deal with it or move on. At least one head coaching job of the many posted was because of the “X” factor and inability to compete or help kids gain exposure to teams with talents being recruited by colleges. So the “X” school teams may be deprived as the censure known as CHSSA has suspended and/or limited their ability to play better competition or only allow 1 team, the conference title winner an opportunity to play in the now proposed expanded 24 team playoff format. Again a flaw to reward non top 16 teams a participation trophy called round one of the playoffs where games are most likely meaningless except for CHSSA that keeps the gate or revenue monies rather than the home team school. Yes it is a feel good award like years past when 32 teams qualified out of 42. In addition the top 8 get a bye week which has been argued to heal up wounded soldiers but really? It just gives the top 8 teams more time to review film and game plan and the underdog teams will be at a disadvantage once again. So for 30 of the 40 teams many are saying hurry up and pass this proposal as the more they think about it we might be considered and asked to be in the pit of misery of “X”. Yes the conference of 10 has opened many eyes as parents are openly talking about suing CHSSA over the new football proposal and for not allowing teams to actively develop their attendance area because of the open enrollments and fluid transfer rules.

I choose this school for the coaching staff and its ability to motivate my son. We could have been like many families and taken the easy route to be on a winning team as those schools continue to bend the rules in their favor. However, they do not care for the kids post high school and an education is important to our family. We would be another number and be given false hopes from a figure headed coach that really does not coach and is not a teacher in the building. Also the lure of private schools is not worth the monies we have to pay over 4 years when we can save that for college tuition should sports not provide us an opportunity. Now kids are being recruited by other parents or kids at gyms, during school breaks or off season activities not centered around the school.

While the debate will continue outside the boardroom or football committee members meetings it is evident sports drives many parents motivations and choices. In fairness to the “X” schools these parents should be allowed to transfer their kids without penalty. Currently the rules states an athlete has to sit 50% of the regular season before being allowed to play Varsity games. We must all remember high school is four years and the Football cycle is 2 years so any current family has based their education on either truly residing in the area or the past model and plan in place for sports. Let us all hope and maybe pray they do the right thing!

About the only positive is the season will be moved forward one week to coincide with golf that was the only fall sport that had the earliest starting date. For 2018 the first day of non contact will be August 6th. While it is a step forward one would have hoped for August 1 to have 3 days of non contact and then the weekend to recover and or relax before day 4 and contact. If safety is a priority and motivating factor for the CHSAA Legislative Council more days gives participants more time to acclimate to coaches, teammates, practices and before school starts that might be a distraction as many schools start at different calendar days. It might also benefit parents to have their kids up and early to be ready for school as many high school coaches start practices at 6:15am to avoid the heat and to accommodate coaches that have real jobs. Having a truncated start will be interesting as opening game weekend is proposed for August 23-25, 2018. Only 18 days later if a team draws a Thursday night affair or 15 days after the pads go on. Obviously more time on the field benefits everyone and addresses safety so perhaps we can suggest August 1st again as it is more attractive and makes more sense especially in a contact sport under scrutiny with CTE and concussions.

So the fall sport of football is again under further review and one can only hope the current proposal eliminates some of the current fallout issues and can be messaged to benefit all parties and not just a few. The 2 year cycle impacts all the teams but could be most damaging to the group of 10 schools identified and singled out. Almost reminiscent of busing back in the day when someone thought having young kids ride on the bus for up to an hour would create a better environment. It was good in theory but for various reasons scrapped for good reasons.


The reality is sports has become a big business and not about enjoying simple leisure activities in our spare time. They say money is the root of all evils and well nowadays paying trainers, attending camps and traveling for sports has opened a pandoras box to keep up with the Jones’ What is often forgotten and we preach all the time is academia first! Training the brain and obtaining knowledge is probably easier to score high grades in the classroom as well as college board exams all used for admissions to colleges and universities. However, if you are focused on sports only, a proper coaching staff would keep its athletes in house and train before school in what some schools call “Zero Hour” to make incoming 8th graders and current students bigger, faster and stronger.

Note studies have shown exercise as the first activity of the day stimulates the brain which if you have ever been a first period teacher or student you know how difficult being attentive is for many while trying to absorb new information.
So I would highly suggest to parents that do not have coaches willing to open the weight room door at 6am to schedule a first period PE class. If unavailable use the outdoor track and run a couple miles before school and guess what, both options are FREE and with that cash savings invest in a nutritionist. Proper diet and exercise will be a lifetime habit as many probably hear this statement when getting an annual physical from their doctor.