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Friday, February 22, 2013

Catholic schools shouldn't be in same sports leagues as public schools

Isn’t it time the Catholic high schools formed their own league?
Catholic schools recruit athletes from all over, often offering scholarships to athletes far from their location. They take star athletes from local public schools and then compete against those same public schools, which are limited as to where their players must live to determine what school they can attend.
Hamden for years was the breeding ground for star hockey players until Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame started recruiting them.
To ask the players in public schools, depleted of their best athletes, to compete against schools able to recruit from anywhere is just plain wrong and unfair to the public school kids.
The Catholic schools profit from the added publicity championship teams warrant, using this as an inducement to entice other kids to attend.
The father of a Hamden High School star hockey player told me years ago that despite he wanting his son to play for Hamden High, he had to give in to his playing for Fairfield Prep since the likelihood of his son getting a college scholarship was greater there, something that would determine whether he could attend college or not.
The recent publicity of a star player on the Fairfield Prep Hockey Team as living in New Haven is an example of what I’ve just related. Why is it that the private schools compete against themselves, but Catholic schools have the privilege of being allowed to compete against public schools and have this privilege extended to even being declared champions in the same league the depleted, athletically public schools are forced to compete in?
Alton Eliason
Northford

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if the Hamden,New Haven and West Haven schools provided a better environment more athletes would stay in public schools. Catholic high schools don't offer scholarships they offer financial aid to both athletes and non-athletes. Given the choice between a public or private education most people if they could afford it would choose the private education.

February 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same can be said for teams of choice as well. Look at the Career Magnet School in New Haven - their reputation for basketball has pulled girls from West haven, Cross, hillhouse and surrounding schools.

Schools of choice versus geographically confined schools are not even playing fields, period.

February 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM 
Anonymous Marty Roger said...

Matt , Calm down. Don't have a kitten over such a trivial thing. You in your own words above discredit your point. Hamden (A PUBLIC SCHOOL) used to dominate local hockey along with my Westies(also a public school). Yes the Catholic schools get a little better pick but they are no more dominant that these schools and others. If they don't play with the public schools they wouldn't have enough opponents. Fairfield prep plays West Haven in football every thanksgiving and I believe WH has won many more time than prep. I don't thing they have that big an advantage to make a big issue of it. Do these schools dominate any of the sports? I don't thinks so.

February 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's just hope that PARENTS are sending their STUDENT athlete for ACADEMICS and not just for sports or the arts ? As a former player my COACH stressed that you have to "EARN the PRIVILEGE to play, you DON'T DESERVED it".

Every student has the OPPORTUNITY to LEARN weather you are in a CITY or in a BURB. It's using the efforts to be a GOOD student / athlete or to EXCEL in the arts ?

February 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM 

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