Sideline Slants

SIDELINE SLANTS- Kids’ ‘Blastball’ may be too much too soon

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If it?s true that too much pressure is put on children to participate in an adult-organized sport at an early age, then a case could be made that the Hillsboro Recreation program for 3- and 4-year-olds called BlastBall is unnecessary or at the least, premature.

Count me among those questioning the need for this summertime offering.

Nevertheless, I enrolled our 4-year-old son, Nathan, in the program to see what BlastBall was all about.

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SIDELINE SLANTS- Ratzlaff is Brubacher?s hand-chosen successor

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Tabor College football coaches have come and gone with regular frequency. In most cases, the head coach left with a gentle shove after a brief stay. There have only been a few cases where the head coach decided to leave on his own to advance his career.

The history of TC basketball is just the opposite. Yes, there have been times when a head coach was asked to leave, but more often than not, the men?s and women?s basketball programs have been models of consistency.

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Principal/coach story makes good prime-time fare

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Even if it is not box office material, it still would make an interesting storyline for prime time.

Start with a high school principal who last coached basketball at the collegiate level 15 years ago. The principal is asked to dust off his coaching resume and take on additional duties as varsity girls? coach.

The principal/former coach somewhat hesitantly accepts the assignment and leads the team to a state basketball championship.

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