Re: Population decrease in Rust Belt causing problems for recruiting
Originally Posted by Unassisted
This sentence surprised me.It's not just population decreases. In my hometown area of Central Ohio, voters vote down most tax levies. So many districts there have been forced to go with pay-to-play, which has cut the number of kids going out for football. Some once-strong programs there are now struggling to win 3 games a season. There are definitely fewer kids in that area playing football. It must not be that way all over the state.
I think it's more of a population shift. The difference you see is that some of the suburban programs have gotten a lot stronger relative to big city/older suburban programs. I think most people with school age kids have either moved out of troubled urban districts or send their kids to the Catholic schools. Those that stay probably do what parents with football-minded kids in Cleveland do, find a way to get their kids into the high school in the district with a strong football program, like Glenville. That leaves the rest of the high schools fighting for leftovers among kids who can afford the pay-to-play programs.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.