The Peterson Principle: 5/16/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

Attention coaches, namely assistant coaches: You aren’t going to win a CIF championship by winning a lineman competition or a passing league. It’s good work for your players and gives them a chance to compete before the real season starts in September. That’s it. So lay off the people that are running it.

Years ago I saw some officials verbally abused at the SGV Shootout at Arroyo. These were all assistants at Arroyo, some on the lower levels that were taking time on their day off to help out. No, they weren’t getting paid. It was all voluntary. Yet, a few coaches on the competing teams felt the need to yell, scream and complain on nearly every call. Most of the calls by the way were correct but didn’t happen to go the way of the offended parties. Finally the volunteer officials had to threaten ejections for them to calm down. That worked for awhile. Remember this was a passing competition…in shirts and shorts…in July.

"A page turner...I'm sorry it's over! Is a sequel in the works?" "Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War...compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players..." "A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian's first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community." “This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.” "This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room..." Joe Torosian's high school football novel is available through Amazon.com --click pic-- (Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

“A page turner…I’m sorry it’s over! Is a sequel in the works?”
“Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War…compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players…”
“A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian’s first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community.”
“This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.”
“This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room…”
Joe Torosian’s high school football novel is available through Amazon.com –click pic–
(Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

The Schurr Lineman Competition Saturday was good for everybody. Seven teams showed up and got in some great work. It was good for the coaches, good for the players and good for Schurr who got a chance to showcase its new field. Good for everybody except for one guy. He didn’t like the rules and continually let the Schurr coaches (all volunteers) know about it. This guy (an assistant coach) complained loudly and even went as far as to tell the Schurr assistant that his system “is wrong”.

The Schurr coaches calmly explained the set up to him multiple times but he continued to complain delaying the competition as other players and coaches looked on.

Mind you, this was a free competition for all of the schools that participated. Nobody was forcing them to be there. Again, there wasn’t going to be a CIF banner hung for the winning school.

These events are great. Cheer and root for your players all you want. Encourage and continue to coach them. But get off the back of the volunteers running the event. They’re doing you the favor. You should be thanking them before you go home.

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The Schurr coaching staff looks like a Spartan reunion. Former receiver Carlos Arredondo and Quarterback Aaron Cantu are on staff along with former lineman Ryan Castro. Castro is a couple of years older than Cantu and Arredondo and played on the Schurr CIF championship team led by Elvin Dick in 2006. That Spartan team lost to Alhambra 55-22 on the last game of the regular season but then went on to win four straight in the playoffs including a 40-22 win over Santa Fe in the title game.

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Almont League contenders Bell Gardens and Montebello also have had brand new fields installed in the off season.

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Ted Clarke is in the process of putting together his staff at Gladstone. Former Arcadia HC Chris Long has joined the staff along with Daniel Hollingquest (San Dimas, Ganesha, La Verne Lutheran) who will be OC. Former Whittier College assistant Dave Harrington will work with special teams.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

14 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 5/16/2016"

  1. Bassett Baseball's Gravatar Bassett Baseball
    May 17, 2016 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Baseball if u want your school recognized on here e mail T. Peterson. Mr Peterson thanks for giving Bassett some recognition. He does reply when he available

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 17, 2016 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    It’s the administration who bailed on Bassett !!! They clearly don’t care about the kids!!!

  3. Joe Pulitzer's Gravatar Joe Pulitzer
    May 17, 2016 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    If you want to see your daughters name on this site send in her photo and some video and they will gladly put it up. But mark my words, your little girl will be horrified you did that. Read the other site they cover girls all the time. Good Luck.

  4. May 17, 2016 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    @disappointed
    Duh!!!!
    How fans are those Arroyo girls games? It’s only parents and family. No one else cares. How much do we hear about the WNBA? Lol just the way of the world man.

  5. Grow up's Gravatar Grow up
    May 17, 2016 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    @disappointment
    Really? Softball. How much money does softball brings in? Oh yeah none. Everyone enjoys football and it is the buggiest sport on campus and in money. Also why are you trying to bring down the signings of students. If you want softball go read that idiot Fred robledo who calls himself a sports writer.
    From T. Peterson: Fred does a great job at the Trib. He’s probably the hardest working sportswriter I’ve ever seen.

  6. Disappointed's Gravatar Disappointed
    May 17, 2016 - 7:40 am | Permalink

    “Mid Valley Sports” should be renamed “Mid Valley Boys Sports” as it seems that’s all they report on. We’re starting playoffs for Spring season sports and the front page has articles on football passing league, football linemen competitions, football all-star games, college football recruit signings, and a listing of the baseball playoff games. Meanwhile, some of the best softball in the region is being played in the Mid Valley News’ backyard (Amat, Arroyo, Edgewood) and the girls just get ignored.

    Mid Valley Sports: where out-of-season boys’ sports are more important than in-season girls’ sports.
    From T. Peterson: The girls are not ignored on purpose. The softball games start at 3:15 and all of us here at Mid Valley Sports have other 40 hour per week (or more) jobs. We simply can’t make it due to our schedules. If you have noticed there isn’t a lot of baseball game stories either. We did have some softball coverage earlier this year but that was from Tournaments on Saturday.

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 17, 2016 - 6:36 am | Permalink

    If it is true that everyone has bailed on Bassett and that it’s a 1 man show, then I say kudos to that 1 man who is sticking it out for those kids!

  8. May 16, 2016 - 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Jerry Urias has plenty of offers… He has his choice of where to go.

  9. @MVL's Gravatar @MVL
    May 16, 2016 - 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Every coach has abandoned Bassett. It’s a one man show.

  10. Bad Calls Make Sad Coach Cwy's Gravatar Bad Calls Make Sad Coach Cwy
    May 16, 2016 - 7:09 pm | Permalink

    “What do you want these coaches to do, add a chair? ”

    How about not being a B-DELETED? How about taking disappointment like a man instead of like a baby? That idiot mother should not have received an extra chair for her DELETED kid (sorry, kid – with a mom like yours, that’s how you’re going to turn out); she should have been shunned for being ridiculous. Likewise these coaches. I don’t understand people who think that “competition” is an excuse for childish behavior.

  11. MVL's Gravatar MVL
    May 16, 2016 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Is Jerry Urias on his way to Gladstone. Him and Clark had a stint at Fullerton JC. Pretty sure Jerry left basset.

  12. Mr. Amat's Gravatar Mr. Amat
    May 16, 2016 - 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Competition is competition. Saw a mom freak out when her daughter was squeezed out of a place to sit during a game of musical chairs. The solution was to add another chair so nobody got left out or got mad. Try to get every coach to be PC and chill will not work for everyone as long as there are teams and they are competing even if it is only musical chairs. What do you want these coaches to do, add a chair? While not knowing what this coach got mad about I’m guessing he had his reasons.

  13. SGV Fan's Gravatar SGV Fan
    May 16, 2016 - 2:18 pm | Permalink

    This is a good article for the Arcadia staff especially Coach Maxie or whatever his name is. That guy needs to get a grip of himself!

  14. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    May 16, 2016 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Clarke putting together a staff at Gladstone that can make a big difference for the better. Gladstone has the athletes, all they need is some mature leadership and Clarke and company are off to a good start. Not trying to put needless pressure on Gladstone but you can bet they will be improving week to week.

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