Jan 28, 2015
D.C. area hoops team playing more games to increase exposure

Public high school basketball teams are widely restricted in the number of games they can play each season. That’s often not the case for private schools.

The Washington Post ran an interesting piece this week looking at Capitol Christian Academy in the D.C. area. Its boys basketball team is scheduled to play 44 games this season, 39 of which come during a 78-day period.

Coach Van Whitfield said the idea is to get his players greater exposure for college recruits. Whitfield doesn’t practice as much as a result of the intense schedule.

From The Post:

Capitol Christian began its season on Nov. 1 and played 14 games over the first 20 days of December, including two on the same day at separate showcase events in La Plata and in Brooklandville in Baltimore County on Dec. 20. The Warriors also have games in North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Illinois this season.

Whitfield pointed out much of the condensed schedule occurred during the school’s holiday break and he planned a more “normalized” slate of games the rest of the year. But Capitol Christian will still play four games in five nights beginning this week. The first two weeks of February also feature stretches in which the team has three games in three days.

“Here, senior Emmanuel Johnson said, every game is a scholarship game.”

As the story notes, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association and Virginia High School League only allow public institution teams to play 22 regular season games. In D.C., that number is 26.

Academics are obviously a concern with a strenuous schedule like this, but Whitfield said all of his players made the first quarter honor roll. Then there are the overuse injuries, but the team has managed to stay healthy on account of its limited practice schedule. Regardless, this would probably lead many coaches to wonder whether academics are taking a backseat to sports.

To read the complete story from The Washington Post, click here.

D.C. area hoops team playing more games to increase exposure

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

Public high school basketball teams are widely restricted in the number of games they can play each season. That’s often not the case for private schools.

The Washington Post ran an interesting piece this week looking at Capitol Christian Academy in the D.C. area. Its boys basketball team is scheduled to play 44 games this season, 39 of which come during a 78-day period.

Coach Van Whitfield said the idea is to get his players greater exposure for college recruits. Whitfield doesn’t practice as much as a result of the intense schedule.

From The Post:

Capitol Christian began its season on Nov. 1 and played 14 games over the first 20 days of December, including two on the same day at separate showcase events in La Plata and in Brooklandville in Baltimore County on Dec. 20. The Warriors also have games in North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Illinois this season.

Whitfield pointed out much of the condensed schedule occurred during the school’s holiday break and he planned a more “normalized” slate of games the rest of the year. But Capitol Christian will still play four games in five nights beginning this week. The first two weeks of February also feature stretches in which the team has three games in three days.

“Here, senior Emmanuel Johnson said, every game is a scholarship game.”

As the story notes, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association and Virginia High School League only allow public institution teams to play 22 regular season games. In D.C., that number is 26.

Academics are obviously a concern with a strenuous schedule like this, but Whitfield said all of his players made the first quarter honor roll. Then there are the overuse injuries, but the team has managed to stay healthy on account of its limited practice schedule. Regardless, this would probably lead many coaches to wonder whether academics are taking a backseat to sports.

To read the complete story from The Washington Post, click here .






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