CHASING THE DREAM

” Few people have the imagination for reality”~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe

I promise that  I will get this  thing going consistently sooner than later and provide you with some timely and informative stuff or at least what’s on my mind at the moment. I am finding that managing this social media stuff definitely requires good time management. Can’t believe that it’s been so long since my last post.

Well since the last time we talked or I should say since I wrote something, I have gotten out to several gyms watching kids and parents  Chase The Dream” Also since that time another large powerball drawing has taken place, the WNBA held it’s draft and the NBA held  it’s annual  lottery drawing, making me continue to think, Ironic or Coincident?  Some lucky guy in New Jersey won over $600 million dollars, obviously changing his life or  at least for the moment.

Just like those who stood in line hoping for their chance to cash that winning ticket, every weekend I have watched  parents in gyms hoping and praying that their kid represent the next big thing, powerball or mega-million. While I am one who always encourage folks to pursue their dreams I sometimes wonder with basketball does reality ever really happen. I still hear guys thirty-something still saying they are trying to play professional basketball even when they have never played at any level.

If you have not been recruited for the past four years as a high school player, do you honestly think you will get a DI college scholarship  playing from April to July? Yet every tournament host a group of kids who have used up their eligibility auditioning for college coaches or looking for exposure.

Maybe it’s time to consider a back-up plan?  Parents and players alike should understand that the numbers are real. There are 341 schools that have DI men’s basketball teams, and 338 that offer DI Women programs. Men programs  total 4,443 scholarships or 13 annually per team. There are 165,ooo graduating high school seniors plus Junior College kids seeking those scholarships. Women programs total 5,070 or 15 annually per team. In Division II there are 290 men’s programs and 291 women programs. Both men and women programs can only offer 10 total scholarships. It is common practice for DII to give partial scholarships. While their are 395 Division III men’s programs  and 425 women programs, athletic scholarships are not offered, students can earn academic scholarships or receive  a need based grant.

According to the NCAA the probability of competing beyond high school is 3.3 % for boy’s and 3.7% for girl’s.

Be careful because there is always someone out  here who can sell a ketchup popsicle to a women in white gloves.

Ironic or Coincident ?

Somehow I got behind on my weekly blogs, gotta do a better job of staying current, but I thought I had to write this anyways.

A few weeks back, on March 23rd to be precise, the Powerball jackpot had grown to a whopping $358 million dollars and like lots of folks I stood in line to invest my two dollars on a chance to make my dreams come true, honestly in my head I had spent about a $100 million before I would drive over to St. Paul to collect my winnings. As I past grocery stores, gas stations, or any place with a lottery sign, many of them had long lines of people who had similar hopes of I did, some spending two dollars and some a whole lot more.

As I was driving home I thought about, what was really my odds of striking it rich overnight? I have to tell you it changed my mood, with a little bit of research I discovered that my odds of winning that jackpot were not good, my chance was about 1 in 176 million.

Further research on odds would tell me I had a better chance of being crushed by a vending machine at 1 in 112 million, or maybe being elected President of the United States at 1 in 10 million, even being struck by lightening at 1 in million.

Ironically or maybe just coincident on Sunday, March 24 many kids on their parents would flock to gyms as official try-outs would be held for spring and summer basketball. Attracted by the added incentives of Beat headphones, the 2013 version of the latest shoes , uniforms with either a swoosh, three stripes or perhaps under armour( the latest entry into the shoe wars). Promises of college and NBA type travel schedules (missing at least one day of class weekly I remind you),playing with the best or against the nation’s best competition or playing in the front of the likes of coaches like Pitinio, Izzo, Marshall, or even Coach K. Many parents would be investing much more than the two dollars I spent on the Powerball for chance for their son or daughter to get exposure or maybe exposed, but there was always the chance that he or she may earn that sometimes elusive Division I scholarship and even possibly position themselves for that future opportunity to play in either the NBA or WNBA.

Ironically this sounds a lot like playing the powerball or mega-million to me, so once again I decided to do a little research. In Minnesota, which is my home base, the local youth sports Organization reports that last spring there were 3,500 teams at various levels for Boy’s and Girl’s. This doesn’t include those programs that market themselves as only “Playing out of town competition….Because if you want to be the best you have to play against the best”

The Minnesota State High School league reports that on the boy’s side there are 467 participating schools playing basketball and 13, 481 participants. For Girl’s there are 456 participating schools with 11, 630 participants.

Nationally, for Boy’s there are 18,099 participating schools and 535,289 participants. Girl’s there are 17,768 participating schools and 435,885 participants

Stay tone for Part 2 as I break these numbers any further, remember in 2013 we are focusing on Choices or Chances and maybe on March 23rd and 24th , just maybe it was ironic or even a coincident that the Powerball and Spring- Summer created such a frenzy for those chasing their dreams.