Written BY: Nathan Blue aka Real Scout
I started out this morning writing this very long story about the 12th man. The 12th man can be the last person to get into the game for many reasons. It could be because of age, skill level, academic or other problems that arent seen. The 12th man can also be a like-able player who just wants to be associated with being one of the guys.
All I know is that, that damn story I worked on was about 3 pages long. So long story short, coaches please develop your 12th man. He's just as important as the best player on your team. Especially when we always stress there is no "I" in team statement.
* I had a chance to go to Beacon 158 yesterday, I seen all the games, but Im not horrible at notes. Just horrible at taking notes on games that don't peek my interest for various reasons...maybe I'm just focusing on one players reactions or just talking about all the other things going on around me..some involving the game. Anyway, Rudy Collins & Nick Padgett played great for Forest Hills in their win over SFP, Van beat a young SJB team, and Javon Thomas and Lebrent Walker led Team Basic over Cardozo (Split Squad)..oh yeah JT caught a mean game winning slam.
You can read about the Beacon 158 games at www.nychoops.net