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Didn't we just finish football season?Posted Friday, November 12, 2010, at 12:18 PM
Didn't we just finish football season?
It seems like it was just a couple of days ago that yours truly was sitting in the pressbox at Roy Williams Field covering the Linton-Stockton football team -- oh wait a minute, it was just a couple of days ago.
I don't about the rest of you, but I for one would like to have just a little bit of transition period before delving headlong into the next sport or at least a little bit of respite.
As I sat at my desk Monday night writing the first basketball story of many to come this year, I suddenly realized I didn't remember how to do a boxscore.
It's really a simple process. You just total all the stats you have compiled for the game, summarize them into a legible and readible thing called a boxscore, something I've done for so many years that usually about halfway through the year I can see them in my sleep, in my drink and in my dinner.
While I continued to struggle, sports editor B.J. Hargis quickly wrote up a dummy box and gave me something to work from and I was once again off to the races.
This might seem a bit trite to some of you, but consider this. We spend approximately 360 days a year dealing with sports in some capacity. Whether it be on the high school level -- where we focus the majority of our efforts -- or dealing with designing pages, writing sports briefs, covering various related events and the like.
So is it too much to ask for more than a three-day break between sports. I mean at least the players who partake in more than one sport have now been forced to make the transition in about two weeks or less.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association sets the standards for when a sport can begin practice and when a sport can begin to play.
This year they allowed a total of two weeks preseason practice for basketball. That comes regardless of whether a school was finished with volleyball.
And the same applies for boys basketball regardless of how deep a tournament run the football team made.
I know they won't come out on the record and criticize the IHSAA, but some local coaches are trying to figure out how to make the transition a quick one.
One of them told me off the record that it was just too little a time span to get a team ready and I agree for my own reasons.
This may come as a shock to some of you, but even sports writers need a little bit of transition time to get ready for the next season.
While we don't have to go through preseason drills and scrimmages. We do have to get our thought processes in order -- and let's face it -- the older you get, the slower that process gets.
Take compiling stats for example.
In football you have a fairly set pace to record the ball carrier, number of yards on a play and the like. But in basketball things move at a quicker pace and you may not realize it, but you do have a shorter amount of time to keep about the same general stats.
I'll give you an example. In any given offensive drive in football we keep the down and yards to go, the time of possession, who carried or threw the ball, how many yards were gained, who caught the ball.
We also add in any penalities, kick returns, who scored and when, you get the idea.
In basketball we keep track of the running score, who made the points, who got the rebound, who got the steal, total turnovers by both teams, total fouls commited by each team and player. We also keep a running notation of each team's possession, how big the lead or deficit was after a possession and things like that.
While it may seem like no big deal, consider this. In football you generally have about 30 or 40 seconds to record all the info while in basketball you have not even half the time to record the same stuff.
Well, I've bored you with details that you might not have been already familiar with and I certainly hope it sheds some light on my argument.
In closing let me say that I would really like to see at least another week not only for my own purposes, but for the coaches and players as well.
Rick Curl is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487 ext. 20. Or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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