Sometimes I forget, but we have to thank people for their ideas as they are showing interest and support for the sport.
But that being said, here is my reply for foodbme. I have been in this business for over 10 years and there are no short cuts. If you believe that, you are bound to fail. I have seen too many people think that if we only did this or that, things would be completely different or too many people who were gung ho going in but then get burned out after a year or two, never to be heard from again. This is a sport that needs time to grow. Football is not a sport that one can master on talent alone, it takes lots of practice and playing time. Females rarely play this sport after they become teenagers. To consistently put a good product out on the field we need to gets girls involved at an earlier age. The Sharks are one of the few clubs trying to do that by teaming up with the NFL and the New York Giants with a junior player development program. This year we had over 150 girls participate in the free program, a number that has been growing over the past 4 years. In the past we have actually picked up a few players that participated in the program.
I don’t feel it is a defeatist attitude, but it is one where I think the focus needs to be more on promoting girls to play football and not just women playing football. Getting leaders with money or name recognition is not the answer. They have been tried and some of the teams have been owned by famous sport stars from pro-bowl football players to boxing champions. Just look at women’s professional soccer. It tried to be big right out of the box and lots of money was spent early and it burned out fast.
This is supposed to be a thread about food so I will leave it here, but if you think you have any ideas that you would to toss out, please feel free to contact me at: http://www.nysharksfootball.com/contact. Drop a liine to the webmaster. Or if you wish to discuss the topic further, also drop me a line. I have had this discussion with lots of people and there are so many things that people don’t realize that we do or have done. This year the Sharks will be the first team to play their 100th game. We are one of the most successful women’s football team on and off the field. You don’t have success like that taking short cuts.
Oh, and more thing, a very shame less plug. The New York Sharks start their 11th year of football next Saturday (April 10th) against the Philadelphia Firebirds. You can listen to all of the hard-hitting action at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wfnradio. Kick-off is at 6pm (EDT).