Graves County High School Basketball

Graves County High School Basketball

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Roger

Mayfield, KY

#1 Mar 21, 2013
Saw some try outs today for the incoming Freshman players for next year. Seems that who they wanted was already chosen as none of the boys trying out were picked. Heard a couple of guys talking and they were saying that try outs are just for show because the boys they wanted are already picked. Felt sorry for those boys that thought they might have had a chance. Sportsmanship like this makes me know I will never buy another ticket.
who cares

Mayfield, KY

#2 Mar 21, 2013
Roger wrote:
Saw some try outs today for the incoming Freshman players for next year. Seems that who they wanted was already chosen as none of the boys trying out were picked. Heard a couple of guys talking and they were saying that try outs are just for show because the boys they wanted are already picked. Felt sorry for those boys that thought they might have had a chance. Sportsmanship like this makes me know I will never buy another ticket.
I think they have to hold a "try out." Most of the time when they get to high school, the coaches know who can play and who can't or who they want. I'm curious, thought try outs were closed, what did they do to make you think players already picked? Was it not the same kids that were on the 8th grade team.
Roger

Mayfield, KY

#3 Mar 22, 2013
One thing they did was not pay attention to those who were out shooting. Some were making really good distance shots which showed allot of potential. Another was the people talking to the coaches and then sitting on the bench and talking about a couple of the boys that could not be at that particular try out because of another sport event that they had to be at. When the kids are out shooting and trying as hard as they can to show their potential talents and the coaches are looking everywhere but at the kids then that shows that they have no interest in seeing what they can do. It was sad I must say. I was there to pick up my nephew (not invlolved in the try-out) and decided to watch the newcomers so when I saw how badly they were treated I realized that the ones I heard were already chosen just happen to be those with either money behind them or parents with some pull. I know a couple of the parents and one of them has a son that can't hit the side of a barn door but yet is on the team. He didn't even have to try out. I didn't realize the school operated this way in it's sports programs. I know now for sure. I did not want to believe what I had heard in past years but I saw it with my own eyes and this is not the school I want to support in any way. All of them should be treated the same and given a chance to show what they can do.
Roger

Mayfield, KY

#4 Mar 22, 2013
I'm just wondering how many parents may know about this selection process that the school pretends to go through. It's to obvious to ignore. Maybe parents need to openly discuss this issue. If it were my son who was wanting to at least try out I would have been real upset at seeing what I did.
Parent

Hickory, KY

#5 Mar 22, 2013
I am fully aware of it. it has been going on since the school began in 1986. These kids should not waiste there time. The school is so big now that they are looking for those who have been in the system since birth or those who are connected in some way. They do not care about kids with potential. There were alot of great players that were benched at graves, or never picked at all that could have been impact players any place else in years past. It seems the powers that be would either be honest about it or try a new way to select kids. The school has yet to win a state title so it would seem that doing something different would be in order or at least be honest about it. My advice those kids should go to the nearest school to them and play basketball. Unless yoy have been in the system or are friends with someone on the board or the principal do not try out for Graves co basketball.
REALLY

Tucker, GA

#6 Mar 22, 2013
There were 12 kids that tried out and 5 of them made it. So...that must mean the other ones didn't have much talent or else they would have been chosen along with the 5. It's all about the win folks! If you can't contribute, why should you waste your time on the bench just to have a spot on the team? It's also about talent and apparently there was a lack of it in the gym that day :)
Cheeky

Murray, KY

#7 Mar 22, 2013
Cheek a cheeky rogaaaas
Parent

Hickory, KY

#8 Mar 22, 2013
REALLY wrote:
There were 12 kids that tried out and 5 of them made it. So...that must mean the other ones didn't have much talent or else they would have been chosen along with the 5. It's all about the win folks! If you can't contribute, why should you waste your time on the bench just to have a spot on the team? It's also about talent and apparently there was a lack of it in the gym that day :)
potential talent means nothing anymore. Why have the tryouts if it has already been determined. If it is all about the win I can resepect that to a point but as this past year indicated the selection process and how the teams are coached might need to be changed. We should have won the state title by now as big a school as we are?U do not blame the kids I do blame the people in charge. Why should these kids even do this if it has already been decided again either through being in the system, or being tight with a board member or a coach. Winning at all costs is wrong.
Parent

Hickory, KY

#9 Mar 22, 2013
Send them to Mayfield Or Northside or Hickman or to whatever school is closest to you to play Basketball.
Just saying

Cookeville, TN

#10 Mar 23, 2013
Parent wrote:
Send them to Mayfield Or Northside or Hickman or to whatever school is closest to you to play Basketball.
Yes..Mayfield beat their ass at their house and played them to 3 at theirs. graves had their chance this year because now McCracken Co will hand them their asses in the Region next year if Mayfield doesnt do it first.
Roger

Mayfield, KY

#11 Mar 23, 2013
Where is the sportsmanship in this school? Don't preach it if you can't live it. Kids are always told to show good sportsmanship but see coaches and higher ups pick and choose based on standing rather than honesty and talent. Something should be done immediately to change this. Who does one contact to raise this issue? Has anyone ever brought up the subject? Is their fear to challenge the way things are being done at this school? How many parents even know how things are being done? I am not for any one school but I am for fairness to all.
Roger

Mayfield, KY

#12 Mar 23, 2013
Would be interesting to raise the issue publicly and let parents and anyone else give their opinions as to what they know or have seen. Maybe someone has some actual facts as to how these kids are chosen. When you see a young man shooting better and hitting from all angles and distances than one who was pre-chosen and did not have to try out then you know something is very wrong. Found out that one who was pre-chosen just happens to be the son of an ex-employee of the school. For Gods sake give these kids an equal and fair chance to either show what they can contribute or do away with try-outs since it means nothing to the school. It's just a formality to make everything look good on paper I suppose. Why overlook a good player or one that would give it everything he had for one that just happens to have some pull? I thank God my nephew is not a part of such a unfair program.
gc

Mayfield, KY

#13 Mar 23, 2013
I have had a kid play basketball at Graves and have heard complaints for years. I have no past ties with Graves and I am not a booster club giver. I do sell fundraising stuff and work bingo. And I feel my kid got a fair of a chance as anyone. Most of the time the kids/parents that complain are the ones that probably aren't as good as the ones who made the team. Yes it is kind of predetermined but by the time they are freshman the coaches know who is who. Several kids transfer due to playing time some do good some realize they get to sit the bench at the new school also. At
An exception does happen in this kid or that kid has a parent in the right position he may make the team but he will still have to earn playing time.
So before you get mad at coaches, take a look at the kid and are they as good as the ones that made the team, not in your eyes but realistically before you up and take them from their friends for no benefit.
who cares

Mayfield, KY

#14 Mar 23, 2013
Roger wrote:
Would be interesting to raise the issue publicly and let parents and anyone else give their opinions as to what they know or have seen. Maybe someone has some actual facts as to how these kids are chosen. When you see a young man shooting better and hitting from all angles and distances than one who was pre-chosen and did not have to try out then you know something is very wrong. Found out that one who was pre-chosen just happens to be the son of an ex-employee of the school. For Gods sake give these kids an equal and fair chance to either show what they can contribute or do away with try-outs since it means nothing to the school. It's just a formality to make everything look good on paper I suppose. Why overlook a good player or one that would give it everything he had for one that just happens to have some pull? I thank God my nephew is not a part of such a unfair program.
This happens everywhere. Every school as preferred players. Not just Graves. It is no different than real world all about who you know.
Roger

Mayfield, KY

#15 Mar 24, 2013
gc I do not have a family member that was trying to play so I only spoke of what I saw and heard. I do know for a fact that one young man who was pre-chosen is not a good player and that comes from others on the team. He is only there by pull and or connections. So yes there was a few kids that wanted to play that was much better than one who was or is probably set for the rest of his time at GCHS. No one can tell me it is fair to pick a player based on who they know. It should be based on what they can offer the team as a whole. Thats something the coaches will have to live with not me. This school is nothing to be proud of. Are all schools this way in their sports programs? How do they get away with such things? Why teach students to be fair and treat everyone the same when the schools show the reverse of that teaching in their sports programs?
Parent

Hickory, KY

#16 Mar 24, 2013
Roger wrote:
Where is the sportsmanship in this school? Don't preach it if you can't live it. Kids are always told to show good sportsmanship but see coaches and higher ups pick and choose based on standing rather than honesty and talent. Something should be done immediately to change this. Who does one contact to raise this issue? Has anyone ever brought up the subject? Is their fear to challenge the way things are being done at this school? How many parents even know how things are being done? I am not for any one school but I am for fairness to all.
You would bring it up to the school board or Pete Galloway. Yes there is some fear and mostly the sense that it would be an exercise in frustration since it has been going on since 1986. As I said before ther are alot of players that were benched or did not make the team that could have been impact players and had great high school careers any place else. Bigger is not always better.
Parent

Hickory, KY

#17 Mar 24, 2013
Roger wrote:
gc I do not have a family member that was trying to play so I only spoke of what I saw and heard. I do know for a fact that one young man who was pre-chosen is not a good player and that comes from others on the team. He is only there by pull and or connections. So yes there was a few kids that wanted to play that was much better than one who was or is probably set for the rest of his time at GCHS. No one can tell me it is fair to pick a player based on who they know. It should be based on what they can offer the team as a whole. Thats something the coaches will have to live with not me. This school is nothing to be proud of. Are all schools this way in their sports programs? How do they get away with such things? Why teach students to be fair and treat everyone the same when the schools show the reverse of that teaching in their sports programs?
I think that Graves being as big as it is is probably the most guilty of it. Plus the mentality there is to WIN at all costs and it does not matter who you crap on to do it.
Parent

Hickory, KY

#18 Mar 24, 2013
gc wrote:
I have had a kid play basketball at Graves and have heard complaints for years. I have no past ties with Graves and I am not a booster club giver. I do sell fundraising stuff and work bingo. And I feel my kid got a fair of a chance as anyone. Most of the time the kids/parents that complain are the ones that probably aren't as good as the ones who made the team. Yes it is kind of predetermined but by the time they are freshman the coaches know who is who. Several kids transfer due to playing time some do good some realize they get to sit the bench at the new school also. At
An exception does happen in this kid or that kid has a parent in the right position he may make the team but he will still have to earn playing time.
So before you get mad at coaches, take a look at the kid and are they as good as the ones that made the team, not in your eyes but realistically before you up and take them from their friends for no benefit.
This is not always true, everyone will say it is sour grapes and at times it is. but not always.
Parent

Hickory, KY

#19 Mar 24, 2013
Roger wrote:
Would be interesting to raise the issue publicly and let parents and anyone else give their opinions as to what they know or have seen. Maybe someone has some actual facts as to how these kids are chosen. When you see a young man shooting better and hitting from all angles and distances than one who was pre-chosen and did not have to try out then you know something is very wrong. Found out that one who was pre-chosen just happens to be the son of an ex-employee of the school. For Gods sake give these kids an equal and fair chance to either show what they can contribute or do away with try-outs since it means nothing to the school. It's just a formality to make everything look good on paper I suppose. Why overlook a good player or one that would give it everything he had for one that just happens to have some pull? I thank God my nephew is not a part of such a unfair program.
Exactly it is a formality. They want to seem fair and I am sure some try to be, but the way it is set up it is already planned out. It seems basketball is the worst about this.
gc

Mayfield, KY

#20 Mar 24, 2013
I truly can't believe with the way Graves wants to win every year that they would over look a great shooter or someone that would contribute.

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