GUEST COMMENTARY: A satirical look at Hoosier attitudes on Common Core

2014-01-21T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: A satirical look at Hoosier attitudes on Common CoreBy Eric Ban nwitimes.com
January 21, 2014 12:00 am  • 

There has been talk that the NBA and NCAA have developed a “Common Court” set of basketball standards that may soon be forced upon young basketball players in this state. On the surface, these organizations say they want to prepare young players to perform on the national and international level, but I believe there are other motives.

Teams like the Hoosiers and Pacers want to ensure they have top quality players from this state to feed the pockets of bloated university athletic departments and wealthy team owners for years to come. This is being done at the expense of our kids.

Why should every kid have to shoot on the 10 foot rim? Why should every Hoosier kid have to shoot a free throw from 15 feet? Why does the floor have to be wood? Heck, my grandma’s barnyard basketball court in Plymouth was made of dirt, and no one really knew how high the rim was after grandpa moved dirt with the tractor anyway.

When I was a coach at Bloomington South, I believe Bloomfield raised and lowered the rims randomly on our end somehow as our shooting percentage down there was awful. That just made us stronger (someone told me).

We need more local control to allow barns back in hoops. Why don't we lower rims to 9 feet so the vertically challenged (being politically correct, of course) can dunk?

We don’t really want our kids prepared to compete on the national level. We don’t want to really know their real free throw percentage or three point shooting percentage. When I played at Merrillville, we didn't even have a 3-point line. Why not make that a choice as well?

We don’t want a common way of comparing our kids’ performance to Kentucky or Ohio kids. Heck, they probably haven’t even eaten a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich after a game.

Let’s all rally down at the IHSAA to let them know we need to go back to basics and barns and get rid of the “Common Court.”

Eric Ban is a former Indiana high school basketball player, coach, teacher, principal and absent-minded professor in the great state of Indiana. The opinions are the writer's.

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