Let’s be frank….
Athletic teams in the big high schools are increasingly being filled with students who have specialized in a single sport for many years prior to entering 9th grade. An increasing number of students are spending countless hours practicing and playing on a club sport and parents are investing a few thousand dollars or more each year in hopes of earning one of six starting spots on the varsity volleyball team, 1 of 5 on the basketball team, or 1 of 11 on the baseball team in a school of 1,200 -2,000 students.
In McHenry County, we have multiple volleyball, basketball, and baseball clubs and travel teams. This means that the odds of getting time to play on a large high school varsity team are tough to overcome, particularly if the student does not specialize in a single sport.
Many young teenagers grow up playing sports with the hope to someday continue their athletic prowess in high school. Some of these athletes hope to be scouted, offered scholarships, or simply be given the opportunity to play in college. But if a student doesn’t earn one of those rare spots on the high school varsity squad, they lose the opportunity for exposure and the opportunity to play.
You could have greater opportunities to progress to a college team and possibly earn an athletic scholarship. Faith Lutheran students who were told in their 8-10th grade years at a large high school that they could not play, have come to FLHS, earned a starting position on the team and been recruited by small colleges.
At a small school like Faith Lutheran, students have far greater playing opportunities on ALL of our competitive IHSA 1A teams. If you have competed in club sports or a travel team, there is a high probability that you will be playing; not sitting during games for all four years. Support players at large schools can be star players at a small school like Faith Lutheran. There is a great advantage to playing on a varsity squad (even in division 1A) for multiple years instead of 1-2 years. More play time means more experience and the ability to compile higher statistics that catch the attention of college recruiters and coaches.