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Join New North Jr. Knights and Cheer Program

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center.

The new North Jr. Knights Football and Cheer program is having an informational meeting for parents and players at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center at 2007 Civic Center Way.

This program will serve as feeder program for Grayslake North High School.

More information can be found at www.NorthJrKnights.com.

Feeder programs are supported but not sponsored by District 127. This is an independent program that is not financially funded by the distict.

Sunshine February 21, 2013 at 04:38 AM
I can tell you 100% that what he heard was NOT fact. I wish the Colts would stop spreading such lies and propaganda!
GoJr.Knights February 24, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I think that it's very sad that grown adults act like three year olds. If you're so worried about why your players are leaving to go to the Jr. Knights, take a look in the mirror because you're obviously doing something to encourage the switch. Worry about yourselves and prove to your players that you don't need rumors and lies to keep your program going.
Ed Brown February 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM
It is about boundary control. When timberwolves came into the TCYFL they were pulling kids from all over the area which took kids from Round Lake HS, Grant HS, Antioch HS and Grayslake HS in addition to Lake Villa HS. Their acceptance into TCYFL was based on mutual boundary guidelines. These were difficult concepts for timberwolves to accept and they refused to draw the lines at the high school boundaries as was the recommendation from Grayslake Colts. Those boundary meetings were with the same guys creating this new league; the same guys who were against following simple boundary guideline in their old league. So here are where the difficulties will be because the timberwolves will continue to use Lake Villa D41 boundaries. Colts will continue to use D46 boundaries as agreed through TCYFL. The Jr. Knights will try to take a slice out of both elementary districts and all three programs will have diminished kids playing and what will it look like? Disinterested kids who find they cannot compete at at competitive level against other community programs which will hurt the high school programs and we only need to look at Round Lake HS program to see what happens when you have boundary problems and a weak 'feeder' program. 1/3 may play for TCYFL - Timberwolves 1/3 may play for TCYFL - Colts 1/3 may play for IYFL - Knights And that is the kids that would go to GNHS. Long road ahead and the high schools will see the results in 5 years.
Jerry Pech February 27, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Ed you conveniently leave out feeder programs at Cary Grove, Prairie Ridge, Jacobs, and coming next year separate feeder programs both Crystal Lake High Schools. OF the 14 teams in the FVC, 11 currently have feeder programs like we are building. Only the 2 D127 schools and Woodstock HS do not. I am not sure how close you follow HS football, but CG who has had a direct feeder program for some time is pretty successful year in and year out, regardless of whether or not they have a stud player. The years leading up to the arrival and immediately following Valdivia how successful was the GCHS program? Only time will tell how GNHS will fare without Fish. Another example conveniently left out of your argument. If the RLHS example is the best you can do, then the Colts irrational fear is based on the exception and not the rule. Quite frankly I do not understand why the Colts don't try to become a direct feeder for GCHS and the Twolves for Lakes. BTW having teams aligned with a local HS solves your boundary issue. Finally, your thinly veiled personal attack on my fellow Jr Knights is at least not done anonymously like fellow Colt member "T W Coach", but just like T W, it is without merit
Ed Brown February 27, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Thank you Jerry for your feedback. I was presenting a fair assessment of the boundary concerns from that point in time. It translates to the demographic sustainability. I don’t know what the magic number of student to football player ratio is for a sustainable program other than what exists today. I believe a youth program needs a balance of development and competitive purpose or the program does a disservice to the community and the athletes. That means programs need to support for good balance and growth two teams at each level heavy weight and light weight and based on junior/senior student body numbers – these are the current student/player ratios: Prairie Ridge – 19% Cary Grove – 18% Jacobs – 14% Crystal Lake (South/Central) – 9% • Crystal Lake Central – 20% • Crystal Lake South – 17% Lake Villa – 23% Grayslake Central – 23% Grayslake North – 21% Woodstock feeder – 17% • Woodstock HS – 33% • Woodstock North – 35% Crystal Lake splitting into two programs should be sustainable; Woodstock ratio seems too high and but has not been tested. Boundary control will not likely be achieved since Jr. Knights didn’t apply to the TCYFL where it would best monitor and controlled. So here is what I see the student-player ratio to be for these three programs: Timberwolves – 17% Colts – 17% Jr. Knights – 62% That is my assessment – time will tell but that will take 3—8 years. I am glad there are passionate people with kids in mind.

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