Football a step closer for Charter School?

By Roger LaLonde


Is the Marco Island Charter Middle School moving a step closer to having a football team with tryouts on Thursday at the school?

Candidates will have their fist tryout, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the new site for football and soccer on school grounds.

Roger Rayonnd, the school’s athletic director, would not comment, only to say, “We are going to hold some tryouts to get a feel for this, starting on Thursday.”

An initial survey last week survey showed that 50 boys and 20 girls were interested in football. This group is expected to attend the tryout session. Kids in sixth through eighth grades are eligible.

Mike Vanderjagt, who is expected to be the head coach, said a number of the kids who have shown interest have experienced football through the Optimist football Eagles program.

The Optimist Club of Marco Island, whose football program is led by Ed Webb, said last week that the Optimists are not against the team formation.

Raymond said then that there are teams in a 45-minute radius that would be interested in playing the Eagles.

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freedomofspeech1 writes:

My question to the school is WHY????
What are they trying to accomplish? Who is driving this? I just dont see the incentive for the Middle School to do this? This is clearly driven to act as a "feeder" for the Charter High School so that they can "brainwash" the kids into going to the High School and play for Vandy. There is no reason for football to be played through Collier County Schools when there are far superior choices in the private sector such as the Optomist and Naples Football League.
There is a major conflict here and the principal of the Middle School needs to stop this!
20 girls are interested???HAHAH! This is going to be some team!

islandlover11 writes:

These same people in change of the football at MICMS are the folks that were with the Optimist and left and then decided to start something new in an effort to hurt the Optimist in some way.

I have spoke to Mr. Webb and he seems to have his plans together for this season but can't understand why like others the school wants to do this other than as a feeder team.

The folks that are involved at MICMS once coached the teams the Optimist now has, what message does this send to the kids that play for them. If you don't get your way take you ball and go home or start a new team. While I understand some folks don't like the Optimist the children always come first with them and since they have all the stuff in place why does the island need another team and at what cost is it coming at to the school leadership and who is paying for it.

If Roger Raymond wants to have football fine, but do not tear down a group to get it.

How can Vandy be head coach of 2 teams that are of different age groups?

Why do we always have to tear down one group on this island to get our way? Can we not think of who is benifiting (the kids) from the sports not the coaches.

If the MICMS team falls apart the Optimist will pick up the kids and dust them off and let them play football with them. I don't think the MICMS would do the same.

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