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Monday, December 05, 2011

Gunn's Robinson qualifies for nationals, but can't run

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can she compete on a club team and her school at the same time? Last I heard clubs were not allowed to be in season during soccer season.

So is she giving up her school season eligibility?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like she is competing on a national team, not a club team. I believe national teams are exempt from the CIF rule.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it says in the article that it's a training camp, so whatever CIF rules might be potentially applicable for competition might not apply (I am not familiar with the rules).

Albert Caruana said...

I am not very familiar with the club/high school soccer rules as well but I am fairly certain Sarah's participation is following the CIF rules.

From what I know, students can't participate in club soccer while participation for a school team. I am not sure how athletes who participate in soccer during the fall and spring circumvent that rule.

Anonymous said...

I admire the fact that she made a commitment to her team and stuck with it. That is very mature and shows dedication. I wish her luck in her tourney. Congratuations on your run at Mt Sac. It takes guts to not go to the premier cross country event of the year where you are treated like a queen. The best Hotel, flights, meals, gifts, national attention and streaming video of the race. It is a lot to give up, especially, when next year is not an automatic entry.

Anonymous said...

Please note that this is not a club team commitment, but rather a commitment to the national team.

Anonymous said...

It is practice... She gave up Footlocker nationals for soccer practice? I don't get it.

I read Ernie's post on letsrun and I understand Robinson's decision. She likes soccer more. But that said, the soccer coach could give up one week of practice so the girl could run in the biggest high school event in the U.S.

There is no game conflict here... just practice. Come on now soccer coach, think of the kids for once.

Anonymous said...

It is a training camp for the national team. There is a FIFA World Cup next year for U17s and these week-long training camps are essentially team tryouts. There are about 50 athletes in the player pool, but only about 25 get selected to actually compete in the World Cup. Because athletes come from all over the country, they only happen every few months.

Peter Brewer said...

Once again the soccer world completely disregards anything else. This is yet another example of the disdainful chauvinism that the age-group soccer world is rife with. While the particulars of this case demonstrate an truly superior athlete with multiple tugs on her talent, there is no overlooking the overwhelming preponderance of cases of soccer treating all other high school sports (even high school soccer) like leftover diapers. Overcharge the parents, hire some "trainer" with an English accent, and promise an Olympic berth (or failing that, the full college scholarship), and you've got 5,000 girls lined up to be be cut from your team. Excuse me while I become quietly nauseous.

Anonymous said...

it isn't practice, or a club team...its a camp! not like a summer camp, but a camp that selects the best players and puts them on the national u17 team. shes only a sophomore, and from what i've read, seems to have a lot of untapped talent in running, but maybe is closer to being successful in soccer. i don't know if this is the way to put it, but would you rather qualify for footlocker nationals, or the us national junior xc team...which has more prestige? which gives you more respect? personally i think representing your country is definitely better.

Anonymous said...

Let's leave this very talented girl alone. It was her decision and she is following her passion. She is only a sophomore and she can do what she loves.

Ray said...

From what the articles says that the camp starts on Saturday.Why couldn't she run footlocker that morning and miss a few hours of soccer?

Ernest Lee said...

"Why couldn't she run footlocker that morning and miss a few hours of soccer?"

In order to participate in the Footlocker Finals, the athletes are required to attend all Footlocker activities through the Sunday after the race. The Footlocker folks were very specific in that Sarah would not be allowed to depart immediately following the race.

Anonymous said...

I think discussion of the matter is apriopriate. No one is criticizing her choice or the girl, more so the world of soccer and people who think that is is all about them and require an all or nothing.

She would not be less of a soccer player for running. Let the girl run.

This situation keeps even worse. First FL should have allowed her to leave after the race. Secondly soccer camp should have let her miss Saturday and show up on Sunday.

This is just crazy.

Anonymous said...

Ok, she made her Decision, let's get over all this and Move on and let's talk about the 3 girls that qualified for CCS even though Two are racing and wish Sarah the Best of Luck also, regardless of how deep it is and Two National Championships one Team one Individual, CCS still had 3 Qualifiers a section that does not ever get the recgnition it deserves! it's starting to look like we are going back into time back into the late 90'2 and early 2000's with such great depth in Talent! I for onece can't wait for Track this Spring and watch some amazing times on Both Boys and Girls side! This could be CCS Greatest year Ever coming ahead!