It is both surprising and disappointing the seemingly lack of interest among those who post here concerning the recent flap about possible use of steroids among high school athletes.
There has been talk for several years about testing high school athletes for drug abuse, but lately the focus seems to have shifted, however slightly, to steroids.
Testing high school athletes for steroids? Good idea or an infringement of privacy?
Or is it all really just much ado about little?
How about high school representatives recruiting eighth-grade athletes?
Or college coaches placing a claim, however vaguely, on middleschool standouts?
Perhaps such action might encourage the student/athlete who is borderline academically to approach his or her studies with a new interest and renewed vigor.
Aside from minor downsides that could involve potential for negative attitude swings, in reality is it really necessary to mess with their heads at such an early stage of their career, especially considering it is a nonbinding situation?
How about just dropping by to watch and enjoy their talent and showing some sensitivity — and patience.