I’m curious about how various small boarding schools handle the ebb and flow of the sports talent pool with regard to maintaining a JV team or not. I would think this would be an issue that would come up almost every year at smaller schools, and I’m curious what the best practices seem to be.
(If you know me in real life, feel free to comment, but keep this question for us, and not our kids.)
I understand why a small school might temporarily decide to stop supporting a full JV program, if they don’t have enough talent to support that one year (or even several years in a row). But then what happens when there is too much talent to let every capable player make varsity? Are those intermediate players just out of luck? Do schools re-instill a JV program for that year? (that seems logistically tricky given league play is probably figured out in advance?). Do they add a few extra players to the varsity team, knowing that the younger players might be benched a lot?
(And yes, it doesn’t take a genius to put together the facts that my kid was edged out of a spot on the varsity team, and was told that the JV team won’t be playing this year, or even training the full term. It will be a developmental experience intended for novices. Unfortunately, we did not know this when we made our school list, as the JV team is a competing team on the website, and the sport came up in a million different ways during interviews, essays, etc. as the top extracurricular. But I digress into being annoyed, which isn’t my purpose. I really want to understand how schools handle this ebb and flow, outside of just brushing the handful of experienced freshman aside and saying Oh well next year. Surely there is a better plan than forcing them to miss a quarter of their high school sports experience of something they love more than air?)