Utilize your resources

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:33 AM

Don't waste time. Don't waste money. Don't waste valuable resources. Make the most of what you have.

Those are all thing we tell ourselves on a regular basis. I bring this up because I'm a firm believer in making the most of what you have.

Earlier this month when it came time to decorate the newsroom for Christmas, we used every strand of lights we could find. When it comes to my sports coverage I take advantage of every resource I have. I don't have to tweet from football and basketball games, but I do because I can. I have a computer. I have internet access. I make the most of it because I can and it offers something to fans of Rutherford County sports.

I don't have to create videos every now and again, but I do. I don't have the best camera or the latest version of video software, but I use what I have and do the best I can.

Why would anyone not use what they have available to them in order to make their product better?

Anyways, I'm ranting about this because lately I've noticed a few things that truly puzzle me.

I see a handful of sports programs around the county that make the most of what they have. East Rutherford baseball for example, they have an incredible facility on campus that allows them to train throughout the year. And they use it. The same can go for R-S Central.

Now I understand that not every program around the county has the same backing as other higher profiles programs, but it's hard to argue against one that takes advantage of what they have. Now if certain high-quality facilities go unused for half of the year, that's when I get annoyed.

The first thing that comes to mind is something that's puzzled me since my first day on the job. Why do Chase and R-S Central's volleyball teams play in auxiliary gyms?

I just don't understand. The large gyms at both of these schools have volleyball courts outlined and holes for the net, but I've never seen a volleyball team play on those courts. The teams are relegated to the cave-like conditions of an auxiliary gym.

Volleyball and basketball seasons don't conflict. And I'm sure if you ask any player or coach, they would more than likely like to play in the big gym. Not only would it make the players feel like the program is more respected because they're given the opportunity to use the best playing surface, but visiting teams would look at the program differently.

I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but when I walk into a volleyball game in an actual gym with wooden floors and bleachers on both sides, I think that school takes its volleyball seriously. Auxiliary gyms are secondary locations that should be used for JV basketball games, not varsity level sports.

It just doesn't make sense to me to have a beautiful gym and leave it empty while there's team that could benefit from its use. The same could be said for wrestling.

And for selfish reasons, it would make for much better pictures.

But anyways, I know it isn't volleyball season anymore, but I needed to get that out.

I'll make a more relevant suggestion. Sweep the basketball court during halftime.

Not only is it a safety issue, but it improves the quality of the game on the court.

Throughout the game players are dripping sweat on the floor, dust and dirt is blowing into the gym, hair is falling out (gross but true) and countless other things compromise the playing surface.

I can't tell you how many games I've been to where by the end of the night, the varsity boys are slipping all over the place because the floor is so slick and covered with stuff that could easily be removed. Good footing could be the difference between a turnover, a fast-break bucket or a sprained ankle.

I'm sure every school has a wide push broom and someone willing to walk back and forth across the court for a simple, yet important task. Little things can make a big difference. Invest in your product and good things will happen.