Though Brinkley also believes in making his program attractive for the young players, he doesn’t turn away youth football.
“We certainly want to support youth football,” said Brinkley, who is entering his 24th season with the Sailors. “Those guys do a great job ... Realistically for us, we hope that the district has that our school will become open for eighth graders.”
Brinkley, who said he is more than willing to also advise youth football coaches, is also hopeful for other things for his program. The main hope: a new artificial turf at Davidson Field.
“Someday when they turf the field, hopefully we can get [the Seahawks] over there, at least playing at our school,” he said.
Having a strong relationship with the nearest youth football program certainly doesn’t hurt, but again, it takes a community.
I’ll tell you this, it doesn’t hurt that Estancia has a new football stadium. Just in its second year, Jim Scott Stadium has been a strong source in helping keep the young players here. The results are yet to be seen, but there has been progress already.
It may only seem like it’s just turf, but it goes a long way.
This is why Davidson Field needs new turf, the modern kind, the good stuff. It’s long overdue.
Newport Harbor has a solid program and it competes in the Pac-5 Division. But there are steps the school must take if it’s ever going to consistently compete in the CIF Southern Section’s top division.
It seems as if all the other pieces are in place: a coach who has built a strong tradition at the school, great support from the community and the school is in an affluent area.
Newport Harbor wouldn’t be the only school using the field. Corona del Mar would be there too.
I understand that it wouldn’t totally keep players from leaving the area and going to a different school. But it would at least make for a stronger option than the one available now.