The small goals are gone: What are we going to do?

Drove by Vandalia Elementary School today, on the way in and saw that the small goals are gone…..They have taken down the short/8-foot basketball goals and replaced them with a new piece of playground equipment….

This was the court to go to if you wanted to work on your short game….A great place to develop your left-handed shot, on those shorter goals…..

The Goals are Gone!!!!! I you bet that people drove from all over town, to dunk on those goals….I even remember the times that I dunked on those goals, but now they are just a piece of Vandalia Road history….

I remember when kids from the area schools would go up there before their afternoon practices would get going each day and get up a quick pick-up game on the courts at Vandalia Elementary….It might have been a group from Southeast Guilford or players from nearby Vandalia Christian, but you would find them prior to practice on that court with the short/small goals at Vandalia Elementary….You also might see them come limping into practice with a sprained ankle, from jumping above and beyond those short goals at Vandalia Elementary….

You used to see people come from miles around, to play basketball on the Vandalia Elementary courts and now those days will just be memories that fade into the Fall sunsets……..

The goals are gone, “Long Live Those 8-foot Goals That Everybody Used To Dunk On”……


  1. Taking up goals at the schools and parks are partly why you see a decline in skilled youths around the county. I was recently at a tryout and saw over 40 kids in the gym. About 5 could actually play!!! I remember about 6 or 7 years ago during the same tryouts, you would see about 75 kids and it would be some battles on the court. Check out the sorry middle school basketball games this year. They actually have a 5th quarter! Are you serious? I am talking about the Juniors now in High School down to the Freshman. It has been a steady decline in the quality of skilled basketball (boys) players in the county. What is going on!!!!

  2. what memories!! i remember those goals, we used to go by there every sat. night back in the late 80’s when i was at SE high school, before we went out to the mall or high point rd. then we would go back on Sun. around 1 to play pick up games all day. Sat. night was just for dunkin.. Sun was the game day.

  3. I kinda agree with the fact that it’s taken the level of play down a notch. I watched a few games last year with the little fellows and saw that at the start of the game, they line the guys up at the foul line and everyone takes a chance to shoot and if they score, that’s a point for their team. I asked someone why do they do that and the response was so that each team has a chance to score uncontested. WTH???


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