Mr. Show had a great sketch about these two loser basketball scouts who went around the country recruiting 5 year olds for college ball. Of course, it was the complete absurdity of the notion that made it funny.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.