The controversial resolution of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Board of Managers to create a three-season scheduling construction for preparatory sports activities this spring, a mannequin that drew the ire of some athletes and fogeys, will stay in place. mentioned the board at a particular occasion. assembly on Tuesday.
The assembly was known as to deal with numerous points with the league’s resolution to interchange the California Interscholastic Federation’s two-season format with the three-season mannequin, a choice made by the league’s athletic administrators to permit as many as doable. of athletes, each frosh-soph and varsity, a possibility to carry out.
The league contains Mountain View and Los Altos excessive colleges.
Charlie Goldberg, father of a Palo Alto Excessive College baseball participant, filed a criticism that the board had violated the state’s Brown Regulation, which regulates public gatherings. He alleged that the league didn’t permit sufficient time for public remark earlier than making its resolution. So, on Tuesday, the board heard public remark throughout the first hour of the assembly.
Objections to the three-season mannequin have been raised primarily by athletes, coaches, and fogeys of conventional spring sports activities, who noticed their seasons worn out final March as a result of coronavirus. Objections have been additionally raised to the league’s resolution to not take part within the Central Coast Part or CIF playoffs, ought to they happen.
“Everyone misplaced rather a lot; the spring athletes misplaced much more,” mentioned Paly baseball participant Colin Thibault. “It is solely honest that we’ve got as lengthy a season as doable. Senior season in highschool produces recollections you simply cannot replicate. Shedding our junior and senior years shouldn’t be proper.”
Season three sports activities (baseball, softball, observe, basketball, wrestling, water polo, lacrosse, males’s volleyball, males’s golf, males’s tennis, and gymnastics) acquired a five-week window for competitors, April 19 via Could 28, which is a large discount from the traditional 4 months of spring sports activities.
“Is it a shorter season? Sure, however on the finish of the day we try to protect all sports activities, not one on the expense of one other,” mentioned Palo Alto Athletic Director Nelson Gifford.
Season 2 sports activities (soccer, soccer, ladies’s volleyball, badminton, aggressive cheer, and subject hockey) got March 15 because the competitors begin date. One complicating issue is that soccer, soccer, ladies’s volleyball, and badminton are solely allowed if a county is on the state’s orange tier. Santa Clara County is presently on the most restrictive purple tier and can most probably not attain the orange tier by March 29, the league’s cancellation date for season 2 sports activities. If these sports activities are canceled , the season three sports activities begin date could possibly be moved ahead.
Season 1 sports activities (cross nation, swimming and diving, ladies’s golf and ladies’s tennis, sports activities that may take part whereas the purple stage is in impact) acquired a contest begin date of February 15. The video games had been scheduled for that date after which suspended till the board of administrators assembly. Season 1 sports activities at the moment are given the go-ahead to proceed their schedules, which run via March 26.
As a number of directors identified on the assembly, overlapping seasons is unfeasible because of a number of components: shared use of the restricted services accessible, folks coaching a number of sports activities, and a ban on athletes from taking part in multiple sport on the similar time.
The board postponed dialogue about the potential of league groups collaborating within the CCS playoffs till the following assembly, which can happen on March four at 9 a.m. As Commissioner Brad Metheany identified, seven to 10 days have to be blocked for groups to take part within the playoffs part. If 5 of the league’s 14 groups in a given sport qualify for the playoffs, that may imply the opposite 9 varsity groups could be inactive, in addition to the lower-tier frosh-soph groups. One doable resolution could be to improve the Season three schedules to an earlier begin date.
The CCS has already canceled the playoffs for all sports activities from season 1, in addition to soccer, ladies’s volleyball, subject hockey and the aggressive cheer of season 2 and water polo from season three. The neighboring North Coast Part has canceled each playoff within the part.
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