Decisions - and More Decisions
The end of the school year and with it brings the closure of another sports season - but things aren't entirely quiet.
There is the annual shuffle of teachers, many who happen to be coaches, transferring to other schools. Lots of chatter that some schools are talking about curtailing inter-school sports, even intramural ones too.
This is the time of the year when coaches have been gathering for annual meetings too - where they get an opportunity to bid their farewells to those retiring or whatever, get praise for their voluntary time with students, sample the school politics and even get to snoop around and see what changes are coming.
Some of those meetings are about as exciting as watching glue dry. Others, well, just a bit better. At the Toronto District School Board coaches association gathering, one of the hot topics was the annual discussion of age classifications for sports competition. Coaches voted to keep things status quo, which is different from OFSAA. A big concern is not penalizing students who are new to the country or have been held back for significant issues.
In Durham, could be some fireworks that might have a huge impact on school sports. For instance, the athletic association wants all games to start after 2 p.m. because of concerns over teacher coverage. Yet, some teachers are already complaining about late return times.
People in the Durham Catholic Board are also sending a few strong messages. Here's one: that it may not pay for supply teachers while other teachers are supervising teams at tournament and exhibtion games. A suggestion - get ready for this - passing the cost of about $220 a day per teacher on to the players. Parents might have a few choice words about that.
And, there's more.
It appears that buses are the way for transportation for all Durham Catholic students. Liability is the big word. As explained to me, all teams must travel by bus - even a golf team with four players. If a parent is available, that parent can only drive his/her kid. Students may not drive other students. Coaches can not drive students. And I haven't even got to the athletic associations in Peel, York or Halton.