SCC Reconsider Postponing MIAA Approved Fall Sports

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Lauren Rothwell
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     The South Coast Conference decided to postpone all fall sports to the Fall II season, proposed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association from February 22 to April 25. These sports include those that have been approved and modified, such as field hockey, girls’ and boys’ soccer, golf, and cross country. The MIAA developed a COVID-19 task force that consisted of Athletic Directors throughout the state. They worked with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop modifications to athletics to make play safe. These modifications were aligned with the guidelines put forth by Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH). (http://www.miaa.net/contentm/easy_pages/view.php?sid=38&page_id=317

      The experts are discredited by the SCC’s decision to postpone MIAA-approved fall sports because of the optics that schools are not open. Boston Herald report, Matt Feld, said on his Twitter, “The SCC stated that the biggest challenge was that half of the conference is set to start remote and that they didn’t feel comfortable allowing athletics to start before getting kids back in the building." However, this contradicts the statement made by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, “We decided it would not be right to punish the kids for the unwillingness of the adults in their district to do the hard work of getting the kids back to school . . . when these kids are going to be alone and isolated in their room for 6,7,8 hours a day, this might be the only opportunity that they will have to have in-person contact with a mentor, in a coach, or with their friends, to get out of their house to get some fresh air and be a part of a team.” (https://www.wpri.com/health/coronavirus/school-updates/gov-raimondo-school-readiness-update-sept-4/ 

     The entire SCC conference falls in the gray, green, and yellow zones, meaning they are allowed to have a season. No town exceeds four to eight cases per one hundred thousand persons. (https://www.mass.gov

     It is, also, unrealistic that the South Coast Conference would be able to play in the Fall II season, due to the lack of turf fields. The grass fields would be covered in snow or thawing. Thus, it would be susceptible to destruction by cleats and sticks. Somerset Berkley Regional High School and Greater New Bedford Vocational High School are the only schools in the conference with turf fields. The football, girls’ and boys’ soccer, and field hockey teams would be competing for time on the turf fields. Therefore, the delay of MIAA-approved sports would cause unnecessary problems for athletes that could result in less of a season. 

      There is no reason that cross country, golf, field hockey, and girls’ and boy’s soccer can not play in the fall. Please sign the petition to get the superintendents of each of the SCC member schools to reconsider their decision to postpone MIAA-approved fall sports!