T he issue of dual sport athletes came to the fore Monday night as the board of education again heard an appeal for changing the standing policy. Board members didn’t have a lot to say of the matter when senior Meghan O’Brien made her appeal. She made a pretty compelling case, certainly enough to sway those who already favor a practice allowed at other school in the area.
The schools of thought are thus: one says it’s good for athletics and only a few kids would have the skills both sports and time management-wise to be able to do this so why not allow it and let the chips falls where they may?
The other side of the coin and school of thought says this didn’t work when tried before and life is about making hard choices.
Both present compelling arguments, so where do all of the blog readers out there come down on this issue?
They let the kids decide and if they can do it, let them do it?
Is this a case where harsh adult lessons need to be learned now?
What of the effect on the sports programs? Some will recall it was a dual sport athlete soccer and football who put Granville out of the Sectionals in (what?) 2005. One change that would have to be allowed, which must have already happened at other schools where this is allowed, is providing a flexible practice schedule for the athletes.
From this seat it’s easy to see that certain sports don’t lend themselves to being ‘dual’ – soccer and golf in the fall seem to be much less compatible versus golf and, say, cross country. Pretty easy to make up running practices and golf is a sport where you show up with your skill set, it does not get built at practice.
So what do YOU think? Anyone? Bueller?