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Basketball game time controversy

October 14, 2012 - Burt Angeli
There seems to be a problem in the Lansing area when girls and boys basketball games are played in the Lansing area.

This is from Tom Hursey, executive director of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan:

“You would think by now that all the problems that resulted from the girls’ season moving to the winter would be resolved. Living in the Lansing area has me following some of the local teams.

The Capital Area Athletic Conference (CAAC) is made up of 26 schools of varying size. Several years ago they were almost forced into accepting a deal with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

That deal had the girls’ basketball games playing after the boys’ games on Friday nights on an alternate yearly basis.

Tim Staudt, Lansing sportswriter, summed it up in a recent Lansing State Journal article this way: “The deal has cost the CAAC thousands of dollars in ticket sales and, of course, the few who instigated the complaints are clueless about the working of high school athletics.”

In listening to Lansing area girls’ coaches, they are not happy with the girls playing second on Friday nights. Why? Because in most cases the gym empties out after the boys’ game. The players would much rather play first and have the crowd witness the end of their game.

If a survey was taken, my guess would be a vast majority of girls’ coaches, players and administrators would favor the girls playing the first game. Just like the ruling that moved the girls to the winter season, common sense does not enter into this situation.

As for the Iron Mountain area, I haven't heard of any problems. Girls and boys games alternate Thursday-Friday dates. Only Iron Mountain-Norway and some Wisconsin schools play both girls and boys varsity games on the same night.

 
 
 

 

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