RI Interscholastic League Denies Cranston Sport Consolidation
Those who read my previous post regarding Cranston’s attempt to help relieve their budgetary woes by combining various school sports programs from their two high schools via a waiver application to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League won’t be surprised to read that I think the RI Interscholastic League got it right:
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League Principals Committee on Athletics has denied the Cranston School Department’s request for an eligibility waiver that would have allowed the consolidation of teams at the city’s two high schools.
The committee voted 10-0 Wednesday to deny the request to allowed the city to field co-operative teams in 16 sports. There was one abstention.
As a result, plans to eliminate freshman football, basketball and baseball; girls and boys indoor track and tennis and co-ed golf at Cranston High School East and Cranston High School West will proceed. The School Committee has already voted to eliminate those sports for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Interscholastic League, said the co-op rule is intended to increase opportunities to participate. In Cranston’s case it would limit opportunities, he said.
The committee does not want students “to bear the burden of financial problems” in the community, he added.
Mezzanotte’s reasoning is completely correct and Cranston shouldn’t have been–and wasn’t able–to use the RIIL as an escape hatch for that city’s budgetary problems. I expect that some parents and students will step up to try to save their teams. Whether they raise money on their own or take it to the school committee or city council is up to them.