Savior or Satan.
That is how the school board will be perceived after tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting in the Juneau-Douglas High School library when the decision on middle school sports is exorcised.
Aside from rubbing my hands raw with rosary beads and tearing up my back with a hickory switch.... I can do nothing without answers and I can’t even get a call back from the superintendent.
I reach his “voice mail” and she asks me what the call is about and the message is passed on.
So my deductions are limited to talking to the types of people I met growing up, through sports travel.
They say the ripple effect from this decision will be felt across Southeast.
That Clubs and A.A.U. teams will be rampant during the school year.
The Anchorage School District went this route. They got rid of the middle school athlete.
Now they are scrambling to bring the jock back to aca-jock-demics.
There were rumors of bad things, things that go bump in the night.
Unsavory characters without the best interest of youth.
Yes, there are good people out there, too.
But travel without the oversight of being part of a school? During the school year?
What is going to stop a parental note from letting a straight A student head off to Vegas and come back with some bling?
The Juneau Christian Elite Sports Academy.
All home schooled.
All fund-raised travel and what is left over is building their own sports complex.
No coaching background checks.
Players getting per diem as they participate in Orlando or Las Vegas.
Registering at hotels under assumed names.
Hotel security keeping the under-13 groupies away.
Teams are feeder programs for high schools, as long as the high school season doesn’t interfere with a shoe contract obligation.
In 8-10 years an athlete files the first lawsuit.
In less time the first drug rehabilitation.
Okay, I am over dramatizing.
I do like most club teams; I just do not want to see a lack of middle school teams.
Juneau, you used to travel twice. I remember getting trounced twice, once here and once under the failed protection of the god Thor in Petersburg.
Unlike high schools, which have athletic directors, middle school principals and vice principals across Southeast should all get together and decide on two tournaments per sport per year.
Send an A team to both tournaments and a B team to one. At home tourneys everybody competes.
If we could simply get a Southeast school district conversation going.
They throw those numbers at us.
Oh, yeah! I have some numbers!
A superintendent/unit manager of the Johnson Youth Center told me that in his 13-year career, 3,217 kids were locked up and not one was an active participant of team sports.
The ripple effect from tonight’s decision will be felt across Southeast.
But what do I know?
Praise the Lord; I can’t even get a call back.
Note: The second and final reading of the policy concerning middle school sports travel will be at the Juneau School Board meeting tonight in the JDHS library at 6 p.m.