SSAC’s Bernie Dolan updates the standing of fall sports activities
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — SSAC Government Director Bernie Dolan up to date the standing of a number of points surrounding the autumn sports activities season in a wide-ranging interview on Citynet Statewide Sunday Sportsline.
Over the weekend, a major change to the earlier COVID protocols was introduced by the Governor’s workplace. Groups which can be within the orange class (no competitions allowed) on the protocols map can now not maintain sport-specific practices. They’ll solely participate in conditioning drills.
“We haven’t had a variety of dialogue about how that took place,” Dolan mentioned. “Definitely there’s a large distinction in our minds as to what constitutes conditioning and observe. For our children, observe is basically essential as you’re doing sport-specific expertise and coaching at that time. It’s a large change for us and our faculties.”
When the preliminary pointers relating to attendance at competitions have been introduced, it was said that these guidelines could possibly be checked out once more following week two of the season (which has simply handed). Dolan says the SSAC will quickly request to permit grandparents of athletes to attend video games.
“Anytime we make suggestions, there are a variety of people who need to log out on them — Clayton Burch, the Governor, Clay Marsh and the DHHR.
“We’re nonetheless gong to push for grandparents approaching. We expect we will deal with them within the capability of the stadium. It’s irritating that we will’t get issues beneath management to permit for folks to come back. However sooner or later, I wish to get to a degree the place it’s a proportion. That is extremely troublesome and difficult for our faculties to comply with these pointers and attempt to keep inside a household family.”
Competitions in all sports activities can solely be held for groups which can be within the inexperienced and yellow classes.
Minimal playoff necessities
Whereas some highschool soccer groups might be able to get an entire ten-game common season schedule in, others could be extraordinarily lucky at this level to play half a season. In a typical season, groups should play in a minimal of eight video games to be eligible for the playoffs. That requirement was waived this season. A brand new minimal variety of video games to qualify for the postseason will likely be mentioned by the SSAC this week.
“We’ve got a particular board assembly arising on Wednesday. That’s actually certainly one of our dialogue factors as to what’s the minimal quantity in soccer.
“We mentioned the minimal shouldn’t be going to be eight this yr. We didn’t need to put a quantity on it too quickly as a result of we weren’t positive the way it was going to play out. We actually assume we’ll get a quantity and it’ll in all probability be someplace within the 4 (recreation) vary, I hope.”
Dolan acknowledged that the playoff area could possibly be expanded, comparable to what’s happening in Ohio.
“It’s potential after we get right down to it that it could possibly be everyone seems to be in at this level, relying on what the calendar mentioned.”
Presently, Dolan didn’t assume delaying the Tremendous Six from its present date could be a great possibility.
“I feel that makes it more difficult. We’ve got had some good climate and a few unhealthy climate and I feel shifting it past that weekend (Dec. 4-5) makes it a problem. Climate-wise, you actually take a threat. We hope we will get in ten video games for most individuals.”
Postseason nears in highschool golf
The primary postseason competitions of the autumn start two weeks from right this moment (Sept. 28) with regional tournaments in highschool golf. People and groups can solely qualify for the state event based mostly on their efficiency within the regionals. If the present map and present insurance policies stay the identical, solely faculties and athletes in yellow and inexperienced counties would be capable to try and qualify for the state event.
“It will be very troublesome to permit one sport to compete in a county that’s orange or purple if we’re nonetheless beneath the identical steering which you could not compete. If they’re in orange or purple, I don’t assume they’re going to have the ability to compete at the moment.
“However as all the time, the Governor may change his steering as to what we’re doing. As we proceed discussions, possibly it could possibly be that in orange you possibly can take part in state championships and tournaments.”
Postseasons start in cross nation and soccer start in mid-October. Volleyball sectionals open in early-November.
Six-man or eight-man soccer?
In a non-COVID associated merchandise, Dolan addressed the potential of sponsoring six-man or eight-man soccer. Previously two seasons, Notre Dame, Parkersburg Catholic and Paden Metropolis have canceled seasons because of low numbers. Hannan has delayed the beginning of their season for a similar purpose.
“We’ve got permitted on the JV stage, six and eight-man soccer already. It is a chance for folks to play in conditions that they’ll’t provide you with the numbers. We’ve got checked out sponsoring six and eight however my goodness, the gap these groups must journey to get a schedule after we first checked out it was fairly massive.
“Our hope is they’ll use they eight-man soccer to attempt to hold extra youngsters concerned. It’s a lot simpler to take this system right down to eight and produce it again to eleven than it’s to cease it after which carry it again.”
Following the rules
Lastly, Dolan has heard the refrain of feedback that top faculty athletes are unfairly singled out by state protocols whereas school sports activities and youth sports activities proceed round West Virginia.
“Most likely essentially the most irritating half for me is that our communities are attempting. Individuals above us on the school stage are taking part in. Individuals beneath us, youth sports activities, are taking part in. Journey is taking part in. The one people who find themselves held out are the highschool and center faculties youngsters which can be really in packages which have precautions and pointers put in place.”