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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 3:55 p.m. MST

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JSB
Sugar City, ID

Why is any tax money being spent on football travel? Or on any sports travel for that matter. Participation in football is not a good predictor of long term success for the student participant. If a school wants to participate in inter-school athletics, then the school should come up with the money through donations, fund raisers and gate receipts to pay for it. But spending education taxpayer dollars on athletics while our classes are overcrowded and teachers underpaid is ridiculous. If you want to play football or watch football, then pay for it. Don't compromise elementary students' education so that some people can get some temporary athletic glory.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

Welcome to the world of small school sports. Here's the deal...the small rural schools with small budgets have been paying those cost for years. Now the schools that actually have money are griping?

Sorry if I can't sympathize.

Of course, the problem is NOT the 6 classifications, it is the way the regions were split up. If the state divided up 3AA like it does 1A, with 5-6 teams in one region, and 8 or 9 in another, the travel would be a non issue.

Of course then, we could all gripe about how unfair the regions and state berth allocations would be. But then 1A has been complaining about that for decades, but no one cares until a big school with some political clout gets upset.

Justmythoughts
Provo, UT

I agree with my friend from Duchesne. In 2A for example. North Sevier makes a four hour trip to San Juan that is in the same region, while Gunnison, 13 miles away is in a different region. STUPID.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

They act like this is a surprise. Like they did not expect this to happen. These classifications are all skewed anyway, so why not skew it a bit more to make traveling easy and cost friendly on the schools. But Payson did their part in playing their non-conf close with Spanish Fork, Salem Hills, and Provo. Bear River was a bit of a stretch but you have got to give them one. They wanted to play another 3AA school, they are surrounded by 4A. But they did do a lot of windshield time for a 1-9 record. Break up the regions to accommodate the travel and go to a seeding system for the playoffs like every other state. Then the teams who deserve to be there are there, not just because they were number four in their region with a 2-3 Region and 4-6 overall gets in while a 3-3, and 6-4 overall has to stay home. Put some effort into it UHSAA and do what is right for your budgets and the kids.

Disgruntled
Nephi, UT

The real question is why is Payson 3AA in football and 3A in other sports instead of being in 4A like the numerous schools within in a few miles of them with very similar student numbers.(Spanish Fork, Maple Mountain, Salem Hills, Springville, Provo) Not only would this save money in football avoiding trips to St. George, but also no trips to Richfield, Price, Mt. Pleasant etc. in other sports. Payson has nobody to blame but themselves for their increased costs due to their choice to remain 3A while those around them went 4A. Problem solved!

Me, Myself and I
The Promised Land, UT

Another problem is moving schools into different classifications based on competitiveness for example Canyon View. The UHSAA needs to stop listening to schools cry about "its not fair" and set their classification numbers based solely on enrollment. No more schools in split classifications etc. As far as travel expenses go I'm 100% with Rural sport fan small schools in rural communities have been dealing with this for years so it's hard to feel sorry for a school who is use to their longest road trip being an hour now having to travel 3 1/2. Lastly JSB there have been plenty of studies that prove that participation in sports and other extra-curricular activities does contribute to the overall success of students, especially in their high school years.

ummmm
utah, UT

JSB, look at the GPA of the student athletes.... That will awnser your question. Students who are involved are more likely to excel in the classroom and life. Google that.....

Blue and White
Provo, UT

I remember sitting through a six hour, (one way) trip to Monticello for region before they dropped to 1A .( our school actually did do fund raisers to help with costs). Also, the communities are very tight knit, so it isn't unusual to receive generous donations from local businesses or alumni. Our closest trip was an hour drive, which interestingly enough was about how long it took to ride the bus to school after driving through the boonies to get everyone. In my opinion, please note the word OPINION , if larger schools want to cut costs then enforcing school boundaries might be something to look into. I understand that there are pros for selecting the school of choice and circumstances that make transferring schools better for students, but overall it probably has an influence on the new region alignment . I think the 3AA is a great way to level the playing field, but there needs to be a little more research on the options of making it work. Otherwise, as mentioned by others, big schools will need to tough it out like the smaller classifications.

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