Parents of some high school athletes don't like a policy that places traditionally spring sports on a summer schedule.
The parents, who have students involved in baseball, girls' softball and track, told Juab School District School Board members they do not want those sports to be scheduled in the summer.The Utah High School Activities Association has already approved the recommendation by Region 9 and Region 10 to schedule the traditionally spring sports for the summer following the 1991-92 school year.
The program has already been modified, said Superintendent Kirk Wright. Because of problems in scheduling baseball fields for the summertime, the date had been moved back to June 6 for the regional playoffs. "Most teams will be through by May 23," said Wright.
As originally proposed, the season for the sports would have lasted well into the summer.
Brenda Newton, spokeswoman for the group, said asking Region 9 and 10, both 2-A regions, to schedule those sports for the summer instead of the spring was unfair to students, coaches and parents.
"You are discriminating against some students," said Newton. Students' summer jobs were in jeopardy, she said.
Newton said when she called the schools in Region 9 to ask if coaches and parents supported the change,she was told that Juab School District started the process.
"Juab is being blamed," said Newton.
In March the Juab principals voted to support moving spring activities to the summer.
"We wanted to run the activities but protect the school day," said Wright.
Newton said most coaches she telephoned did not favor the move. Asking coaches to give up summer employment in order to coach was too much to expect, she said.
Parents at the meeting were concerned that they weren't told of the decision to reschedule the sports until after the fact.
Debbie Carter said parents were unaware of the proposal. It was a problem throughout the region, she said. "Nobody knew what was being done."
Teachers also had a voice in the decision, said Leon Pexton, board president. "There was no great outcry (against the proposal). There were some concerns."
Travel was another consideration, said Wright. In some large districts athletes could leave school in the late afternoon or after school was out, travel the short distance to the rival school, play the game and be home shortly after the game ended.