RIIL may move golf to fall
New England Council might force league’s hand
WARWICK – The New England Council that’s in charge of high school athletics recently voted to move the New England golf championships from the spring to the fall season beginning in 2019.
As of right now, Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only two New England states that stage their golf season in the spring. Connecticut has already gone on the record in saying that they’re looking to comply with what’s coming down the pike. Whether Rhode Island follows suit was a matter that was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics.
Even before the New England Council decreed that the regional golf championship would be shifted to the fall, the RIIL examined the possibility of moving away from the spring season. The biggest roadblock was the availability of the golf courses, as they’re more easily accessible during the cold and rainy spring season rather than September and October, two months known for being more forgiving weather-wise.
A move to fall golf would probably be most appreciated by the players who would have all summer to fine-tune their games heading into the season. Yet if the RIIL opts to keep its golf season in the spring once the New England Championship is adjusted to the fall, that would mean the seniors from the previous year wouldn’t be eligible.
Taking that into account plus the direction that Connecticut is trending in, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Rhode Island once again revisit the possibility of holding the golf season in the fall.
“We need to react to this because they need to have the information regarding, ‘How’s this going to work for our kids?’” said Mike Lunney, RIIL assistant executive director.
Moving the New Englands to the fall will also result in some schedule tweaking on the part of Massachusetts, which holds district and state meets. As Lunney noted, it would behoove all parties involved if the New Englands took place before the calendar flips to November.
• In response to the current competitive cheerleading model trending in a more expensive direction that has resulted in declining participation, the RIIL is strongly considering a program called Gameday that could take effect as soon as this year. Gameday cheerleading would be strictly based on performances and routines that are typically seen during timeouts and halftimes of basketball games.
The New England Council is also examining the possibility of a Gameday regional cheerleading competition.
• The PCOA unanimously approved a waiver request by Blackstone Valley Prep that, effective immediately, would lower the alternative education athletic participation number from 400 students to 350 which school officials made quite clear that it has no plans to exceed that enrollment figure. In the Interscholastic League, B.V. Prep competes in boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball, and girls basketball.
After the New England Council moved its golf tournament to fall, the RIIL is contemplating moving the sport from spring to fall.