RIIL may move golf to fall

New Eng­land Coun­cil might force league’s hand

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By BREN­DAN McGAIR bm­c­gair@paw­tuck­et­times.com

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.

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Af­ter the New Eng­land Coun­cil moved its golf tour­na­ment to fall, the RIIL is con­tem­plat­ing mov­ing the sport from spring to fall.

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