The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 23, 2014

Pick 3: Our thoughts on topics impacting the games we love



3. Should West Virginia counties have a no school-no play rule for holding athletic events on snow days?

: I have mixed feelings on this. If the weather is such that students can’t get to school for history, science and math, should they really be there for basketball or cheerleading?

I understand administrators’ reluctance to approve games or practices in such a situation.

On the other hand, the weather can greatly change from 7 a.m., when decisions have to be made about school, to 7 p.m., when many athletic events are scheduled. I understand why coaches get frustrated when they can’t practice but look out their windows and see nothing but yellow lines on the roads.

For that reason, I don’t think there should be an unbreakable rule in place. But the coaches shouldn’t be the ones making the decisions. Their desire to get in games or practices should get in the way of making the best decisions for their athletes. Therefore, it should be an administrator — a principal or a superintendent — who makes the final call.

JDR: When snow creates havoc and school is canceled, it sends those of us who make a living covering prep sports scrambling to find stories, schedule make-up dates and rearrange schedules to make sure that we provide the best coverage possible.

But sports is, and should always be, secondary to safety.

If there is no school, there should be no games played. Period.

At the end of the day, it’s about the kids. When I hear stories of teenagers around the country being injured or worse in car accidents due to weather, my heart breaks. When I think that we would possibly subject our own kids to that same fate, just to watch them put a ball in a hoop, I cringe.

Don’t get me wrong, I love sports. I love the excitement of going to the gyms and hearing the crowd and getting (normally) the best seat in the house for the biggest games. But I know that sports are just a small part of life and we must do what we can to protect that life from needless pain.

If the roads are too bad to reward those who are thriving academically, then they are also too bad to reward those who are thriving athletically.

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