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January 9, 2014

Rick Teverbaugh: Silly school rule hurts prep sports

For the third time the Madison County basketball tournament has been pushed back.

I am tempted now to tell you when it is scheduled to start, but I am not going to do that.

Certainly a couple of county athletic directors have taken time out of their busy and disrupted schedules to give me that information. So why am I not passing it on? Because I have no confidence this newest revision will actually take place.

The roads are a mess. I get that. No evening this week has been fit and safe for the players and fans to go to games. I am not calling into question why none of these games have yet been played.

What I don't and have never understood is why some school systems have a rule that if there is no school, there can be no games. That is purely wrong-headed thinking. Why are the two connected?

Is it intended to punish the student/athletes for not spending the time in school?

My point is that Wednesday afternoon isn't a good time to make a decision about what the weather and road conditions will or won't allow on Thursday night. Certainly it is a good time to make a decision on schools for the following morning. Nobody wants school officials to make a decision about school on Thursday on Thursday morning.

But how much could road conditions and weather change between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.?

To me the system of no school, no sports makes no sense and I'll give an example of why.

What if school started in the morning under ideal winter weather conditions — no snow or ice on the roads and moderate temperatures. During the afternoon a huge storm blows in, first putting a sheet of ice down on the roads and then coating them with snow. Temperatures drop like a rock.

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