Rain Continues To Mar School Sports

Image: The 2016 - 2017 school sports is expected to be exciting this time around. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

PERSISTENT heavy rain up to press time on Wednesday continued to play havoc with the various school sports activities around the island.

On Tuesday, the Department of Youth and Sports was forced to call off yet another day of its schools sports programme due to the current inclement weather conditions.

The department commenced its 2017-2018 programme last week with the Under-15 and Under-19 football competitions.

On Monday, netball games were held only in the south for the island as venues in the north were not available due to wet conditions. But there were wins for Soufriere Comprehensive, Micoud Secondary and Clendon Mason Memorial.

The inter-schools basketball competition was also scheduled to tip off on Wednesday. However, due to persistent rains, those games had to be called off.

As a result, a strategic course of action must be implemented. What do you think? What is the best way to deal with school sport activities in the first term as this has brought about much debate on how to deal with a tight academic schedule, and the number of matches that are annually rescheduled due to weather conditions?

For some, the best course of action may be to reschedule games to a later date. But, as has happened in times past, games are then scheduled which leads to games being held during exam periods. Parents then become less inclined to have their children participate in sporting events.

For others, much like in cricket, games which are not held, or are incomplete, should lead to both teams sharing the points. The competition starts and ends on schedule, with teams accumulating the most points progressing to the knockout stages. The problem with that is the fact that schools sports is about development and not just competition.

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