If you want to ensure your middle school-aged child gets on to the field or court of their choice, now might be the time to move to Charleston, W. Va.
As reported by Charleston news outlet WSAZ and the Charleston Gazette, a new proposal in Kanawha County (W. Va.) would require middle school coaches find playing time for all students who want to compete on their teams. This is a step beyond the occasional mandates that force coaches to keep anyone who wants to compete on a team’s roster. This time, all those players will have to see time on the court or field.
Mandatory participation is a regular staple of youth sports leagues everywhere, so what Kanawha County is proposing isn’t a novel concept. Yet, it is a unique policy for sanctioned school sports. Players at Kanawha County schools will be within two years of high school competition, where no one expects to receive a guaranteed spot on a varsity team, let alone guaranteed playing time.
If that seems like an indication that the new middle school policy in Kanawha County might be at odds with social expectations, it doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be embraced. Some advocates of the policy proposed by school board member Becky Jordan have been very vocal in their support of equal participation across the board.
Not Jason Waezelle, the father of a girls basketball player at Dupont Middle School in Kanawha.Read More »from West Virginia school district weighs mandatory participation rule for middle school teams