ballcoach15 wrote: ↑August 14th, 2020, 9:57 am
Moving everything to the spring will backfire in my opinion.
As a former SID of 10+ years, I actually agree with this. Don't know what his reasons are for saying it so won't say I agree with his reasons. Get your things in order folks because the apocalypse is nigh.
If there is anything I learned it's that a large number of coaches have little no interest in coordinating scheduling efforts. Is there an overscheduling problem where too many games are happening at one time for the support staff to handle it? "Not my job, not my problem, someone else has to figure it out, and if the solution is to change anything that I want then it's not happening."
And that was without all the sports playing at the same time. Now you double the amount of sports playing at one time and you don't increase support staff?
You can afford to make sacrifices like that when it comes to the SID end of things, but you can't when it comes down to athletic training/sports medicine. Most schools don't have a big enough sports medicine staff where each team has one or more ACTs dedicated solely to their team, they normally end up having one sport each season (or more than one if the staffing situation calls for it and you have an AD that will make things happen to properly accommodate it).
How are the ACTs going to provide the same quality of care when their workload has effectively doubled? How are they going to travel with the fall team for an away game when their spring team has a home game, or when both of their sports have a game or practice scheduled at the same time?
Sure, you can always say just hire more people, but that's not going to be an option for many schools. Considering many have cut sports programs or laid off employees, how are the optics going to look when a school is hiring additional athletics support staff when the academic side of things is having to deal with the fallout of having lesser staff? Does their staffing difficulties matter less? And if you don't hire extra help, are you going to be satisfied with a game plan that's inevitably going to burn out people and have them quit because they are being overworked even more than they already were?