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Re: FB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #3765 on: July 08, 2020, 09:11:50 pm »
Looks like the Centennial Conference will be calling off the season-maybe playing a conference only schedule in the Spring, maybe...oh well.

Considering the national powerhouses the Centennial has for lacrosse programs (both DIII and DI) ... a spring football schedule even five or so games against conference opponents is going to be rather challenging.
They can do it. They handle successful soccer and field hockey programs with football normally. Lax may need to move a match to Sunday or something. It'll be extra work to pull off for sure, but not something they can't handle.

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Re: FB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #3766 on: July 09, 2020, 03:40:54 pm »
Looks like the Centennial Conference will be calling off the season-maybe playing a conference only schedule in the Spring, maybe...oh well.

Considering the national powerhouses the Centennial has for lacrosse programs (both DIII and DI) ... a spring football schedule even five or so games against conference opponents is going to be rather challenging.
They can do it. They handle successful soccer and field hockey programs with football normally. Lax may need to move a match to Sunday or something. It'll be extra work to pull off for sure, but not something they can't handle.

You are only considering games. On that token, football moves to Friday night before they start stealing from lacrosse games on Saturdays. Also, there are teams in this region that won't play on Sundays.

But games are the tip of the iceberg. There are practices to try and manage on limited fields. Johns Hopkins basically has one field. Do tell me how they are to manage two soccers, field hockey, two lacrosses, and football practices during a week (remember, there are also mid-week games for all but football) on one field? And being it is turf and any other field is grass, unless they are playing on another grass field that week it isn't practical. Not a lot of schools have the field access to be able to have all teams have practices when they need NOR is it fair to have teams practicing on fields that won't prepare them for their upcoming games.

Also, there is locker room space. At Hopkins, lacrosse has their own facilities, but the rest have to share facilities. I am pretty sure there isn't going to be enough locker room space especially considering you might be coming off winter sports that are using locker rooms until March as well.

Then there are training staffs. There aren't enough trainers to handle all of those practices and all of those games at the same time - especially when lacrosse and football need multiple trainers per game/practice usually. And god forbid COVID is still rampant and social distancing is still needed because then that means either limited people in the training room and half of the training tables able to be used, or it means taking over locker rooms (as one school as described to me their plan) which hampers the ability to use locker rooms for teams.

Then you get to game-day operations. How many games in one day is too many? I worked at Stevenson where in the fall having a football game followed by a soccer game followed by another soccer or a field hockey game happened a few Saturdays in the fall and was just about the worst day imaginable. Game day staffs tend to be heavily student involved. Do you have enough students to do this? Do you have enough staff? Of course staff tends to double-dip with their other jobs. Those who work lacrosse games are coaches in the fall and vis versa. How do you do things when staff are busy with their own teams? Can you realistically have game day staff available for all those events all week long? And moving games to other days to lessen the burden of one day now hampers the ability for teams to practice because the field is spoken for.

And of course there are sports information departments. They are already overworked in a "normal" year. Now you expect them to be able to do solid work when covering nearly every sport a department has ... at the same time? That means live stream coverage, live stats, writing stories, updating season stats, keeping things up to date, dealing with media, prepping for games, the list is exhausting.

I never even mentioned the athletes who might participate in one sport in the fall and another in the spring. That option is now gone.

While it may seem easy to move around dates of games, the logistics of having fall sports in the spring is pretty daunting. Schools are losing money so far in this at incredible rates. Throwing money at the 'problem' just isn't going to fly or could it be an option. This isn't easy especially at DIII institutions and thus why I say often ... I don't see this happening.
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Re: FB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #3767 on: July 09, 2020, 09:17:07 pm »
What a scheduling mess many schools are dealing with. By the hour..........and with number 3 pencil (the youngsters are wondering what that means) ;)

Wasn't it a number two pencil?!

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