It’s time for practice.
The season officially starts today for Section 1 teams, although most have spent a fair amount of time on the ice already. I’m going to venture across the bridge and visit Suffern. (Insert collective groan here). And when another team strings together four sectional titles, I’ll go there.
I’m hoping to catch up with John Jay tomorrow.
Last year, teams were on the ice Nov. 5, so the season is opening later than usual. The coaches were hoping to go the first Monday of November, but according to Section 1 executive director Jen Simmons, the executive committee agreed to push the start back after participating athletic directors voted in favor of a later date, noting conflicts with fall sports.
Simmons also indicated a number of districts were against starting on Monday because schools were closed.
I know this strikes a nerve, especially since upstate schools get a head start on Section 1 every season. Truth be told, your traditional powers in this neck of the woods have been hard at work since the spring and this really isn’t going to hold them back. My question here is, why isn’t the NYSPHSAA ensuring a level playing field across the state by mandating a consistent starting date in each sport?
Scrimmages cannot take place until a team has completed eight practices, which include off-ice workouts. A team needs to complete 10 practices before playing a game.
The private schools are well under way, and if the schedule allows, I may check in with a few along the way. I’m going to be posting to the blog frequently, so make a few minutes to visit each day. And follow me on Twitter, @LohudHockey, if you’re not already.
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