Many MCHS students wonder why softball is not a school sanctioned sport.
Most players would prefer it to be. Freshman Mica Porter said it would be more fun if the softball team was school sanctioned because they would be competing against other teams instead of each other.
She said they would have a lot less people on the team because athletes would actually have to try out.
Porter also believes they would get more support from their school since they would be a school team.
However, when sophomore Summer Hitz was asked what she thinks about the sport not being school sanctioned she replied, “I like it because you don’t have to keep your grades up to play softball.”
Hitz thinks the team will not get more support from the school because a lot of high school students already go down to the fields in the summer to watch the game and hang out.
Freshman Jenae Showalter wants it to be school sanctioned because more people would be introduced to the sport and how it works. She said that this will earn them more support and respect from the school.
When asked why she thought it is not a school sport she replied that the school must have their reasons.
They do of course.
According to Athletic Director Jeff Simon, it would cost about $1,200-1,500 to get the sport started, and a base salary of $8,000-9,000 for the two coaches, and $1,500 in equipment.
There are also transportation fees and the cost of participating in the league to consider.
Due to Title IX Federal Law, “no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected for discrimination under any educational program...”. The same amount of money must be spent between males and females.
This helps give girls equal opportunities in sports.
Simon said they have begun to talk about adding softball.
It has to run through the activities council first and they will determine what the interest level is.
After that, it would go to the school board and the Superintendent for approval.
A questionnaire has been put together that will go out to students to see what the interest level is.
Simon hopes for it to be out sometime during the week of April 23.
Simon said he is reluctant to add new sports because the student population has been decreasing.
Girls softball is a fall sport and would be competing against volleyball and cross country for participation.
“We have to make sure that we don’t take away from one to fuel the other or water down both of them to where we don’t have enough kids to participate in either,” said Simon.
Despite these problems, Simon said the possibility is always available.