Re: TBA Dates?
Posted by Disagree on 12/7/2020, 7:44 pm, in reply to "Re: TBA Dates?"
You don't need a dozen schools to have a contest or performance. And contests aren't the only way to engage a community and have it support the program. Why couldn't 4 or 5 schools show up to a contest or evaluation and perform? |
Coaches got out on day 1 after the world closed in March and started saying why they needed a fall schedule. They got their parents involved. They got their athletes involved They pushed and made sure everyone in the world knew they wanted to play and practice and would do whatever it took. They were on the news showing their protocols and doing interviews. They made sure they were visible. Those "Texas" schools didn't budge and even though the Big 10/Pac 12 thought they were the influencers quickly learned when the SEC said they wanted to play they were not. Texas coaches took the same approach and had the parents behind them.
Meanwhile, I saw a lot of "can't" on this board from directors saying it was unsafe and too hard and they didn't want to be there. I saw a lot of directors trashing coaches saying they didn't care about kids or health or safety when in reality, they did and do, (mental health matters too). In fact, the only teachers I saw make the news WANTING to be in school were the coaches while classroom teachers begged and protested and sued to stay home. Don't think that went unnoticed to the taxpayers.
Contests were cancelled, yet one small school Northwest of Houston hosted an event for a number of other schools looking for a place to go. Festivals were cancelled yet that isn't what drives bands. You don't need a festival to show relevance.
I saw a number of schools, small and large make it work because they were persistent and their parents/students wanted and supported it. I saw a lot of big players bow out early, (which is fine), but then put themselves in a place they couldn't come back from. Stop making excuses about football and basketball being in charge of UIL. I guarantee you if some of the big dogs in the state would have had their supers pushing for bands to be as active as athletics it would have happened. It could be done safely, (as a number of schools have shown).