Our recent discussions on the public school/private school issue of to-play, or not to-play, have seemed to really center around the use or non-use of 5th-year seniors by the private schools and whether or not that is deemed fair or un-fair and if this practice creates an un-equal playing field/court…..
Lanston Wertz Jr. from the Charlotte Observer has gathered information and put together his thoughts on the subject and we have included a few key points and then he has much, much, more to say about this subject at Click Here……
Here is just a small look at what he says creating all the stir…..
Mecklenburg County public schools voted 25 years ago to stop playing the private schools. Five years ago, four of Charlotte’s biggest private schools – Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day – voted to eliminate the fifth-year rule.
“We were told the reason why the public schools didn’t play us was because we allowed fifth-year seniors,” Providence Day athletics director Barbara Fricke said. “So we stopped it five years ago to try to play Mecklenburg (public) schools and stay closer to home.”
But local public school teams didn’t change their rules, to allow the scheduling of regular-season games with private school teams. Fricke, though, has seen some progress.
“It has loosened up for tournaments,” she said. “Our baseball teams plays in the Myers Park baseball tournament. We played in tennis tournaments with some public schools. I wish – and you put this as a big wish – that it would loosen up across the board. It’s expensive to run programs and we’re always running out of town to play.”