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High School Sports
Plans to work-to-rule causes havoc with high school sports schedule
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Provincial legislation to freeze teacher salaries for the next two years and ban their right to strike will severly impact the high school sports scene.

It seems alnost certain that public board teachers will refuse to volunteer for after-school programs including interscholastic sports, which is causing havoc to traditional fall sports like football, girls basketball and boys soccer.

The National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association is quick to point out that coaching is strictly a voluntary endeavour and that teachers are in no way obligated to coach.

But while public board teachers have taken a common stand, many Catholic board teachers say they plan to return to the sidelines this year with the odd exception.

St. Peter Catholic High School teacher and senior boys football head coach Jim Mick says they plan to sart their season next week, although the final schedule won't be released until Tuesday once the registration deadline has passed.

A good reason for the difference in positions is the fact that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association has a memorandum of understanding in place with the provincial government that covers the next two years, while the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation has no such agreement in place. Ontario French Catholic and public board teachers also have a memorandum of understanding in place.

What this means for public board high school students is likely two years without sports and other after-school activities. Not surprisinly the effected students are upset over the turn of events. Many are holding impromptu demonstrations to protest the situation.

The same situation occurred in 1998 when the province's public board high school teachers were embroiled in a bitter contract dispute with the Harris government.

It took years for sports programs at area public high schools to recover and many students simply switched boards to follow their athletic pursuits.

Some public board high schools are willing to field teams, but only if parents or former students are willing to come forward and step in to coach them. How many people are willing to fill the void remains to be seen.

(Posted 11 a.m., Sept. 14)


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