Duane Morgan’s days as Central Coast Part commissioner are numbered.
Simply ask him.
“Not that I’m counting,” the retiring administrator stated Tuesday. “However I’ve obtained 41 days.”
Pat Cruickshank’s time as North Coast Part commissioner, in some methods, is simply getting began. However throughout two years within the part’s San Ramon workplace — the primary as an assistant commissioner — the previous basketball coach/athletic director has just about had the kitchen sink thrown at him. (Bear in mind the wildfires?).
Morgan oversees a bit that extends from elements of San Francisco to King Metropolis. Cruickshank’s jurisdiction stretches from the southern finish of Alameda County to the coastal facet of the Oregon border.
They preside over lots of of faculties, together with most that decision the higher Bay Space residence.
Nothing they’ve performed via many years of teaching, administrating and, in Morgan’s case, officiating, has loaded their plate fairly just like the coronavirus pandemic — largely as a result of neither can reply the query that’s on everybody’s thoughts:
When will highschool sports activities be again?
“They need a solution proper now and so they’re simply not going to get it,” Cruickshank stated.
However each directors remained hopeful as they addressed a number of coronavirus-related speaking factors this week with Bay Space Preps HQ, akin to how issues stand going into summer time, the monetary impression of no spring season, switch flexibility and contingency plans if COVID-19 delays or wipes out the autumn schedule.
Here’s what they stated:
May soccer be performed as late as subsequent spring if there isn’t a fall season?
Morgan: “No, I don’t assume so. What we’ve been speaking about right here within the workplace and slightly bit with different folks is let’s say fall doesn’t occur in any respect. If we transfer soccer into the winter, we transfer cross nation into the winter and we transfer water polo into the winter, that leaves basketball, wrestling and soccer together with these three sports activities. Then transfer the opposite ones into the spring. It’d make slightly extra sense as a result of you then’ve obtained women and boys tennis collectively, women and boys golf collectively, women and boys volleyball collectively. That’s one plan. However I’m certain there’s going to be a complete lot of stuff occurring if fall doesn’t occur.”
Cruickshank: “Now we have thrown out many, many alternative eventualities and so they go from altering the beginning date primarily based upon once we can begin, how late might we go along with the beginning of our fall season and nonetheless have a season that’s significant and is nice for our college students. We’ve talked about sports activities transferring into totally different seasons. I don’t know that soccer within the spring is one thing that may be a chance. I simply assume that there’s loads of eventualities we’ve checked out, and we’ve gotten loads of solutions from our member faculties and coaches. And I actually recognize all that. For those who have been to present me a date tomorrow, I might most likely, inside a 24- or 48-hour interval, roll out a calendar and say, ‘OK, that is the place we’re going.’ However no person is aware of that date.”
What are you telling your faculties at this level?
Cruickshank: “We’re assembly constantly now as part commissioners all through the state. We met final week. We’re going to satisfy once more subsequent week. Nevertheless it’s fairly clear amongst all of us that we’re simply not fairly able the place we will inform our faculties something, just because we haven’t actually been given a inexperienced mild by our state, haven’t been given a inexperienced mild by the federal government to go forward and do that. Our well being professionals haven’t stated it’s OK to do it. I do know some counties are lightening restrictions slightly bit. Some counties aren’t. We’re in a novel place in our part in that we’ve so many counties and we’re unfold out a lot. We’re most likely going to have various things occurring in several counties. I met with about 75 athletic administrators final week and talked with them, and I informed them that they only must be affected person. Management what you possibly can management.”
Morgan: “We’re so reliant upon the governor, the well being division, superintendents in some regard. We’re making an attempt to maintain them updated and allow them to know that we’re planning for a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C so we will get this performed if we will.”
What’s the monetary impression that coronavirus has had in your part and have you ever utilized for presidency aid?
Cruickshank: “It’s a enormous impression. We misplaced all of our spring revenue. We’re sitting right here with some — not all as a result of we have been capable of cease a few of it — however we’re sitting right here with loads of spring merchandise that claims 2020 with the game on it that we’re making an attempt to unload. Nevertheless it doesn’t seem to be lots of people wish to purchase it. However the excellent news is we do donate that, the issues we don’t promote we’ll have the ability to give to folks in want. In order that’s type of a cool factor. We did apply for a small enterprise mortgage and we did obtain it, so we’re capable of cowl our workers for eight weeks via the paycheck safety plan. That can type of maintain us via the fiscal yr and so hopefully issues get again up and operating within the fall.”
Morgan stated the CCS is in the same state of affairs because the NCS: “Final yr, web income from spring sports activities for us was $143,000. So you are able to do the mathematics. We’ve been placing cash away for a wet day akin to this. We will get there. Fall sports activities is a web of $235,000. I do know that as a result of I simply did a report for the board. That’s a fairly important hit that not too many organizations can take in. Financially it’s one of many requirements right here. But when it doesn’t occur, we’re going to must have a Plan B.”
Given the monetary hardship some households are experiencing, will there be extra switch flexibility if a pupil has to switch from a personal college to a public college?
Cruickshank: “Completely a piece in progress. We talked about it on our final commissioners’ convention name. We’re going to proceed to work via that course of. Nothing is ready but. However it’s one thing that we’re engaged on as a result of we all know that there are going to be some households which can be impacted by this. We wish to guarantee that we make this as seamless for them as doable.”
With many districts going to a credit score, no-credit grading mannequin for the spring 2020 semester, how will that have an effect on educational eligibility within the fall?
Morgan: “We’re seeing what the districts are doing, but additionally the state places of work, working with legislators to strive to determine how we will most profit the children, most profit the districts which have applied credit score, no credit score, pass-fails and issues like that. We don’t wish to ever put a child able the place they weren’t capable of achieve entry to studying to be penalized to play sports activities. There’s loads of behind-the-scenes workings, even up on the Capitol constructing. I do know (CIF government director) Ron Nocetti is engaged on stuff with this. It’s factor making an attempt to determine these items out for us.”
What’s the best-case situation for the return of highschool sports activities?
Morgan: “Finest-case situation is we get our first observe began by Aug. 7, our precise date. If we get that, we’re going to be OK. Now, once more, there’s lots of people who could have loads of choices on how we get there. I can’t think about something worse (than the present state of affairs) besides not having sports activities in any respect — ever. No less than with the fires, we might type of mitigate issues. We obtained artistic. Boy, there’s not loads of wiggle room right here.”
Cruickshank: “One of the best-case situation is to begin sports activities Aug. 10 (sections have totally different begin dates) and we’re off and operating. And this time subsequent yr we’re speaking about our spring championships, and I can have a full yr on this workplace with none hiccups. Perhaps we’ve to begin slightly slowly. However getting children out on the courts and out on the fields, it’s so vital to their psychological state. I do know folks say we’re by no means going to have regular once more. I’m not so certain. I hope we’re able the place we’re again to regular and youngsters get a possibility to have the good experiences that every one of us had.”
What do you inform the Class of 2020, which misplaced a lot this spring?
Morgan: “All of us really feel for them. We’ve all been there, realizing how a lot it’s to have enjoyable on the sphere of play. However they’re resilient. They’re an incredible class, and we all know that that is going to make them stronger, and I want them one of the best of luck.”
What does Morgan’s successor, David Grissom, take into consideration all this?
Morgan: “Oh my God, he says, ‘Duane, what did I get myself into?’ (Laughs). Hey, you understand what, he’s man. He’s good, and he’s going to do properly right here. He loves sports activities. He loves being round children.”
And so on.
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