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Do you have a specific system or a procedure with regard to the scheduling of games?

Like most schools, we always start our scheduling with league games. All of the conference athletic directors meet once a month to discuss the scheduling, make up the pairings and set the dates.

The schools then complete the rest of their schedules. As one of the smaller schools in our area, we try to be selective about our independent scheduling. We look for schools in our vicinity and roughly of the same enrollment - schools with whom we can be competitive.

For example, to ensure some kind of competitive parity in a sport such as football, we may be required to travel a bit farther.

We also believe in having a dialogue with our coaches. We want to know whom they'd like to play; and our coaches will often approach the kids for their input. Kids have a lot of enthusiasm and respond well to challenges against schools and athletes they view as "rivals." They may be unrealistic at times, but they can also be helpful in securing attractive matchups.

Our objective is to make every game good for the school, good for the community, good for the coaches, and good for the players.

Keith T. Manos Athletic Director Richmond Hts. (OH) High School

As a member of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FIAC), Wilton H.S. doesn't have any scheduling problems. The schools are divided into East and West divisions, and the scheduling is done for us.

The 18 athletic directors meet three times a year (fall, winter, and spring), at which the FIAC executive director distributes the schedules for each sport. It is a highly effective system that is very much appreciated by all the athletic directors.

The East and West divisions are broken down according to geography rather than size, primarily in the interest of travel feasibility. Our longest trip for a game is just 45 minutes!

Does the fact that a school of, say, 800 students have to play several opponents with enrollments in the thousands create unfair matchups? It hasn't worked out that way. For example, though Wilton is one of the smaller schools in this large, prestigious league, it won nine championships last year.

The schedules are arranged for both the boys and girls teams. Schools that have room for outside games are permitted to arrange them on their own.

Dr. Joseph Dailey Athletic Director Wilton (CT) High School

Since the composition of our league changes from time to time, the schools cannot subscribe to a fixed schedule every season. We have to accommodate to change. But it rarely poses any major problem.

Every athletic director in the league serves as a chairman for a specific sport. In the preliminary stages, each chairman will study the potential matchups, accommodate to any particular needs, then draw up an outline for the league schedules.

All the athletic directors will come together in January for the official scheduling. They will check the outline, make suggestions, iron out problems, then approve schedules for the coming season.

We do not do a lot of home-and-away scheduling. The athletic directors are content to get their share of home games and good dates, as the gate receipts furnish the major support for the athletic programs.

Travel doesn't pose much of a problem for the league. Since the league schools are located in Northern Portland, the scheduling is mainly crosstown. Nobody has to travel more than 30 minutes to reach a game site.

Jim Naggi Athletic Director Jesuit H.S., Portland, OR
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Date:Jan 1, 1996
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