DCBCA SENIOR BASKETBALL ALL-STAR GAME SAVED
- Updated: March 16, 2017
But It’s Going To Cost The Dutchess County Coaches Association After Running Into Issues With Section 1
By Rich Thomaselli
Like it has for more than 40 years now, the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association will hold its annual Exceptional Seniors Game on Monday, March 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.
But it’s going to cost the DCBCA after the group had a mix-up with Section 1 and nearly had to cancel the game.
According to Section 1 Executive Director Jennifer Simmons, the section last year instituted a deadline for an All-Star game to occur so that it did not bump up against the start of practices for the next season of high school sports.
Although the deadline was on the section calendar, the DCBCA last week asked for a date after that deadline. Presumably, with four boys teams still playing in the state tournament last week – Millbrook, Spackenkill, Poughkeepsie and Lourdes – it would mean a boatload of missing players had three teams won (OLL played Poughkeepsie in a regional final).
“The date they chose was after the defined date,” Simmons told HVSR, “and the last meeting to get it approved had already come and gone.”
With the game in danger of not being played, the DCBCA took it to a higher authority. The group contacted New York State Public High School Athletic Association Executive Director Robert Zayas and explained the situation.
Zayas told the DCBCA it could host its game as “an unapproved senior all-star game.” What does that mean? No school uniforms can be used, no school transportation can be used to get to the game, the facility must be rented and not donated, and the coaches association will also have to pony up a tidy sum for insurance – all of which is normally covered.
“The short of it is, it’s going to cost us some money for jerseys, insurance, and facility rental fees. Since it’s “unapproved” we can’t be affiliated with the high schools,” said John Jay coach Terry Feeley, a longtime member of the DCBCA. “The whole thing seems like an exercise in semantics but the bottom line is the kids will be able to play in the game without the risk of losing eligibility. At the end of the day, we’re in this for the kids.”