I couldn’t believe it myself!

The sun came out. I don’t know about you, but it brought me out of the doldrums, for a day at least. I almost — and I stress ALMOST — did some physical activity this morning. But before I could head to the gym, I remembered the advice given by the devious villain and exercise guru, Milo Janus, in Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality. … “Don’t do too much, too quickly.”

Still, it is invigorating, after enduring just a depressing end to winter and start to spring, where snow buried the area, stood stagnant for a long time, and grey skies seemed here every day. Hopefully, this lasts.

Now onto business. I did drink 4 cups of coffee this morning, so I decided to churn out a couple of blog posts. Just to get everyone up to speed, I attended the Lackawanna Interscholastic Athletic Association meeting Tuesday at Scranton High School. I have to thank Scranton athletic director Ted Anderson for his gracious hospitality. I do find the inner workings of an organization fascinating.

Scranton Prep’s Tarquin McGurrin

That being said, I also sympathize with this group. Say what you want, but school administrators who feel that completing the duties of AD is a “part-time” job, need only to look at a schedule, a blank calendar, a busing schedule, and a weather forecast. I’m sorry, and this is in no way me pushing an agenda, I am just a guy who has to deal with one branch of the AD’s job and that is varsity athletic scheduling. It’s mind-numbing to think of the coordination and time needed to juggle junior high and junior varsity paperwork. Forgive me, but the job of AD is as important a part of the school system — maybe not the educational system — as any other. The logistics alone warrant a full-time commitment, forget about making sure I am up to date.

There is my rant.

Now, because of the snow storm on March 14 — hard to believe that was two weeks ago — the LIAA faced the dilemma of putting the outdoor spring sports seasons on hold until at least this meeting. If you think it is as easy as just saying, OK, these events are postponed — YOU ARE WRONG.

Here is why?

Take a look at a calendar for April and May. These are the months and dates ADs have to squeeze entire sports schedules into. For comparison’s sake. Football has 10 weeks to work with. Basketball has 10 weeks to work with. Spring sports — things get dicey around the 6th week.

I took the liberty of shading dates that work as parameters for the LIAA. The organization came together and agreed to start the seasons because as you can see, there are very few dates available to get the number of games in the sports require and that is just on the varsity level.

Tennis: 14 league match dates

Track: 5 conference meet dates

Baseball and Softball: 17 league dates

APRIL

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

March 29

LIAA Tennis Opens

1

2

3

LIAA BB Opens

(Div. I-II-III)

LIAA SB Opens

(Div. I-II)

4

LIAA Track Opens

5

6

7

8

9

3

LIAA BB Opens

(Div. IV-V)

LIAA SB Opens

(Div. II-IV)

11

12

13

14

15

16

Easter

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

MAY

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Tennis/Track

Final LIAA

Matches/ Meets

2 3 4

Track postseason begins

5

D2 Tennis

Team

6
7 8 9

D2 Tennis

Team

10 11

D2 Singles

12

D2 Singles

13

PIAA Deadline

Team

14 15

D2 Track

16

D2 Track

17

D2 Doubles

18

D2 Doubles

19 20

PIAA Deadline

Singles

Doubles

21 22 23 24 25 26

PIAA Track

27

PIAA Track

28 29

Memorial Day

30 31

OK.

So, in the more than 2-hour meeting everyone left optimistic — maybe to a fault — that the outdoor seasons will start today for tennis and next week for track, and some baseball and softball.

Remember, these ADs are working with a very small window. And, I am not a meteorologist, and neither are they. Is weather going to be perfect now or even the rest of the way? No. Absolutely not. Then that small window grows smaller.

All I can say after attending the meeting — This is a complicated, frustrating, and difficult process. There is a lot to digest.

So here is what we believe is a TENTATIVE plan of attack (courtesy of Mike Ognosky and piaad2.org):

TENNIS

Abington Heights’ Bailey Harris


TRACK & FIELD

Lakeland’s Brooke Estadt


BASEBALL

Blue Ridge’s Jake Decker


SOFTBALL

Abington Heights’ Kaylee DeMatteo


Hope this helps get everyone up to speed.

We will all — coaches, players, fans, media — need to be patient.

Let the games begin!

ENJOY!