The Cherry Valley-Springfield Board of Education voted 7-to-0 against a combining contract that would allow students to participate on the Cooperstown Central School varsity and modified football teams during the 2013-14 season.
The unanimous decision was made after hearing a presentation from CV-S athletic director Tom Brigham. He said a survey was given to students to determine how many would be interested in playing — there were two athletes interested in playing at the varsity level and 12 at the modified level.
Brigham said he was approached about the idea because, with declining enrollment, CCS is having a hard time getting enough players to keep its program.
“As an athletic director I want to try to get as many students as I can involved in sports,” Brigham said during his presentation last Thursday night.
According to Brigham, CV-S had 44 boys tryout to play varsity and modified soccer in the fall. Only one student who played soccer last year showed interest in playing football instead, he added.
Brigham said 30 students went out for varsity soccer, and some had to be cut or played modified to keep the number to 25, which he said was still not ideal.
The athletic director said he talked to the varsity boys soccer coach, Teri Adams, who indicated she did not foresee it having much of an impact on fielding her team. Brigham said he was not concerned about having students playing the “unfamiliar” sport, because it was not really that unfamiliar since many of the district’s students played youth football in Richfield Springs.
Board member Kathleen Taylor said she feels football is too dangerous because of brain injuries and concussions.
There would have been concussion measures taken, according to Brigham. He said both schools participate in the same impact testing. The online testing provides computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services that are used by medical doctors, psychologists, athletic trainers and other licensed healthcare professionals to evaluate concussions.