“A lot of football players get concussions, but it is still proven that more kids who play soccer get more concussions than those who play football,” Brigham said.
There was discussion about whether students would have to miss any classes. Brigham said there was a chance of that, but most games are held on Saturdays and he was told students would not have to leave until 2:30 p.m. for practices.
If the contract were approved, the Cooperstown team would have remained in Class D. With the estimated number of students interested in playing, Brigham said the school’s expenses for participation would have been less than $2,400 ($219 per player on varsity and $165 per player on modified). That did not include transportation costs.
The potential merger was approved, 7-0, by the Cooperstown Board of Education on Feb. 6.
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Brigham said CV-S will probably not be able to field a varsity softball team this season. He said there is the possibility of merging with another school district in the future, but it is too late for this year. A merger would have to be done at least two months in advance, according to Brigham.
The athletic director said four of the other 10 teams in the Tri-Valley League are struggling to keep their varsity softball teams. As of Thursday night, nine girls had signed up to play softball at CV-S, but Brigham said three had decided to run track instead. He said nine girls were expected to join the modified team.
“I do not think any of those girls will pass the physical fitness test to be able to move up,” Brigham said.
One of the players who signed up for varsity softball will be allowed to play on modified if she chooses because she is a ninth-grader, according to Brigham.
Track numbers are high at CV-S. According to Brigham, 35 girls and 31 boys are signed up for varsity. Twenty-five students are expected to participate in modified track.