L-L elementary sports resume
February 19. 2013 1:09AM
Lake-Lehman Superintendent James McGovern wouldn‚??t give specifics, but he said there was an altercation between two Ross Elementary fifth and sixth-grade boys‚?? basketball coaches last week that escalated to a point of concern.
The administration suspended play among all elementary basketball teams until sufficient action could be taken. McGovern said the elementary basketball league is run by the district and the school-wide Parent-Teacher Organization, which gives him the power to make such decisions.
McGovern was satisfied with the league president‚??s decision as to what action to take against the adults responsible for the altercation, but would not provide details.
McGovern said the league will also develop a parent guide, coaches‚?? guide and a mission for the program.
He also lifted the suspension of the program, though some teams have only one game remaining in the season.
McGovern said it wasn‚??t the first time incidents occurred on the court and said emotions ran high even when his son, now 14, played on a fifth and sixth-grade team two years ago.
‚??Sometimes when we have altercations, I gather my people together and we talk about it,‚?Ě he said. ‚??Maybe this is something we should do prior to each season.‚?Ě
He brought the parents together to discuss how their actions affect the children and to review the mission of the district‚??s sports programs.
‚??If you‚??re one of those people who think the kids aren‚??t watching every single thing you do, you‚??re wrong,‚?Ě he said.
McGovern urged parents to better understand how their actions affect students and how sports help build students‚?? character, but the outcomes of games do not matter in the long run.
Though McGovern talked to parents pleasantly and told stories about his family throughout the meeting, he had a stern warning for parents at the end of the night.
‚??Never mistake my kindness for softness, because next time we have one of these incidents, it will be the last,‚?Ě he said.
John Blaski, a Ross Elementary third and fourth-grade girls‚?? basketball coach, felt the presentation was necessary to remind parents about conduct during games.
‚??I‚??ve got five girls on the court, and five girls behind me, so when I‚??m out there, I try to be the middle man,‚?Ě he said. ‚??If I‚??m happy, they will be happy. If I‚??m angry, they will be angry. I try to contain myself because they‚??ll follow my lead.‚?Ě