As the shutter clicked on the photographer’s camera Saturday morning to signal the end of a photo shoot, I picked up a football and a few items at a downtown park.
One major piece to our Baton Rouge Football 2015 high school edition puzzle had fallen into place. It was the happy ending I hoped for.
But before I finished adjusting all the things packed into the trunk of my car. I stopped. Then I took a moment to laugh at myself.
Silly sportswriter. … I know better. This wasn’t an ending. High school sports has its own circle of life and for every ending there must be a beginning.
So here we are. Less than two weeks away from football and volleyball jamborees. It’s ever so close.
Thank goodness, it’s time to play. Here comes the beginning I look forward to each fall.
It’s time to make memories, score touchdowns, play ball, swim, run or do whatever high school athletes do to be the best they can be.
But I also know that in the circle of life we’re all shaped by our past experiences. The same is true for high school athletics.
A lot has happened since the last time a high school football game was played in Louisiana. The last day of the 2014 season also was the day the LHSAA formally introduced Eddie Bonine as its new executive director.
Bonine came on board full time in March, hit the ground running and hasn’t had much of a chance to slow down. So many issues to address and only so much time to do it.
Conflicts that led to the LHSAA’s split football playoffs a couple of years ago have left many people jaded, regardless of whether they’re on the select or nonselect side. That’s not a news flash.
Bonine’s task force to formulate solutions offers hope to some. Critics believe it’ll only delay an inevitable split in all sports.
The impasse between the LHSAA and the Louisiana High School Officials Association ended with officials in line to get the pay raises that were sought in a wide range of sports. There was no job action that would have delayed or canceled games. But it did get messy along the way.
Given the circumstances, I can see why it’s hard for some people to get that warm, fuzzy feeling about high sports just yet.
Sometimes there has to be conflict in order for growth to begin. I truly believe that, but I can’t say whether the adults on opposite sides of these LHSAA issues will ever totally see eye to eye.
As the 2015-16 sports seasons begins I would like to offer those folks four words of advice.
It’s not about you.
Repeat after me … it’s not about you.
Give the games back to the athletes. We’ve come full circle once again, and now it’s their turn to shine.
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