Sweetwater District Leaving The CIF San Diego Section?

Maybe if the district gave the athletic programs the same type of support they do in other districts, things could be different. I'm talking about $$ (of course) where the yearly amount given to schools continues to become less and less and more pressure is put on coaches to fundraise. This puts some schools, in lower economic areas, at a serious disadvantage. It is obvious that Eastlake, Otay Ranch, Olympian and Bonita Vista have a greater opportunity to raise more funds than Southwest, San Ysidro, and Mar Vista. It is not a level playing field. In addition, 6th period athletics does not exist in Sweetwater. As a result, practices begin after school (at SYHS they begin around 4:30 I believe) and kids miss a lot of school having to leave so early for away games so that the bus drivers can make their afternoon runs. If Sweetwater pulled out of the CIF, the championship football game would not be played at Qualcomm but probably at one of the better stadiums in the district. The baseball teams would probably not have access to the yearly games at Petco that many of the district's schools have had the opportunity to play at. No Jenny Craig Pavilion or SDSU for basketball, etc. etc. Scholarship opportunities would still be there for kids because if you are good enough, the colleges will know about you. It is the level of competition that will suffer. As I pointed out earlier, the haves will continue to dominate the have nots and the athletic programs at those schools will disappear (or those athletes will transfer to the haves further impacting their enrollment, and traffic problems). And if Ed Brand is worried about money, how much will it cost to transport all the athletic teams to the Imperial Valley if that is the only other district to jump on this fiasco? Just my two cents, for what it's worth.
— April 8, 2013 8:02 p.m.

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