The First 'Q' Of 1992: Will You Read Every Sidelines?


No. 2: Is The Old Mill Gym Becoming An Ice Rink?

January 03, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

Hope the New Year is going to be a great one for each and everyone of you sports fans.

To get it off to a great start, I've got the year's very first dose of questions without answers for you.

It's been a while since we had such a session. In fact, you have to go back to last year for the last one, so I'd better refresh your memory on the ground rules.

You can buzz my 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, any time your heart desires to compliment somebody or vent your frustrations. You can call with a big "Q" of your own or to give me an answer or two.

* My first "Q" of 1992 is a big one. Did you make a resolution not to miss a single "Sidelines" column in '92?

If so, then you are a true Sportsline fanatic.

* I received a really interesting letter from Northeast High junior-varsity boys soccer coach Charlie Dorsey recently and would like to share part of it with you.

You may recall that the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's hearing on the "out-of-season coaching rule" determined that the rule will stand as interpreted by the MPSSAA. That means coaches can coach some of their own athletes in the summer and inother out-of-season situations.

Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the MPSSAA, said there was "overwhelming testimony from those who spoke not to change the rule."

Coaches and faculty members were allowed to speak on the matter, and Dorsey was among them.

"One of the things that impressed me was the girls varsity volleyball coach from Severna Park (Tim Dunbar) who stood up and said that he did not coach out of season but felt an obligation to come to this meeting and voice his opinion that the rule was wrong," wrote Dorsey.

What he meant was the rule as precisely written without the MPSSAA interpretation. To adhere to the rule as originally written means no out-of-season coaching at all.

It bothered Dorsey that many of the coaches who the rule affects did not bother to show up and speak at the Greenbelt Marriott meeting Dec. 14.

"I don't want to come off as a pious goof since I have only been coaching high school sports for one year,but where . . . were these people?" Dorsey asked.

"The only people who would suffer because of a ruling like this are the kids. I honestly believe that less than 1 percent of all coaches are overzealous,win-at-all-cost, me-first individuals.

"Coaches are teachers who like to work with kids and who are rewarded by seeing their players improve and when they hear a simple 'thank you, Coach.' It is quite obvious that we got our point across and appreciate your concern and for speaking out."

I was vehemently opposed to eliminating out-of-season coaching because of Dorsey's point that it would hurt only the kids.

Dorsey told the MPSSAA that he had been coaching 10 years andconsidered "coaching high school a privilege, but would give up the school position in a minute if they said that I could not coach year round."

Memories of youth coaches who helped him along the way areindelible in Dorsey's mind.

It's those youth coaches who volunteer their time that Dorsey always has appreciated, and any high school coach who gives of his free or vacation time to coach kids for nothing is very special.

"I grew up in Baltimore city and remember a coach who paid for a pair of basketball shoes for me because he knew my parents didn't have the money," Dorsey said.

Dorsey has gone on tohelp less fortunate kids he has coached because of the lessons he learned from his coaches.

"I can't pay these men back any other way than to do the same thing for kids today," he said.

And because this kind of person wants to help kids any way he can by coaching year-round, he should have a right to and should be the kind of coach we want in our high schools and communities.

"The people of the MPSSAAhave good intentions. It was good to see that they are not going to allow the tail to wag the dog," concluded Dorsey, a successful businessman who wants to coach kids "the rest of (his) able life."

* Canyou believe Annapolis High veteran hoops coach John Brady was thrownout of his own Cap City tournament?

He received three technical fouls and was given an early exit in a championship game loss to Cardozo of Washington.

* Is Old Mill High School considering closing down its gym (no heat) and turning it into an ice rink after getting complaints from many opposing coaches about the frigid temperatures andslippery floor?

* Have you heard that Severna Park coach Wayne Mook is calling his home gym "the Disco Dome?"

Is Mook trying to appeal to the parents of his players? It can't be the players and students, because most of them have either never heard of, nor remember, disco, right?

* In bringing to my attention that 600 athletes from 11 county schools competed in a recent indoor track meet, Old Mill coach Gary Bater asked, "If there wasn't indoor track, what would these students be doing after school?"

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