Meeting to look at options for dwindling pool of SLCS student-athletes

— Less students in school means less to draw from in order to field middle and high school sports teams.

In Schroon Lake, the athletic department has been facing this issue, having dropped junior varsity basketball programs and not fielding a modified (typically grades 7-9) baseball team this spring.

This leaves school athletic director Lee Silvernail looking for answers, and he is seeking the input of the Wildcat community at a special meeting planned for Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. at the school.

“We want to provide parents and the community with the information about the state of the program,” Silvernail said. “We want to make the public aware of our situation and really get their input because they are the ones that support our teams and we really want their feedback on the future of athletics in Schroon Lake.”

Silvernail said that, based on current numbers, the school could be, “At risk of not fielding several teams,” for the 2014-15 school year.

“We are looking at a mix of modified and varsity sports, mostly with the fall and spring sports,” Silvernail said. Fall and spring sports require the greatest number of student-athletes in order to compete, with soccer (11 required to field a team) played in the fall while baseball and softball (nine) is played in the spring, along with a varsity golf team.

In winter, the Wildcats will seek to field modified and varsity basketball teams for both boys and girls, which only require five players to field a team each.

“In the coming years we are going to have problems across the board in all sports,” Silvernail said. “We are looking to solve this issue and we are looking for community involvement and input to do that with.”

Nothing has been lined up as potential options for the 2014-15 school year as far as sports where rosters may fall short, but the district is looking at all options.

“We want to know if people want to potentially see merged teams or if they want to stay the way we are,” Silvernail said. “That is where we need and want the input from the community.”

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