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Schools in north country at disadvantage


Our high school sports in the north country are being cheated by the New York Section 3 Athletics.

It’s hard enough up here for our kids’ sports programs, but don’t take away from our kids’ accomplishments. This past soccer season, we found out that two of our schools from the Frontier League would seed lower than schools from Syracuse even though both schools up north had better records.

Why is this? Section 3 Athletics has decided to implement a new points system that actually hurts some of our teams rather than reward them for their victories.

The Section 3 rules state that a team will receive five points for a win over a larger class, four points for a win over the same class, three points for a win over a smaller class, two points for a loss to a larger class, one point for a loss to the same class, zero for a loss to a smaller class and a tie would be the total points possible for that game divided by two.

Frontier League, there are only three Class A schools. Those are Watertown, Indian River and Carthage.

The remainder of the schools are lower divisions based on student population. This leaves Class A schools at a severe disadvantage to the Syracuse schools.

The Syracuse schools have the ability to play at their class levels and higher all season, giving them the ability to rack up more points. It also gives them an advantage when it comes to sectional play. The Syracuse schools play their opponents all season where we may only see some of the Syracuse schools once a year during sectional playoffs.

There are many ways to fix this issue, but the biggest one that comes to mind is only playing within the schools’ classes. This may mean compromising distance by meeting halfway, but it would give our boys and girls in the north a better chance at being sectional or even state champions because they were given a fair shot.

Scot Mullican

Fort Drum

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