It is playoff time for many high school sports, and NCS, the overseeing body of high school sports playoffs is again at its finest. Here are some of the gems served up by NCS:
-The first round of girls volleyball is today, Veteran's Day, whe most schools are closed. The next round isn't until Saturday, so couldn't today's games be played tomorrow (Thursday)?
-In boys water polo, Amador played Foothill last Saturday at Contra Costa College, which is in San Pablo. That's right, two teams located about 5 miles apart had to drive 39 miles to play each other. Thanks, NCS, for helping these schools save money in these tough economic times.
-Again in water polo, Washington played Liberty at Campolindo high school, a distance of over 36 miles for each school. Similar, but not as extreme, things happen in the girls bracket.
-There are conflicts in the water polo brackets where both the girls and boys teams of schools play at the same time at different plcaes, making it impossible to see both if you are a parent or administrator.
-Meanwhile, NCS charges at every venue. As far as I can tell, they are the only ones making a profit on high school athletics.
NCS is a scam, as far as I can tell. Playoffs are great, but not needed, and every effort should be made to minimize travel for one - or better yet both - teams. But NCS doesn't care, which is sad. Wait until football starts and the problems it will cause. NCS, please get it together.