Currently, much of the discussion in Pleasanton centers around the contract issues between the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers.
It appears a strike by the teachers may be a realistic possibility, which is the worst-case scenario. Lost in the rhetoric going back and forth is the effect it could have on the local coaches, and as a result, the local student-athletes.
If there is a strike, it seems like it would prohibit on-campus coaches from coaching their respective teams. In talking with a couple of on-campus coaches, they are under the belief that if there is a strike, they will indeed not be able to cross the line to coach their teams.
It could also apply to coaches that teach at schools in other districts. If say, the teachers in San Ramon Valley Unified School District decide to honor a Pleasanton teachers strike, those coaches may not cross as well.
After all our students and student-athletes have been through since the onset of COVID, a strike is the absolute last thing any of the students need.
I have seen how students have been hurt in a developmental sense thanks to the lockdown, and another blow to their psyche could be devastating.
Sports is vital in the maturation of the student-athletes, but also for the schools overall. Getting together to root for your team is a bonding experience, and both Amador and Foothill have exciting fan bases. I have witnessed first-hand how cathartic sporting events have been not just for the students, but the community as well.
A strike puts a big dent in that.
Working in the district and having the chance to talk with many teachers, either at my school or through friendships, most people I have talked with want nothing to do with a strike as they realize the damage it will do.
I am not a teacher but have really gotten to know many teachers after working with them. There are some wonderful teachers in Pleasanton, ones that put the kids first and foremost.
To them teaching is a life choice, not a job. But there are others for which it is a job and looking out for No. 1 is the end game. Those are the dangerous ones.
As for the district's side, PUSD has certainly made some questionable decisions, not just this year, but over the last few years. Recent decisions regarding rate of pay and benefits for people in the district office are head-scratching.
Both sides need to get together and find an agreement and do so quickly.
If you both are interested in the best interests of the students, then step up and prove it.
Talk is cheap and slogans are a dime a dozen. Action speaks volumes.
Winter sports season underway!
This Monday started official practices for the East Bay Athletic League winter season.
It is an exciting time for me, as being the Foothill basketball announcer for both the boys' and girls' teams it will be nice to see the gyms full of students again after the COVID season of just family members.
While it was great to see any games being played after the lockdown, there was very little atmosphere in the games last spring.
Soccer and wrestling will also benefit from the return of fans.
As the practices are underway, so too will be the organizational meetings for the parents and their volunteer responsibilities. Here's your chance to help your athlete to get their just due for the effort they are putting in!
Just collect the results from your team each week and send them to me by noon on Sundays, and we will get the information into the paper.
For basketball it is as simple as taking a picture of the scorebook for both the home and visitors, then send me the pictures and I will handle the rest.
For soccer, get the final score, as well as who scored the goals and who had assists. If you want to add some highlights, great, but the basics work just fine.
For wrestling I am looking for tournament results as well as the dual meets.
Also, it would be fantastic if the team parent could send me a roster to help with the correct spelling of names.
The contact information remains the same -- [email protected]
Good luck to all the winter teams, and I look forward to keeping track of all our winter sports teams!