Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Joplin R-8 Board to vote on proposal to combine middle school basketball teams
The proposal, which is included with documentation provided for the 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, meeting at the Memorial Administration Building, calls for the following:
*Three teams, A, B, and C, would be fielded with each including 10 players.
*The current intramural program would be expanded from eighth graders to seventh and eighth grade girls.
*The focus of the intramural program will be skill development.
The following passages are taken from the supporting documents provided to the board:
"It should be noted that combining our middle school athletic teams into one Joplin team has been discussed by several of our coaches in the past. With our upcoming conference realignment at the high school and middle school level, we will most likely be required to also change our middle school conference affiliation beginning in 2018."
"It is our goal to help student athletes be better prepared for interscholastic athletics by competing for Joplin (together) at an earlier age. We are also focused on the overall retention of our student athletes by including a skills-based expanded intramural program that will offer all student athletes interested in participating an opportunity to improve their skills at school. Students participating on the interscholastic team will be transported to the practice site."
A fiscal note on the proposal says it will save the R-8 District $1,693.24 during the 2017-2018 school year.
The proposal was prepared by athletic directors Jeff Starkweather and and Matt Hiatt and reviewed by Superintendent Melinda Moss and Assistant Superintendent for Operations Kerry Sachetta.