I wanted to respond to the article written by “The Hammer” in regards to CHSAA high school skiing and Scott Lacy (“Skiers’ Lacy left out in the cold,” Jan. 11).
I know the article was written from the vantage point of Scott, but take a look from the athlete who doesn’t have the wonderful opportunities afforded to Scott. They commit themselves to their high school team, skiing in the required two-thirds and qualifying for the high school state championships. Take a moment to ask those athletes if being displaced by a club athlete, not meeting a standard, is fair and equitable.
Our mission is to provide participation opportunities for student-athletes to compete as a complement to their educational experience. The championships are the icing for those who qualify. The state championships might be a blip to some, but for the majority of the athletes who compete and represent their schools, it is the ultimate. The ski committee (not CHSAA administrators) approved the qualifying standards to balance club athletes with nonclub athletes. We believe that when our championships start, we have the best representation of high school athletics on the race course. Is it the fastest time in the nation? Probably not, but it is the best all-around student-athlete that has met a standard and represents a CHSAA member school.
In the opinion of the ski committee, it doesn’t hurt high school skiing, it strengthens the mission of who, what and how they want their teams/ schools to be represented. There are no real losers here. Scott has the opportunity to make a difference for himself in the world of skiing as an elite athlete, and the CHSAA has the duty to keep in perspective the true meaning of high school regular season participation with a culminating state championship. Choices are tough, and I speak as a former world class athlete, but Estonia for Scott is the way to go. Represent!
assistant commissioner/ski liaison, CHSAA
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