Bourne students will not be participating in athletic competitions against other schools this fall, but the door is open for intramural programs.
In an announcement on September 2, the superintendents of the schools that participate in the South Coast Conference stated that the traditional fall season would be pushed back to the end of February.
The conference also includes Apponequet, Case, Dighton-Rehoboth, Fairhaven, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Somerset Berkley and Wareham.
At the Bourne School Committee meeting on September 16, Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou said the board needed to vote on whether it would allow the athletics programs to run while the schools were in a remote model. She said that for the current season there are no teams for Bourne athletes to play against, so voting against having sports for the fall season would make sense.
Athletic Director Scott Ashworth spoke at the meeting and said that most of the schools in the South Coast Conference and the Mayflower Athletic Conference are deferring fall sports to late February. He said that even if sports were to be played, a number of modifications have been put in place that change some of how the individual sports can proceed.
“I think I could talk to you about modifications put forth by the MIAA until well past midnight just for field hockey,” he said.
He reiterated Dr. Zhou’s stance of voting to not have interscholastic sports this fall, but requested that the wording of the motion not restrict the district’s ability to have athletic programs during later seasons.
Mr. Ashworth said that in lieu of an interscholastic season, he was looking to put intramural programs in place so that Bourne students would be able to play against each other, possibly within their prescribed school cohorts.
Chairwoman Emily Berry asked if this plan was the fastest way to get students playing sports again. Mr. Ashworth replied that he would be able to turn around an intramural program faster than an interscholastic program.
The board voted unanimously to not have interscholastic athletics while the district is in the remote model during the fall season. The vote may be revisited again to determine the course of later athletics seasons.