Sports Roundup

Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Relays, football openers at CVU Saturday

The interscholastic fall sports season at Champlain Valley Union High gets underway Saturday with Coach Scott Bliss’ cross-country team playing host to the CVU Relays and Coach Jim Provost’s football team entertaining the Burlington High Seahorses.

A 10 a.m. start time is set for the relays, with the football game kicking off at 1 p.m.

The other sports teams get their campaigns underway next week. The defending Division 1 champion girls soccer team travels to Rice Memorial High on Wednesday, then has its home opener next Saturday morning against Rutland High.

The boys soccer team takes on Rice Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Essex Tournament.

The field hockey team hits the road on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game against Colchester High. The Redhawks also have their home opener next Saturday morning against South Burlington High.


Principals’ Association announces new football rule

At its annual media day in Montpelier on Thursday, the Vermont Principals’ Association, which oversees the state’s interscholastic sports programs, cited a one-year experimental football rule adoption as the major new initiative heading into the fall season.

Bob Johnson, the VPA’s associate executive director, said a football point differential rule is getting a one-year trial this season.

According to the new rule, anytime a football team opens a lead of 35 points or more, running time can be mandated upon agreement of the opposing coaches. If after running time is implemented in the first three quarters and the trailing team gets closer than 35 points, the running time is halted. But once running time is established in the final quarter, the clock will continue to run.

Johnson also announced that the VPA is establishing bowling as a two-year exhibition sport this winter. Schools getting involved are for now in the central and southeast part of the state.

“This has been on the fringe for a long time,” Johnson said. “Bowling attracts students who are not in other sports.”

Johnson also discussed the VPA’s ongoing priority of student safety and called attention to the National Federation of State High School Associations website and its courses on concussions.

The VPA’s current school year calendar calls for winter sports to open tryouts and practice sessions on Nov.26. Opening games will be Dec. 8 in all sports.