Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor - week of Dec. 24

Questions about YHS softball program

Dear Editor,

I’m writing regarding the Yosemite High girl’s softball program.

Title 9 states boys and girls sports are to be treated equally. YHS baseball has had a coach since September; softball currently has none. Why? Last season we had two outstanding coaches, bringing college level experience to our school. Through their efforts, three students played ‘A’ travel ball, and seven played ‘B’ ball all summer and fall. They had fundraisers, clinics and conditioning planned for fall. That did not happen. Why?

These coaches gave their time, staying after practice until 8 p.m. working on sub-par fields, buying needed equipment, with no thank you from the school. They were left with no balls from the year prior and team bats were missing. Uniforms? Not enough to go around, but the coaches made it work, out of their own pockets.

The program ended last season in the black for the first time in anyone’s memory. A bond was established with YGSL for the first time ever, encouraging girls to play through high school. The coaches responsible interviewed, but were not invited back this year. Why?

They were given no reason. We have no coaches, but ‘the powers that be’ created a schedule. It can be seen online, and they’ve set our girls up for failure with pre-season games against D-I, D-II, and D-III schools. We’re D-V and will be over-matched. Pre-season should be morale building, but our girls are set up to be humiliated and demoralized. Why?

What adult would purposely set kids up for failure?

It’s humiliating enough that we are the lowest division school in our league, forced to play D-III and D-IV schools. The girls know we’ll never win the league, yet ‘the powers that be’ have seen fit to completely crush them by planning pre-season games where they’ll pulverized. Why?

And what’s missing from the schedule? The Jackson Tournament with other small schools. A tradition. A pre-season bonding experience the girls look forward to. It’s been stripped from them. Why?

Not because it is out of town. Look at how many times girls basketball goes out of town – even out of state. Last year’s varsity coach, who works full time, managed to get her team there.

I would encourage parents and players to attend the next school board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, to maybe get some answers to these questions.

Elizabeth Adkins, Ahwahnee

Hierarchy of needs

Dear Editor,

The article about Eric Smrkovsky, who was previously homeless, was informative and hopeful. The State of Utah has an even larger-based program to house the homeless that has reportedly been very successful.

Without a home or place to consistently be able to stay in, how can anyone really focus on being productive? It goes back to the hierarchy of needs, if you don’t have safety, food and shelter, how can one gain much insight into making a difference in their lives?

It really doesn’t matter how one gets to the bottom, it matters how they are going to move toward the top. This program can be a symbol of who we might strive to be as a virtuous mountain community people.

Mary Herrmann, Oakhurst