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Past articles by Dave:

High School Sports: What will the new normal look like?

In recent weeks, it seems you cannot make it through your day without hearing about the “new normal.”But what exactly does it mean and how does it pertain to sports?In professional spor… → Read More

High School Sports: It helps to look ahead

Awash in a wave of pandemic statistics, each day of isolation passes like episodes in a poorly produced television docu-series.Problem is, the updates are very real, very tragic, not the byproduct … → Read More

High School Sports: Cancelled OFSAA, NOSSA events could help salvage seasons

Until then, hope will reign supreme that people will do as instructed and self-isolate to help us get past this pandemic → Read More

High School Sports: It won’t be easy, but we will get past this

Like just about everyone else, I spend much of my waking moments these days trying to absorb the latest developments about the coronavirus, seeking an answer to one burning question. Just how long should we expect this madness to go on? I listen to podcasts, press conferences, newscasts, podcasts and social media posts en masse […] → Read More

High School Sports: Conveners, program leaders will do their best to salvage seasons

If you’re anything like me, you reach an age where you begin to wonder how many more surprises life could possibly have in store for you. And then a year like this one comes along, and you wonder if the surprises will ever stop. The first major surprise came in the form of rotating job […] → Read More

High School Sports: City hockey final delivered another classic

Harkening back to memories of a few decades ago, it was great to see the crowd support in attendance at the SDSSAA boys senior hockey Division I final series between St. Charles College and Esc l’Horizon this year. Very likely these are the biggest crowds that the student-athletes involved will ever have the privilege to […] → Read More

High School Sports: Conveners hold high school sports together

Every convener within SDSSAA, bar none, has a direct affiliation with at least one of the teams under his or charge, whether a team or individual sport. Should this, as it is sometimes posed to me, lead to concerns about bias in the decision-making process? Heck no, and here’s why: Thanks to extensive playing regulations […] → Read More

High School Sports: No small victories this championship season

In high school sports circles, I think it’s safe to concede that in uncertain times, each championship successfully concluded translates into a small victory. If so, then this past week featured a good many notches in the win column. The following should give you the broad view of the ground that was covered this past […] → Read More

High School Sports: Navigating through a challenging winter sports season

To refer to the last few weeks as challenging would be a bit of an understatement. To date, a total of 177 games have been rescheduled from the grand total of 1,015 games featured in the winter sport schedule overall, with very likely more of the same to come. And SDSSAA is most definitely not […] → Read More

High School Sports: Transfer rules have had a positive impact

In my mind and without question, one rule change that has resulted in the best outcomes to encourage and promote participation in local high school sports involved an adjustment to the transfer policy that delegates approved just last year. Up until April of 2019, the OFSAA transfer policy was applied to the letter at the […] → Read More

High School Sports: Motion would shake up fall sports schedule

Just when you think you might have a decent grasp of the high school sports structure, something comes along that could conceivably throw a monkey wrench into the works. As long as I can remember, the high school inter-school team sports season has been divided into three distinct seasons, with the fall season completed by […] → Read More

High School Sports: OFSAA podcast offers plenty to think about

In case you missed it, the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations recently put out a new podcast, entitled Timeout, with two episodes released to date. The first featured TSN’s James Duthie in an entertaining, often humorous walk down memory lane recounting Duthie’s experiences in high school sport and how they helped shape the person […] → Read More

High School Sports: Snow business picking up in Sudbury

Pop quiz: What is the fastest growing sport within the Sudbury District Secondary Schools Athletic Association? Answer: Snowboarding, which not surprisingly also happens to be the newest SDSSAA sport, starting official sanctioned status only last year. In its first year offered as an invitational sport, snowboarding attracted 33 racers from six area high schools, with […] → Read More

High School Sports: Is there time for tiebreakers?

I’ve often said that if you stick around long enough, you’ll usually see a few regulations come full circle, such that what’s old becomes new again and vice versa. → Read More

High School Sports: Remember what the game gave you, try to give back

There is an article making the social media rounds regarding a student-athlete’s time in sports that reads, basically, “enjoy it while you can.” My initial reaction to the article was “couldn’t agree more.” The article focuses on what may be lost when a student-athlete stops competing and this jives with my own experience growing up […] → Read More

High School Sports: True NOSSA swim event set for Dec. 12

As long as I can remember, there’s been no such thing as a swim championship hosted exclusively for SDSSAA schools in Sudbury. What’s that, you say? Haven’t we been qualifying swimmers for OFSAA all this time? Well, yes, indeed we have, but up to now it has been happening by virtue of a SDSSAA/NOSSA combined […] → Read More

High School Sports: When busy takes on new meaning

There are many different periods within a so-called typical school year sports cycle that can be termed busy, but the three weeks or so that fall and winter sports overlap can give new meaning to the word. It’s a period that can give a phys-ed program leader within any school fits. Uniforms coming in and […] → Read More

High School Sports: More to opening ceremonies than meets the eye

I’ve come to appreciate that the players’ work is actually the conclusion to months, even years, of planning and preparation → Read More

High School Sports: East-West Classic a unique, useful, sometimes confusing event

Even after sixteen years, it’s clear to me that the intricacies attached to the annual girls hockey East-West Classic remain a mystery to most taking in the event. Statement of purpose: The East-West Classic is a one-day series of mini-games hosted at a single site, the game scores from which are carried forward to arrive […] → Read More

High School Sports: Bringing you up to speed on the fall sports season

As we’re at or near the closing stages of the fall sport season, now is a good time to catch you up on high school sports developments to this point in the school year. The Lo-Ellen Park foursome of Joshua Hayes, Oliver Taillefer, John Svalina and Ethan Mulligan finished in sixth place overall at the […] → Read More