Girls, boys varsity basketball games to be played separate nights

REED CITY — No more boys-girls varsity basketball doubleheaders in the Central State Activities Association.

Reed City and the other nine members of the CSAA will be playing boys and girls basketball games on separate nights, starting with the 2012-13 season.

In the 18-game CSAA schedule, boys will perform Monday and Thursday nights while the girls will play Tuesdays and Thursdays. That routine will reverse each season.

Girls basketball has been played in the winter season for five years. The CSAA played boys and girls for separate nights the first two seasons before trying varsity doubleheaders the last three.

“I don’t think there’s any perfect schedule you can set up,” said girls coach Brian Koopman. “We tried the last three years having varsity together and JVs together. No matter what, you’re going to have basketball four days a week. I don’t think there’s a true way of doing it.

“The only advantage I see of doing girls the same day (as boys) is I have a chance to see the JV girls play. I think more fans will watch the varsity game more than the JV games. I really don’t know what a good format is. They should have left it alone is the best format, I think.”

Koopman thinks Tuesdays and Fridays is an advantage on Mondays and Thursdays.

“I think playing Tuesday is an advantage,” Koopman said, adding that playing Mondays would usually mean a Sunday practice.

New varsity boys coach Dean McGuire, who was athletic director when the varsity on the same night format was adopted, has similar feelings as Koopman.

“You have a lot of different opinions,” McGuire said. “The O-K Conference in Grand Rapids was running girls and boys the same night. We decided to give it a shot.”

Under the new format, “varsity coaches can now see their JVs play,”

Some might think the format of girls and basketball games could have an impact on attendance.

“It’s hard to tell,” McGuire said. “Attendance is usually dictated by the success of the team.”