Baldwin teacher, coaching looking ahead at sports schedule
BALDWIN -- Scott Pedigo is a teacher and coach at Baldwin, who also wears hats for other sports endeavors, and is curious to know what the future holds for athletics.
So are many other people.
Pedigo is involved in local youth soccer, which, like other sports, has been called off because of the coronavirus.
Local players participate in the Grand Valley Soccer Association, which is sanctioned by the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association.
The soccer club in Big Rapids is Northland United Soccer which has various teams. Pedigo is the league administrator.
He noted the number of teams varies by the time of season.
"The high school girls play for the school team in the spring so we lose a couple of teams there," Pedigo said. "There's usually like eight in the fall and six in the spring."
During a normal spring, Northland would have started soccer action in mid-April and play until mid-June."
The decision to cancel was made two weeks ago by MSYSA.
"You have tryouts in late June for the fall teams," Pedigo said, adding the fall schedule is also on a wait-and-see procedure.
Pedigo is also an assistant football coach for Big Rapids, and would normally be getting ready for summer schedule, leading into the fall. But with the virus issue, he noted there were plenty of rumors taking place.
He pointed to the significance of an MHSAA approval for a committee recommendation allowing schools 15 summer dates of non-mandatory contact with an unlimited number of players (wearing helmets only).
Schools may use these dates as they see fit, but of these 15 only seven dates may be used for 7-on-7 competition against other teams.
This also eliminates the previous allowance for a camp, the MHSAA said.
"You have to have a bonafide camp if you wanted to work with your whole team," Pedigo said. "Now you don't have to have a camp anymore."
Pedigo was scheduled to coach track in the spring at Baldwin. But the season was canceled.