Coaches of the Carmel High boys and girls basketball teams, concerned for the safety of their players, refused to play in games at the Pacific Collegiate School gymnasium in Santa Cruz on Friday night.
The games were instead postponed after coaches cited concerns with the lighting, the lack of space in between the benches and the sidelines, and the nature of the floor, including its uneveness and hardness, among other issues.
The Salinas Californian’s George Watkins had additional details here.
It might be much ado about nothing, though, as Mission Trail Athletic League Commissioner Tim McCarthy visited the gymnasium on Tuesday morning and deemed the gym playable. He said that school officials were very cooperative and that “while it’s not an ideal gym,” there weren’t any rule infractions where PCS wouldn’t be allowed to use it as its home court.
If they didn’t have a conforming gym, PCS might have had to either find another home site or travel for its remainding home games.
McCarthy did say the league’s Board of Managers will meet Wednesday, however, and PCS’ gym is an agenda item. So stay tuned. This was the first complaint regarding the PCS gym, although McCarthy said questions had been raised subsequently by another school.
I’ve been to the PCS gym, and I can second McCarthy’s sentiment — it’s not an ideal gymnasium, by any means. But I also know that it’s hosted many, many games, including a CCS playoff game last season.
If the gym is so unplayable, why hadn’t this issue been raised earlier?
By the way, the Pumas have four home games remaining, not including its game with Carmel (it hasn’t been rescheduled yet), beginning with Santa Catalina on Wednesday night.