As we attempt the uber-busy transition between seasons — fall into winter in this case — with a flurry of winter sports previews and All-Tribune honors for the fall, the New Year has quickly crept up on us.
That means those clichéd “resolutions,” normally about eating healthier, exercising more, and being a better (insert adjective or pronoun here).
Usually, such pledges are dust in the wind, long and forgotten by mid-February.
In hopes of avoiding such pitfalls, let’s take a wider view beyond an individual and instead look at the high school sports world for 2014.
What are the high school sports resolutions?
I’ll throw out one that continues to gnaw at my craw: Transfer rule.
Perhaps legislation or another proposal will come forth again and move through the proper channels in 2014. After it fell apart in voting in 2013, it’s hard to believe another variation won’t be proposed. Make it 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, whatever the number; just set a standard and it can be adjusted in a year or two years or five years if further proposals or amendments are brought forth.
That’s one of the biggest issues and topics of debate. But whether huge or tiny, revolutionary or simply annoying, what do you want to see changed in the East Valley high school landscape in 2014?
Maybe it’s a team win. Maybe it’s a rule change in a given sport. Maybe it’s how the Arizona Interscholastic Association handles appeals, or an idea about how to better offset state tournament costs beyond high admission charges. Maybe it’s a trend which needs to grow. Or disappear. Maybe Arizona should adopt an idea or philosophy done by other states.
No personal attacks, name calling or putdowns. No wishing a program, coach or other individual loses, or hoping someone loses their job. Keep it clean, civil and reasonable.
Let us know. Send us your resolution or New Year’s wishes to us at firstname.lastname@example.org until Dec. 22. A few suggestions or ideas might be used for a “looking ahead” wishlist in our Jan. 6 edition of the Tribune.
It’s not simply about what should change, but ideas about how to change.
You know, what real resolutions are supposed to be about.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or (480) 898-6576.