Coaches and players of winter sports in Baltimore City schools will be required to sign separate code of ethics forms before participating in their respective athletic seasons.
The statements were introduced to athletic directors and coaches at the District 9 meeting on Oct. 19 by assistant superintendent Maurice Howard and Don Williams, specialist for physical education and athletics.
"There were 35 people in the room, all ADs, coaches, [city school board spokesman] Gary Notebook
Thrift and no principals," said Howard. "There was much discussion, but we did vote and -- by a majority consensus -- it was to do this."
Reading an excerpt from the coaches' form, Howard began: "I pledge to stress the values derived from fair play, show respect for the integrity and judgment calls of the officials, stress the highest ideals of ethical conduct, sportsmanship and fair play, and encourage the development of leadership and good judgment."
Coaches signing the form are further charged to "view an athletic contest in perspective, that is, as a game, become knowledgeable of the rules on athletics and apply the system's eligibility standards for all participants."
Some coaches questioned the need for signing a statement asking for their adherence to the school board's policy on ethics.
"If I were a coach already doing a good job, I would have no problem signing it," Howard said. "So I don't understand that type of questioning."
Howard said parents may be requested to sign the players' form, or otherwise become more aware of requirements for athletes.
"On the back of the form for the students, we define what amateur status is because we want to assure that they know," said Howard. "But what we ask of the students goes a little beyond amateur status to include working hard in school, those kinds of things."
Finally, a decision?
Jerry Savage, Loyola's athletic director, expects to announce whether the Loyola-Calvert Hall football game -- annually played at Memorial Stadium -- will be relocated to Towson State this year.
After a 9 a.m. meeting at Towson State today, Savage, Calvert Hall athletic director Lou Eckerl, Loyola's assistant head master John Stewart and Calvert Hall principal William Johnson are expected to announce a decision by noon.
"We hope to make it official by then, but we have to make sure that both sides are in agreement on the details," Savage said.
Memorial Stadium is being used for the filming of the movie "Major League II" and isn't expected to be available until January. Game officials anticipate around 10,000 for the event, which could push Towson's Minnegan Stadium beyond capacity.
Catonsville comes on
Catonsville Community College's men's soccer team has thrived under first-year coach Brian Ivins, with Saturday's 10-0 win over Dundalk improving it to 12-2-1 overall and 12-1-1 as the state JuCo Division I champs.
Catonsville will be the host for this week's JuCo Region XX tournament, beginning with tomorrow's 7 p.m. quarterfinal match with Cecil Community College. The semifinals are to begin Friday at 6:15 p.m., with the title game Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
The team's top scorers are Chris Walton (16 goals, seven assists), Franklin graduate Brent Horter (11, eight) and Catonsville's Mike Liggins (nine, four), an All-County player last year.
"I was talking to the athletic director, Gary Keddy -- who's been around for about 20 years -- and he says he can't remember ever winning a league title," said Ivins. "I'd say it would have to have been at least that long."
Other team members include Danny Catlett and D. J. Szyjka (both of Gibbons), George Avelinos (Perry Hall), Joe Iosa (Mount St. Joseph) and Danny Meyers (Franklin).
This weekend's No. 13 Dunbar-Lake Clifton football game means playoff elimination for the loser.
Lake Clifton (7-2) is in 12th place in the race for the final spot in the eight-team 4A field. But if No. 12 Annapolis (presently eighth) beats Severna Park Friday, Lake Clifton is out no matter what.
The situation for the Poets (7-2) is more complicated.
Lake Clifton is worth 15 points to Dunbar -- not counting bonus points -- which has a good chance to qualify for the 2A playoffs from its 11th-place slot.
Seventh-place Fort Hill plays Allegheny (worth 10 points), Lackey (eighth) plays Thomas Stone (13 points), Fallston (ninth) is at No. 9 C. Milton Wright (15 points) and Glenelg (10th) is at Atholton (11 points).
Mount St. Joseph's All-Metro Steve Matcuk (30 goals, four assists) and McDonogh's All-City/County player Laurie Schwoy (47 goals, 17 assists) each have established single-season goal-scoring records from their striker positions.
Schwoy, a sophomore, has 31 career assists compared to Matcuk's 29. Each has 75 career goals, with Matcuk's being a school record.
Southern of Baltimore's Joe Turner (22 goals, 16 assists) leads area scorers, but will find out in today's 4A North Region semifinal against No. 5 Perry Hall whether his abilities rate statewide.
Owings Mills' No. 2 seed girls soccer team, which plays No. 3 Towson tomorrow in a 1A-2A East Region semifinal, consists of the same group that went winless as freshmen and sophomores and won only one game last season.
"If there's ever a Cinderella team, it's us," said coach George Erdos. "To score more than one goal in a game, let alone to win or be playing in the regionals? This is all pretty remarkable."