The Houston school board has requested more information before voting on whether to move the softball season to the spring or remain in the fall.
HHS athletic director Brent Kell provided an update to the board during Tuesday’s monthly meeting. Kell, who said he was initially in favor of the move to allow girls the opportunity to play both softball and volleyball, expressed concerns about the switch.
Kell said scheduling games and transportation could be difficult if Houston moved to the spring. Only two conference schools –– Cabool and Mountain Grove –– have decided to move their seasons. A third school, Thayer, was expected to vote Tuesday night. Thus far, only 80 schools have filed with the Missouri State High School Activities Association to move to the new spring softball season.
Of the schools that will be competing in the spring, Jason West of the Missouri State High School Activities Association said several already had spring seasons. He said the number that have actually “switched” is less than 80.
West said if Houston moved to the spring, the district would have the sixth-largest enrollment of all schools competing that season. Dexter, with an enrollment of 568, is the largest. Houston’s enrollment is 357.
There are 13 Class 3 basketball playing schools, not including Houston, registered for the spring postseason. The remaining schools are either Class 1 or Class 2 schools.
Kell told the school board the district would be required to hire two new coaches. Brent Hall and Ryan Munson currently coach both the baseball and softball programs at HHS because they are held during separate seasons.
The board asked Kell to gather information from parents and athletes to assist them in making a final decision for the district.