Something has been noticed in this newsroom (which will be relocating soon) that has probably been noticed elsewhere. What has been noticed is what has been missing and that would be youth baseball and softball scores and write ups.
its part in hindering the development of youth in sports (as well as other aspects of life), but we are now two summers removed from when the pandemic hit and most of the daily life of residents is getting back to what was seen as normal before the coronavirus struck the world.
However, there are other things that have seemingly not returned to normal. That would be the reporting of sporting contests. The high school campaigns of 2021-22 got back to what it was like before COVID — seasons being held at the traditional times, i.e. football being played in the fall instead of spring like it was in 2020-21.
Many things have changed not only since COVID but during. Readers of the Daily Leader and The Blade know this simply by looking at these publications. It’s tough to get what needs to get covered when staff for both publications has been cut down to just one full-timer and a couple of specialty contributors.
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From the sports perspective, it hurts because the author came up through sports and did all that he could to bring the most to readers. Since COVID, trying to cover anything has been difficult. Sports is probably the most painful because so much of sports coverage relies on the help of coaches and others who can provide information.
Apparently, there are very few Little League baseball teams and that there will be no City Series this year. This explains why there hasn’t been anything from that league come across the sports desk.
There also hasn’t been anything from the other leagues, leading one to believe that the participation numbers simply aren’t there. Is this a population problem or is this related to kids not wanting to play?
Whatever the problem, it’s too bad because it will be tough to get the numbers back up.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the fall as high school football and JFL football gets going. It would seem the other sports should do well. Pontiac, Prairie Central and Dwight will be looking at improvements on the prep gridiron.
In order for those programs to grow, as well as the other area high school programs, will be the development of the youth programs. That development will require good numbers of participants.
Summer is a nice time for the high schoolers to get a bit of a break before the school season commences. There will be a lot of hope and expectation as the coaching staffs and players get on the same page and work at being the best competitors they can be this season.
From a reporting standpoint, it will be interesting to see what can be done to provide the best coverage possible. Help is greatly needed, but so is patience because of deadlines that will limit what can get done on a given day.
What’s good is being able to get stories and photos online even if it doesn’t make print.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and hopefully things will come together for a more cohesive coverage of the local sports scene, because who doesn’t want to know what’s taking place?
This article originally appeared on Pontiac Daily Leader: Erich Murphy Sez MEE: Sports coverage is difficult these days