It seems like we have been in a never-ending cycle of controversy in high school sports the last two weeks.
Finally, we have someone doing something right, and not surprisingly it is the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Executive secretary John Kuczo just told me that the conference baseball tournament will be going to a Monday-Tuesday-Thursday format next year.
This year the league scheduled its final for Saturday, but because of rain the semifinals were played on Saturday and the final on Sunday. With the CIAC playing the first two rounds of the state tournament on Monday and Tuesday, the two teams that reached the league final, Staples and Westhill, were forced to play three games in three days. Not surprisingly, both were bounced in the first round of the CIAC Tournament after having to use their No. 3 starters.
Kuczo admitted that the use of Harbor Yard had been the tail wagging the dog, taking priority over giving its member schools the best chance to succeed.
Many other leagues end their conference tournaments on Thursday to ensure teams are rested for the CIAC playoffs.
The FCIAC Tournament will have to use back to back days in the first two rounds, but teams that get to the finals will be able to get away with using their top two starting pitchers to try and win the title.
In what has seemed like a period of insanity the last fortnight, credit the FCIAC for recognizing an error and correcting it.