Uncertainty about new fields does away with varsity athletics at Marysville Getchell in 2010-11

MARYSVILLE — Those hoping to see Marysville Getchell High School represented at the varsity level have one more year to wait.

Marysville high school students will be playing under one banner for the 2010-11 season, for the most part.

"You can't schedule any games if you can't guarantee you'll have any facilities," said district athletic director Craig Erickson.

Last summer, the Marysville School Board voted in favor of allowing varsity sports for the 2010-11 season, but its athletic facilities were not guaranteed to be ready by the coming fall, resulting in an incomplete application to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. The guarantee would have had to be made two years ago.

"As far as the WIAA is concerned, Marysville Getchell doesn't exist," Erickson said.

That isn't to say that Marysville Getchell will be without sports during its first year, as the possibility exists to begin building various Chargers programs and traditions. Erickson has the authority to suit up C-teams under the right circumstances.

These teams will have to have enough participants from Getchell try out at Marysville-Pilchuck in 2010-11 and there will have to be enough opponents to schedule games with over the season.

"We have spots now open for assistant coaches in a few sports, but they're contingent on getting enough kids and enough games," Erickson said. "If we get 35 kids try out for volleyball (at M-P) and 15 of them are from Getchell, then that will be enough to go forward."

Erickson said he doesn't see any trouble finding enough kids to have such teams in football, boys and girls soccer and girls tennis, but he said basketball teams might have difficulty filling one of the two requirements.

That moves the hiring of coaches back a year, and Erickson said the district's goal is to have all fall coaches hired by winter break, winter coaches hired by spring break and spring coaches hired by this time next year.

Once the time comes for varsity sports, Getchell will share Quil Ceda Stadium, which is currently being resurfaced with synthetic turf, with Marysville-Pilchuck for all football and soccer games, and it's likely that all baseball and softball games will be played at M-P.

"The good thing about this is that we'll have the time to be in there and work all the bugs out before we start playing games," Erickson said.

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