There is a calendar. Now, the race is on to fill it up.
High school athletic directors across New Mexico, given a lay of the land by the New Mexico Activities Association, are actively seeking to obtain dates and games for a 2020-21 school year that will, across the board, have fewer games, meets, tournaments and matches than they’d normally have due to COVID-19.
“Everyone is scrambling,” said Albuquerque Public Schools district AD Kenny Barreras.
“For the most part, when the (NMAA) announced (the calendar), everyone started calling, texting, emailing, trying to get games in every sport,” Rio Rancho High AD Vince Metzgar said.
There are inherent challenges embedded in this process. Which sports get their schedules filled first? Will schools play full, if paradoxically abbreviated, schedules? And if they do, how do programs cram in all the games they’d like to play given the tighter time window they’ve been given to play those schedules?
Barreras’ staff at APS unquestionably faces