Logan County High School may soon add bass fishing to the growing list of sports activities that it offers.
Superintendent Marshall Kemp said a proposal was made to the school board recently and that a vote would likely be taken at the board’s November meeting about the possibility of adding fishing for the next school year.
“It’s a very practical sport and the board may be making a decision on that as early as next month,” Kemp said.
The expense for adding the sport would be minimal.
“I think it’s a relatively inexpensive sport to add,” Kemp said. “Everybody has to provide their own fishing gear and the sponsors, who have to be adults, will supply and drive the boats.”
The only costs the school district would have to provide would be transportation to the fishing events and payment for the teams coach.
LCHS athletic director Hugh McReynolds said that the season would consist of participating in just a handful of events prior to regional and state tournaments.
“There are a few sanctioned events around,” McReynolds said. “Muhlenberg County has one that I assume is on Lake Malone and Barren County High School does one on Barren River Lake. All you have to do is participate in a few of those before the regional competition. You can almost have the entire season in a three to four week period.”
McReynolds said that much of the “practice” actually takes place in the classroom before ever setting foot on the water.
At competitions, students will work in two-person teams.
“In the region tournament, you just take your top six two-person teams, but you can have as many people as you want on the entire team,” McReynolds said.
Adding fishing as a sports activity at LCHS would likely be a good way to get some students involved that aren’t otherwise participating in organized school sports.
“The last couple of sports activities we have added - with soccer and archery - haven’t had many kids participating that do other sports,” McReynolds said. “If we add fishing, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the kids that come out for that team are not participating in any other sports.”
The KHSAA added fishing to its list of sanctioned sports for the 2012-2013 school year.
To participate, each student must possess a currently valid Kentucky fishing license. Each student also must become a member of the Student Angler Federation. The annual membership fee is $25 and includes all necessary liability insurance, including the option to name the school as additionally insured.
If Logan County adds bass fishing, it will field teams in 14 of the KHSAA’s 16 sanctioned sports. Other than bass fishing, the only other two sports LCHS does not offer are wrestling and bowling.