The Logan County school board approved bass fishing as the newest sports activity that will be sponsored by Logan County High School at its monthly meeting this week.
That means the newest team at LCHS will be up and running in time for the regional tournament which is scheduled for April.
Athletic director Hugh McReynolds said that he will be posting the job for a fishing team coach and that he expects to hire someone at the end of the mandatory 30-day waiting period.
Once a coach is in place, McReynolds said that he expects the team can begin competing in fishing tournaments as early as January in preparation for the April regional.
Students at LCHS were surveyed before the October school board meeting when the bass fishing team was first proposed and about 104 students signed up saying that they would be interested in joining the team.
“Our typical rule is that only about 40 percent of those that signed up will show a true interest in the team though,” McReynolds said. “So we’re probably looking at about 30 to 40 kids that will be joining this team.”
The only costs the school district will have to provide will be transportation to the fishing events and payment for the team’s coach.
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 will 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. “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.