Players and parents connected to New Paltz’s football teams are still trying to get the idea of playing into the end zone, but it appears that school board members consider this a dead ball. The fact that trustees nixed tackle football entirely for this school year — on the advice of the district’s medical director — is falling flat for those whose lives are invested in the gridiron play.
One parent sent in a comment pointing out that the game was given a green flag in the Rondout Valley district, where the same doctor — Marek Balutowski — is also medical director. Others weighing in feel that the reasons given betray an ignorance of the sport, such as concerns over tackling each other in the parking lot and sharing equipment. However, the same people who accused board members of ignorance also suggested that they just weren’t trying hard enough to come up with a plan that would work.