WCC Lacks Contact Sports
Over time, contact sports have disappeared from WCC. The last varsity sport the school had that could be considered a “contact sport” was basketball, and that has now left as well.
The school used to offer football and basketball, boxing and wrestling. All of these are no longer available.
This begs the question of why?
Explanations like liability, student safety, and even the amount of effort it would take to maintain these teams were thrown around—but the real answer is that it just happened by chance.
The school never actively tried to avoid contact sports, but it’s almost as if fate just happened to make it so.
The football team was disbanded in the ‘90s after not having enough players, and simply never came back. With the dissolution of the team, it became lost for good. Maintaining a team is much easier than making one, especially after the budget for it is reallocated.
Michael Belfiore, Athletic Director explained.
“Football exists as its own animal,” said Belfiore. “You need a specific athletic training staff. The coaching staff is a much more developed. That just adds to the price. You have to purchase all new equipment, all new uniforms. I would estimate, just by adding that program, it would rival the whole athletics budget.”
With the scandal that came with the recent investigation of the basketball team, it was pretty much necessary for it to dissolve.
“We’re working through these problems; We’re looking to bring the program back,” said Belfiore.
While varsity wrestling exists, the wrestling team has been designated a “club”—there hasn’t been enough interest shown in making it a team to merit the amount of time, effort, and expenses that it would take to make those necessary changes happen.
Wrestling is not treated as a sport, but because it’s still housed under athletics, the school can help in certain ways—such as making sure that everyone gets proper physicals and any necessary insurances are present.
This goes even for students who’d like the return of certain extracurriculars, such as the boxing club, which was ended due to an absence of members and advisors rather than a shortage of support on the school’s side.
“It was a great offering, and I get asked questions about it from time to time, but it’s mostly students who come asking if they can go in there and workout in there and the answer is no, because I can’t have people just going in there and punching each other without someone to supervise that activity,” said Belfiore. “The ability for the club to be there is still there. We still have it in mind that if a student were to ask to get the club going again, and try to get a qualified person to be able to instruct it, it could be reinstated.”
Even with news like that, change can be difficult to come by. Turning something like the wrestling team into a varsity sport would take a lot of money, and the return of the football team is seemingly out of the realm of possibility.
So, with all this information, it becomes evident that the school only does what it needs to do— if they want something, they have to show it by putting in enough work to make it happen.