Inter-school championships: the update of the instruction booklet still awaited : The Tribune India



Tribune press service

Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, July 12

As UT’s education department prepares to hold interscholastic championships after a two-year hiatus, local schools are waiting for an updated copy of the instruction booklet. It hasn’t been updated for over a decade now.

The department must update the instruction booklet every year. There are several games that have been included in the schedule of School Games Federation of India over the past 10 years. Each year, the weight categories of certain disciplines change. A trainer

Inter-school championships are due to start from July 26 with tournaments such as badminton (U-17), basketball (U-14 & U-17), baseball (U-14 & U-17) , chess (U-14 & U-17), fencing (U-14 & U-17), football (U-14), artistic and rhythmic gymnastics (U-14 & U-17), table tennis (U -14 & U-17) and U-14 men’s cricket.

In accordance with the championship notification, the instruction booklet, published by UT’s Department of Education, will be consulted for any clarification regarding inter-school championships. The Director of School Education (DSE) shall have every right to change any of the rules and regulations for the benefit of players and the promotion of sports without giving any reason. However, in the absence of the instruction booklet, participating schools are unclear on the rules and regulations of the championships.

“The booklet has not yet been updated. However, all the rules and regulations are already passed on to the schools. Even the notification (schedule) for holding inter-school championships contains all the necessary rules and regulations for schools,” a senior department official said, while requesting anonymity.

Coaches claimed that without a proper instruction booklet, it was difficult to follow the updated rules. Questions have also been raised about the powers given to the DSE to change the rules under the “for the benefit of players” clause.

“The department should update the instruction booklet every year. Several games have been included in the schedule of School Games Federation of India (SGFI) over the past 10 years. Every year the weight categories of certain disciplines change,” said a trainer.

Another coach said: “For example, the rules and regulations mentioned in the inter-school notification contain nothing about withdrawal and removal of teams or complaints or protests and sanctions or anything about conditions. organization of tournaments. Such things are only available in the instruction booklet, which the majority of schools do not have.

Although the notification does not mention anything about school participation, in accordance with chapter 1 (verse 1) of the instruction booklet, schools with fewer sports facilities were invited to participate in at least three kho-kho events, kabaddi (national style), kabaddi (circle style), football, volleyball and basketball. “There are several differences between the instruction booklet and the notification. For example, the notification mentions the sport approved for graduation by the UT Athletic Department, but the instruction booklet mentions certain disciplines, which are not affiliated with the Athletic Department,” the coach said.

Although these games are organized according to the schedule and rules of SGFI, the coaches also demanded that the department consider the rule of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to organize these games.

“A lot has changed in recent years and the education department should also consider the IAU rules, especially for the U-19 category. For example, if the IAU has added golf events to its schedule, the department should give exposure to golfers on the same lines. Similarly, the IAU does not give weighting to men’s softball, but the department organizes it anyway,” said a senior coach working at a college. .

Championships from July 26

The inter-school championships are due to start from July 26 with tournaments such as badminton (U-17), basketball (U-14 & U-17), baseball (U-14 & U-17), chess (U-14 & U-17), fencing (U-14 & U-17), football (U-14), artistic and rhythmic gymnastics (U-14 & U-17), table tennis (U-14 & U-17) and U-14 men’s cricket.

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