IAA president Carla Sarauw indicated that the IAA would have no position on the strike issue.
"We as the IAA
can only plan our leagues, and we will go ahead and plan," Sarauw
told school representatives, league commissioners and other association members in attendance.
Coaches on St. Thomas have scheduled a vote on the proposed strike for 5 p.m. Monday at Charlotte Amalie High School
Until that decision is made, Sarauw
said, the IAA
has no choice but to proceed as usual.She
said league organizers cannot throw up their hands and assume there will be a strike.
"Look what happened on St. Croix," Sarauw
said, referring to a preliminary vote by St. Croix coaches on Thursday that revealed fragmented opinions and only a minority of the coaches attending in support of a strike.Whether that setback will derail the coaches' push for change in the St. Croix District is unclear.
If coaches do call a strike, the IAA
will not take a side in the dispute, Sarauw
said.Schools and coaches play equally important roles in the IAA
, forcing the association to remain neutral out of necessity.Though Sarauw
refused to take sides, she
said the IAA
would pursue all options to keep student athletes on the field in the event of a strike.
's role as it stands now is to get our athletes playing," Sarauw
said."We can't decide that - because they're on strike - that we're on strike, too." Sarauw
said the IAA
would work with whatever member schools could provide, including replacement coaches, to try to organize "skeleton" leagues or at least several tournaments for the remaining teams.
"Whatever you can salvage, you can salvage," she