The whole situation is significantly more complicated than pinning the
blame on the sectionals coordinator or the teams. When things go well
with college sectionals (well run tournament and maximum on time
rosters) credit can be given to both the SC and the teams, but in the
same vein, when things go poorly it's only fair to spread the blame
around just as equally.
What most people do not realize is that the job of a SC coordinator is
much more than just a tournament director who happens to be running the
sectionals tournament. The SC has all the responsibilities of a
tournament director (unless he chooses to delegate them) but has many
other duties as well. The SC is responsible for everything that makes
the college series stand apart from any other college run tournament.
Things like helping teams to understand eligibility requirements and
making sure that teams get their rosters in on time are at the core of
what the SC job is all about. As most captains are aware of the process
is much more complicated than many people think it is and things like
deadlines sneak up quicker than most expect. It is without a doubt the
job of the SC to make sure that teams are aware of all the rules,
guidelines and deadlines and that they do not violate them. When teams
do not get their rosters in on time you can't separate a SC's
responsibility from this failure.
That being said, there is only so much a SC can do and there is a
significant amount of weight on the shoulders of the teams themselves.
SC can't do the work for them. They can email and make phone calls as
much as they want, but at the end of the day, if the captains simply
don't get the job done or the administration someway messes up the
rosters, there is really nothing that the SC can do.
I ran the 2004 and 2004 Metro New York sectionals. Before I took over
as SC, my section got around 4 on time rosters in and had about 2 bids
every year. My goal as SC was to improve on this as best as I could. As
SC I did all I could to encourage newer and younger teams to
participate in teh series. I encouraged teams to bring their B teams to
sectionals and most importantly I was relentless in reminding teams of
the roster deadline and in doing everything I could to assist them in
their rostering process. As a result in 2004 we had I believe 12 on
time rosters and in 2005 we had 15 on time rosters. Now, I give almost
all the credit here to the teams. They were fantastic in the amount of
hard work they put in in making sure they got their rosters in time.
They were on the ball and responsible and as a result they were
rewarded each year with an extra bid. However, they didn't spontanously
decide to get their rosters in on time. Even though they did all the
work, it was my pushing that made them aware of the value of that work.
In the end it was a team process. We suceeded because myself and the
captains both did the jobs we were supposed to do. Had we failed to get
enough rosters in on time and lost a bid to regionals or even the size
bid to nationals, it would have been my fault as much as the teams.
I don't know exactly the situation with Mike G's sectionals tournament
and what happened with the on-time rosters. However it is unfair to put
all the blame on either Mike G or the teams. Somewhere something in the
process failed and I would put my money on both of them.