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By Andrew Christiansen

Concerned parents ask why basketball games are getting so rough


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PRESSURE: Crysta Counts looks to pass under pressure from a Mabton defender during a January game in Goldendale.

“What has happened to basketball around here that makes it such a rough game for kids to play in high school?” That was the basic question a group of parents brought to The Sentinel recently.

The parents scheduled a meeting at The Sentinel out of frustration with a game that they believe is putting the health of their children at risk. They had four basic questions: 1) Who is responsible for the rough play in basketball games? 2) Why don’t officials enforce the rules of basketball? 3) Why does it seem officiating is inconsistent between the Gorge and the Yakima Valley? 4) Is there any way to change the system and make the game safer for kids?

There is some agreement among coaches th...

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