A uniform discussion
Sports Editor I’ve got to admit that I was one of the last members of our staff to join the Facebook world a couple of years ago.
Even now, some of my friends in nearby cubicles can’t help getting a chuckle as I struggle periodically trying to navigate the system. Yes, I can manage to find the power button, but it’s not exactly a well-kept secret that I still have a lot to learn. Last week, however, I was glad to be a Facebook user. It became the forum for a productive discussion with a couple readers of our newspaper.
The topic at the heart of it was a volleyball photo which appeared on the front page of the sports section in the Record Express showing, as one reader observed, "derriere hanging out of their WAY too short volleyball uniforms." First, let me apologize to any of our readers who found this to be inappropriate. We do take readers concerns seriously, so it’s obviously something that was important to us. To be honest with you, my focus when selecting the photo for the top of the page was that it was a good shot of Warwick’s Emily Buckwalter hitting the ball over the net in the District playoffs. It never crossed my mind that there might be something inappropriate or distasteful in the photo involving one of the Wilson players on the other side of the net.
Honestly, I’m not sure that what is visible in the photo was obvious at first glance. I believe it was noticed because the readers’ eyes were probably drawn there when noticing the very small shorts being worn by the players.
But as associate editor Steve Seeber and I both indicated on Facebook last week, the matter was indeed discussed at our staff meeting. And as I said at that time, if I had noticed the problem prior to the fact, I would have cropped the photo accordingly. The bottom line is that these student-athletes are children, which we understand, and that’s the right thing to do to help protect them.
It’s been a number of years that the volleyball players have been wearing these types of uniforms, and I believe that most people just see them as being commonplace nowadays. Actually, if you were at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships last Saturday in Hershey, there were some equally short uniforms on display there as well. But if there’s one thing to come out of this, we have to be more careful when running these photos. There are a couple more volleyball shots in this week’s issue, and I made sure to run them past other staff members prior to them being printed. Hopefully there are no problems.
While we’re on the topic of volleyball, allow me congratulate the Warwick girls on their tremendous season, as they established themselves as one of the top teams not only in Section One, but the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Hempfield was clearly the toast of the L-L, again, but Warwick earned the distinction of being the only Section One team to win a game from the Lady Knights after suffering a loss in Lititz on Sept. 18.
When all was said and done, the Warwick girls ended up extending their season into November. In fact, after back-to-back seasons of missing the playoffs, they were the only other sport at Warwick besides football which was still competing as a team this month (the Warwick cross country team had two individuals at the State Championships last Saturday).
Last Wednesday’s loss to 2nd-seeded Exeter in the District Three Triple-A playoff quarterfinals spelled the end of the high school careers of seniors Emily Buckwalter, Greta Weidemoyer and Abby Wenger. But the positive news for the Lady Warriors is they had a good core group of underclassmen, including several sophomores, who got a taste of success this fall. Good job, girls, and best wishes for continued success. More UNIFORM, page B-4