EAST GREENWICH — East Greenwich’s first venture into the world of co-op interscholastic sports may put five local girls on the ice for R.I. Interscholastic League hockey this winter.
The School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to endorse a request by East Greenwich High School Athletic Director Chris Cobain to enter a pilot agreement with Cranston to create a co-op girls’ hockey team, bringing together players from East Greenwich, Cranston West and Cranston East high schools.
Cobain and Mike Traficante, Cranston school athletic director, will request a waiver from the RIIL’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics at a Monday meeting which would allow them to operate a co-op team. Due to their size, the two Cranston schools needed a waiver last year to play with a combined team.
After hearing from some local girls interested in playing interscholastic hockey whose only previous options were to play on the EGHS boys’ team or attend school out of town, Cobain looked into co-op as an option.
With no more than three schools allowed in a co-op under RIIL rules and North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett high schools already having formed one, Cranston was the most suitable partner available.
“This is the way they’re going to be doing it for the long term to sustain the numbers they have now,” he said.
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