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Council's Report Suggests Adoption of Yale's Centralized System for All Intramural Athletics

Return of Administrative Power to H.A.A. and Paid Officials Among Proposals


Believing that the reason for the success of the Yale inter-college athletic system rests in the distinction made between informality and lack of organization, the report on Harvard athletics by the Student Council stressed the need for full-time director and salaried supervisors and managers, which Yale has.

The questionnaire, which was sent out to Crimson undergraduates, showed less than 35 per cent of the eligible upperclassmen participating in House athletics. This contrasts with the Yale program, in which 55 per cent of the upperclassmen compete in intramural sports. The report also calls for the return of administrative control in House athletics to the H.A.A.

The Council's first suggestion is to relieve the present director of intramural athletics of his coaching duties, allowing him, as is done at New Haven, to devote his full attention to the efficient management of House sports. Responsible to the director would be salaried managers in each House, charged with keeping up interest and informing residents of the times of contests.

In accordance with the Yale plan, three Juniors from each House would act as assistants in competition for the senior managership, attending to all matters not personally supervised by their superiors. At Yale, graduate student supervisors, subordinate to the director, are appointed to arrange all details in football, hockey, and crew.

Other suggestions for bettering the intramural system include the hiring of the officials for all contests, the presence of a doctor at all football games, and the employment of a regular trainer to care for participants and equipment throughout the year.

In addition there is a paid reporter to cover all contests, and considerable space is allotted in the Yale NEWS for College athletics. Yale's intramural budget has between $18,400 and $19,400 annually. At present approximately $4,000 is spent by the University on Harvard House athletics.

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