No matter what sport you are playing or what skill you are displaying, that's a good day.
Thursday was a good day for high school sports in West Virginia.
That's because the West Virginia Board of Education went a perfect three-for-three in its rulings on high school sports issues.
For the second straight year, board members wisely, swiftly and ununanimously killed yet another proposal to divide West Virginia high schools into four classes.
After it did so, one state sports columnist suggested the proposal needed tweaked.
No, it needs to buried once and for all. Perhaps the Kanawha County coroner could come to a board meeting and put a toe tag on the proposal.
He could even hold an inquest and say the cause of death was lack of common sense.
West Virginia doesn't need four classes. It barely can support three.
Yet, you know that some other well-intentioned but misguided principal once again will bring up this proposal, likely sooner rather than later.
I laughed when I saw a suggestion on an Internet message board that the school of the next principal to bring it up gets automatically moved to Class AAA if the proposal once again fails, which it should and will.
Then there was the proposal to cut all sports seasons other than football and girls and boys basketball by 10 percent, which the BOE?also rejected.
There were lots of problems with this.
First, it discriminates against athletes involved in all other sports.
Plus, although it is being billed as a cost-cutting move, there are far better ways to cut expenses rather than cut back on the participation level of the athletes, which is the very essence sports exists.
The two expenses schools can control are travel and officials.
Travel can be cut by playing teams closer to home.
That in turn might increase attendance as fans are more likely to make a short drive to a game than they are one that requires many miles and a huge time commitment.
Schools also need to look at cutting back on officials. We got along fine for years with two officials at basketball games. Then, somebody decided we needed three.
I've never been convinced of that.
Finally, there was the proposal to allow basketball teams to begin their seasons a week earlier than the calendar previously allowed. That proposal passed as board members agreed it made sense to play as many games as possible before winter weather sets in.
Besides, scheduling games early would allow more makeup dates if they had to be postponed.
Time and again, the State Board of Education has made common sense rulings that have saved and/or strengthened high school sports.
That's what happened again last week when members went three-for-three.
Contact Dave Poe at firstname.lastname@example.org