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November 12, 2019

10/17/2019 1:17:00 PM
A Tuesday coronation?
When it was announced that Windom would crown its king and queen on a Tuesday night, I had a number of people ask me, "A Tuesday night? Why a Tuesday night?"
Without looking at the schedule and seeing what dates were and weren't available, I could only guess that it was the one night during Homecoming Week that worked - it was just a quirk in the schedule. Nevertheless, I had to agree with the question.
Homecoming coronation in Windom has been held on just about every conceivable night and almost every available hour. If you recall, Windom traditionally held a Friday morning - yes, morning - coronation in the school gym. Parents of students who were involved would take off work - not always - to see the coronation, but it was pretty much an event for the student body.
Fast-forward a few years and coronation was always held on the Monday night of Homecoming Week.
In more recent years, homecoming was moved to the Saturday evening prior to Homecoming Week.
Last year, homecoming was on a Monday night, and the two years before that, it was on a Thursday night.
It's safe to say that coronation is on a night when there isn't something happening. And these days, that's difficult. In fact, this year, coronation had to be pushed back to an 8 p.m. start to ensure the cross country team would make it back from its meet in Adrian in time for the start.
While it would be nice to always have one set day in which coronation is held every year, in this day and age, it's just not possible. There are just too many things going on.
Anatomy of coronation date
Not only is it difficult to schedule coronation, some years it's difficult to schedule Homecoming Week. Period. It's no small secret that homecoming is always built around a home football game. Who wants to have homecoming when the football team (which plays once a week) is on the road.
So, you now have four dates in which it works. Since Windom hosted the first game of the year, that date was out of the question - students weren't even in school yet. That leaves three dates.
Windom could have had homecoming against Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the third game of the year, Sept. 13, but considering school started just 10 days earlier, that's a short time for planning for homecoming.
It's a good thing that date wasn't chosen, because Windom wound up having to play that home game on the road due to a wet field.
That left two dates - Oct. 4 or Oct. 11.
I don't know the specific reasons the school chose Oct. 11, but I suspect it had something to do with what was happening each week. In the week of Friday, Oct. 4, the volleyball team was on the road all week. In the week of Friday, Oct. 11, the volleyball team had two home matches. While you certainly want a home football game, it would be nice to have at least one home volleyball match.
Now, that you've got your homecoming week, let's figure out when coronation will be held. How about the Saturday before? Nope, the volleyball team was at a tournament. And not Monday or Thursday, since the volleyball team had home matches both nights. Wednesday night - church night - was out, and holding anything on a Sunday always has been off limits. Lastly, Friday was the football game.
If you wanted the public to attend, there was only one night left - yep, Tuesday.
And that, my friends, is the anatomy of selecting a homecoming coronation date.
Scheduling for all
There was a day, prior to the mid-1970s, when selecting a date for homecoming was easy. You simply looked at the schedule, saw which school the football team had the best chance of beating and that was homecoming.
There were no girls sports and cross country competed maybe twice a week and those meets went quickly - no girls meet and just a two-mile course.
Thankfully, we're never going back to those days. If the worse thing that has to happen is moving coronation to a day during Homecoming Week that works, then I think we really don't have much to complain about.
Bottom line in the future, when it comes to coronation: be flexible.

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