In a memo written by Pomona basketball coaches Dave Bolwinkel and Darlene May and sent to McNeil of San Luis Obispo and the CCAA scheduling committee, the pair said a day of rest between games lessens the chance for injury and improves the quality of games.
"The effort level has not been what it has been in the past," Bolwinkel, a third-year coach, told The Times.
First-year Coach Bob Boyd of Chapman said back-to-back road games put L.A.-area teams at a disadvantage when traveling to play at Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo. To save on travel expenses, teams from L.A., such as Dominguez Hills, have always played at the two northernmost schools in the CCAA in a single road trip. That is expected to change temporarily next season, with the exit of Northridge, but may return in 1991-92 season when the CCAA adds Cal State San Bernardino.
Third-year Coach Henry Dyer of Cal State L.A. says basketball has been singled out because of its popularity with fans.
"It's an overkill on the visible sports. (The presidents allow) baseball to play 63 games a year and track and field to go to Europe for three weeks, but they don't want us to go from here to Bakersfield."
Dominguez Hills Coach Dave Yanai, a 13-year veteran of the conference who was recently appointed to be the assistant coach for the West team in this summer's Olympic Festival, said a good compromise would be playing on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Meeting in Pomona Thursday in conjunction with the annual CCAA postseason tournament, the women's coaching group voted to return to a Thursday-Saturday schedule next year. The men's coaches, meeting in Bakersfield at the men's finals, are expected to follow suit. The recommendation will then be forwarded to the CCAA Executive Committee.