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TJ’s basketball season started this week. We got a voicemail message last Tuesday that his first practice was a last Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Yes, 8:30 pm on a school night. I was not happy. We went to the school mentioned in the message to discover that was not where the team was practicing. I finally got a chance to speak with the coach over the weekend and he said that many of our practices and games are at 8:30. I asked why and he said it’s because the kids were older. These kids are in seventh grade. I asked him if he realized that this meant our kids wouldn’t go to bed until between 10-11 pm on school nights and he said he did. I don’t think that’s right and I am going to say something to the Recreation department. I’m glad TJ gets a chance to play but I’d say that hour was too late on a school night for any child under 15. I don’t think it should start any later than 7:30-8 pm. I wouldn’t mind if it was a once in a while thing but a couple of times a week for a three months is too much. So let’s hear it. Am I wrong? How late is too late to participate in a recurring activity like basketball on a school night?