High school football teams can begin practice on Sunday (Aug. 1). However, several metro Atlanta schools will wait wait at least a day to get started.
A sampling of local football coaches indicated almost no one wanted to start on Sunday.
Centennial’s Jeff Measor: “We are not setting a good example if we put football before God’s day. I’ve never required anything from our kids on Sunday and never will. We aren’t going to win or lose a game by pushing practice back a day.”
Stephenson’s Ron Gartrell: “It’s a long season. It’s not that important that I take a Sunday away from the players and coaches. Sunday is a very important family day for most.”
Milton’s Scott Walker: “We don’t start school this year until the last week of August so we will have twice as many practices as we have ever had. We work back from the date of our first game and keep our plan in place. We will be at camp for a week, which we have never done, so we will get plenty of work in.”
Tucker’s Franklin Stephens: “There is no particular reason other than we will not be a in a camp setting. I prefer for the kids to have Sunday for church and other family- and friend-related activities. We will infringe on their Sunday time enough during the season.”
Kell’s Derek Cook: “Cobb County has a rule against Sunday activities … and I am not willing to ask my family, my coaches or my players to be away from their family at this time during the season as we’ll spend enough time together soon enough.”
Norcross’s Keith Maloof: “The kids work so hard over the summer that we as a coaching staff feel that one day is not a big deal.”
South Gwinnett’s John Small: “On Sunday, we have so many kids doing church and family things. … It would have been nice if the date was changed around since Aug. 1 feel fell on Sunday this year, but oh, well.”
Creekside’s Johnny White: “We did not want to interfere with the church services for our athletes.”
John Creek’s Mike Cloy: “Sunday is for family. We do not interfere with people’s Sundays anytime.”
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