Here’s my proposal to the GHSA’s Executive Committee — Allow high school football teams to scrimmage one opponent during the spring.
Let’s start from the beginning: Football is the biggest moneymaker for Georgia high schools and it’s not even close.
With the economic downtown, why not take advantage of football’s popularity to generate another revenue stream? Every little bit helps. There are some “broke” high school athletic programs in this state.
Here’s my proposal: Allow high school football teams to play one scrimmage in the spring.
With the right stipulations (and I need your suggestions below), I think it could create as much excitement as a game during the regular season. Not the playoffs, but equal or greater than some games during the regular season.
What about Marist vs. St. Pius this spring? Do you think that would excite the communities of both schools? Or Brookwood vs. North Gwinnett? I could go on and on.
I see a lot of positives:
*Keeping the fan base excited about football at the halfway point between of end of last season and the start of the next.
*Motivating the players in winter workouts.
*Making spring football “more real” by having to prepare for game-like conditions.
There are negatives, such as interfering with football players who participate in spring sports, and scheduling — since it’s left up to each school to decide on the dates for spring drills. And yes, injuries, but I would think no more than the regular spring practices.
However, it’s nothing that couldn’t be worked out in order to (1) generate revenue and (2) generate excitement about football.
Some of the rules:
*The spring game would be voluntary. If a coach does not want to scrimmage another team, that’s fine.
*The opponent would have to be located within 50 miles because of travel costs.
*The GHSA would set aside a specific time period for “spring practice and one scrimmage.” It would go something like this: You have to do this during the last two weeks of May (to avoid interfering with spring sports as best as possible) and have the spring scrimmage on the last Friday or Saturday of May. If anything is held outside of that timeline, then the school cannot do the scrimmage.
*If an athlete is still active in a spring sport, he could not participate in the football scrimmage. Or whatever rule each school has in place for that situation now, when football players are doing another sport close to the time of spring practice.
With schools struggling with money for athletics, I’m following the money trail. High school football is money in Georgia for many schools.
What is YOUR opinion? Please post below.