There is local/area/state-wide group of baseball umpires that also referee football and they all work on the high school level and they want to switch the seasons.
They argue that the Spring season around here is so cold, that you should be playing football in the Spring and switch the baseball seasons to the Fall; where it is warmer and there is less rain……
High School baseball seasons around our area/state get hit hard by the wet grounds, cold weather and other elements that you associate with late Winter/early Spring and with the cold air that is on the weather menu, you sure wouldn’t be having to cancel football practice in February because of 95 degree temperatures and the football kids wouldn’t be facing the threat of heat exhaustion or heat stroke during Feb. or March in Guilford County….
Baseball players would have the fall season to start practice, workout and play their games and they wouldn’t freeze to death or see as many rainouts and the overall feel would be more conducive to baseball in the Fall, according to this group of umpires who call HS baseball games and also referee HS football games…..
Just switch the seasons and it would benefit both sports, the umpire/referee group is saying….You would also save on water in the winter/spring with your football players and the threat of dehydration would not be as likely in 35-40 degree temperatures as it would be with football practice in the fall when the temps are more likely to be 85-90 degrees…..
Baseball in the Fall and Football in the spring????? What do you think? This might benefit both sports, but the tradition of Friday Night Football in the Fall would be a thing of the past.
How about we start a new trend of Friday Night Football in the Spring????? What about Friday Night Baseball in the Fall?????
So far, (and they have been talking about this for around 5-7 years), the umpires/referees have received a “Thumbs Down” from the area high school Athletic Directors, but that’s not to say that they still aren’t trying hard to pull this move off.
The umpires/referees say that they will eventually get this Switch passed and then we will see HS Baseball in the Fall and HS Football in the Spring……
How about this Switch….Do you favor HS Baseball in the Fall and Football in the Spring?
Which sport gets helped the most in this move and which one would take a hit? Would it be a fair trade-off that would equally benefit both sports?????
You make the call. The umpires/referees have already made theirs and it is, “Play Ball(Baseball) in the Fall and Football in the Spring”…….
*****The cold winds from the Ides of March might blow the football off the tee, but at least you wouldn’t have to be wearing long johns and two jackets, while standing in the outfield for the make-up game doubleheader……*****