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Players and coaches on decision to high school push football, volleyball and cheer season to March

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: September 10, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: September 10, 2020 04:55 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — If your kids play high school football, or volleyball, or are on the cheer team you will have to wait until March before starting the new season.

When these teams finally take the field in March they will have to deal with everything from trying to fill the gap between now and then, and of course, potentially playing in far colder temperatures then they're normally used to. 

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Although this is good news for both coaches and student-athletes the transition is something everyone is trying to get used to. News10NBC talked to the Head Football Coach, and a couple of players from Gates Chili High School as they prepare for their upcoming season.

A few members from the Gates Chili High School football players continued with off-season workouts on their own as they and the rest of the Spartans wait until March before they can hit the gridiron once again. 

Head Football Coach Jason Benham says switching from fall to spring will be a new experience.

"We're just gonna have to adapt," Benham said. "The weather is going to be different. Most schools have fields like this that will help us, but you know the kids are, just like school everything is different this year. So we're just going to have to fight through it." 

Benham says the first official team practice is scheduled for the first of March.

"We'll just need two full weeks before we can start playing a game, and they would be 10 practice days. You know cause the kids physically should be in better shape, and we'll be monitoring their offseason workouts, and then we'll roll," Benham said.

News10NBC talked to a couple of players, and asked how do they feel about playing in the spring when they traditionally play during the fall months.

"The positives are it gives us time to prepare. So lift weights, maybe train for off-season and get better, but the negatives are like me, I want to play college ball so I don't know how the recruiting works," quarterback Blake Siplin said.

"I was kind of disappointed after all off-season working out. I was hoping to play, and everything back to normal but as you see that's not working," lineman Bryan Rivero added.

For months now school athletic departments have been waiting for state safety guidelines for all school sports. 

"Do we have to separate the kids still? Is there a vaccine by then? I mean right now I'm going to look at it that March 1st we might have a chance of having football practice look like it did traditionally for years," Benham said.

In the meantime, Benham says his players do have the option to play the only two available high school fall sports. Cross country, or soccer.

"You know if kids have experience in those sports and they can help, help themselves out, or help the team out I'll definitely encourage that just to get them moving. You know for an offensive, defensive lineman there's probably not that many options. They got to get in the weight rooms," Benham said.

As of right now, state guidelines allow each player to invite only two guests per game. Schools are still trying to figure out travel plans for their athletes' away games.


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