Bishop Kearney prepping grass field for first-ever spring football season

Samantha LaRocca
Updated: March 02, 2021 06:12 PM
Created: March 02, 2021 05:04 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's been almost a year since the students at Bishop Kearney have played football on the field.

This year, football will take place in the spring, and as we all know in Rochester, that snow lingers. The Bishop Kearney field is grass. How are they preparing for this season, and what are they doing to treat the field?

"The challenge that we have against us is that we don't have a field house, we don't have turf, we have Rochester snow, as you can see, and you know what, we are going to have these challenges, but we are just going to go at it," Head Varsity Coach Rick Gause said. "We are going to prepare our kids with what we have and be ready to go." 

There is currently a shortage of turf fields, and the demand is high for several teams to play. 

"We are going to see how the ground works with us, with our ground crews here at the school, and see how it works," Gause said. "If not, we will try to find an alternate field to play on."

But the goal is to play at Bishop Kearney's field. 

"For me, practices inside are going to be very, very minimum," Gause said. "We have several sports teams trying for a gym, and that's all I have is a gym. I do not have a field house, but we are going to make the best of it with our weight room, with conditions outside, and just get ready. If we have to get in the mud and get ready, that's what we are going to do," 

But there are other challenges with having spring football, like sports overlapping. 

"We have athletes running track, playing basketball, and you know what, they are coming to me saying they are ready to play football, but I am making sure that they stay focused on their sport... their primary sport right now, and that's the sport that they started," Gause said. 

What happens when games and meets conflict? 

"Pretty much if it is your primary sport and the game is the same day, then it is going to be geared to the primary sport, and that's pretty much the base rule," Gause said.

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