After Further Review: Cole Young 8/17

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: August 17, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Kansas City has the unique ability to see high school football from both sides of the state line.

And this year, we have ability to see how the preseason is being handled in both Missouri and Kansas and see that both starts could be handled much better.

Missouri starts football games this week, August 19. That’s too early. Kansas meanwhile didn’t even begin high school practices until August 15, too late in my opinion.

That said, I’m here to offer solutions, not just complain about the respective associations.

The first thing that needs to be done to stop all of this is address the fact that both states seem stuck on the idea that the state title games have to be played on Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll admit it is nice to watch them over the holiday. However, Class 6 has already moved to a different weekend. We’ve moved them away from St. Louis after 20 years.

There’s nothing saying they title game couldn’t be played the first week of December.  Moving the games back a week would keep you from getting locked into a position where the season would have to begin so early.

By moving Kansas’ start time up a week you’d allow an opportunity for those schools to have a jamboree and potentially practice some when school isn’t in session.

The trouble spreads to more than just football. Until Friday (or nearly two full weeks after practices had started) no fall sport besides football even knew its district assignment. Really let that settle for a second. The season starts, you’re technically preparing for the postseason all year long.

And the best part about it all? Missouri practices will start a day earlier next year – July 31.

In the rush to get things to fit neatly into a calendar that finishes on Thanksgiving weekend, you essentially force these teams to practice in triple digit temperatures or worse, cut practices short because of the heat.

Neither one of those options are in the best interest of the students, which is what high school associations are built around.