At our local Catholic High School, they have spring workouts for the football team scheduled this week, before school. They have a fine football program, and have been doing this for years.
However, it occured to me that this sets up a conflict with the players who are expected to participate. It is “suggested” that all players attend, but in reality they’re’ mandatory unless a student is participating in another spring sport.
I see a problem, however, in scheduling such workouts (and these are pretty intense…not a few kids “lose their lunch” during these workouts) on Ash Wednesday. It seems to me that unless these kids eat normally (or perhaps a bit more than usual), they run the risk of hypoglycemia. However, they are supposed to (relative to their age and metabolism; we know that teenage boys eat like horses) participate in the fast.
Question is, would you write the coach and principal and let them know of your concern if you had a son in the football program there? I omit the AD, as in the past he’s been shown to be as worthless as you-know-whats on a boar as far as responding to parent concerns.
The obvious solution would be to either not have the workouts on Ash Wednesday (making them “optional” is a joke…everyone knows that if players don’t show up the coaches take note) or schedule the spring workouts on a different week.
I assume that someone at the school has thought that this could be a potential conflict, yet workouts are scheduled every day this week. Sports are important at this school, but this seems to me to pit Ash Wednesday fasting against loyalty to the football program.
Is it just me that thinks that way? :shrug: