By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
While almost every high school in America plays varsity sports in the evening when parents, fans and students can come watch, playing against hays requires special accommodations for some sports that require schedule changes, disruptions and a lack of fans.
And not every sport. Football, basketball and baseball are all played at the regular times, which is 4 p.m. or later.
But soccer, for some reason, becomes a mid-afternoon game against Hays. Softball, for some reason, becomes a mid-afternoon game.
I have heard the excuses of the long drive disrupting the schedule for the Hays student athletes.
That just doesn’t fly.
If that were trues, hey would play basketball games at 1 p.m. They would play football games at 1 p.m.
But they don’t, so do these student athletes have some special ability of having their schedule disrupted? Of course not. We simply would not agree to play these sports in this middle of the afternoon.
And we shouldn’t do it for soccer or softball, either.
Yesterday, the Lady Redskins played flat, and I’m not making excuses for them, but why should their schedule be disrupted so that Hays can get their soccer team home earlier?
Why would we give up our home field advantage?
We drive great distances to compete, and our kids get home late. That’s part of the game.
When the soccer team has to adjust their entire day, at home, there are consequences for that. Plus, parents and students who may want to attend the game can’t.
Unless Hays wants to do this in every sport, Liberal should stop allowing it in just a few.
It’s our home field. Let’s set our own times, and make the same for everyone.