Why Don't Iowa High Schools Have Spring Football?

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  1. cybsball20

    cybsball20 Well-Known Member

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    This is something I have wondered since moving here before my senior year of High School. In Florida they have a short spring Football just after baseball, the last couple weeks of school, followed by a jamboree where 4 local schools get together and play a quarter against each other. Since Iowa has Baseball in the summer it seems like it would be easy to have a short spring football session followed by a jamboree... Just something to think about...
     
  2. cmoore_23

    cmoore_23 Well-Known Member

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    i know alot of schools do workouts.. but really i think what it comes down too is the weather and the fact that there are alot of kids that play football and baseball or soccer... and football just isnt as "big" in iowa as it is in some other states
     
  3. Rogue52

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    I always wondered this also. Many states allow it.
     
  4. cytheguy

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    Good question and idea. I think it would help with player development and exposure.
     
  5. cybsball20

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    I know it really helped guys who were preparing to go to camps in the summer...
     
  6. SuperCy

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    Isn't that what track is for?

    Really. I HATED track. I went out because it was a suggestion by the football coaches that happened to be the track coaches. We stayed in shape and worked on a few things.
    I know the faster guys actually practiced like they should. After I threw discuss for awhile I'd go to the field and practice long snaps. I wasn't the only one working on things in the spring.

    Plus, track was a nice way to get guys eligible for football if they'd been caught drinking during the winter.
     
  7. rte4st8

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    Iowa is the only state that has seperate governing bodies for boys and girls sports.
     
  8. cgwarrior33

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    The reason is schools have enough trouble filling the Spring sports anyways. Its why you don't see spring baseball. Most of the schools....3A included have athletes who are 3 or 4 sports athletes. You would begin to have kids specialize in sports when the schools cannot afford them to. So many 1A schools are already sharing programs so you would put an increasing financial burden on schools that are already struggling.
     
  9. cybsball20

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    Spring Football does not interfere with any other sports in most states. It runs after Baseball/Track/Golf/Tennis in Florida. If they can squeeze it in before the end of school then I am sure Iowa can, especially since they have all summer to play baseball...
     
  10. Drizzle

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    My high school football coaches pretty much told us we were going out for track...
     
  11. mjlane

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    I seem to remember track and baseball just about overlapping when I was in high school, so I don't think there's really much time to squeeze anything in. I guess you might have a week or two for some spring football, but it seems like a lot of effort for nothing.
     
  12. Tweedt4Cy

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    In states like florida and texas high school football is there life. it is semi popular here but still nothing like there. like in texas towns shut down and they all go to the game. it would be awsome if hs football was that big here.
     
  13. cmoore_23

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    weather here doesnt help
     
  14. JonDMiller

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    I remember practicing football in mid to late October...and hating it. Just hating it. I was in IL for my senior year, and they have spring baseball...and I hated that. Too cold.
     
  15. cloneu

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    Doesn't track/golf/tennis end during the last week of school? I remember people missing the last days of school for the state track meet.

    Some other things, I know multiple families who allow their kids to be in only 1 sport so they would have more time to help on the farm. If the one sport was football these parents would probably not be up for letting their kids play in the spring too. I doubt this would affect too many people and maybe it has become a thing of the past too.
     
  16. chadm

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    Same here, but when four of his best players went out for golf what could he say?
     
  17. jdoggivjc

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    Oh please - I'm originally from Davenport, where the weather is likely very similar to where you grew up. Complaining about having to practice football in late October? Please - it's called FOOTBALL WEATHER for a reason! I'd much rather practice/play in late October than practice in late July.

    As for spring baseball, while I wasn't good enough to make the team, I did go through tryouts. Other than the extra sting in the hands due to hitting with an aluminum bat (and consequently after that my hands stung for a week and I had problems even gripping a baseball after that), the weather was fine.

    All I gotta say is this is the Midwest - suck it up, buttercup! :wink:
     
  18. Phaedrus

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    There is nothing in the world like playing in a playoff game on concrete hard frozen turf, when the ball, on punts, just disappears into the swirling snow. And for the receiving team, it just BAM appears suddenly out of the snowstorm.

    And when you hit the ground, it is like someone driving needles through your skin, especially your knees and elbows.

    Damn, now THAT is real football....
     
  19. jdoggivjc

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    Playing football in the snow is the best. Some of my best football memories are late night games in the Old RCA courtyard. It's too bad I never got to experience a HS game in the snow, though...
     
  20. Phaedrus

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    Oddly enough, my left knee starting popping on me starting on Tuesday, and giving me some serious pain. Just reminding me of a certain game against Floyd Valley, in a snowstorm, that's all....
     

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