No rest for JV Cards on Labor Day
Labor Day celebrations usually entail avoiding labor by picnicking, swimming or sunning. For those involved with the Eudora High School junior varsity football team, the usual Labor Day festivities may be put on hiatus. The team plays at 4:30 in Paola.
Not that athletic director Larry McPherson wants it that way.
"It's not my choice," McPherson said. "It's not where I wanted to play. I want the weekend off, too."
The schedule has included Labor Day games for the two years in a row because the athletic schedules are set two years at a time. In October, the schedules for the next two years will be out.
McPherson said the junior varsity team used to make up the Labor Day game the following Tuesday. Since the addition of the seventh and eighth grade teams, doing so has been impossible.
Since other football teams have Labor Day practice anyway, McPherson said having a game didn't seem like a big deal.
"It doesn't hurt us any, except when we travel," he said. "That takes another couple of hours. We'll probably have to leave at 2 or 2:30 p.m."
The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) has moratoriums on practice and games around Christmas, from about Dec. 24 to 28, and during "buffer weeks" where athletes participating in more than one sport have time to rest during seasons.
"Other than that, it's up to the school and the school district," KSHSAA assistant executive director Paul Palmer said of other holidays.
Junior varsity player Jared Pringle said playing on the holiday wasn't going to interrupt any big plans.
"It doesn't bother me," he said.