Area coaches unsure of spring football

BALDWIN — Some states, including several in the southern part of the country, have spring football for high school sports.

It may not be elaborate like it is on the college level. But it does allow schools to have a few weeks of practice, similar to what they do during the summer.

Ohio is currently considering spring football for high schools.

For now, there seems to be no interest for it in Michigan.

“That’s not something that we’ve been approached at all for,” Geoff Kimmerly, Michigan High School Athletic Association media and content coordinator said. “I don’t really necessarily know the reason for it. I think a lot of our football coaches are involved in track. I don’t know if that’s the reason. There hasn’t been a push for that.”

“I don’t know of anyone in our association who views spring football as a remote possibility in Michigan, given the current policies of the MHSAA,” Larry Merx, executive director of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association said.

Neither football coach Doug Bolles of Baldwin nor Terry Martin of Pine River indicate major interest in the spring football concept.

Martin doesn’t see a need for spring football.

“As long as all schools are participating in the same scheduling, we are playing on a level playing field,” Martin said. “I think adding a spring ball type of camp sends the wrong message to student athletes. Football already consumes their fall and a great deal of their summer. While this does display the benefits of commitment, I think additional times would demote spring sports and their importance.

“We are in a small school that depends on multiple sport athletes and I would not be in favor of anything that would influence an athlete’s decision to not participate in sports outside of football.”

Bolles doesn’t totally oppose the concept of spring football but sees some obvious drawbacks.

“I would love to be able to do this,” he said. “However, in the smaller schools such as Baldwin, we have kids playing spring sports and they really have a lot on their plate already. To now juggle academics with their current sport and then football, it would be tough.”