How much does size matter in high school sports?
Robert Bateman High School in Burlington has had to pull the plug on their football team, The Wild, this season because of… teacher job action? Nope! Funding? Incorrect!
They don’t have enough large players. 30 students showed up for practice out of a total of 800 students.
Only two students put their hands up when coaches asked for volunteers for the team’s offensive line, which requires some size.
School principal Mark Duley said “to have a football team, you need to have an offensive line. Without one, everybody on the field is in jeopardy.”
Dan Fornier, president of the Ontario Football League is disappointed by the news, but declared that “although it sucks that they lost their season, it’s better to be on the safe side.”
How important is size in a football game? And how important are football programs to a Canadian high school, anyway? Are they still the heart of a school’s sports identity?