•Pinellas County, located between Clearwater and St. Petersburg on the west coast in Florida, has several schools cracking down on cheerleaders’ uniforms. Several schools have banned the cheerleaders from wearing the uniforms in school on each game day for the football team. Football players and cheerleaders wearing uniforms around school on game day is nothing new, in fact it is almost tradition in most schools. With a new dress code coming into place at these schools, administrators are not allowing the uniforms to be worn. Click here for the complete story from the Tampa Bay Times. Personally, I think cheerleaders have every right to wear the uniforms in school along with the football players. If they aren’t acceptable in school, why are they acceptable in front of thousands of fans every Friday night? I also love traditions in high school and I think this one builds school spirit heading into a football game with both the players and cheerleaders in uniform. There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue. Readers are welcome to leave comments on what they think. This could turn into a nationwide topic in the upcoming years, especially with the surge of competitive spirit becoming an official sport. The PIAA adopted competitive spirit this past year and held its first set of state championships during the winter season.
•One of the main things I want to do with this blog is give some of the overlooked sports some love. Water polo is a big one as District 10 only has three boys teams (Cathedral Prep, Fairview and McDowell) and three girls teams (Fairview, McDowell and Villa Maria). These athletes train hard each year and if you ever think it’s easy playing water polo, go try to stay afloat for an hour and play a sport at the same time. The McDowell water polo tournament will open the season Saturday and it should provide plenty of exciting action in the pool. Hats off to the athletes and the coaches for keeping the programs strong. District 10 has only three programs on each side but all three are stable and providing athletes another sport to play.