Friday nights are for high school football

By Katelyn Lemen | Posted 8/10/2017

There’s something special about the tradition of cheering on local high school teams under the Friday night lights.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) wants to protect that tradition. They have created and adopted a resolution that urges schools and teams at the college and professional levels to honor that tradition and schedule games on other days.

NFHS executive director Bob Gardner, said “Friday nights offer communities a traditional time and place to congregate and support their students. If a major college football game was scheduled in the area on a Friday night, it could affect attendance at the high school game or cause the game to be moved to another day. In addition, many of the Friday night college games are televised, which could result in lower attendance at high school contests nationwide.”

Throughout the years, the number of college games on Friday nights has increased. According to NFHS, “over 50 major college football games will be played on Friday nights this year”.

The full resolution:

“Be it RESOLVED that every Friday night during the fall in America is ‘High School Football Night.

“Be it FURTHER RESOLVED that college and professional football teams should refrain from scheduling contests on Friday nights. Such restraint would be an investment in their own future success. It would also demonstrate that high school football has value well beyond the field of play. Schools, communities and scholastic teams for girls and boys all benefit when football is strong.

“THEREFORE, the National Federation of State High School Associations urges all parties to observe the central premise of this resolution.”