Have you ever wrapped your mind around the concept of fantasy high school football? I know, it sounds absolutely absurd and totally impossible, but these days anything is possible with a little hard work.
Obviously, there is no organized website that hosts a league through a well fine-tuned server to create a fantasy high school football (or at least not that I’m aware of), but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible to play fantasy football on the high school level.
During my current stent at the University of West Georgia I came across a good group of friends who have completely organized and structured their own fantasy league for college basketball in the Gulf South Conference (which is where West Georgia plays).
They used a handful of crafted Microsoft Word and Excel documents along with a well-organized Facebook group to run their league and determine a winner.
I would go to a few basketball games at my school and hear some of my friends cheering on certain players from other teams, I thought they were just joking when they so commonly said “he’s on my fantasy team,” but then I learned all the logistics behind their custom league.
So it got me thinking, how cool would it have been to have a fantasy high school football league back when I attended Winder-Barrow High school. Sure, I might only find a handful of guys who would also be willing to construct and organize a league, but in fantasy football you generally only want 6-8 players in your league anyways.
There surely would have been a few players on the football team itself that would be interested — although they might just want to play so that they could draft themselves, but in all reality I believe that it would have been a total hit.
And yes it would require a bit of work, but what I learned from my friends is that after all of their work to organize their league they actually had a blast, it gave them something to cheer for if our school wasn’t winning, just like real fantasy sports it gives you a second chance to win.
My friends were pioneers, I don’t know how their methods of organization would work in the context of high school football in region 8-AAAAA, but there is most certainly a way to figure it out.
Just think about it, a high school student goes to a game where his school is losing but knows that there is a good chance that his running back from another school in the region will give him a victory over his friend who is sitting four rows down in front of him eating nachos. The bragging rights that would come from this would be priceless, something that would definitely always be brought up at class reunions!
It’s a lot of hard work, but if you are willing to try it I have a couple suggestions. First determine what type of league to run.
It could be either a region-wide league where any play in the region can be drafted and play for your team or it could be from within your own school where every player in the league sets their lineup with all available players from their school’s roster.
You might think I am crazy, but if you are still reading at this point you must have at least some interest in the topic, why not give it a try?
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.