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True blue? School’s athletic uniform color policy up for debate Wednesday

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

The use of navy blue in Moore County's athletic uniforms has become more and more prevalent, like the pants the MCHS softball team uses this year (left) and the shirts the MCHS baseball team used last year. Athletic uniform colors will be the main topic of a special school board meeting on Wednesday.

The use of navy blue in Moore County’s athletic uniforms has become more and more prevalent, like the pants the MCHS softball team uses this year (left) and the shirts the MCHS baseball team used last year (right). The school’s athletic uniform colors will be the main topic of a special school board meeting on Wednesday.

MCHS school colors are at the heart of a special Moore County Board of Education meeting planned for Wednesday afternoon at Moore County High School.

The school board has been asked to consider waiving the traditional solid white pants used by the football team in lieu of navy blue pants.

Rather than a solid Columbia blue home uniform, the Raiders would wear navy blue pants with Columbia blue jerseys here in Lynchburg. The proposed away uniforms would be navy pants with white jerseys and Columbia blue trim.

School board policy #6-100 SCHOOL COLORS states, “The official colors for Moore County High School athletic teams and band are to be Columbia blue and white. A 2/3 vote of the Board may be used to approve use of colors other than Columbia blue and white as the primary uniform colors. Additional colors may be used as trim colors for uniforms as approved by the principal and Director of Schools.”

“The cheerleaders would like to have darker uniforms,” said Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. “Shortly after (that request) Coach (Jeremy) Austin came to me and asked if we could have darker pants that would hide some of the wear and tear and that we would hopefully be able to use them longer.

“What he would like to have worn is the navy pants used both home and away. Because it’s a stock color, they can replace them a few at a time instead of all at one time.”

Columbia blue is considered by most uniform manufacturers as a specialty color and typically has to be ordered in bulk and is also a little more expensive than other colors.

In recent years, Moore County’s baseball and softball teams have started using navy blue as a primary color. The baseball team has a uniform with navy blue jerseys, while the softball team has a variety of jerseys and navy blue pants.

“(Navy has) turned from a trim color to a major component,” added Moorehead. “Right now the softball and baseball teams are not compliant with school policy and that’s my fault. Whether or not the board wants to take action on that is up to them.”

Wednesday’s meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the high school library.

 

—ROBERT HOLMAN, editor & publisher

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