Uniforms, equipment go into athletic budget

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Uniforms, equipment go into athletic budget

Players wearing old football uniforms back in 2015

Players wearing old football uniforms back in 2015

Nick Somich

Players wearing old football uniforms back in 2015

Nick Somich

Nick Somich

Players wearing old football uniforms back in 2015

Antonio Mangelluzzi, Guest Writer

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Mayfield has a system for all sports teams to get new uniforms and equipment. This is called a rotary account.

Athletic director Keith Leffler said there are many aspects of budgeting for a high school sports team. He said, “A rotary account is set up when a team fundraisers or works the concessions for another game they put that money goes into the rotary account.”

Principal Jeffrey Legan said the athletic boosters help with the extra costs. He said, “If a team goes over their rotary account budget, but they need the uniforms or equipment, the athletic boosters will help out and pay the difference”

With this many sports teams and unique uniforms and equipment there are many different companies to make deals with. Leffler said, “We have a partnership with East Bay and they give us great deals on things that are usually really expensive.”

With every sport there are specific aspects that go into ordering certain types of uniforms uniforms. Leffler said, “We go through Cradle Gear – they have the best gear for a even better price”

The wrestling team received new mats this season, which are more flexible and softer than the older branded ones. Legan said “The middle school needed the mats with the new renovations to all the parts of the school, [so] we sent the old mat to the middle school for competition and practices.”

For uniforms, Mayfield administrators take a look at them every three years and judge if they need a uniform update.

Three years ago Leffler and the other sports officials took a look at the white football jerseys and decided it was time for an upgrade. Leffler said, “It has been about 10 years since [we bought] the green football jerseys so this year we are looking to get newer ones and fix them up.”

Sophomore varsity football player Joey Dostal thinks this is very exciting news for football players. He said, “I’m excited for this upcoming season knowing we have a possibility of getting new jerseys because of you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good.”

This season the wrestling team is receiving new uniforms and the design was made by coaches and team members.

Anthony White a varsity wrestler said “I love getting new uniforms because it gets the team fired up for the season.”

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