Madison Park football coach Roosevelt Robinson is spearheading an effort to organize the first Boston City League Senior All-Star football game this spring.
“We’re trying to make this happen, we've kind of been OK'd to do it, but there’s still a lot of work to do,” Robinson announced during Thursday’s Boston City League All-City Football Banquet at Boston College.
The game, which would be similar to the Shriners' Classic, but for the city’s best senior players, has been cleared by the MIAA, according to Robinson.
“Seniors, their eligibility ran out so football is not in the way, that’s why juniors can’t participate,” Robinson said. “You can’t play in five seasons.”
Robinson, who was named one of two Coaches of the Year at Thursday’s banquet, said the biggest hurdle to getting the game off the ground will be getting all the coaches in the City League on board to help him get players and equipment.
“Because we have a field, we can always use a turf field,” he said during an interview. “Just the commitment [from the coaches and] if the players want to play. The coaches, we have to get together and we have to make the decision that we’re going to do it.”
He said the game would likely be played in late May, before the Shriners' game, and probably be held at Madison Park or English High. He said players would be required to practice for two weeks before participating in the game.
“Not White stadium because White Stadium will be reseeded during the spring,” he said. “We have to figure out who wants to go in and whose going to make the commitment to two weeks of coming to practice, so it’s just a lot of stuff.”
Robinson also told the seniors at the banquet to hold onto the black jerseys with white embroidered numbers that they were given for making the All-City team.
“For you seniors, be ready, you got those jerseys and you might be able to wear them one more time,” he said from the lectern in the Murray Function Room. “And what I’m saying is stay ready for that because you deserve it and you’re also showing the juniors behind you what’s possible.”
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