Opinions

Soccer jerseys enhance school spirit

Official BCP jerseys should be allowed as part of dress code

By Joe Skoog ’13
THE ROUNDUP 

When I was a freshman, we all received an order form.

Elated, I ordered one red Brophy soccer jersey with my last name and year printed on the back.

While I may have only worn it on game days, the announcement by the administration that students could wear the jerseys every day of the week made the choice to buy a jersey even easier.

The personalized jerseys were a popular sight on campus.

However, this year, a new policy banning all soccer jerseys has made it so that students are unable to wear their jerseys to school.

Now I am not saying that we should allow every different soccer jersey at school. That would certainly be too far out of our dress code and just would not look great.

Instead, I am saying that one kind of jersey that displays Brophy’s tower and logo on it should be treated as an article of clothing that does not violate the dress code.

The primary reason why we should allow these is monetary, followed by school spirit.

With the same vigor that students bought the jerseys three years ago, freshman and sophomores would buy the new jerseys that the Varsity Shop could offer.

Through this, we could raise more money for the Varsity Shop and the school as a whole.

Through this logic, it means that any draw backs to the less formal nature of the jerseys is solved by both the monetary gains and by the simple fact that only one jersey is allowed on campus.

Even if the collar is not as defined as many would wish, it still provides an opportunity for the school to be unified under one specific article of clothing.

Not only will this enhance the uniformity of the school, but it will also add a level of individuality through the last name and year number that are on the back of the jerseys.

Even if the situation is not perfect, there is no reason why we should not bring back the Brophy jerseys on more than just game days.

A sense of community and school spirit does not have to come at the expense of the dress code.