MEDFORD, Ore. — Cascade Christian High School says that it is removing the cross symbol from its football uniforms in order to follow policy within the National Federation of High School Sports.
There has been a misconception that Cascade is being asked to remove it because of the religious meaning.
This is not true. School officials say that they are not being punished or asked to remove the symbol based on religious meaning or significance.
What is actually happening, Cascade said, is that they are removing the symbol in order to follow rules that every other school follows.
The policy states:
"Rule 1 – 5 Player Equipment
B3. As the jersey number(s) required in 1-5-1c or as the school’s nickname, school logo, school name and/or player name within the body and/or on the shoulders."
This means that any team's uniform may have:
1. School Nickname
2. School logo (Cascade's is a "C")
3. School name
4. Player Name
Any symbol outside of those items are not allowed. This way, another high school teams can't attach a random symbol on the uniform.
Cascade is simply taking the steps to follow a simple rule — a rule that is the same with every school.
Athletic Director Nate Mayben gave NewsWatch 12 Sports an official statement.
"Cascade Christian is simply following the rules that every other team in the nation is required to follow."