Grass fields are often unplayable on inclement weather days, and in our location, they remain under snow long enough to delay spring teams’ outdoor practices by three-to-five weeks. Twenty-six Maine schools have turf fields; like FA, most of them enroll 500+ students and are thus in our division. More than half of the schools in our conference play on artificial turf and are unhampered by seasonal delay in field use or generally inclement weather, resulting in more practice time, fewer rescheduled matches, and better competitive readiness. Fall and spring athletes at Fryeburg Academy regularly face opponents who are at an advantage for having trained on turf and become acclimated to it; our teams’ disadvantage in this regard is even more consequential in playoff rounds and beyond. Little opportunity to acclimate to the differences in night games under lights presents a similar challenge.