An article by Donald Huff {"Coaches Agree: August Is Dangerous," Sports, Aug. 15} prompts me to inquire why we, as an intelligent community, continue to accept statements from high school coaches such as, "You know August is the killer month and the time of the year that scares you the most. You knowits going to be 90 degrees everyday . . ."

Certainly the statement is true. But why do we insist that high school football be played in the fall? In this area, the spring is almost custom-made for football. By the time the warm spring weather arrives -- usually early- to mid-May (and it is never as hot and humid as August and early September) -- the football season would be winding down, and the players would be in almost peak physical condition.

Yet, we try to play high school baseball in the spring, when the weather is far too cold, and football in the fall, when the weather is dangerously hot. What is so sacrosanct about football in the fall, when we put the lives of our youngsters in jeopardy? Conversely, how many promising baseball careers have been ruined or seriously hampered by trying to play a warm-weather sport in the cold of our spring?

Would there be problems in switching the seasons? Certainly. Would they be insurmountable? Absolutely not. All that would be needed would be some academic and athletic administrators who truly care about the well-being of our youngsters and are willing to "rock the boat" of tradition. Add to that a dose of concerned and involved parents and a dash of editorial support from the media, and we should quickly be able to put an end to statements like "August is the killer month."

August and September and most of October in this area are almost perfect for baseball. The coldest days through mid-November are probably far warmer than those cold and blustery days of March through mid-April.

Let's wake up, folks, and do something positive for our kids. Change the high school football and baseball seasons, and show our young people that there is still room in this country for the exercise of common sense.