The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

May 18, 2014

BOE delays ruling on summer practices

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Board of Education brushed aside a proposal that would expand the summer practice period when it chose to leave the measure off of its agenda last week.

As it stands now, coaches are permitted to work with high school players for a specified three-week window during the summer.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Board of Control started the process to extend that period by five weeks when it passed a measure during an April meeting.

At the time, there were mixed feelings about the proposal. Some thought it would burn out athletes, while others thought that the added practice time would help with development.

It was also noted that multi-sport athletes can be overextended when asked to attend multiple practices within the three-week window. Some, like Fairmont Senior basketball coach David Retton, believed that expanding the practice period would remove some of that burden, because the summer could be segmented. Others believed that extending the practice period would only magnify the problems for multi-sport athletes.

North Marion football coach Daran Hays was one of those opposed to the WVSSAC ruling. He said that if college coaches cannot work with players all summer and all year then why would it be a good idea for high school athletes?

But those debates will now be delayed, at least for another year, after the BOE’s decision to leave the proposal off its agenda.

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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