Last week I discussed the proposed summer dead period to be placed on the Missouri State High School Activities Association spring ballot for vote by the member high schools.

Another major proposal (By-Law 237) focuses on “summer sports contact days.”

Last week I discussed the proposed summer dead period to be placed on the Missouri State High School Activities Association spring ballot for vote by the member high schools.
Another major proposal (By-Law 237) focuses on “summer sports contact days.” It defines summer as beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday of Memorial Day weekend and ending July 31. This is approximately 67 days.
Sports will have a limited number of days of contact in which the coach and any student enrolled at the member school – or who will be enrolled in the member school during the next school year – may have contact in person.
Contact is defined as any coaching or instruction in the skills and techniques of any sport regardless of whether or not activity-specific equipment is used. Any of the following would count as a day of contact – competition, practice, review or chalkboard sessions, open facility, camp/clinic, group lessons, private lessons and conditioning (unless the student does it on his or her own).
Weight training, as long as it does not include any sport specific equipment, will not count as contact. Simply being at a school facility will not count as a day of contact unless both coach and student are there and the sport is taking place.
Every athlete will get 25 contact days per sport, per gender. If By-Law 237 passes, it will come into effect on July 1, 2010.
Many states have adopted a contact day policy in order to allow coaches time to work with athletes but still allow athletes time to pursue non-related activities.
This proposal has been introduced because of the amazing increase in all-around practice times in every high school sport. The state of Illinois has used the control of contact days to reel in the huge amount of time high school athletes are expected to put in, in order to participate in a sport.
It is important to remember that the by-law states that all participation of students during the summer shall be voluntary and cannot be required directly or indirectly for team membership. I believe this to be a fair and much needed addition to the summertime workout schedules.
• I kept statistics for CBS during the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. Watching courtside and watching athletes like Blake Griffin and the entire Memphis team, made me realize just how talented Division I players need to be.
• The Royals are showing signs of progress this spring. I like their pitching.
• Kansas City should be the home for the Big 12 Basketball Tournament and should be in the running for NCAA games every year. The Sprint Center and surrounding area provides a tremendous atmosphere for college basketball.
• My quote of the week is from the late college basketball coach, Jim Valvano: “When I played sports, my parents never once said to me, ‘Did you win?’ They’d say, ‘Did you have fun?’ Winning the game was important, but not nearly as important as giving yourself a chance to win – playing as hard as you could and enjoying yourself. The joy of sport. That’s what it is all about.”