Friday, September 7, 2012
Athletics: Year-Round Practice?
As a coach, do you favor a one-sport athlete who is dedicated to the sport during the pre-season, season, and off-season? Or do you favor a multi-dimensional athlete who brings a wealth of experience and training techniques to sports that are currently in-season?
Many state high school associations have created strict regulations regarding out-of-season practice sessions for interscholastic sports. The regulations were established to address a two-fold issue: (1) to prevent coaches from manipulating or pressuring young students to become one-sport athletes and (2) to 'level the playing field' so that athletic programs, regardless of size or geographical location, would not gain an unfair advantage over other schools in the state.
Allowing athletic programs to practice year-round is a hot topic in the world of sports. Should state high school associations allow out-of-season practice sessions for interscholastic sports? Your thoughts and opinions are valued; please take a moment to reflect on the issue.