By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 3:23 pm in Uncategorized.
The California Interscholastic Federation Federated Council have forwarded a proposal to limit practice time for high school sports and have a contact time allowance for coaches, CIF Executive Director Roger Blake said in a media conference call this afternoon.
“The time and commitment for kids to be involved in high school sports can be out of control,” Blake said.
“We are looking at the total contact time (being) 18 hours a week. … I don’t think this proposal that goes forward will impact 90-percent of the coaches. Maybe I’m being naive.”
As far as contact by high school coaches, Blake said, “The academic side that coaches help kids with, that is not included.” He said that watching film and lifting weights would both count toward the proposed 18-hours-a-week limit.
Blake said that the Federated Council will be looking at a complete first draft of the proposal at their Jan. 31 meeting, and that he doesn’t see the proposal being voted on until May.
It was also mentioned that at the January 31 meeting, there will be a vote about starting a state swimming and diving championship in the spring of 2015.