SSAC board OKs off-season coaching rule change

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission’s Board of Control voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed rule that would drastically change the way high school coaches can interact with players during the offseason.

The proposed change, which would allow for a flexible three-week summer practice session along with six “flex” days, passed 104-8 in a vote by the SSAC’s member principals Tuesday.

The proposal now goes on for approval from the West Virginia Board of Education this summer.

The flexible period would take the current three-week practice period and make it so counties can move it around during the months of June and July to best fit the needs of their athletes. Under the new proposal, the three-week practice period must occur in consecutive weeks, with the week of the Fourth of July blocked out as a dead week which can be included to break up the practices.

“All we did was make that a moving three weeks. It has to be three consecutive weeks, but a county can move them into July or June, split them between June and July…

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