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New rule on the books

New policy has been instituted by the Foothill League

Posted: November 23, 2008 7:51 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2008 4:55 a.m.
The Foothill League has implemented a new policy and will limit the amount of contact a coach can have with his or her athletes to 10 hours per week Monday through Saturday.

The policy is a response to the elimination on July 1 of CIF-Southern Section By-Law 313 - the Athletic Association Rule.

The by-law lifted a ban on using equipment related to that particular sport in the offseason.

It also opened up the ability to allow coaches more contact with athletes.

What the Foothill League has done is put a limit on the amount of use of that equipment.

"We thought that was wrong and too much on the kids," said Saugus High principal Bill Bolde, who also serves as the Foothill League president. "We wanted people to know that we encourage a philosophy where all athletes are able to pursue other sports."

Bolde said for example, this will allow a kid who plays baseball but also wants to play football to have contact with the football coach during that offseason.

It also stops coaches from allowing practice to go on deep into the day, based on the CIF decision.

In season, there is no limit to the amount of practice from Monday through Saturday. Practice just can't take place on Sunday.

Paul Priesz, Valencia High's principal said the CIF allows each league to make an interpretation on the rule. Each school must police itself.

Should a team violate the Foothill rule, it will be subject to penalty, such as a reduction in practice time the following week.
In the past, coaches could only hold conditioning periods connected to the regular school day.

The new rule is less restrictive.

It also allows more time for after-school education.
"We're so competitive that it filters down to regular folks in the community," Bolde said.

"We put all this money into club sports and (other non-school related sports activity). I think we've lost sight of what we're doing with kids. We should have a holistic vision for kids."

The Foothill League rule went into effect Nov. 1.


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