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Coaches must adjust to two-a-day changes

Oct. 24, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.
Updated Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:25 a.m.


The University Interscholastic Legislative Council recently adopted an amendment to alter preseason practice regulations for activities outside the year.

The Legislative Council unanimously approved the following changes based on a recommendation by the UIL Medical Advisory Committee.

On days when more than one practice is conducted, the rest and recovery time between the end of one practice and the beginning of the next practice will be increased to two hours. Current rules only require one hour of rest and recovery time between practices.

With the exception of volleyball, schools shall not schedule more than one practice on consecutive days in sports which begin practice prior to the school year, and student-athletes shall not participate in multiple practices on consecutive days.

During the four-day acclimatization period in football, if more than one practice is conducted on the same day, the second practice shall be a teaching period or walk-through practice only with no conditioning, contact activities or equipment permitted.

If the changes are approved by the Commissioner of Education, they will go into effect Aug. 1, 2012.

Area football coaches have varying opinions on the rule changes, but will have to make the adjustments in their practice schedule.

Bob Gillis, El Campo

"The way I look at it is quite honestly I'm kind of old school I think the two-hour time limit is a little long. We give our kids an hour and hour-and-a-half break. As I understand it if you have two-a-days, the next day you can't have two-a-days. I kind of felt like this was coming from the pros and college. We'll do what the UIL asks. I feel because of our summer conditioning camp these kids are coming in in better shape than they ever have been. I hope it doesn't affect us in the first couple of games as far as injuries and so forth like that. We'll see how that works out."

Mike Treybig, Palacios

"I have mixed feelings about the UIL changes in two-a-day practices. I understand why they made the rule changes. Anything to do with the safety of kids is a good thing. The only thing that bothers me is that we always place the safety of our players first. We would never put our players in harm's way.

"We have no control of the big things in life and the UIL and other governing bodies that make the rules are really big things in life. We will follow them and take care of the ones we have control over and those are the little things."

Mike Pierce, Edna

"We do traditional two-a-days, but we only do during the first week. We will adjust and follow the rules."

Jason Herring, Refugio

"I don't have a problem with it. It will be the same for everyone, so it should not be an issue."

Steven Cerny, Shiner

"The UIL's new ruling will not affect us at all. We have already been conducting our workouts in the fashion they are now mandating. We lift weights every other day during two a days for one hour in the morning and then have an evening practice. On days we do not lift, we have one practice in the evening. It has always worked out great for us. We will start our lifting program the second week. Your dedicated players have been lifting all summer and a little break will not hurt them."

Jimmy Thompson, Ganado

"I think that the people who make these decisions have the kids interest in making their decision, but I do not think that we need to regulate what should be common sense. The weather in the great state of Texas is so diverse, that a one size fits all rule does not make sense to me. Next, it will be if its freezing outside we can't practice. Would that be fair to Amarillo if they were preparing for a playoff game. I just feel that this is an unnecessary rule. We have great coaches in Texas and we should just allow them to use common sense."

Staying put

Refugio and Ganado remained No. 1 in The Associated Press Class 2A and 1A state polls, respectively.

The Bobcats received 23 of 25 first-place votes after their 73-0 win over Premont.

The Indians had a bye and received 18 first-place votes.

Calhoun held the No. 6 spot in the Class 4A poll after its 54-6 win over Victoria West.

Schulenburg stayed No. 9 in the Class 2A poll after its 38-7 win over Brazos.

Gonzales received seven votes in the Class 3A poll, and East Bernard got three votes in the Class 2A poll.

Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361- 580-6588 or mforman@vicad.com, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.

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