Frequently Asked Quesions


Coach's Summer Camps (Rule 30-1-6)

Article 6: No school organized spring or summer practice or school-organized summer camps shall be permitted. (See Rule 20-1-1e, Awards)

a. A coach may organize and administer a one-week (per sport) camp for his/her players only, provided the following guidelines are met:

1. The school shall not be involved other than to approve the use of facilities, dates and to be assured by the coach there will be no violations of KSHSAA rules and/or regulations.

2. It shall be conducted following the conclusion of the second semester and before Sunday of Standardized Calendar Week #3.

3. Member schools, the coaches and coach aides they employ may not conduct contact football camps.

4. School uniforms or player equipment may not be used. If school facilities (gymnasiums, fields, balls, mats, etc.) are used, the coach must lease them per board of education policy

5. No coach or other school representative may require or by implication direct a student to attend a sports camp as a condition of team membership the following year.

6. A student shall not receive pay or expenses for working at a camp involving a sport in which he/she participates.

7. The camp program shall not include any type of competition with teams of another camp.

b. All school coaches may hold only voluntary weight training and conditioning beginning Sunday of SCW #5 through and including Sunday of SCW #7. No school team practices shall be permitted until Monday of SCW #7.


Questions regarding the Coaches one-week camp:

1. Does the KSHSAA Catastrophic Insurance cover the athlete, coach and/or school during these camps?

NO. It will be the responsibility of the coach and/or athlete to provide insurance.

2. Does the week have to be consecutive days?

YES, the camp must be confined to a single calendar week, maximum of seven (7) days.

3. What is the latest date a camp must end?

Before Sunday of SCW #3. The camps may be held on Saturday of SCW #2. The calendar date may change from year to year but the SCW (Standardized Calendar Week) reference remains the same.

4. May a coach charge for the camp?

That is a matter left up to the coach. Schools and/or booster clubs may NOT pay a students camp fee.

5. May a school Booster Club help finance either the coaches’ camp or provide financial assistance to a student wanting to attend a camp?

NO, a booster club is synonymous with a school.

6. May a coach include attendance at their camp as a condition for lettering, or to determine starting positions on the team?

NO, attendance at all camps must be on a voluntary basis. A coach may not directly, or by implication, require a student to attend their camp.

7. May a coach use another coach (college coach, from another middle/junior high or high school) to help at the coaches one-week summer camp?

YES, this is the coach's camp. They may have other coaches or individuals assist at their camp.

8. There are 5 football coaches at our school. May each coach have their own one-week football camp?

NO. Only one camp per sport is allowed. ALL KSHSAA member school coaches may work with their athletes during the summer. However, there are some limits on the number of students that the coach may work with beginning on Sunday of SCW #3 through Saturday of SCW #4 (4 in Volleyball, 3 in Basketball, 5 in 8-man Football schools and 6 in 11-man Football schools).

9. Should the “assurances” as listed in KSHSAA Rule 30-1-6b (1-6) by the coach be in written form?

This is a matter to be determined by the local school.

10. May the coach have their camp at a site other than their school?

YES, but all provisions pertaining to these camps apply wherever they are held. Coaches are encouraged to minimize the cost of camps.

11. Can the camp permit scrimmages?

NO. Competition with other camps is prohibited. Intra-squad scrimmage within the camp is allowed.

12. May the camp use the school's team equipment (balls, dummies, rebounder, pitching machine, wrestling mats)?

YES, but not player equipment (helmets, pads, etc.)

13. May the school compensate the coach either directly or indirectly for holding the camp?

NO, if the school compensated the coach it would then be the school's camp and not the coach's camp.

14. Who may attend the coaches’ camp?

Only those students who have attended or are presently enrolled at the school which employs the coach may attend that coach's camp.

15. If a student attended a camp and subsequently transferred to another school, would that be a violation of the rule?

NO, a coach may only have a camp for his/her athletes. If the student was enrolled at the school that coach is employed by at the time the camp was held, even if they later transferred, that student could attend that camp.

16. A student moved into an area during the summer months and has not yet enrolled at any school. Several coaches in the area are conducting one-week summer camps. Which camp(s) may this student attend?

The student may attend only the camp conducted by the coach of the school in which he/she is enrolled or pre-enrolled.

17. May a student who has graduated from the middle/junior high school attend a camp offered by a high school coach and another camp offered by the junior high school coach?

When a student is promoted from the middle/junior high school, they become a high school student and would only be permitted to attend the camp offered by the high school coach.

18. The girls’ basketball coach at the high school is also the boys’ basketball coach at the junior high school. When they conduct their one-week summer basketball camp, may girls from the high school and boys from the junior high attend the same camp?

NO, the camp must be available to students from a single group or team. The coach could conduct a one week camp for the high school girls and the following week for the junior high boys or could conduct a one week camp for the high school girls from 9 a.m. to noon and a one week camp for the junior high boys from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (for example) but the two camps could not be conducted at the same time.

19. The high school girls’ basketball coach is also the girls’ junior high basketball coach. During the one week junior high camp may girls from the high school come to the junior high camp to demonstrate drills, or serve as clinicians for the junior high camp?

YES, provided the camps occur during the same one-week period and both camps are administered by the same coach, otherwise, no.

20. Could the high school football coach and the high school volleyball coach from the same school combine their two camps by having their camp during the same week or conducted at the same time?


21. Are their stipulations or restrictions on how many hours a day the camp may last:


22. May the coach provide a T-shirt to those students attending the camp?

YES, as a part of the camp registration but not as an award. The shirt may not identify the camp as the school's camp since the camp is the responsibility of the coach.

23. May the coach provide “awards” to those students attending the camp?

The only awards that could be provided would have to be in compliance with the provisions of KSHSAA Awards Rule 20. The coaches’ camp would be governed by the provisions of Article 3: Outside agencies-non-school participation.

24. May a school refuse to lease their facilities to a coach for use during the one-week summer camp?

YES. The school will make the final determination regarding leasing of their facilities.


General summer camp questions

Changes made to KSHSAA rules by the Board of Directors in September of 2008 brought significant changes as to what football, volleyball and basketball coaches of KSHSAA member schools may do during some sections of the summer months in conjunction with their athletes.

Other than concluding coaches team one-week summer camps two weeks earlier than in the past, nothing has changed for coaches in sports other than volleyball, football and basketball. All Coaches camps in all sports MUST end on Saturday of SCW #2.

Under the September 2008 changes, it is now permissible for KSHSAA coaches in football, volleyball and basketball to attend summer camps and work with their athletes during the summer from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day to the Saturday of SCW #2.


The Questions and Answers that follow are applicable to summer camps OTHER THAN the Coaches one-week team camp.

1. During a summer camp there is a team period, or competition between teams. Q: During this team period, or during competition between teams may a school coach meet with campers from his/her school as a group or coach a team that included athletes they would coach during the following school year?

Yes. Provided the camp occurs prior to Saturday of SCW #2, Coaches may coach a team which included athletes from the team they would coach during the school season.

2/ A school coach is on the staff at a summer camp that will be conducted during SCW #3 and/or SCW #4. May the school coach participate in these camps as a presenter/clinician?

Yes BUT the coach may not be involved in a team period, or in coaching in competition any students they would coach during the following school year.

3. When does a coach/coach aide become subject to KSHSAA rules/provisions?

KSHSAA rules/provisions apply when a person is either under coaching contract to a school or has an understanding they will coach at the school.

4. Do KSHSAA rules/provisions apply to only the head coach or to all coaches, including coaches’ aides?

These provisions apply to all coaches, which includes the head coach, assistant coaches and coach’s aides.

5. Do the same rules apply in all sports?

The rules regarding the coach’s one-week camps are uniform for all sports. Football, volleyball and basketball coaches have restricted contact with their athletes during SCW # 3 and #4 (when student’s request assistance and in groups of 3 or less (basketball), 4 or less (volleyball), 5 or less (8-man football), 6 or less (11-man football).

6. May a school provide transportation for students from their school wanting to attend a summer camp?


7. May a school coach provide transportation to a camp for students they would be coaching the next school year?

YES, but the coach could not use a school vehicle for this transportation or be reimbursed by the school, or booster club for transporting the students to these camps.

8. May the coach tell students which camps he/she wants them to attend?

NO, attendance at camps must be voluntary on the part of the student.




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