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What Coaches/Athletes MAY or MAY NOT do

The following "may" and "may not" list is designed to help coaches, school administrators, students and parents understand what they may do in connection with KSHSAA governed sports/activities. The list is not intended to be all-inclusive. The items included are the ones prompting frequent questions about what coaches or athletes may or may not be permitted to do under KSHSAA rules.

Because KSHSAA rules governing students and coaches differ during the year the list is divided into three sections: 1) during school year, 2) during school season of sport/activity and 3) during the summer. As you review this list it is important to keep this in mind as it relates to KSHSAA rules.

During the school year outside the season of sport/activity:

1. A school coach may not coach their athletes in the same sport.

2. A school coach may coach senior athletes in the same sport following the conclusion of the school season.

3. A school coach may not check out player uniform equipment to students (team jersey, pants, etc.)

4. Each KSHSAA member school will need to establish their own policy as to whether any school owned helmets and protective player equipment (pads/shoulder pads, etc) may be used in All Star events or full contact camps. The management of the full contact camp or the All Star event will need to communicate with each KSHSAA member school regarding the use of school owned helmets and protective player equipment and liability insurance for their use.

5. A school coach may check out team equipment to students (balls, implements, etc.)

6. A school coach may attend camps or clinics.

7. A school coach may not attend camps or clinics with their athletes.

8. Students may attend camps or clinics but may not attend camps with their coach (es).

9. A school coach may transport (but not in school vehicles) students to non-school competitions in their sport.

10. A school coach may not be reimbursed transportation costs by the school or school booster club.

11. A school coach may not transport students to camps or clinics in their sport.

12. Students may play on non-school teams but there are restrictions on the number of same school squad team mates which may be rostered, practice or play together on non-school teams. (See KSHSAA Handbook – sport specific rule)

13. A school coach may supervise an off-season conditioning program for students not currently on a school team.

14. School conditioning programs may not be sport specific and shall only include weights, running, conditioning and general skill development (not a sport specific skill).

15. Sport specific equipment may not be used in conditioning programs.

16. Off season conditioning programs must be open to the entire student body and participants must fumish their own clothing.

 

During the school year and during the school season of activity:

1. A student may not practice with or play on a non-school team in the same sport/activity. (See KSHSAA Handbook Rule 22 – Outside Competition)

2. A student may play on a non-school team in a different sport (subject to the school squad limitations).

3. A student may receive private instruction at any time of the school year, subject to the limits outlined in the KSHSAA Handbook, Rule 26. (NOTE: Private instruction is defined as one student receiving instruction from one person during the period of instruction.) Group sessions are not considered to be private instruction.

4. A student may not attend camps or clinics in the same sport/activity.

5. A student may attend camps or clinics in different sports/activities.

6. A student may serve as a clinician for a camp conducted by their school coach for their sport/activity.

7. A student may serve as a clinician for a youth development camp or clinic for elementary students (Pre K – 8th grade) being conducted by non-school agencies or organizations (e.g. softball pitcher instructing at a softball clinic) without violating the Outside Competition Rule.

 

During the summer (Defined as the Saturday before Memorial Day until the Tuesday after Labor Day)

1. All school coaches may attend camps or clinics.

2. Students may attend camps or clinics.

3. A school coach may transport (but not in school vehicles) students to non-school competitions in their sport. (Schools or booster clubs may not reimburse the coach for transporting students.)

4. A school coach may transport (but not in school vehicles) students to camps/clinics in their sport. (Schools or booster clubs may not reimburse the coach for transporting students.)

5. All school coaches may coach teams including students who would play for the coach the following year from the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day through Saturday of SCW #2.

6. Beginning Sunday of SCW #3 and ending Saturday of SCW #4 football, volleyball and basketball coaches may instruct students in groups limited to a maximum or three for basketball, four for volleyball, five for 8-man football and six for 11-man football when those students initiate a request for individual help/coaching instruction from their coach. (Coaches are not permitted to require players to attend sessions)

7. During SCW #3 & 4 a basketball, volleyball or football coach may supervise an open-gym but no instruction may be given.

8. Beginning Sunday of SCW #5 and concluding Sunday of SCW #7 only voluntary weights and conditioning programs are permitted. Football, volleyball and basketball coaches may not have contact with their athletes for sport specific instruction.

9. Coaches other than basketball, football and volleyball coaches may continue coaching summer teams during SCW # 3, 4, 5, 6. They may not conduct a camp or clinic for their potential players during these weeks.

10. Coaches MAY NOT REQUIRE students to attend camps/clinics/individual work out sessions, or weights and conditioning during the summer.

11. Coaches in all sports may conduct a one-week sports camp for team members who would be on their team next year. These camps must conclude on Saturday of SCW #2.

12. Students are considered part of the high school program immediately upon graduation from the junior high or middle school. Students are considered a member of the middle/junior high school program immediately after being promoted to the 7th grade.

13. Coaches may supervise conditioning programs which are not sport specific for the students who may play for the coach the next school year.

14. During the summer period, students may play on teams which include any number of students from their same school squad. There are no roster limitations on students from the Saturday before Memorial Day until the Tuesday after Labor Day.

15. A school coach may check out team equipment to students (balls, implements, etc.)

16. To be eligible to attend a coach’s one-week camp, students must have been enrolled and in attendance at the coach’s school the previous year.

17. New students attending a junior high/middle school or high school for the first time must have been enrolled and in attendance at that middle/junior high school’s feeder school (s) the previous year.

18. New students (summer transfer) must pre-enroll at the new school before attending a coach’s camp.

19. Students are limited to attending only one coach’s camp per sport.

 

 

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