EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR, COACHES NOT ALLOWED TO GOLF DURING COMPETITION
The KSHSAA Executive Board voted unanimously to prohibit golf coaches from golfing during all school competitions (regular season and post-season).
Coaches are significant adult role models in the lives of student athletes and play an important role in the educational values the students receive from their participation in interscholastic activities. In addition, they are entrusted with the safety and well-being of the students they are privileged to be associated with.
The rationale for adopting this policy:
- Coaches have the opportunity to coach during competition.
Kansas High School head golf coaches may “offer advice” to their golfers during competition (from green, when all golfers in the group have holed out until the first golfer in the group steps on the teeing ground of the next hole).
- Coaches are responsible to assist with management of the event.
Team supervision, serve as a marker, serve on the arbitration committee, etc.
- Coaches have the responsibility for the well-being & behavior of their student athletes.
Injury/illness, sportsmanship/discipline issues during competition, etc.
- High School golf events are for the student participants.
No other school activity programs allow coaches to “play” while their athletes are playing.
Coaches must keep in mind that the contest essentially belongs to the student participants.