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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2018, 12:16:32 PM »

I think most interpret the rule as a in-season team cannot have team functions on seven consecutive days.  All coaches I know give at least one off day.  In wrestling it is mostly Sundays.  In football for us Saturdays are the off days.  This is for the kids in that current sport.  Our football coaches meet all day Saturday reviewing film and installing game plan for next week but does not include kids.  I would interpret a film/study or lifting session as counting towards one of those seven days but maybe some do not


This is what is wrong with so many of the WIAA's rules...interpretation.  We have yet to determine without a doubt if there is an issue with teams meeting seven days in a row.  We have yet to determine without a doubt if it is legal for a wrestler to run or lift seven days in a row.  Should it really be this confusing?   

This is (and always has been) an issue with rules of any kind, from any source.  Consider the 10 Commandments, for example.  The WIAA is understandably incapable of fixing man's natural tendencies. 

Do you really think it would be hard to write something like?: Teams must have at least one day off of coach/athlete contact after six consecutive days of practice, and/or competitions. Again, I'm not saying I believe this should be the case - just don't care for the ambiguity of the current language and that we have some schools mad at other schools because every one has their own interpretation of the rules as written.         

The difficulty is not in the writing of rules, but in the various interpretations of language.  That's why lawyers exist.
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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2018, 12:27:13 PM »

I think most interpret the rule as a in-season team cannot have team functions on seven consecutive days.  All coaches I know give at least one off day.  In wrestling it is mostly Sundays.  In football for us Saturdays are the off days.  This is for the kids in that current sport.  Our football coaches meet all day Saturday reviewing film and installing game plan for next week but does not include kids.  I would interpret a film/study or lifting session as counting towards one of those seven days but maybe some do not


This is what is wrong with so many of the WIAA's rules...interpretation.  We have yet to determine without a doubt if there is an issue with teams meeting seven days in a row.  We have yet to determine without a doubt if it is legal for a wrestler to run or lift seven days in a row.  Should it really be this confusing?   

This is (and always has been) an issue with rules of any kind, from any source.  Consider the 10 Commandments, for example.  The WIAA is understandably incapable of fixing man's natural tendencies. 

Do you really think it would be hard to write something like?: Teams must have at least one day off of coach/athlete contact after six consecutive days of practice, and/or competitions. Again, I'm not saying I believe this should be the case - just don't care for the ambiguity of the current language and that we have some schools mad at other schools because every one has their own interpretation of the rules as written.         

The difficulty is not in the writing of rules, but in the various interpretations of language.  That's why lawyers exist.

This is high school athletics.  Why can't we say what we mean, and mean what we say, and have language that is clear?  Use examples if needed that clarify what is meant?  Instead of wasting money on lawyers, I would prefer that money spent on the athletes, coaches, schools, teachers, facilities, reimbursements, etc.   
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2018, 01:03:57 PM »

I think most interpret the rule as a in-season team cannot have team functions on seven consecutive days.  All coaches I know give at least one off day.  In wrestling it is mostly Sundays.  In football for us Saturdays are the off days.  This is for the kids in that current sport.  Our football coaches meet all day Saturday reviewing film and installing game plan for next week but does not include kids.  I would interpret a film/study or lifting session as counting towards one of those seven days but maybe some do not


This is what is wrong with so many of the WIAA's rules...interpretation.  We have yet to determine without a doubt if there is an issue with teams meeting seven days in a row.  We have yet to determine without a doubt if it is legal for a wrestler to run or lift seven days in a row.  Should it really be this confusing?   

This is (and always has been) an issue with rules of any kind, from any source.  Consider the 10 Commandments, for example.  The WIAA is understandably incapable of fixing man's natural tendencies. 

Do you really think it would be hard to write something like?: Teams must have at least one day off of coach/athlete contact after six consecutive days of practice, and/or competitions. Again, I'm not saying I believe this should be the case - just don't care for the ambiguity of the current language and that we have some schools mad at other schools because every one has their own interpretation of the rules as written.         

The difficulty is not in the writing of rules, but in the various interpretations of language.  That's why lawyers exist.

This is high school athletics.  Why can't we say what we mean, and mean what we say, and have language that is clear?  Use examples if needed that clarify what is meant?  Instead of wasting money on lawyers, I would prefer that money spent on the athletes, coaches, schools, teachers, facilities, reimbursements, etc.   

I agree.  However, I am not advocating anything other than that.  I'm just pointing out that our dilemma is as old as man and not exclusive to sports. 
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