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04/2/12 Bylaw 25 Reminder

April 2, 2012 Basketball Blog Updates


After and exciting Sweet Sixteen tournament, we hope that all of our athletes and coaches are getting some much needed rest. 

We remind coaches to review the changes tot he interpretations of bylaw 25:

Case BL-25-17– What are the restrictions during the school year outside of the de?ned Limitation of
Seasons (off-season) when the school’s team members are participants or school coaches are involved?
The “off-season” is the period during the school year for each sport or sport/activity that is outside the de?ned start and end dates for the sport or sport/activity as detailed in Bylaw 25.
The restrictions begin on the ? rst day of school and end on the earlier of the day following the last day of school or May 31;  The following general provisions apply to the off-season in all KHSAA sports and sport/activities:
1) There is no insurance coverage (catastrophic medical or other) expressed or implied by the KHSAA;
2) Any restriction includes all members of the athletic coaching staff, paid or unpaid, head or assistant, and at all levels;
3) No activity may be required for the student-athlete in that particular sport and there may be no penalties assessed, expressed or implied for non-participation;
4) There may be no organized activity (where sports speci?c skills are being taught, re?ned, developed or evaluated) that is restricted solely to the members or prospective members of any sports team; and
5) Nothing about these interpretations allow for the use of speci?c school issued football gear during this period except during the allowable spring practice window, and the use of the helmet during speci?c periods enumerated in other published interpretations.
6) Nothing about these interpretations allow for the use of speci?c school issued baseball and softball catching gear during this period except during the speci?c periods enumerated in other published interpretations.
7) Nothing about these interpretations change any of the provisions of Bylaw 8 that prohibit players in basketball and football from participating in an organized game for any other entity from the start of school to the end of the season (including KHSAA postseason play).  During the “off-season”, a member of the coaching staff, member school representative(s), group of school representatives, or school or team-related booster group MAY NOT:
1) Pay the entry fee for a team or individuals into a practice, league, camp or tournament;
2) Pay other necessary fees for competition including umpire/of?cial payments and game or facility management;
3) Provide or fund transportation (school or otherwise) for team members to go to games, or tournaments;
4) Allow the use of school issued apparel that contains the school name, nickname or other accepted likeness or allow the use of the school name, nickname or other accepted likeness in any other facet of athletic activity;
5) Allow the use of school issued baseball and softball catching gear, or any football gear de?ned in NFHS Rule 1-5 by team members. See Case Situations BL-25-19, BL-25-23 and BL 25-24.
6) Allow the use of the school facility for organized competition involving individuals eligible to be on the team’s roster at any level of play (grades 9-12) in each sport without the approval of the school principal and unless such competition is conducted in compliance with all local district policies as approved by the Superintendent; or
7) Allow the use of the school facility for paid sports speci?c instruction by one or more members of the coaching staff.  All other restrictions related to the scheduling, composition, pool and use of available personnel including coaches, and other logistical arrangements are the jurisdiction of the building
Principal in compliance with all local district policies for any activity held within that local school facility or off-site activities where the coach and team members are simultaneously present, in compliance with Bylaw 1 of the Association.


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