Mandatory Break? Dead time rule is complicated, misunderstood

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  • FB_Grandpa So Jordan, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    @ JMHO - football speed training and track sprint training are not near as aligned as they used to be. With the emphasis on dynamic speed training specifically for football (change of direction, power, agility) thru a variety of explosive movements, track speed training falls short of this type of training for football.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    I wanted to b e a multi-sport athlete, but quite frankly, I wasn't good enough to do it. My only sport was football, and I would have enjoyed less down time. It would have helped me play better. Besides, even with the weight lifting class and lifting weights after school, I still had time to work, have good grades and have fun. I think kids today can still manage to do the same while getting more time to practice their sport. So I say reduce down time, but that's just me.

  • JMHO Southern, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    I remember the day when off-season football was called wrestling in the winter and track in the spring. Now a kid has to "choose" what sport he is going to "specialize" in and do that year-round. The coaches in the article talk about speed drills in the off-season, but yet don't have their athletes compete in track (look up the stats on Jordan and Bingham's track teams in the sprints). Doesn't seem right. Let the kids be kids and do all sports in season. They are more likely to grow up to be dads and moms than they are to be sports heros. The experience of being involved in multiple activities will give them more perspective.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    Despite these coaches assertions that they would like to have the kids play multiple sports very few of them actually do want that. I have kids currently playing hs sports and each of the coaches of the various sports say they prefer that but when it comes down to it they always have reasons why they shouldn't.

    I think that is too bad, when I was in HS most of us were still multi sport athletes but even then, early 80's, there was pressure to specialize. About the only kids that play multiple sports any more are those truly rare athletes that are just so superior to everyone else athletically that it is impossible for a coah of a given sport to tell them they cannot play another sport.

    I support moratoriums that seperate kids from coaches for a period of time and do not want to see that moratorium reduced in length. It shouldn't be that hard to come up with a way that kids can still condition with the coaches and not have to practice a sport.

    I do pay to have my kids work with private instructors and play on club teams.

  • get real Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    Where is the fun in sports anymore? Most coaches, I believe would like to not have so much time with the athletes. However, their competitors are spending more time and they are stretching the rules. So, the coaches that want to have a life cant because the competitors are pushing the limits. So, it is a never ending cycle. The cycle has produced some great teams and great athletes.
    My question is still the same. Why aren't we doing sports for fun anymore? It used to be that you could have inferior athletes but with some strategy and team work you could prevail. Now the thinking is that you have to be loaded with talent in order to win.
    I still think sports are fun. But....the joy of competing for just competing is going away. It seems to be win or nothing.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    Jan. 23, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    I liked the article written the other day on South Eastern football and why they're so dominant compared to the rest of the country. How many kids from Utah are being recruited to play Division 1 football, basketball, or baseball. Very few- I wonder why?
    Most sports are controlled outside of the schools- club teams rule. In football, the schools run them. There are a few elite programs in the state that are run by gifted teachers/coaches. I know we don't have the population compared to California or Texas, but, schools may want to do some research to see why Utah is so often overlooked. Then start applying them. Quit squashing the likes of Timpview and Cottonwood.
    Utah is actually a great resource for sports teams. Why because of the strong family values that are present here. College coaches find that Utah, generally, don't cause problems for their programs. I think they're overlooked because kids aren't prepared athletically to compete with out of state competition. Lone peak has- a place full of private coaches and club/wealthy people

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    The whole rule is a mess and should be done away with. The UHSAA (as usual) doesn't have a clue how to enforce the rules they have in place. And this "dead time" rule has never been followed by the High School coaches. They have found so man ways around it that it has made a mockery of the UHSAA. If the rule was enforced I would quess that the state would only have about 2% of kids that would be eligible to play. This rule is broken all the time and te coaches know it.