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BALANCING SCHOOL and CLUB SPORTS Bill Bowers, CMAA Executive Director – OADA Springfield, OR Rob Holstrom, CAA West Linn HS Athletic Director West Linn, OR Jeff Erdman, CAA Clackamas HS Athletic Director Clackamas, OR

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Bill Bowers, CMAAExecutive Director – OADA Springfield, ORRob Holstrom, CAAWest Linn HS Athletic DirectorWest Linn, ORJeff Erdman, CAAClackamas HS Athletic Director Clackamas, OR

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The information given is from the perspective of each presenter as it relates to our experiences as athletic administrators. It does not reflect the opinion of all athletic directors and schools in Oregon.

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There will be three parts to this discussion. Part I will be an overview of how school and club programs in Oregon coexist during the school year.Part II will be a school districts application of the policies.Part III will be Unintended Consequences of the Rule of 2.

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The Oregon PRACTICE LIMITATION RULECommonly referred to as the: RULE of TWO

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How we got to having the Practice Limitation Rule.

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In 1997 the Oregon School Activities Association implemented the RULE of TWO for high school athletic programs. This rule is in effect from the third Monday of August each year, through May 26th of that school year.

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The Rule of Two reads:It shall be a violation of the rule if there is any attempt during the Association year to gather more than two members of the same high school program together per day outside the OSAA defined season to receive specialized athletic instruction from any coach associated with the participating athletes’ high school program in a TEAMSPORT sponsored activity.These include: baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer, volleyball.

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The Rule of Two cont:Schools may conduct practices and/or contests in individual sports (cross country, golf, swimming, tennis, track & field, wrestling) by individual league or school district approval, that allow contact with more than two athletes at any one time.

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The Rule of Two cont:Other activities where competitions are not conducted or sponsored by the OSAA such as bowling, equestrian, lacrosse, and water polo, do not have any limitation on them for contact or practices.

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The Driving Premise:The mission of OSAA member schools is to foster well-rounded individuals. The purpose of interscholastic athletics is to help educate boys and girls and NOT to prepare students for college athletics, which is a by-product of interscholastic competition available to a very small percentage of high school athletes.

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There is no OSAA rule prohibiting a student athlete from participating in more than one sport during the same season.

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There is no OSAA rule prohibiting a student athlete from participating in both a school sponsored activity and a club sport program/activity during the same season. Some individual school districts have language discouraging students from doing so.

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Ten years of use has shown wide spread view points. Small rural schools now like the rule. ( It gives multiple athletes more individual time). Larger urban schools want to have more liberal access to student athletes during the association year in all sports.

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Elite athletes in swimming have chosen to NOT compete for their high school swim teams due to conflicts with Sectional Qualifying meets that could lead to more potential recognition and national exposure.

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Schools have been fined for athletes who have qualified for state championships who chose to not attend, or left early, from the state championships to attend a club sport tournament in volleyball, equestrian, and softball.

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For more information about the Oregon practice limitation rules, visit the OSAA website contact Bill Bowers at: 541. 554.0494 or [email protected]

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Team Clackamas

  • Coaching Guidelines

  • Off-Season Rules for Team,

  • Individual & Youth Sports

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Guiding Principle

  • All coaches are to encourage multiple sport athletes through words and actions

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Open Gym


Youth Camps

In-Season Athletes

Quitting a Sport

Summer Programs

Dead Week

Rule Two

Youth Sports


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Open Gym

  • A supervised activity open to all Clackamas High School students. An off-season coach/program is only allowed to instruct two athletes per day (see OSAA rules)

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  • Physical conditioning sessions done without specific sport equipment and / or drills. Also, must be open to all Clackamas High School students.

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Youth Camps

  • Camps for our youth organized by our coaches and utilizing our facilities and equipment.

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In-Season Athletes

  • Are not allowed to participate in out- of- season workouts with other coaches, unless the two coaches have spoken privately and agreed upon the nature of workouts.

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Quitting a Sport

  • Athletes that have quit a sport , during the current season, are ineligible to participate in other sports conditioning programs and open gyms until the regular season of the sport they quit ends. Appeals/releases will be dealt with on an individual basis by involved coaches and/or the athletic director.

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Summer Programs

  • Summer Programs – are open beginning the May 27th and extending until the agreed upon Dead Week (a week in late July or early August), per the state rules set by the OSAA- our governing body.

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Dead Week

  • Dead Week - No Clackamas High School program allowed to have activities, except for the weight room. Also, a three day period around the 4th of July is a down time family period. Required – A head coaches planning meeting to be held in mid-to-late November that takes into account all programs and attempts to help multiple-sport athletes reduce scheduling conflicts/overlaps for major camps or activities.

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Rule of Two

  • Rule of Two - It is legal for a Clackamas High School coach/program to coach a maximum of two athletes per day out of their season. These athletes must not be in-season athletes unless head coaches have conferred and both agree to an arrangement.

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Youth Sports

  • May begin in-season practices after agreement of start date by the high school Head Coach, Athletic Director and Youth President (see additional rules for off-season camps and conditioning).

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Calendar for Off Season


  • August 6 – September 20: NONE

    • September 20 – November 4: Conditioning and open gym okay for winter sports.


  • Camps, open-gym and tryouts – may begin – October 1; Practices

  • begin 2nd week of November

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    Calendar for Off Season


    • November 5 – December 2: NONE

      • December 3 – February 19: Conditioning for Spring and Fall sports allowed.

      • January 7 – February 18: Open gyms okay for Spring sports.


      • Camps and open gym – may begin Jan. 2nd.

      • Tryouts to be held in March

      • Practices – may begin the 3rd week in March

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    Calendar for Off Season


    • February 18 – March 31: NONE

    • April 1 – April 30th: Conditions for Fall sports allowed.

    • May 1st – May 27th: Open gyms okay for Fall and Winter Sports.


    • Camps and open gym – may begin April 1st

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    Jeff Erdman, CAAAsst. Prin./Ath. Dir.Clackamas High School503.353.5820 [email protected]

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    The unintended consequences of the Rule of 2

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    NCAA Recruiting Limitations

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    The growth of Club Coaches and Personal Trainers

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    Athlete Burn-out

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    Why do athletes quit?Conduct Exit interviews of your athletes.Examine what is being asked of your athletesboth in-season and out-of-season.

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    Over-Use Injuries

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    False Promises of Scholarships

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    Athletic Scholarships2,000,000 High School Seniors126,000 Athletic College Scholarships6% Chance to Receive

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    Is it Time to change?

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    CONTACT INFORMATIONRob HolstromPast-President, OADAAsst. Prin./Ath. Dir.West Linn High School503.673.7807 [email protected]

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