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, OR Rob Holstrom, CAAWest Linn HS Athletic Director West Linn, ORJeff Erdman, CAAClackamas HS Athletic Director Clackamas, OR
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.
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.
The Oregon PRACTICE LIMITATION RULECommonly referred to as the: RULE of TWO
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no OSAA rule prohibiting a student athlete from participating in more than one sport during the same season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about the Oregon practice limitation rules, visit the OSAA website at:www.osaa.org.Or contact Bill Bowers at: 541. 554.0494 or email@example.com
Jeff Erdman, CAAAsst. Prin./Ath. Dir.Clackamas High School503.353.5820 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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CONTACT INFORMATIONRob HolstromPast-President, OADAAsst. Prin./Ath. Dir.West Linn High School503.673.7807 email@example.com