Coaching blackout times / Parent Coaches Oct 5, 2018 13:09:51 GMT
Post by jeduffey on Oct 5, 2018 13:09:51 GMT
At the Oct 4th meeting it was reiterated that there are specific times of the year when high school coaches may work with high school team members and other times when they may not.
The regular fencing season starts the Monday before Thanksgiving with 3 tryout days and the first official practice is the Monday after Thanksgiving. From that day until the end of competition day of the NJSIAA Fencing State Individuals Tournament is open for fencing cooperation between HS coaches and HS fencers.
The Blackout Times are:
- the day after State Indv Finals until "the last day of Spring sport finals" which could be June 7 or June 15, depending on the year
- Sept. 1 until the Sunday before Thanksgiving
During these times HS coaches cannot coach their HS team members, discuss fencing itself, HS team strategy, etc. If you own a professional club or a non-profit club or foundation that provides fencing instruction, these two time periods exclude your HS team members from being your students.
The blackout times are what make me think that HS team member parents are not allowed to be coaches of their children's teams. True or False?
- the time between the Blackout Periods, approx. June 16 to August 31.
During the Summer HS coaches may cooperate in all things fencing. There are some restrictions, such as, the HS for which you coach/compete cannot "sponsor" any of your activities. By sponsor the rule seem to imply that the school cannot provide for free any equipment or facility. Coaches and team members cannot wear any official school uniforms, etc. From my perspective if you rent the facility space that is not a violation. Many schools operate a rental equipment arrangement for team members who do not have their own gear and to provide a lower cost of entry to a potentially expensive sport. That does not look like sponsorship to me, since you are allowed, we think, to rent the HS gym for Summer camps and other Summer Season fencing activities. If this point is wrong please post that rule.
Equipment availability: if you run an equipment rental program, it would appear that renting for the out of season times should be allowable for the reasons state above. However, I've recently been told you are not supposed to hand out gear during the preseason blackout period. Which means that your rental program will generally need to have two seasons Regular Season and a renewal in February for the rest of the year.
Add to this all of the significant restrictions that are placed on captains practices, required supervisor qualifications, allowed activities, and it makes one thing abundantly clear: preseason activities will have to change with the times.