AB Editor’s Note: Steve Pryor reported Saturday that the California Interscholastic Federation rule-making body approved a measure limiting high school student-athletes in California to 18 hours a week and no more than four hours a day of sports participation beginning next school year. Weight-training, film review and meetings outside of school time are considered part of the 18-hour week.
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One could assume that if any programs would sweat out abiding by the 18-hours-a-week limitation on student-athletes' sports participation, it would be the elite football programs in the college-like Trinity League. But the proposal got unanimous support from Trinity League schools.
Said Monty McDermott, athletic director at St. John Bosco, which was a CIF state champion in football this past season: "From a St. John Bosco football perspective, we feel like we already fit under the 18 hours limit. It's counter-productive to go over that. ... Private schools have kids commuting, kids involved in a lot of other things and so many academic challenges."
The CIF-Southern Section Council, the section's rules-making body, voted Wednesday to support the statewide proposal that would create the 18-hours-a-week (and 4-hours-a-day) limit. The Council unanimously voted against supporting a statewide proposal that would allow student-athletes to play on their high school team and their club team during the same season of sport.
Who would monitor coaches to make sure they observe the 18 hours/ 4 hours cap? "Like always," University football coach Mark Cunningham said, "it's up to the school principal and the character of that coach. Either you follow the rules or you don't."