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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."


May 3, 2014




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