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The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.)
By Jami Frankenberry

In an effort to draw more of the state's top college-bound prospects, the Virginia High School Coaches Association voted Wednesday to move its football and basketball all-star games away from July.

The VHSCA's legislative committee - a group of approximately 75 coaches - voted to approve the change after a recommendation from the association's executive committee Tuesday.

The 2015 football all-star game will be played December and the boys and girls basketball games will move to March. Those games will now be played after the end of the state championships.

"I think it'll boost interest in the games, particularly football," said Mike Smith, the VHSCA executive director and Hampton High's football coach. "We've started to lose some of those recruits because colleges have taken them for summer classes."

For years, the football and basketball all-star games have been played in July during the same week as those in baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball. The games, featuring recently graduated seniors from public schools around the state, are being played this week in Lynchburg for the first time after a 21-year stay on the Peninsula.

In recent years, many of the state's top players have skipped the football and basketball games in favor of enrolling in college in January or during the summer months.

Smith said the baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball all-star games will remain in July, along with the annual VHSCA coaching clinics. The games are slated to stay in Lynchburg through at least 2016.

Jami Frankenberry, 757-446-2376,

Twitter @JamiVP

The all-star football game will be in December.

The boys and girls all-star basketball games will be in March.

July 10, 2014


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