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School Board Close to Allowing Year-Round Coaching


The West Virginia Board of Education is close to passing a policy change that would allow year-round sports coaching.

The Charleston Gazette reports the board voted Wednesday to give the public 30 days to comment on the possible change. Current policy allows for only three weeks of out-of-season sports practice or related activities.

If approved by the state school board, likely at its July meeting, the change would allow coaching for middle and high school students to occur all year except for weekends, the week of July 4 and one week before the start of the sport’s season.

Martinsburg High School principal Trent Sherman, who proposed the change, says it would level the playing field for West Virginia students who play athletes from bordering states that have looser out-of-season rules.