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Coaches sound off on proposed WIAA football gear amendment | From the SidelinesMarch 6th, 2012 at Tue, 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by Josh Suman
I have a reason to blog again this week after dropped the story on proposed WIAA Amendment Six, which would eliminate helmets and shoulder pads from off-season football workouts. The coaches I spoke with had strong opinions on the matter and all were opposed to the idea of reducing pad use to try and protect kids during offseason work.
The most valid point I heard made was the idea that in 7-on-7 drills and passing tournaments, which are non-contact in nature and never involve tackling, helmets are a way to avoid unintended head-to-head contact. Full speed activities, whether it’s a scored prep passing league or a game of tag between a bunch of third graders, will involve unintentional physical contact. The best way to protect against those type of blows is to wear helmets.
Here’s what a few coaches had to say about the issue of limiting the contact period during summer rather than what can be worn within it.
“It would just kill the development of a lot of programs. We all rely so much on doing team camps and football is a unique sport where kids can’t just throw on some pads and go practice.”- Skyline head coach Mat Taylor
“I don’t know any programs would go to team camps without that contact portion. The team camps have trainers and you cant get much more of a safe place to have contact. It’s not always live to the ground and there are pretty quick whistles. I think it’s healthy to have the discussions. Concussions are a very real concern and we want to find avenues to play the sport but make it as safe as possible. I would say if we were only allowed to have out of season contact at approved university camps, that would eliminate some of the extra scrimmages during the summer and I wouldn’t be opposed to banning some of that.”- Lakewood head coach and anti-amendment drafter Dan Teeter
“If they’re going to do anything, it would be limiting the amount of time you can have with your kids. Right now, it’s pretty much you can do whatever you want, which we don’t. I think it’s more important to give them some time away but at the same time get them prepared for what is a tough fall season.”- Interlake head coach Jason Rimkus
Aside from the Amendment Six issue, I’ve been spending some time trying to examine the column and ways to keep it interesting for a broad readership and still focused on the core vision of the space as a way to explore ways in which people exhibit their love of sport and competition.
I had what I thought was a decent idea, to take the Wonderlic, a test given to NFL players at the combine to measure their ability to process complex and sometimes conflicting situations and options to arrive at the best possible outcome. The most difficult part of the test is balancing the desire to choose correctly on each question while leaving time to finish the test.
The version of the test I took online was in four parts and I finished with a composite score of 28.
Here’s how various position groups test out on average:
Offensive Tackles: 26; Centers: 25; Quarterbacks: 24; Guards: 23; Tight Ends: 22; Safeties: 19; Middle Linebackers: 19; Cornerbacks: 18; Wide Receivers: 17; Fullbacks: 17; Halfbacks: 16.
Most of the questions dealt with reading comprehension, grammer and syntax with some math mixed in.
As a writer, the literary stuff was basically self-explanatory. As an Asian, the math was more difficult than it probably should have been.
Either way, it wasn’t stressful enough or interesting as a column, but that’s why we blog.
The last thing, and I’ve been meaning to do this for a couple of weeks, deals with a Bellevue Christian student-athlete who is also doing some blogging.
Two of the teams that made some noise in the postseason before coming up just short of the state quarterfinals were the Bellevue Christian boys and girls basketball teams, which were both dropped in the regional round.
When I went with the Vikings to La Conner during the football season, I was approached by a sophomore named Nathan Parsons who informed me he was trying to find his footing as a sports blogger with SeaTown Sports.
As the postseason approached for the winter prep season, Parsons and I spoke again about possibly having him contribute a story from Bellevue Christian’s postseason run to our website. That unfortunately did not work out because of the logistics behind some of our changes in sports coverage, but you can check out Parsons’ writing on SeaTownSports.net and I’m still hoping to find something for him to do to help us out as well when he is finished with the soccer season.
The end of state playoffs and first weeks of the next season’s sports are always the slowest times of the year (save for the monotony that is summer) and with all but one team from our Bellevue/Issaquah-Sammamish coverage area eliminated, there hasn’t been much to report from the prep scene.
We have some questions for teams and individuals in both Bellevue and Issaquah coming this week and I’ll rehash that in next week’s edition of the blog.
If you have an interest in becoming a student sports clerk for the Bellevue or Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter newspapers, contact Josh Suman at email@example.com