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No coaches on course for golfers

No coaches on course for golfers

By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
Keep your distance, coaches.
The TSSAA Board of Control voted 8-1 against a proposal to allow golf coaches to coach their players on the course from tee to green during matches.
The proposal was presented by Farragut High School of Knoxville.
In the end, it was disparity in coaching itself that brought down the issue, according to board member Chuck West of Dresden.
“Some schools have several coaches with a lot of golf experience, and some schools are only able to have one coach, so the board felt it wasn’t a level playing field,” said the Dresden High School principal. “There was also an issue of if it (on-course coaching) would slow down matches.”
West said TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress talked with high school association members in neighboring states who allow on-course coaching, reporting back to the board that it has brought mixed results.
Childress checked with representatives in Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina and presented his findings to the board. The TSSAA, unlike those states, follow the USGA standard of not allowing coaches on the course.
The board completed 16 of the 34 items on the agenda and should finish its work this afternoon.
Among the items of local interest on today’s schedule include:
• The annual request from Region 7A to adjust its basketball tournament schedule.
Region 7A annually requests — and is granted — the right to move up its tournament one day to avoid Wednesday night games.
• A proposal from the Division II committee to include its two football state championship games in the three-day rotation at Cookeville.
The private school state championship games are currently played on the Thursday prior to the six public school games on Friday and Saturday. Those schools are looking to be a part of the rotation and have games played on the weekend dates as well.
• An adjustment to the football calendar with consideration to heat acclimatization
The TSSAA staff has been studying this subject and has been in discussion with other states regarding it. A recommendation will be presented with implementation set for prior to the 2013-14 season.
• A discussion to extend the basketball coaching box.
Tennessee has always defined the coaching box as six-foot box in front of the team bench. The NFHS basketball rule book allows for a 14-foot coaching box in front of the bench.
The board is also likely to renew its contract to have Huddle print its state championship game tickets.

Published in The Messenger 6.12.13

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