With the high school football season starting later this week, the issue of private coaches training players in-season still hasn’t been resolved.
Bylaw 14.4.1 was discussed at a meeting Monday morning, but there was not enough support from statewide to push for an adjustment. Steve Hogan, Director of Athletics, for Mesa Public Schools told www.sports360az.com early Monday afternoon, “the board was receptive, there was a lot of discussion, we are just looking to have leniency in interpretations of the bylaw”.
By example, a private coach is working this weekend with ten quarterbacks and twenty wide receivers at a park, all of the players COULD by ruled ineligible from their high school team because the training happened during the season.
It would be quite an embarrassment nationally if Arizona high school athletes were ruled ineligible for working on getting better on their own time.