high school sports

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Petition to Illinois High School Association

IHSA - protect our contact sport players with common sense weekly playing time rules.

The Illinois High School Association recently updated Policy 13 of its Handbook, which addresses football player safety.  Policy 13 defines limits on the amount and type of daily practice for football players during the summer and throughout the football season.  It now includes these weekly playing time limits for the football season: A player shall not play in more than 2 games in any one week, and shall not play in more than one game in a single day. For the purposes of this section, a week is defined as the seven-day period running from Friday through the following Thursday. (It is recommended that if a player does play in 2 games in a given week, one of those games is only as a one-way player. [i.e., only plays on offense or defense or special teams]) Players cannot play in games on consecutive days or be involved in live contact/thud in practice the day after playing in a game. 1 play in a game equals a game played. NOTE: If a player plays in a game that is stopped due to weather or other circumstances and completed the next day, the player can participate in the resumed game the following day. This means that a player who is in a Friday night football game for even 1 play is ineligible to play in the Saturday morning JV game.   In the interest of player development and reasonable opportunity for playing time, we are asking the IHSA to reconsider the definition of a “football week” and “game played”.  A group of Illinois football coaches and athletic directors have recommended the following: A football week is defined as the seven-day period running from Thursday through Wednesday. Player plays at least 1 offensive play in a quarter - counts as a quarter Player plays at least 1 defensive play in a quarter - counts as a quarter Players will be allowed to play a maximum of 4 quarters on any one day/night Players may not participate in more than 6 quarters on consecutive days and/or in a week. Participation on special teams only counts as 1 quarter played per game, if a special teams player plays one down on offense or defense that counts as another quarter played.  Special Teams are defined and limited to Kickoff, Kickoff Return, Punt, Punt Return, Field Goal and Extra Point Kicking Teams.   If a 40-point differential in the 2nd half results in a running clock, any play will count as 1 quarter played. If a player plays in a game that is stopped/postponed due to weather or other circumstances and completed the next day, players can participate in the resumed game the following day. Overtime will be a continuation as an extension of the 4th quarter.  The key change is the shift from 1 play = 1 game of play, to 1 play = 1 quarter of play.  This is further augmented by outlining that no player can play more than 6 quarters in consecutive days.  We believe these proposed changes still result in aggressive and appropriate playing time limits in the interest of player safety.  They also allow all dedicated student athletes who work hard the opportunity to realize their goal of playing in a varsity football game and making a contribution to their team on the field.

NCHS Football Team Parents
1,518 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to James Jackson

Improve safety & baseball field/facility conditions at our high school

We the parents of Southwest DeKalb and neighboring high schools, are calling for the installation of lights on our schools baseball fields. Not providing adequate lighting is a huge safety concern for our children. Furthermore, it is extremely unfair and a disadvantage for our students/athletes to cancel or end games prematurely due to a lack of standard operational facility accommodations.  Our children should be given an equal opportunity to play baseball for their high school in hopes of obtaining athletic scholarships for college. It is no secret,  and in fact there are many articles written by Major League Baseball referencing the decline of black players in baseball. It starts here! It starts with inner city, predominantly black schools such as ours not having sufficient amenities for our players. We have to give our children an opportunity to excel in this sport by supplying them with basic necessities to play the sport to its full advantage. When we put forth effort and give our players tools to succeed, they will develop a love & passion for this sport to perhaps become the next great MLB player. Our students shouldn't have to travel outside their home school to experience what it is like to have basic field amenities.  When you attend a baseball game, you are guaranteed to have: 1) lights 2) scoreboard  3) field house or stand for scorekeeper 4) concession stands 5) bathrooms  At Southwest DeKalb High School, we have none of these basic needs. We are not allowed to charge entrance fees like schools in other counties. We visit other schools and have to pay to see our child play. They are able to put that money back in their program to provide for their athletes. DeKalb does not allow us the same opportunity to do so for our athletes. Therefore, we are requesting Dekalb County School District to put forth some effort to provide at least lights for our children to play baseball for their school without the stress of losing sunlight. And if nothing else, provide an operable scoreboard as well.  Thank you               

Trinette Potter
311 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Frank Nunan, Daniel McGarry, School Board

Players Over Politics

#playersoverpolitics As a student-athlete, imagine having a locker room without lockers. Or playing on a field that receives little maintenance or grass management, increasing the risk of avoidable injuries This ongoing degrade of athletic facilities at Upper Darby High School has cultivated turmoil between coaching staff of the football program and Administration. After numerous requests for proper field management and for lockers, the staff turned to parents and Alumni for support. Administration’s response to this outcry was not to improve conditions for athletes but to make the situation worse; force the Head Coach into retirement and fire the Offensive Coordinator. Their statement reads as such:“After careful evaluation, it has been determined that the administration and Coach Rich Gentile do not share the same vision of the future of the football program. As a result, Coach Gentile will be leaving the head coaching role after the 2019 season. A plan will be developed for the hiring of a new head football coach and transitioning that coach into the role for the 2020 season.” This decision was made by the acting Superintendent, Dr. Daniel McGarry and Athletic Director, Frank Nunan. It’s apparent with this course of action, the agenda of both these individuals is to not act in the best interest of student-athletes, but themselves. The firing of Coach Gentile and Ruffenach after their unwavering fortitude to advocate for players sends the incorrect message to these young adults and diminishes the continuity of the program.  Please sign our petition, voicing your support of players over politics. Our goal is to: Activate the School Board to reverse course from the actions of Administration, reinstating Coach Gentile and Ruffenach. Allow Coach Gentile to retire on his own accord. After 37 years of coaching, his wish was to retire in 2021 following the 100th anniversary of the Thanksgiving Game Facilitate change in the conditions of athletic facilities.  Read more: Gentile to coach one more season at Upper Darby Thank you for your support.  - Upper Darby Football Alumni

Upper Darby Football Alumni
3,324 supporters