Hi Jim, I am glad you pointed out the DIAA rule that shows when a high school coach may coach players in the summer. 100% correct! However, this coach was named in the March 31st/April 1st Rams Lightning Tournament at West Chester Univ. I was told that he was only "handling" the paperwork for the 11th grade Angels team. Now, we all know better than that. I am sure he was at every practice and every game, on the bench and that is against the rules.
The many high school coaches that "do' coach AAU ball all season long must think they are untouchable. Whether it is through ignorance or arrogance, they are still wrong. Some may threaten others who question this and that would be ashame. Some think they have found loop holes in the rule but I can't find it.
This is not just a Catholic school situation, it is happening across the entire State. The only way it can be stopped is if the DIAA becomes more strict and follows what is going on in AAU. I believe if they chose to keep the rule as is, the coach who violates the rule should be banned from coaching high school basketball for 3 years. That would definately grab EVERYONE's attention, don't you think?
With that being said, I would not be against that the DIAA rule be changed and allowed these coaches to coach; however, there is no middle ground. The rule needs to be written so clear that even a 5th grader can understand.
I have an opinion on why coaches are doing this and it is two fold. One is certain schools feel the need to coach their players all year long to be able to compete against the powerhouses in the state but what is happening with those schools is another topic for another day. The other reason I feel these coaches are doing this, is that the PA, NJ, and NY teams are so powerful and they feel they are the "only" ones capable to make these teams competitive. A player/parent sees an established high school coach leading an AAU team, they will send their daughters to that coach/club.
One last thing I noticed this past AAU season was that these high school coaches were coaching each others players. i.e Team A's coach was coaching Team B's players and vice versa. Ummm coaches, nice try butttttttttttt.....NO!!!
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