Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Prep wrestling: Manatee County a tournament hotbed

Wrestling is coming to Manatee County this month when a number of county teams - including Jesse Fulk's Manatee Hurricanes - host tournaments in preparation for the postseason, which gets underway the first weekend in February.
Here are the events:

Southeast Duals
When: Friday, Jan 3 and Saturday, Jan. 4.
Locals: Southeast, Palmetto, Bayshore
Others: Brandon, Clearwater Countryside,  Sarasota Military Academy, Tampa Jesuit, Venice, Booker, Lakeland George Jenkins, Booker, Sarasota, Englewood Lemon Bay, Dunedin, Tampa Berkeley Prep, Port Charlotte.

Kiwanis Mustang Duals at Lakewood Ranch
When: Saturday, Jan. 4.
Locals: Braden River, Lakewood Ranch

Coach Kelly Memorial Hurricane Team Challenge at Manatee
When: Friday, January 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11.
Locals: Manatee
Others: Dunedin, Holiday Anclote, Largo, Lakeland, Jupiter, Port Charlotte, Tampa Alonso, Gateway, Nova, Englewood Lemon Bay, Harmony. 

Tiger Duals at Palmetto
When: Saturday, Jan. 11
Locals: Bayshore, Palmetto, Southeast, Lakewood Ranch
Others: Brandon, Ruskin Lennard, Riverview, Cape Coral Ida Baker, Charlotte, Cape Coral Mariner, Sebring, Fort Myers, North Port, Booker.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Prep basketball: Smoothie King Classic brackets

Bradenton Christian is hosting the Smoothie King Classic, a girls and boys basketball tournament running Dec. 27-28 and 30 at BCS.
Here are the first round pairings:

DEC. 27
Manatee vs. Sarasota Christian, 11 a.m.
Cape Coral vs. Bayshore, 2 p.m.
Lakeland Victory Christian vs. West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 5 p.m.
Bradenton Christian vs. Citrus Park Christian, 8 p.m.
Bayshore vs. Cardinal Mooney, 9:30 a.m.
Sarasota Christian vs. Englewood Lemon Bay, 12:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg Shorecrest vs. Manatee, 3:30 p.m.
Bradenton Christian vs. Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Prep girls basketball: Willie Clemons brackets

Southeast is hosting the 10th Annual Willie Clemons Girls Basketball Classic from Dec. 26-28.
The eight-team bracket features the tournament's first out-of-state entry - Valdosta High in Georgia. Valdosta is coached by Bradenton native and former Seminole Edward "Amp" Wilcox.
Here are the brackets:

Palmetto vs. Riverview, 2 p.m.
St. Petersburg Gibbs vs. Dover Strawberry Crest, 3:30 p.m.
Seminole vs. Dade City, 5 p.m.
Southeast vs. Valdosta, Ga., 6:30 p.m.
 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
2 p.m. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Prep sports: FHSAA proposes changing the "follow-the-coach" rule

A proposed bylaw may change the Florida High School Athletic Association's "follow-the-coach" rule.
The "previous contact" bylaw, scheduled to go before the association's representative assembly in January, would allow student-athletes who transfer schools to compete in sports that do not involve the coach in question. Further, the bylaw also allows student-athletes to compete in the affected sport at levels other than varsity, such as JV and freshmen levels.
The current "follow-the-coach" rule prohibits student-athletes from changing schools to play for a coach they worked with on a travel or club team.
Features of the proposed bylaw include:
  • Allowing the student-athlete to play varsity levels at any sport but the one involving the travel or club coach. So if a student transferred  to a school where his club coach is also the school's baseball coach, he would have to play sub-varsity baseball for one year, but could play on the varsity for any other sport.
  • If a student-athlete completes the final grade offered at his previous school (such as a school that offers grades K-7), he can play without interruption at his new school.
  • Student-athletes can fully participate if the coach in question has been associated with the school's sport in question for less than a year.  
Another proposed bylaw calls for more mediation to the association's appeal process for student-athletes and schools challenging rulings. The proposal calls for a mediation process prior to the board of appeals, with the agreements being binding. The FHSAA and the school would split the cost of the process, and the hearings would take place monthly at the association's headquarters in Gainesville.
These proposed changes come in the wake of the FHSAA's surveying of athletic directors, administrators and coaches. According to the FHSAA, 72 percent of those surveyed said they wanted to see changes in the transfer and club sports participation rules; 53 percent said the follow-the-coach rule should be changed in some way; and 73 percent said parents and students should not be able to choose their schools based on athletic participation.
“This set of proposals will go a long way to make sure student-athletes get to keep playing the sports they love, while also making sure blatant recruiting is discouraged and punished,” Roger Dearing, the association's executive director, said in a statement. “This approach will be fair to everyone – the schools, the coaches and, most importantly, the student-athletes themselves.”
If approved by the assembly, the changes go into affect for the 2014-15 school year.