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W.Va. School Board Tables Vote on Year-Round Coaching

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The state Board of Education has decided not to vote on a proposal to allow year-round coaching in middle and high school sports.

The board tabled the measure Thursday for further study.

Current policy allows three weeks of out-of-season sports practice or related activities. The proposal would have allowed coaching all year except for weekends, the week of July 4 and a week before the start of each sport's season.

Proponents said the change would have helped schools that compete against teams from bordering states where out-of-season coaching is allowed.

State school board member Beverly Kingery had expressed concerns that year-round coaching would interfere with family time.

The proposal was narrowly approved by the Secondary School Activities Commission's Board of Control, which is composed of school principals.

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