SSAC summer practice period could be upped

CHARLESTON – A summer vacation for the state’s high school athletes could become a thing of the past.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission board this week approved a proposal to allow the current three-week voluntary practice sessions to extend throughout the summer.

The only layoff would occur during the week of the Fourth of July.

The State Board of Education still has to approve the measure, which would be put in place for the 2015-16 school year.

Voluntary summer practice sessions first occurred in the state in 2003. Coaches are allowed to conduct practice sessions with their teams during the current three-week

period, usually in mid-June.