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No, I'm not asking this question because I want sports 24/7/365 (or in this case 366 + 1 second this year).
I believe all players and coaches need a week where they do not do anything sports related. The dead week set for this year for sports activites is July 9-13. For non-sporting activities and for fine arts is right now (from July 2 to July 6, we are in the middle of this period now). Non-sports and fine arts include Cheerleading, Dance, Debate, Band, Chorus, and for those in the JROTC.
Every single sport these days go year-round. Football is the most known to really be considered year-round. They have their season that starts with practice at the beginning of August now and lasts until the first week of December. Around the season, team members are always in the weight room and there is Spring Practice sandwiched in-between. Let's not forget the 7-on-7 passing drills they do in the summer.
Baseball has their season that starts with practice at the start of February and last until after Graduation in May. Then June has summer Baseball that some last until the start of July. Other teammates go on travel squads and are thus prohibited from the dead week period because it is not with the High School team they play on.
Every single sport is like the two above now. Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Softball are just a few examples. Cross Country and Track/Field are almost two seasons of the same sport especially if you are a distance runner. All of the sports have their own season and basically a short season of scrimmages.
The dead week provides relief for the players involved because they can take some time off from all the workouts they have been doing and all the games they have been on. This is also a rare time where the families of those players can finally take a vacation away from town because they do not have any planned workouts that coaches really want the players to be at.
On the same token, the coaches can take time off and take a vacation of their own or sit at their house for a week. They can plan out what they want the players to do once the dead week ends, they can schedule regular season games for their season without interruption of someone else needing something (the dead week only prohibits players from working out or having practice). They can plan out their season, what offense and defense they want to run and who will be put where for that offense and defense.
Why have a dead week? Well, these players get worn out eventually. Some like to workout without rest, but the majority love to have a little time off every now and then. It also prevents the coaches from working these players to the death of them. This is why states around the country have a dead week for sports.
Although, outside of the Top Seniors list I have going, this is the only thing I can type about this week.
I guess I can put the computer on vacation...
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