(01/15/2008)
By Bob Weaver

"We will be developing a new policy related to volunteer coaches," said Calhoun school board president Lee Evans last night.

He said "Some volunteers are not currently legal," and fail to meet SSAC standards which requires training, a certificate and a background check.

Evans met with board members to write a new policy which will affect all sports, cheer-leading and band activities.

The issue surfaced at a recent board meeting when a volunteer was denied permission to assist with a sports team.

"Lay coaches must meet criteria," said Evans, saying failure to follow the correct policy could place athletes or band members at risk in competition if their coaches are not certified.

CM-HS principal Karen Kirby said she had already met with the school's athletic director Tim Davis, and the school's coaches about the problem.

Booster volunteer Irona Yeager said "The new rule will affect volunteers at wrestling matches."

The new policy will allow for lay coaches, providing they complete the process.

Superintendent Jane Lynch said the policy will be developed and put out for comment, before it is approved by the school board.


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