CASCIAC Associate Executive Director to Appear on High School Football Training Camp Special, Friday Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
Representatives from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) invited CPTV Sports into their offices in Cheshire during the High School Football Training Camp Tour on August 24. Frankie Graziano spoke with CASCIAC Associate Executive Director Dr. Steven Wysowski in regards to player safety and rules changes for the upcoming high school football season. The contents of this interview will be available for CPTVSports.org viewing of the 2016 High School Football Training Camp Special on September 2 at 7 p.m.
The CIAC Football Committee moved to eliminate the 50-point rule on a one-year trial basis for the 2016 season in favor of a mandatory running clock should a team lead by 42 points or more in the third quarter; 35 or more points in the fourth quarter. The controversial rule that was adopted in 2006 put coaches under review if their team had won a game by 50 or more points.
The CIAC is continuing to enforce “The Quarters Rule” in which student-athletes are permitted to play more than six quarters of a given sport per week. The rule has provided the impetus for the committee to do potentially do away with the 50-point rule for good so that varsity players can stay in the game in favor of junior varsity players that may inch closer to playing past the requisite number of game quarters per week.
“Athletes can only play so many quarters per week for health reasons,” declared Wysowski. “When you are playing in a game and want to mitigate the score, you want to throw-in your JV players and help out the other team. Well, you are starting to take away playing time from those JV players.”
The mandatory running clock was just one of several topics that Wysowski addressed during the 2016 High School Training Camp Special. He also offered insights on the CIAC’s current level of concussion awareness, football tournament formats, and more.
Fans can watch the 2016 High School Football Training Camp Special, “20 Towns in 10 Days”, Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m on the CPTV Sports television channel, in addition to the online simulcast. Follow @CPTVSports on Twitter/Instagram and like facebook.com/cptvsports for more details, using “#trainingcamptour.”
CPTV Sports will conclude its summer countdown of the finest games in the network’s five-year history immediate following the 2016 Training Camp Special. The Glory Games No. 1: Valley Regional/Lyme/Old Lyme vs. Ansonia in the 2014 CIAC Class S-Large Football Championship premieres on CPTV Sports and CPTVSports.org at 8 p.m.