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USD 232 set student-to-coach ratio policy

August 9, 2007

Four new coaches will be hired by the De Soto USD 232 in order to provide adequate participant-per-coach ratios on sports teams.

The board Monday approved a proposal that will guide the hiring of coaches in the district. The proposal offered recommendations on the number of players per coach ratio and listed a minimum number of coaches required per range of participants in each sport.

With the new guidelines, new coaches must be added to Monticello Trails Middle School football, Mill Valley High School volleyball and De Soto and Mill Valley high school soccer in order to meet the coach per participant ratio.

The new policy will guide the district on when and how to hire new coaches, district human resource director Mark Schmidt said.

"Over the years, figuring out how many coaches we should have in each sport has been a little bit difficult even with the limited number of schools that we have," he said. "When one school gets a new coach, another school will want a new coach."

Schmidt along with a representative from the middle and high schools worked on the proposal for about nine months to determine what would best serve the students in each sport.

"We saw input from our current coaches, we called around neighboring districts and we also used our own experiences, and that's how we came up with the numbers," said De Soto High School activities director Steve Deghand.

The group used numbers from Lexington Trails Middle School to estimate how many coaches would be needed at Mill Creek Middle School. The numbers presented for the participant per coach ratios account for both varsity and junior varsity or both seventh and eighth grade in the school listed.

One change was made to the proposal regarding the minimum number of coaches for high school baseball and softball. The proposal listed the absolute minimum of three coaches for baseball and three coaches for softball.

However, board member Bill Fletcher said he was concerned that would leave only one coach with a team if both varsity and junior varsity played on the same night.

"I think you need to change that minimum to four as long as you have a JV team," he said.

The board unanimously approved the proposal with the change of a minimum of four coaches for high school baseball and softball as long as there is a varsity and a junior varsity team.

Schmidt said the proposal provided predictability for parents and students when it comes to supervision of the various teams.

"What is proposed tonight goes a long way in protecting our kids," he said.

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