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ROY TESTIFIES AGAINST RULES

June 22, 1995

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— If Roy Williams has his way, some of the Kansas State High School Activities Association rules will soon change.

Williams, Kansas' basketball coach, testified Wednesday against rules limiting high school athletes' participation in certain non-school and off-season sports activities.

Williams appeared in Sedgwick County District Court on behalf of parents challenging rules barring more than three players from one high school from being on the same non-school team or attending clinics or practice sessions together during the off-season.

Charles Gunter and Book Robinson filed the lawsuit in April after Gunter's oldest son, Chuck, tried to join a summer team that already had three classmates on it.

The lawsuit claims the KSHSAA, which set the rules, doesn't have jurisdiction to dictate student participation on non-school teams.

Williams, who testified for 90 minutes, said it's not right to put so many limits on what athletes do during the summer.

``We are hurting kids by denying them the chance to be coached and to choose what they want to do in the summer,'' he said, citing examples concerning his own children.

Several rules are unjust because they apply only to football, basketball and volleyball, Williams said.

His daughter, Kimberly, was able to practice with her high school cheerleading coach last week and will continue to practice with the entire team this summer, Williams said.

His son, Scott, a former Lawrence High basketball player, could get instruction from his coach for only one week out of the summer, and he couldn't compete in leagues or camps with more than two of his varsity teammates, Williams said.

``An old cliche that I've heard many times is that a basketball team is made during the season, a basketball player is made during the off-season,'' Williams testified.

``I do think it's harmful to our youngsters if the high school coach who has the training to work with the kids can't do it, but the pharmacist, or the fellow who owns the service station, can go out and give them as much instruction as he wants,'' Williams said.

Basketball is a team game, so limiting the number of team members who may play together away from school is detrimental, Williams testified.

``I think it helps individuals to play in a team situation,'' he said.

``Jacque Vaughn, for us ... is an All-Big Eight first-team player. But if it's a one-on-one game, he's not an All-Big Eight first-team player,'' Williams said. ``But put him with our team and he is All-Big Eight first-team because his skills and abilities he has show up better in a team situation.''

Kansas, Williams said, remains behind the times in basketball.

"We have the most restrictive rules in Kansas I think than the entire United States," Williams said. "We almost have the same rules in Kansas that we did in North Carolina in 1973 when I started coaching."

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