2018-07-05 / Sports

Relax: Summer ‘dead period’ is here

By Kylee Richardson
810-452-2632 • krichardson@mihomepaper.com


The annual summer dead period offers student-athletes a break from high school practices and a chance to enjoy what summer has to offer. 
File photo The annual summer dead period offers student-athletes a break from high school practices and a chance to enjoy what summer has to offer. File photo AREAWIDE – The annual summer “dead period” is upon us now with the July 4 holiday right around the corner. The “dead period” is seven consecutive days that a school determines will be sports-free. Most schools usually incorporate the Fourth of July. Some schools are even starting to move to even longer dead periods for the benefit of students, families and staff.

During the dead period, there is no involvement or contact by the school or coach with students in grades 7-12 in any Michigan High School Athletic Association sport. There are to be no school or coach conducted open gyms, conditioning or weight lifting programs on school premises or sponsored by the school or coach at other facilities. Unplanned, casual, normal community contact is permitted.

The dead period applies to all levels of MHSAA member schools, including coaches and students in grades 7-12. Non-school summer baseball and softball practices and competitions that are regularly scheduled throughout the summer may continue with school coaches and students from the same district.

Because school personnel are barred from holding such activities, school facilities are also prohibited from use of nonschool individuals and groups. Students are not allowed to lead practices or conditioning during this time either.

The dead period also gives schools the ability to update and upgrade sports equipment, facilities and game areas while it is not in use. Along with school upgrades, athletes are also given the opportunity to enjoy summer break outside the constant practice and camp schedules as well as two-a-days, morning and evening practices.

Following the annual summer dead period, there will also be a preseason down time that prohibits practices and open gyms for 7-14 days prior to the start of each season, from August 1 to the start of fall sports practices and try outs.

The dead period is often used for family vacations as it is some of the only downtime that dedicated athletes get throughout the summer break. It is a great time for student-athletes and their families, as well as coaching staff, to take advantage of the relaxation and leisure that summer vacation has to offer.

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