The TSSAA’s Board of Control voted down a proposal by Farragut 8-1 Tuesday night that would have allowed coaches at the TSSAA State Golf Championships to give advice to their players from green to tee box.
The decision came on the opening night of the high school athletic association’s June meetings at the Embassy Suites & Convention Center.
Knoxville Fulton athletic director and boys basketball coach Jody Wright was the lone board member to vote in favor of the proposal.
TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said allowing a coach to give advice during the round would go against USGA rules, which the high school association uses for its state tournaments. There is a note in the rule book that could allow it, which the NCAA uses to allow coaches to instruct at the collegiate level.
“Our huge concern with that is pace of play,” Childress said. “If you have 30 minutes of rain, sometimes you are finishing at night. Talking to the expert, when coaches or anyone gets involved it slows down the pace of play.”
Childress said identifying the correct head coach would also be an issue. Golfers could be disqualified and the school fined if a non-TSSAA coach gave instruction.
“Is it a parent that is coaching them, private instructor or the head coach,” Childress said. “How do you know? They don’t know. But when (other states that permit it) find out, they are disqualifying kids. We don’t need to be disqualifying kids because a parent said something to them.”
Childress said he spoke with members from the Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina high school associations, which all allow a coach to advise players during the state tournament.
Currently, coaches are not allowed to give any instruction to golfers during the state tournament. However, they are allowed to help during the practice round prior to the two-day, 36-hole tournament.
Murfreesboro resident Allen Richardson, who is the TSSAA director of golf, said allowing coaches to assist players would not be wise.
“It would have been a zoo,” Richardson said. “Potentially, we could have had 80 coaches at each tournament. You can imagine what that would be like.”
Financial report: The TSSAA netted nearly $37,000 less than a year ago in the Division I Girls Basketball State Championships this year after paid attendance was down nearly 3,000 from 2012. The TSSAA netted $124,523.47 for the 2013 state tournament compared to $161,714.10 in 2012.
However, the Division I boys state tournament made up for that thanks to a significant boost in paid admission. The TSSAA netted $246,279.90 in 2013, up $87,515.48 from 2012.
The TSSAA netted $744,792.49 in the 2013 basketball tournament series, which includes the entire postseason for Division I and Division II as well as county, conference and invitational tournaments.
In wrestling, the TSSAA net from the state duals were down about $2,000 from 2012 when it netted $8,624.34. The state individual tournament netted $1,507.50, down from $9,447.71 in 2012.
* Riverdale’s girls basketball team received $1,184.22 for their allotment from participating in three days of the state tournament. Cannon County’s girls received $394.74 for its one day in the tournament. On the boys side, Siegel received $845.08 for its two days while Blackman received $422.54 for its one day.