The Georgia High School Association’s mandatory “dead week” gives players and coaches a break from summer practice and workouts.
It is highly supported by Banks County High School coaches, according to athletic director Jerry King.
“I am very supportive of the dead week for us as coaches and our athletes,” said King, who also guides the BCHS Lady Leopards basketball program. “Many of them play multiple sports and this gives them an absolute week off from all practices.”
The dead week consists of a time period of one week during the summer in which schools may not participate in any sports or conduct practice. This allows everyone involved a chance to step away from school-related sports, at least for this week.
The break was instituted approximately five years ago and promotes a time that levels the playing field with no activity across the whole state, King said, noting many of the coaches can take their family vacations without worry of what other schools are doing in preparation for fall sports.
Other states, including South Carolina, had already adopted a similar inactivity time period prior to Georgia.