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Off the Field – Action on classification expected (June 24, 2015 issue)

The public versus private school reclassification debate will hopefully see significant progress in July.
TSSAA officials recently met to discuss and debate the classifications of private and public schools and hope to have a solution in place when they meet again on July 16.
Five options were presented during June’s meeting:
• Keeping the same system in place. No changes would occur and the current system would stay intact.
• A complete split. The 24 academies that currently participate in Division I would be moved to Division II.
• Regular season and postseason split. The public and private schools would compete in three different classifications in the regular season but be separated during the playoffs.
• An urban and rural school split. Schools would be split due to population density studies.
• A success-advancement classifications. Schools would be separated in two separate leagues, one for public schools and one for private and public schools that require 10-percent or more tuition from students.
According to reports from the June meeting, officials discussed the issue for over five hours with over 150 pages worth of information to digest.
It is not a matter of if, but when. With the proper protocol put in place to take on such a diverse issue, we can hopefully see changes come over the years.
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The little sluggers of Unicoi County will be staying busy under the summer sun with the opening week of the Little League All-Star season this weekend. Be sure to check out future issues of the paper for photos of each team.
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Unicoi County High School recently wrapped up summer football workouts at Gentry Stadium with a steady amount of improvement, according to head coach Glenn White.
The Blue Devils will go through a dead period before embarking through a busy July and August to prepare for the regular season.
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The UCHS volleyball team will host a general skills camp from July 20-24. Each day’s activities last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a $50 registration fee. Payment includes camp tuition, instruction, a camp T-shirt and lunch.
The camp is designed for girls currently in fourth to seventh grade who have a love for volleyball and desire to become better players.
LeAnn Lane will be the guest instructor for the event. Lane played volleyball at Montreat College and earned first-team all-state honors in 2000 with Sullivan North High School. The former Golden Raider is the coach at Church Hill Middle School with nine years of middle school coaching experience and 10 years with the Kingsport Volleyball Club.
Early registration is encouraged as the camp may fill up. For more information, contact the high school at 743-1632.
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