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David Krueger and Herald staff | dkrueger@heraldnet.com
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 4:19 p.m.

Amendment banning helmets in the offseason fails to pass

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced the passed amendments for the 2012-13 academic school year on Monday, and proposed Amendment 6, an amendment to outlaw use of hemlets and shoulder pads in the offseason, did not pass.

Amendment 6, which was proposed by Everett School District Robert Polk, was voted down 43-5 by the WIAA Representative Assembly.

"I think it's what we expected," said Lakewood football coach Dan Teeter of the amendment's failure. Teeter began a petition against the amendment and gathered more than 300 signatures from high school coaches around the state.

Teeter said Monday that in response to Amendment 6 the Washington State Football Coaches Association drafted an amendment of its own that would limit contact during the offseason.

"Many of us agreed that something should be done, just not to that point," Teeter said.

Teeter said specifics on the WSFCA's proposed amendment are expected to be released soon.

Here's a list of the amendments that did pass after reaching super majority:

MS/HS #5: 17.5.7 – Coaches may meet with squads to prepare for summer leadership training

HS #8: 17.14.0 – Prohibits contests against college freshmen

MS/HS #9: 18.19.2.c – 8th graders may be used to salvage JV basketball teams to reach 16 players

MS/HS #12: 27.6.0 – Coaches may be penalized for violation of WIAA rules

HS #13: 51.8.0 – 10-run rule in baseball would apply in all regular and postseason games

HS #15: 57.6.0 – Running clock would apply in second half in 1B football with 40-point margin

HS #16: 63.5.1 – Criteria for two-day tennis tournament to count as one-day event

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