Day 1 in the books...
By Robert Przybylo
A rather uneventful Day 1 from the OCA’s coaches clinic in Tulsa. Don’t remember from last year if that was the case as well, but it didn’t feel like there were as many coaches.
Then again, the setup is vastly different from how it is in Oklahoma City. Displays are scattered throughout the Marriott.
Didn’t see too many football coaches around but did catch up with Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers. And after talking to him about how this year’s team is, quickly turned the conversation to the “super” 3A class in 2010.
“Whoever wins that will definitely have deserved it. It’s going to be a dogfight every week.”
No doubt about that. In most cases in the playoffs, if you’re a top seed, you’re banking on winning comfortably in the first and second rounds.
After that, who knows? But if 3A pans out the way it should, not only will just about every playoff game be crazy in terms of intensity, but there will be a lot of perennial playoff contenders who probably won’t make the cut.
There should be more football and basketball coaches later in the week as it was a pretty slow day in that department.
That doesn’t mean I did find time to talk with people as two of my “babies,” swimming and tennis, here their coaches association meetings.
Big difference in tennis is coaches will be allowed to coach their players at all times as long as it doesn’t interfere with the flow of play.
This was tested out last year and worked during the regular season. It wasn’t utilized at regional and the state tournament.
The OTCA and the OSSAA have approved it, so that will be a new wrinkle. Don’t know why it took this long. I’ve never understood the whole “no coaching” during a tennis match. Where else could you see that?
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