The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission passed a vote on Tuesday to expand the summer practice period in high school athletics.
The summer practice period was originally held during a three week time frame during the month of June. That will now change to the entire summer, thanks to Tuesday's ruling.
Pending approval by the West Virginia State Board of Education, the ruling will take effect beginning the 2015-16 academic school year.
High school coaches throughout the state even proposed a ruling for year-round practices. But the WVSSAC dismissed that proposal, resulting in a compromise of an entire summer of practices instead.
The Board of Education has submitted all of the WVSSAC rule changes to the agenda for May, although the final ruling will most likely not be made until July. After a 30-day public comment period, the West Virginia BOE will make its decision on the rule changes.