first_img FOCAL POINT SPANISH TOWN: Preparations for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Catherine Primary Schools football and netball competitions got underway as teachers and coaches participated in a seminar hosted by the state agency at the Social Development Commission offices in St Catherine recently. The session which focused on netball, was led by veteran local coach and one of the most highly regarded international umpires, Sylvester ‘Chris’ Campbell. Campbell, who is also an INSPORTS sports officer, held an interactive session with representatives from more than 35 schools ahead of the under-12 netball competition, which will shoot off tomorrow at the Homestead Sports Complex, where each zone in Central St Catherine will participate. “This session’s main focus is to bring participating schools up to speed with the new INF rules to prepare the kids. We are going to discuss the changes and additions as well and strategise how best to interpret and apply them to the game for the under-12 participants,” said Campbell. “It is important for the coaches and kids to have an appreciation of the new rules so that they can grow stronger in the game.” Highlights included a demonstration of new protocol regarding how the area of play is set up, to ensure a smooth game and the safety of the young participants. The safety of children playing the game is a focal point of INF’s new mandate that each team must have a primary medical care provider for the duration of all matches. In support of this, INSPORTS announced that it will provide full medical service for the opening and closing games of the competition. Additional changes included a reduction in the number of whistle blows to potentially one at the start of the game if it proceeds without incidence. New procedures also include all time-outs reduced to 30 seconds and that at least one leg should be wholly within the centre circle for centre passes. “It is important for the kids to get a good foundation as we assume that some of them will become Sunshine Girls. What we want is that when they get to the international level their knowledge of the fundamentals and their skills will be of a high calibre so that the most we have to do at that level is help to strategise and work as a team,” Campbell observed. “We are creating that high level of skill at the national level and in our domestic leagues because we are trying to develop a cadre of players that we can choose from to represent Jamaica.” He continued: “We want each parish to get involved in playing netball and from there we will have a grand final. Following the grand final we want to select players for the elite league which is the Berger League and then from there we can select players for the national team.”last_img read more

first_img“It was close to midnight,” Campbell said. “They needed to have their lights on.” Athletic director Mike Roth said the university is still gathering information, and the players will face the same disciplinary standards as any other students. “The program is shocked and extremely disappointed,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said before Saturday’s 60-49 West Coast Conference win over SaintMary’s. “We regret the far-reaching effect this has on our program and the university.” Heytvelt, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, is a starting forward and the team’s second-leading scorer at 15.5 points a game. Davis, a freshman from Canada who played most of his high school ball in Philadelphia, has not played this season following shoulder surgery in October. LMU star hurt: Loyola Marymount center Matthew Knight suffered a concussion when he hit his head on the floor in a 71-66 WCC win over San Diego. San Diego’s Ray Murdoch was driving to the basket less than four minutes into the game when he collided with Knight, a 6-foot-8 senior and the Lions’ leading scorer. Knight fell backward, hit the back of his head on the floor and sustained a concussion, according to Loyola Marymount spokesman John Shaffer. Knight did not move for more than two minutes as the training staffs from each school attended to him. Knight was finally helped up and needed the aid of two teammates to walk off. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gonzaga basketball players Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were suspended from the team following their arrest in which police said marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms were in their car. The players were booked into Spokane (Wash.) County Jail on Friday night for investigation of drug possession, Cheney Police Cmdr. Rick Campbell said. Prosecutors have until the end of Wednesday to file charges. The two were released Saturday on their own recognizance. center_img Campbell said the amount of marijuana was enough only for a misdemeanor, but possession of mushrooms is a felony. Campbell said police pulled over the car because its tail lights were not working. Officers smelled marijuana and searched the car, he said. last_img read more