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Off-season moratorium in the offing?

If you feel your high school student-athlete or coach spends too much time participating in just one sport throughout the year, relief could be on the way.

This past week the Utah High School Activities Association moved closer to initiating an off-season moratorium which would prohibit coaches and players from being involved in their sport during 12 weeks each year.All of UHSAA's 13 officially sanctioned sports would be affected by the off-limits-in-the-off-season rule. The actual moratorium periods, however, could possibly be broken up into four-week sections to allow certain athletes to train with their coaches for national competitions.

Next month the UHSAA executive committee will vote on the proposal drafted by a participation committee made up of principals, athletic directors and coaches.

Should the moratorium pass, student athletes and coaches would not be able to participate in clinics or any other activity related to their sport during the specified times. Also, athletes wouldn't be allowed to play with or against other schoolmates in their particular sport on school property.

The moratorium is intended to involve students in other sports while also giving coaches a needed break from their sport.

A violation of the moratorium would result in a suspension from 20 percent of the league games the year after the infraction occured.

NATIONALLY RANKED: The Mountain View girls basketball team, ranked No. 8 nationally by USA Today, got some long-overdue company from a neighbor.

The Provo Bulldogs, who opened the eyes of the high school basketball world with two impressive wins against Top 10 teams at the Iolani Classic in Hawaii in December, have finally made it to the Top 25. The Bulldogs - 4A's top-ranked team at 14-2 - debuted in the poll at No. 24 and are listed as the fourth best team in the west.

St. John's at Prospect Hall (Md.), which beat Provo by four at Iolani, is still ranked No. 1 nationally.

PUTZ A NATIONAL FINALIST: Bountiful soccer star Caroline Putz has been selected as the Mountain Region girls soccer player of the year by the Gatorade Circle of Champions. She is one of eight finalists for Gatorade's girls soccer national player of the year.

Putz, who is also Utah's player of the year, was chosen by a panel of regional media advisers and a national advisory board assembled by "Scholastic Coach." The Washington-bound Deseret News all-stater notched a state-record 47 goals last year.

UTAH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alta soccer player Matt Affleck is also being honored by the Gatorade Circle of Champions. The 1997 5A MVP was recently selected as the Utah player of the year. Affleck totaled 22 goals and 13 assists in leading the Hawks to the state title as a junior.

NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR: Kudos to Brighton High girls soccer coach Kathy Kuhn, who was recently named coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches of American Association. This past fall, she guided the Brighton girls to their third state soccer championship in nine years.

Kuhn was also named coach of the year for the Western Region.

NEW COACH AT WEST: Former Weber State assistant coach Sam Aloia will replace recently retired Don Holtry as West High's new football coach. Aloia, 47, graduated from Judge Memorial High and Westminster College. He has been teaching at West for a year.