Coaches’ dinner is time for fellowship, information

The annual coaches’ dinner for the Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic Football Jamboree was held on Monday at William Blount High School. The dress rehearsal for area high school teams is scheduled for Aug. 13 at William Blount’s Mike White Field.

At each year’s dinner, the coaching staffs from Alcoa, Heritage, Maryville and William Blount are treated to a catered meal from Aubrey’s. A member of the MOC staff then addresses the gathering on any pressing health concerns to be aware of in the coming season. Supervisor of officials Ken Coulter then instructs Blount County’s coaches on any rule changes.

There were few changes, but the increased emphasis the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is putting on concussions this season is something to remain vigilant about, Coulter said. Officials, along with a school’s medical and training staff, can now remove a player from a game if they suspect a problem. The procedures for returning a player to competition are more stringent and will be rigorously enforced.

“As a coach, you’re definitely at risk if you put that kid back in,” Coulter said.

At the end of the evening, Dr. Ken Bell led the assembled coaches and physicians in prayer for a safe season where such measures won’t be necessary.

MOC doctors, who volunteer their time on the sidelines for all the Blount schools during the sports season, were on hand and were introduced.

Blount Today is the media sponsor of the MOC Football Jamboree and will broadcast the game on Blount Today Sports Radio, 97.9 FM.

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