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Family Week

Family Week

To: AD’s, Co-AD’s and Head Varsity Coaches in the Sports of Football, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer & Baseball

From: Todd Tharp

Subject: 2021 Family Week

By now you have probably seen information sent out to superintendents and high school principals as well as local media outlets regarding the inaugural “Family Week” which will take place this summer from July 25th through August 1st. It will be the corresponding week moving into the future. This has been a process lasting over 2 years and information was shared in the fall regarding the implementation. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Speech Association and the Iowa High Schol Music Association will also be implementing this program. At this time, those schools participating in the state baseball tournament will be exempt due to the dates of the tournament. Next year, with baseball moving ahead one week, there will be no conflicts.

Just to clarify, this family week is only in effect for students in grades 9 through 12. Meaning 9th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year through those students who will be seniors during the 2021-2022 school year.

There are no restrictions on students who will be in 8th grade and below, however, high school students cannot be “counselors” at these camps and it is recommended that all facilities on your campus be shut down during this 8 day period.

Below is a link to the IHSAA’s release on the upcoming Family Week, starting this summer on the IHSAA and IGHSAU calendar.

The short version of Family Week’s contact rules: No intentional or scheduled contact between any student-athlete and coach from their school at any place, at any time, and for any purpose during the prohibited period.


I would suggest you refer your assistant varsity coaches and all lower level high school coaches and parents to this link for more information on Family Week. This release is also available through the IHSAA’s Home, News, and Coaches & Administrators pages.

Thank you,


Johnston’s Xan Taylor 2021 Bowling Recipient of IGHSAU Golden Plaque Award

Johnston’s Xan Taylor 2021 Bowling Recipient of IGHSAU Golden Plaque Award

Johnston girls bowling coach Xan Taylor is the 2021 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Bowling Golden Plaque of Distinction Award. The IGHSAU’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession.
Taylor coached Johnston to three-consecutive Class 3A state titles in 2015-16-17. She was named State Coach-of-the-Year by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and currently serves on the IHSAA/IGHSAU joint Bowling Advisory Committee.
Taylor was instrumental during the inaugural sponsorship of high school bowling for both the IGHSAU and IHSAA through her work with the Iowa Bowling Proprietors’ Association.



The Department of Education today (January 12) provided this interpretation to the Scholarship Rule as updated in Governor Reynolds’ latest proclamation:

“The Governor’s Office and the Department believe the best public policy is to interpret the proclamation language to give every student athlete an academic fresh start. This is due to the difficulties some districts have faced in implementing remote learning and the large scale need of keeping student athletes connected to education.”

Therefore, effective immediately, all students who failed a course during the last grading period and are serving a 30-day suspension under the Scholarship Rule are immediately eligible. Music and Speech have adopted this same eligibility accommodation for their students.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Reminders on Coach-Athlete Out of Season Contact

As per the Coach-Athlete Out of Season Contact rule, all in-person contact between coaches/administrators and student-athletes in all sports is prohibited.

Sport specific virtual (video, phone, social media, etc.) contact between coaches and athletes in all sports (except baseball and softball – see below) is prohibited. Virtual “wellness” check-in with athletes is permitted.
Posting links to articles and videos (not produced by the coach) is permitted. Sending such links to individuals or groups of students is not permitted.
No live and/or group strength and conditioning demonstration or specific instruction is permitted. A strength and conditioning coach may share (including links to) articles and individual workout videos (including coach-created). None of these may be sport-specific and must be shared with all students in the school; not select students. Coaches may not require athletes to complete workouts nor require athletes to report workouts completed.

We are awaiting guidance from the Department of Education regarding Coach-Athlete Out of Season contact regarding the established June 1 start date for permissible contact. The date and what will be permitted is dependent upon availability of school facilities.

End Of Season updates

End Of Season updates

A few end-of-season notes from your Iowa High School Bowling Coaches Association and the IGCA:

1. Thanks to all for your efforts this year.  The impact that you have on your bowlers will last them a lifetime. You continue to impress and inspire me, thank you for being who you are.  

2. As most of you know, sub-state sites have been posted and are available here and here

3. Coaches can ensure they get updates by signing-up for our mailing list to the right of this post. Communications around our end-of-season awards will be coming from that mailing list, as well as being posted to our homepage and the IGCA. Please make sure your area coaches are on our list.

4. All-district and all-state awards will be determined by season average. These awards are based on regular season results.  On Saturday, February 15th, I will be pulling qualifying averages from Quik Stats. Please make sure your competitions are entered before that date. Coaches with high average bowlers that may be in contention for all-district awards, but are not academically eligible or should otherwise not be considered for an award should notify me immediately. Coaches, we are relying on you to self-report any of your students that should be withheld from these awards for any reason. Please make sure scores are accurately and completely entered, withholding or altering scores for athletes is cause for removal from all-district awards.

5. Academic All-State nominations can still be turned in, the form is available here.  Requirements are Minimum 27 ACT AND 3.75 GPA

It’s a busy time of year but feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. Good Luck to all!!

Matt Schneider
Iowa High School Bowling Coaches Association

Reminder for NEXT season

Reminder for NEXT season

While this new rule doesn’t impact teams until next season (2020-2021). I am send this reminder now so you have ample time to address with bowlers that may be impacted next year….

No balance holes as of Aug. 1, 2020

When Aug. 1, 2020, rolls around, bowlers will not be allowed to use a ball with a balance hole and all gripping holes must be used on every delivery. With this change, there is an increase in top/bottom and side weights, and the specification allowing increases in static weights for bowling balls without balance holes has been in effect since Aug. 1, 2018, to allow a smoother transition for bowlers.

To ensure your equipment is ready for the 2020-2021 season, we encourage bowlers to update their equipment as soon as possible. See more details regarding the drilling specification changes here.

Don’t forget… let your bowlers know about the ball drilling changes for NEXT season.