ASAA recommends West Valley football players practice with other programs

ASAA recommends that the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District allows West Valley...
ASAA recommends that the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District allows West Valley football players to practice with other programs after a tragic incident involving students at the UAF Patty Center pool. (Aaron Walling/KTVF) (KTVF)
Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 5:48 PM AKDT
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Tragedy has befallen the West Valley football program. After a training exercise accident, three students required CPR and were transferred to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Since then two students have been released, but one still remains in FMH.

The incident involved the football program participating in an off-season workout, where the team used the University of Alaska Fairbanks swimming pool.

40 students were part of an exercise that involved them getting into the pool itself.

The players were in the deep end of the pool, and after that, three students required life saving measures. UAF said in statement that one student sank to the bottom.

The West Valley football preseason program has been suspended by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. ASAA’s Executive Director Billy Strickland said that they are monitoring the situation as FNSBSD and UAF Police Department continue their investigation.

“We are working with the school district, once they are able to conclude their investigation then we'll determine what steps would be appropriate for ASAA to make.” Said Strickland. “I have suggested to the school district to consider having some of their other school's coaching staff run practices so that this bylaw doesn't keep them from being able to play their first couple of games of the year."

According to ASAA bylaws, “All players must have ten separate days of physical practice in the same sport activity prior to the 1st day of competition.”

We’ll have more on this story.