Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 12, 2014: Elks sponsor free throw contest
The Craig Elks Lodge 1577 will play host to the National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest on Dec. 20 at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the competition at 9 a.m. for boys and girls, who must be no younger than 8 and no older than 13 as of April 1, 2015.
Parents are reminded that there are no flash photos allowed while contestants are shooting. Afterward, a chili lunch and prizes will be available at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way.
For more information, call 970-824-6131.
Water aerobics classes available
Water aerobics exercise classes will run through Dec. 18 at the Moffat County High School pool.
Classes take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, promoting cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, body toning and water fun. Classes cost $40 overall or $4 per individual session.
Participants must be at least 15 years old.
For more information, call 970-826-2017.
Parks and Rec offers basketball for younger ages
Registration is now open for boys and girls in kindergarten through second-grade to play Craig Parks and Recreation basketball.
The cost is $40, and the season will take place from February to April. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 7, and those who register late will be placed on a waiting list with no guarantee of placement.
For more information, call 970-826-2029.
Changes in high school football play recommended
AURORA — This week, the football committee recommended to Colorado High School Activities Association that they lower the number of quarters a player is allowed to play over the course of a season.
Currently, a player is allowed to play 56 combined quarters during the regular season at all levels. That number does not distinguish between the number of games a team schedules. It is also fairly high compared the stats within the region and around the country.
“Colorado is on the high end nationwide in terms of the number of quarters we allow kids to play,” said Mike Krueger, the district athletic director of Aurora Public Schools who chairs the football committee.
The committee recommends 42 quarters per player for teams with eight games scheduled, 48 quarters for nine games and 52 for 10 games. As with the current rule, these season-long limits only apply to regular season games.
Additionally, under the recommendation, no player would be allowed to play in more than six quarters during a seven-day week. The week would be defined as starting on Thursday. The six-quarter limit would allow exemptions when dealing with postponements.
Because the current quarter limit is a bylaw, the committee cannot change it by itself. A league will need to bring a proposal to the CHSAA’s Legislative Council meeting in January to enact the change.
Health care premiums are dropping for the first time in a long time, and for the individual marketplace on the Western Slope, premiums are going down dramatically.