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Vacation time is also prep time

By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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Jim Linsdau Just a note, I will be out of the office until June 22 so if you should call or e-mail and don?t get a response it is not because I?m ignoring you. Please copy e-mails pertaining to sports information to Editor Carol Feineman carolf@goldcountrymedia.com for The Lincoln News Messenger or Editor Gloria Beverage gloriab@goldcountrymedia.com for the Placer Herald during that week. Or call either office (916) 645-7733 (News Messenger) or (916) 624-9713 (Placer Herald). The cast and crew of both will try to keep up with what?s happening and I should be back before District 11 All Stars get rolling. As always, your assistance and cooperation are greatly appreciated. Although Little League Baseball will be relatively consuming for the next month or so, this is a good time to catch up with happenings and events outside the typical realm of local sports. We tend to regroup in the summer to prepare for fall and the reopening of school. Golf, softball and swimming are typical for the summer so those with club teams or individuals preparing to run from here to eternity can get in their information. It?s also a good time for camps, clinics and recreational opportunities to put in a plug, as well as fundraisers. It?s also rodeo time, although high school rodeo is now on the road. The California High School State Rodeo is going on now in Bishop so we?ll try to keep cow poke fans abreast of the ropin? and ridin? as it develops. By the way, a group of District 3 juniors will be going on to nationals in Gallup, N.M. at the end of this month. The cowboys are Andrew Madden, Cody Buchanan, Seth Neiderhauser, Sam Siefert and Wyatt Adams. The cowgirls are Taylor Jacobson and Carlie Bisby. Let?s wish them well. I know it?s a little early to talk football but many are already beginning to anticipate Kenny Chesney?s rendition of the ?Boys of Fall.? The NCAA is talking about a four-team playoff by 2014. I predict it will last two seasons and then the bickering will start as to the method of how the four teams are chosen. It will also be interesting to see how the CIF and Sac-Joaquin Sections set up its playoff scenario for 2012-13. I suppose it could remain the same as last year; however, the CIF Federated Council has instituted an SOP (Sit Out Period) rule for student transfers. For students not applying for a hardship transfer, student-athletes can use the SOP and be eligible to play in 30 days. For those whose transfers are complete by the first day of school, they can compete in fall sports on Oct. 1, winter sports Dec. 31 and spring sports by April 1. That could make it interesting for the area?s top athletes looking to garner scholarships. A sophomore who has completed one year at his or her previous school would have to SOP but could only participate at the frosh/soph level the entire year. It should be interesting.