CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While a lot of good can come with the three-week approved summer practice period for high school athletics, Sissonville Athletic Director Rich Skeen sees some bad with it as well.
That's because for athletes that play multiple sports going from workouts, practices and games from one sport to another can be quite daunting.
Take for example Sissonville multi-sport standouts Karli Pinkerton and Madison Jones, who for the past three days alone have been put through the ringer in trying to take advantage of the allowed period and get all their commitments in.
Jones and Pinkerton have been working the eighth annual Sissonville basketball camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., gone on to participate in soccer and also have had basketball games scheduled throughout the week. Both play AAU on the weekends, as well.
Skeen, who also serves as both the girls and boys basketball coach to go along with his athletic director position, has seen his viewpoint change a bit over the additional time with the players over the summer.
"I use to love the three-week period and even though I love being around the kids, it's really hard on them," Skeen said. "It has its good and bad. In a school our size, there are many kids that play two or even three sports.
"To me, its murder on them. It's not bad for the coaches but it's bad for the players. You don't really get a head start on things. It's really to maintain and get a few games in here and there. You try and get as much out of it as you can."
Despite the long days balancing all their sports, Pinkerton and Jones wouldn't have it any other way.
"It will be kind of difficult and I have a busy day every day," said Pinkerton, who plays on the basketball, soccer and softball squads for Sissonville. "I would be bored and just want to go shoot anyway. It gives me something to do. I love it."
Jones and Pinkerton not only play multiple sports for Sissonville, but excel in all of them as well. The sophomores-to-be were the top two freshmen basketball players in the area with Jones just nudging out Pinkerton as the Kanawha Valley Freshman of the Year last season.