Nov 23, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated LIU Brooklyn 104-75. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Term-Time: The un-official rules on the 20/8-hour rule


What did the fish say when he hit a wall?  The same exact thing the Kentucky basketball players said after realizing Thanksgiving wasn’t just a holiday but a term-time official vacation period: “Dam”.

No, they hadn’t just watched that Netflix movie with Ashley Judd’s discussing Global Warmining and the need for aquatic restraints because of higher sea levels. They most likely said the four letter verb form phenetically the same, as with a term-time official vacation comes practice, and lots of it.

Term time official vacation: A term-time official vacation is a period of time in which coaches and players are not subject to the “20/8-hour rule”.

“20/8-hour rule”: A rule that precludes student-athletes from spending more than 20 hours a week in countable athletically related activities and no more than eight hours during the off-season

In essence, a term-time official vacation is a loop hole to the rule that limits the Billy Gillespie’s of the world from practicing every day, all day.

It is a time in which coaches and players can “meet” to work out, to do drills, to run, or anything other form of practice.

The two main term-time vacations for basketball players are Thanksgiving, Christmas Break.

Despite the extra running last week though, with Thanksgiving players were unable to practice to the fullest extent on Saturday due to the rule restricting practice on days following a competition (Friday Kentucky played Long Island University Brooklyn). A loop hole to the loop hole they will see infrequently during the December 7th through January 8th Winter vacation, as Kentucky plays December 8th (Portland), 15th (Lipscomb), 22nd (Marshall), 29th (Louisville), January 2nd (Eastern Michigan). This means that other than December 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and 3rd, Calipari could see them every other day or even multiple times a day.

Rough days for legs, arms and minds exhausted from running, conditioning, practicing. Great days for young Calipari teams that field a freshmen mix and players new to the Dribble Drive system, to learn and mold together before the start of a conference schedule and NCAA run.

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