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Re: Thoughts on a 8 hour rule change
8 hours per week is nowhere even close to what the most competitive bands are doing. Tarpon Springs (FL) did 22 hours of rehearsal outside of school hours last week (4 hours on Tue/Thu/Fri + 10 hours on Saturday). Directors from other states actually joke about how easy we have it in Texas with our state-mandated limitations. I'm sure some of them are jealous...
To be honest though, I think true burnout is more common in the programs that are trying to fill every single Saturday with competitions. Trimming 2-3 hours out of your rehearsal schedule so it goes from 8 hours down to 5 or 6 isn't going to make a dent in the perception of time-commitment when you still have that 6-8 hour gameday plus the 16 hour Saturday competition every week.