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George Washington’s Ben Nicol dribbles around Charleston Catholic’s Jayallen Turner at during the GW Shootout at George Washington High School on June 29. The Patriots had to use a flex day to compete in the shootout, as it was not during their July live period.

During the offseason months of a calendar school year, organized team activities for prep sports teams in West Virginia are limited.

Coaches get a three-week-long period, known as a “live” period, during which they can organize players as a team during the summer. Along with the live period, coaches get 12 flex days — days outside of the live period that school teams can organize during the offseason.

Rick Farlow covers sports. He can be reached at 304-348-5122 or rick.farlow@hdmediallc.com. Follow @FarlowRick on Twitter.