"spirit of the rule". The point of the rule is so that kids can get a degree and not be overwhelmed.
What constitutes a 2 hour workout?
From what I can tell a workout consists of some variation of the following routine:
1) Putting the ipod and armband on, setting the playlist you like best, and bobbing your head cause you know you can't dance
2) Getting to a station, putting weight plates on
3) Doing a set (and grunting for the last 2-3 reps)
4) Looking at yourself in the mirror while you muster up energy for the next set
5) Change the song on your ipod and begin the next set
Hyperbole aside, in that routine I see a relatively small portion of actual "workout" time. I imagine teams that calculate to the minute factor that into their time limits and only say time actually lifting iron plates is "workout time".
My point is that when a player says they take even 4 hours for a workout, it's entirely possibly that would still fall within a 2-hour limit.
Thanks NCAA for making all this crystal clear.
Now a slightly off topic complaint regarding punishments experienced for missing an off-season workout - note the article never states whether that punishment is for missing time in the within-rules mandatory 8 hours of off-season conditioning or for missing a voluntary workout. It simply aims to imply that it's for missing anything. That's the only "solid" evidence the article presents to show that off-season stuff is required - YES 8 HOURS IS REQUIRED!
Furthermore, if you schedule time to workout and don't show up (voluntary or not) - shouldn't you be punished. Your'e wasting someone else's time by making an appointment and not showing up.
Barwis has workouts down to such a science that I'm guessing he has this all figured out (and I'm not being sarcastic at all).
He probably has kids take a 15- or 30-second break between sets, so that way it's easier to figure out exactly how long a workout will take. That's not to imply that those 15 or 30 seconds wouldn't count for a workout. But when a kid says he works out for two hours, I think that literally means, he was in the weight room from 10:00 a.m. until noon - not that he actually had his muscles flexing at a maximum rate for two hours.
Either way, workouts that aren't supervised by coaches (and Barwis isn't a coach) don't count against the limit, so this is arbitrary.
Is practice time say on a wednesday counted only as the time the coach blows the whistle at say 3:30 to begin practice and ends say at 6 when the coach says hit the showers? If so, the time spent in the trainers room before and after practice doesn't necessarily count nor does a player showing up early/staying late to work on stuff (assuming coaches aren't coaching him).
Correct. Practice only counts from whistle to whistle. How long you spend in the shower is up to you.