Two-sport athlete suspended
posted at 2/17/2007 10:10 PM EST
1. It is a rule. Rules are to be enforced. It doesn't matter whether the rule is a good rule or a bad rule. Most football fans agree that the "tuck rule" is a bad rule. I think we are all pretty happy it was enforced. When I was in high school we were entering the league championship xc race and our #2 runner (and #2 in the league) was caught holding a cigarette. It wasn't his. However, he had it on his person. He was suspended as per the rule. It cost us the league championship race. It was the rule.
Two years earlier, we were unbeaten, a student had moved midway through the season, he kept coming to our school, we forfieted all of our races even though he only scored points in ONE of them. Mind you, they found out he had participated in the races about two months after the season ended. We had our t-shirts printed, a trophy presented to us, a banner in the gym. It cost us a championship. Those were the rules. It sucked. We suffered for the blunders of others but we understood.
2. The AD is the one in the wrong above all others. When I was in HS, I would have played two sports in the winter and spring if given a chance. I was a runner in the fall and spring, and played hoop in the winter. If I could have I would have also run in the winter and played baseball in the spring. The AD never would have let that happen. It all comes down on him.
3. The athlete is to blame next. I'm fairly certain that someone must have said to her, "you can't do that". I know if that had been me and someone told me I couldn't be playing two sports that I would have investigated it to avoid just this type of incident.
4. Did the school not do what just about every other high school in MA does and send out a list of compliance rules to the families of all athletes at the start of the school year? If they did this, and the parents claimed to have no idea, then shame on them for not reading it and they are more guilty than the athlete. Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the rules.
In fact, the more I think of it, on most schools' athletic dept. permission slips, the parent AND athlete must sign that they have read and understand all enclosed state and school participation rules. If the AD didn't do that, he is negligent (sp) here. That only gives credence to the parents' ignorance.