Eighth grade students who participate in summer sports are high school students as first day practice and cannot play club sports at the same time as in the same club.
At the Clear Lake Community School Board of Education monthly meeting Tuesday evening, he heard the proposed update to the district’s activity manual.
Dale Ludwig, director of activities, told the board that he and several coaches had identified themselves as too lazy to run in late April to clarify the language.
This spring, the parents of an eighth-grader who played softball told the district that the girl also wanted to play in a club game. Ludwig’s explanation of the policy in the handbook was that she could not officially study as a high school student on May 3 as soon as practice for the high school softball team began and the district prohibited her from participating in both. Parents disagree, saying the girl will be in eighth grade at the end of May before she finishes school, and the policy in the handbook does not specify the official start of the season. Superintendent Doug G. consulted with the district’s legal counsel, who told him that if the parents could go to court because the policy was vague, the parents would likely convince them.
The board members agreed to the proposed new language and tweeted it here and a bit to make it as brief as possible in the meeting, but to make the matter more than that.
And the keynote was: high school athletics comes first, club sports second when both are in the same season.
Responsibility for developing any other administrative rules now rests with the district activities director, Ludwig’s handbook, as previously stated by the superintendent.
However, absent from the conversation, a policy for high school athletes and travel teams was discussed. This question was posed by board member Tony Brownlee.
I think we need a policy that establishes these kinds of values there, Brownlee said.
Superintendent Jit said they discussed a possible policy, but found no district that does not allow travel teams to participate during the school season.
I’m even better at that (concurrent participation at the high school level), says G. I think we’ve reached a stage where we have to allow our team to travel.
Ludwig will return to the board at its July meeting with formal changes to the first lesson, as the policy was implemented during the second lesson before the board in August.
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