High Schools Recruiting Athletes
High school sports are an important aspect of many teenagers’ lives. High school student athletes work hard day in and day out during their respective seasons to be successful on the field, court or whatever playing surface they compete on. There are many things I love about high school sports, the competition, school pride, and the rivalries among other things. One thing that I cannot stand to see in high school sports is recruiting. I think people get so caught up in winning that they will do whatever it takes to do so.
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Stiffer penalties passed recently by the Alabama High School Athletic Association were intended to discourage recruiting by coaches. Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, a team found guilty of recruiting went on restrictive probation and were banned from the state playoffs for a year. (Lin, 2012) The state of Kentucky came down hard on Cordia High School this year, giving the school the “death penalty.” In a release by the KHSAA, Cordia was found to have committed “violations of KHSAA bylaws including Bylaw 1 (Responsibility of Eligibility), Bylaw 4 (Enrollment Requirements), Bylaw 6 (Transfer Rule-Citizens of the U.S. or U.S. Territories), Bylaw 7 (Transfer Rule-Foreign Exchange Students), Bylaw 11 (Financial Aid), Bylaw 16 (Recruitment/Undue Influence), Bylaw 23 (Limitation of Season) and Bylaw 25 (Requirements for Coaches).” (Kentucky High School Athletic Association, 2014).
The result of the Cordia incident was severe penalties including: 1. Suspension of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball team from playing scrimmages or contests during the 2014-15 regular and postseason, as well as the 2016 postseason; 2. Forfeiture of all boys’ basketball games from the 2013-14 season for the use of at least one ineligible player in all games; 3. Probation for Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program through the 2018-19 season; 4. An aggregate fine of $25,980 for various infractions per the fine schedule...