Broken Arrow schools impliment self-imposed penalities after player found ineligible
Student-athlete found to play despite violation
4:34 PM, Aug 29, 2013
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -
On Thursday morning, Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent announced a self-imposed penalty for the district's football and track and field programs.
In June of 2013, it was discovered an athlete who was ineligible to play participated in both sports.
The student-athlete repeated the eighth grade. Because of that, they should not have been able to participate in athletics during the repeated year.
By not sitting out that year, that student was ineligible to play his senior year, which would have been the 2012-2013 school year.
After an audit by the OSSAA, it was discovered that was the only violation.
Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall announced Thursday, as part of the self-imposed penalties, both programs will be on a "warning" status for the 2013-2014 school year.
In addition, they will forfeit two 2012 season football games and five 2012-2013 track meets.
The athletic department will also immediately implement several new processes to improve the tracking of student athlete eligibility, and training on the OSSAA's rules will be given to all coaches on an annual basis.