It is time for true confessions.
At one time I was involved in a sports scandal. When I was twelve, I managed to make my town’s traveling little league team. A day before our first game, when the coaches were going over the logistics of when we would be leaving and who we would be playing, the coach said “and by the way you are all twelve years old.” At first I was a bit insulted that he thought we did not all know our own age, but then he followed that up by saying that one of our players was thirteen. Obviously, the player was too old for this team and we were cheating. But the coach made it seem that this was business as usual and all the teams did it.
Laws and rules are made all the time and are nearly always made for all the right reasons. In education it is to make sure that funds are properly spent and that student achievement is accurately measured. In high school athletics it is to make sure that the competition is fair. While my own scandalous incident happened decades ago and it did not involve a school district, it is indicative of how many adults want to win and will break the rules to do so. That’s why we have age rules for high school athletes. (more…)