With RJS, Ross, and Richardson all selected to play in one of the two major all-star games, it got me thinking. If I remember a few years ago, when Gardner played in the UA game it caused him to lose his eligibility for the rest of his high school career (some kind of rule that the Michigan high school althletic association has). I know Richardson runs track, and I thought I remembered RJS doing something with track as well. Is there a possiblity this keeps one or all of them from competing in these games? Obviously it would not be an earth shattering event if they don't, but it would be fun to see how they compete against some of America's best talent. It could also help their ranking if they did well (not that that ultimately matters either). Just thought I'd ask the question while it was on my mind.
? About High School All-Star Games
Actually I thought the rule was you couldn't play the sport for that season. Unless they have changed it. I know Woodley played B-ball until his senior year when he played in the Army game and did not play basketball that season.
eligibility list for high school athletes
10. You have not competed in an all-star or national high school championship after having played for a high school team in an MHSAA tournament sport.
Further on down its eligibility list it details the punishment.
Participation in such a contest shall cause that student to become ineligible for a maximum period of one year school enrollment.
participation in an all-star competition in any sport makes you ineligible for all sports. Pretty harsh it seems.
I'm guessing at a minimum that at least Richardson won't play in the UA game? Surely he plans to run track for his senior year. Anyone know about RJS or Ross, and if they are involved in track?
It's a dumb rule, because it seems to punish the Student Athlete for being Exceptional! MHSAA has it backwards on plenty of issues, one of which being spring football. The quality of players would increase.
We don't have the weather for spring football that some other states have. Besides that, a lot of kids play spring sports which would be affected horribly by spring football. My kids are already asked (required) to voluntarily (mandatory) lift three times a week all year long. HS sports have become so time consuming that kids no longer have a chance to have a life and most of these kids will never play sports in college. It's so bad the only time we can take a family vacation all summer long is during a mandatory dead week (the first week of July).
This rule leads me back to the question of how do such stupid people come to be in such a position of prominence? If you cross stupidity with motivation, you get a board member or a politician.
This rule punishes HS athletes for being on a level so elite that they get picked for one of the games. It is really mean-spirited and one of the worst rules in the entire country.
The MHSAA isn't the only association that violates the rights of athletes and schools. HS athletic associations in general seem to enjoy finding new ways to tell student-athletes "no." For example, Florida spends more time with enforcement than the NCAA does, and fines schools heavily for nebulous "violations."
Then they wonder why kids rebel...
On the other hand if these guys decide to play in the game they will be able to concentrate on preparing for their freshman season. There should be opportunity for some true freshman to play next year so it may not be the worst thing.
I'm not endorsing the rule just being optomistic...