With the stroke of a pen, the Archbold High School volleyball team went from 8-1 on the 2013 season and 4-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League to 0-9, 0-4 NWOAL after violations of Ohio High School Athletic Association rules were discovered.
Aaron Rex, district superintendent, said a member of the team participated in a practice with a university squad, which is prohibited by the rules of the OHSAA.
A ruling by Dr. Debra Moore, associate commissioner of the OHSAA, ordered AHS to forfeit its eight wins from the 2013 season and put the student-athlete on a two-match suspension.
Rex declined to name the student-athlete or university involved.
He said the violation wasn’t intentional. The student wasn’t aware of the OHSAA regulation.
“I’m not sure the university was, either,” he said.
Rex said the players were told about the situation before they left for their Tuesday, Sept. 17 match at Montpelier, an NWOAL match.
If the Streaks defeat Montpelier, it will count as a win, and their record advances to 1-9, 1-4 NWOAL. Any victories starting Tuesday night will count in the win column.
Rex said the player will have to sit out the Montpelier match and the first match of Saturday’s Golden Spike Tournament at Springfield High School.
The specific regulations in question are OHSAA general sports regulation 7.3 and volleyball regulation 4.1.
Both regulations prohibit a player of an interscholastic school sport from participating in the same sport in a non-interscholastic program. The regulations extend not only to competitions, but also to practices and tryouts.
Rex said a team coach learned of the potential violation Monday evening, Sept. 16.
That coach referred the matter to Allan Gladieux, AHS athletic director.
Rex said Gladieux and Royal Short, AHS principal, dealt with the issue.
On Tuesday, school officials contacted the OHSAA and informed it of the potential violation.
Rex said the school received Moore’s ruling at 1:47 pm.
The eight schools the Streaks had already defeated this season (Patrick Henry, Stryker, Liberty Center, Wauseon, Delta, Napoleon, Fairview, Defiance) have been notified of the OHSAA decision.
Rex said AHS will not discipline or punish the player involved.
In a press release, he said, “This is an unfortunate event, and our school, and our athletes did not intentionally try to violate any rules or guidelines set forth by the OHSAA.
“We will move forward with our season and continue to play with determination and perseverance.”-Posted 9.17, 5 pm