I'm having a hard time with the Wright City baseball decision. The team went outside of the rules by playing too many games. They admitted to the infraction. Whether it was a mistake or done intentionally doesn't matter; the rules were broken. Then the coach says not to penalize the team for his mistake. Isn't the coach part of the team? The leader of the team? The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association did the correct thing initially by booting them from the playoffs. The administration and athletics department at Wright City should have also done the right thing by accepting the penalty and moving on.
Instead, they got lawyered up and fought the penalty they were given for admittedly breaking the rules. It was the wrong move to make for so many reasons.
In the end, the players were penalized for the actions of their coach and administration because they were taught that even if you break the rules you can still get out of the penalty by running to the courts and having the penalty reversed.
They admitted to breaking the rules but they fought the penalty anyway. This delivers a bad message not only to the players on the team but to all of the kids in the state who have watched this mess unfold.
Marc McCord, Oklahoma City
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