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Your Legacy is More Than a Trophy
Dear Lake George Students, Parents, and Warrior Fans,
We received very disappointing news today from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) regarding our girls’ varsity volleyball team. After an amazing season in which our student athletes went undefeated in both dual matches and tournaments, it was discovered that the team inadvertently played one more game than is allowed by Section II rules. Teams are allowed to play 20 games in one season, and through an innocent mistake, the Lake George team played 21. As per NYSPHSAA By-Laws and Eligibility Standard #19(c), the team is ineligible from the date of the violation for the rest of the season.
The Lake George Athletic Department requested an interpretation of the By-Laws and Eligibility Standard from the NYSPHSAA Executive Director, who stated that the interpretation does include post-season play. The penalty for this violation is clearly delineated in the Section II Handbook, and after in-depth conversation with NYSPHSAA, it became clear that the decision is unfortunately not one that we are able to appeal.
“While the NYSPHSAA Rules are clear and the penalty is prescribed for this violation, do not let this issue diminish the valuable and respected contributions that you provide to the Section and NYSPHSAA,” stated Executive Director of Section II Edward E. Dopp in his letter regarding the matter to the district.
The athletic director and coaches have scheduled a meeting for the volleyball team and parents tonight – Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – from 5-6 p.m in the High School gym. We will use this time to support the athletes and review the situation so it does not occur again.
On behalf of all of us here at Lake George CSD, we want the student athletes to know that no one can take away their effort, skills, talent, teammates, memories, and accomplishments. We firmly believe that obstacles will only make you stronger, and your legacy is more than a trophy.
Superintendent Lynne Rutnik
A Proud Warrior Fan