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  1. Here is the article that I think you were looking for. To common now a days to complain after the fact when this should have been addressed when put in place. I completely understand that player safety should always come first and the pitch count should be counted by an official score keeper but the coaches didn't want that according to this article. TODD AARON GOLDEN: In following the letter of the law, IHSAA lost the spirit of the pitch count rule When I interviewed IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox last Tuesday, he was very adamant not only in his words, but his tone, when he conveyed to me that the IHSAA did everything in handling the South Vermillion-Scecina pitch count rule violation by the book. “I’m enforcing the rule by the letter,” Cox said with an uptick in his voice and stern emphasis in his enunciation when he said "by the letter". By now, you probably know what the controversy was about and how it was resolved. Scecina pitcher Mac Ayres went over the IHSAA (and National Federation of State High School Federations) pitch count for a 24-hour period. The limit is 120 pitches. Ayres threw 134 or 136 depending on who was doing the counting. There's no dispute, from either party, that Ayres and Scecina were in violation of the rule. The IHSAA by-law on the pitch count rule requires a team forfeit when the rule is violated. The IHSAA cited a different by-law, one they say overrode the pitch count by-law, that stated that the penalty in the postseason is different and that the player is suspended but the team moves on. However you feel about that, and I've yet to come across anyone who was completely satisfied by every aspect of the ruling, let's go back to when the IHSAA decision had to be made. Let's also acknowledge that we're dealing with something different here. Once player health-related guidelines and rules crossed into the realm of the competitive environment — pitch counts for baseball, concussion protocols for contact sports — we stepped out of the old days of rule enforcement. (We've also stepped out of the old days of many things. The IHSAA is going to have to consider how it structures the baseball tournament — perhaps two games in one day for the sectional and regional is no longer such a hot idea. The IHSAA definitely has to stop conceding power to the coaches' associations and take more control over their own rules in all sports. An example? For the many who have suggested that pitch count should be monitored independently, perhaps by the host site as it is in Illinois? It didn't happen because the Indiana coaches' association didn't want it to happen. They favored the honor system. Here's a news flash — few say it publicly, but there are plenty of coaches don't like the pitch count rule for reasons ranging from legitimate concern of it not being strict enough, or issues of how to apply it, to outmoded caveman thinking that it makes players soft. But that's a column for another day.) The pitch count rule's conception was to protect player health. It's there to protect pitchers from their own competitive instinct and inability to ascertain their own limit. It's also there to protect players from coaches who aren't paying attention to the pitch count (Defcon-5, least severe on the concern threat matrix) or who are unscrupulous (a hard Defcon-1) about crossing the line to feed their own competitive hunger. So back to the IHSAA decision-making process. Forget, for a moment, the forfeit or no forfeit part of this. Forget, even, the inherent ridiculousness that there's a different standard for regular season versus the postseason — even though nothing is at stake in the regular season with an all-comers, blind-draw tournament and everything is stake in the postseason. Think only that the pitch count rule is a player safety issue ... period. The IHSAA had, right in their lap, a chance to really send a message about how important these pitch count rules are and how it's a line that simply can't be crossed. If you read IHSAA by-law 3-9.4, it is succinct. The player is ineligible and the team moves on. We already knew that. However, if you read the entirety of the IHSAA by-laws on eligibility — and boy is it ever a page-turner — it deals with player ineligibility. The IHSAA adjudicates via player ineligibility. It's what they do. Apparently, it's all they do. However, holding the player responsible for a pitch count violation is well nigh ludicrous. It's not his responsibility to keep track of his own pitch count. The coaches are supposed to monitor it and there's nothing beyond the honor system in place to hold anyone accountable. The IHSAA has no apparatus in place to enforce the rule, and yet, it's the player who pays the price? The IHSAA could (should) have understood this, looked at the wording of their by-law, and struck a new blow. Rather than stick with the player ineligibility by-law — undoubtedly written to deal with traditional ineligibility issues like players who weren't academically eligible, etc. — the IHSAA could have set a bold new precedent and ruled that the team was ineligible for violating the pitch count rule as written in by-law 51-4-e and enforced the forfeit. The rationale is simple. The team is responsible for protecting their own player's safety. The team's coaching staff is responsible for keeping their pitch count. Scecina, by accident or on purpose, failed to do this. Given that? The team has to pay the penalty for not protecting their own player and forfeit the game ... just as it does during the regular season. The penalty must be that serious. If it isn't? Then what's the point of protecting the players in the first place if you can't do it when it matters most? When the instance of arm overuse abuse is most prevalent? My guess is that the IHSAA would argue that it wasn't within their purview to create a new precedent, but who is going to argue with the IHSAA over setting a precedent to protect player safety? Scecina might have fought it, perhaps even with legal action, but as South Vermillion ultimately decided, the IHSAA does have discretion in how they interpret their by-laws. I'm not sure how it's arguable among the sane that the IHSAA would have been doing the wrong thing to strictly enforce the pitch count rule. The IHSAA also would have engendered plenty of good will in the name of player safety and sent a clear message to coaches that the pitch count rule is serious business. The IHSAA had a chance to take a bold stance. What they did instead was blanket themselves in their own rulebook to comfort themselves in the letter of the law. In doing so? The IHSAA completely missed the spirit of what the pitch count rule is all about in the first place. Todd Golden is sports editor of the Tribune-Star. He can be reached at (812) 231-4272 or todd.golden@tribstar.com. Follow Golden on Twitter at @TribStarTodd.
  2. Franklin College wide receiver Deontez Alexander signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions. https://lionswire.usatoday.com/2018/05/14/lions-sign-6-2-4-35-second-tryout-wr/
  3. You can add Franklin College/ Manual High School wide receiver Deontez Alexander as another player that is getting a shot as he received an invite to the 49ers' mini camp. He had a very strong showing at his pro day at Ball State with a sub 4.4 40 and numbers that turned some heads.
  4. Crusaderfan


    Sorry to disagree with you on this one Coach, look at the list from 2A and you'll notice the running back from North Posey was on there after graduating last year. He made the all state team last year so one would assume it was a simple mistake between last years team and this years team. Unfortunately that left the running back from Scecina (Jordan Brown) off of the list after he was told by Coach Hurrle that he made the IFCA All State Team. Mistakes happen and hopefully it will get corrected at some point. Agree with you on the IFCA over the AP just thought never was pretty strong considering it just happened.
  5. Looking at Jordan Browns highlight reel might give you a better indication of what they looked like this year. There is a few (like the first one) with both Ritter games in it. I think that Scecina matched up real well with Ritter in both games but came up short. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/372067/highlights/77173382?autoplay=1
  6. You realize that EH gave up more points last night than Scecina did in the the last two years combined also right? What does the amount of points scored have to do with anything as long as you score more than the other team.
  7. Scecina 28 Triton Central 0 Final
  8. Crusaderfan

    1A Season Progress

    I'm surprised that Eastern Hancock isn't being mentioned as a strong contender coming out of the South. They gave Scecina a good game in the sectional final last year and it's my understanding they lost very little from that team. Seemed to be a class organization. I look for them to advance further this year. I'm a little confused on Indy Howe even being in 1A as their enrollment on their website shows grades 9 - 12 with 750 students and the IHSAA classification shows mid 300's. I know the classification was on last year enrollment so I'm not sure if they had 300 some students leave when the charter school took control last year and they all came back after a year. If that's the case I guess they caught a lucky break during the "classification period" but it appears as another flaw in this system
  9. Crusaderfan

    Linton Miners 2013 Preview

    Good Luck to the Miners this year. Consider me one of the fans that would love to see you guys get over the hump and make it to the State finals this year. Nothing but respect for the Miner program.