Suwannee Democrat


January 18, 2013

MCA ordered to forfeit winning basketball games

FHSAA reports that an over-age student was permitted to play

Live Oak — Melody Christian Academy in Live Oak violated Florida High School Athletic Association bylaws and policies for having an ineligible student participate on the 2012-13 basketball team, according to a report from the FHSAA. As such, MCA must forfeit all games the team has won.

FHSAA reports that the student was past the allowed age of 19 years and nine months and was ineligible to participate in high school sports. MCA reported the infraction to FHSAA on Dec. 8.

“The school was contacted by an outside source regarding the student’s age and after completing an internal investigation, did determine the student and the parent had falsified information on the student’s age,” the FHSAA report stated.

The report continued, “MCA reported its failure to determine the student’s age in accordance with Bylaw This office considers the process of verifying age to be a basic tenet of determining eligibility for interscholastic participation.”

The penalties assessed MCA are that the academy must pay a fine of $700, a reprimand letter will be sent to the school, the MCA basketball program was placed on administrative probation for one calendar year concluding June 1, 2014, MCA principal and athletic director must complete the NFHS class on “Role of Administrators, MCA principal and athletic director must attend the 2013 compliance seminar and MCA will forfeit any of the contests won.

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