Thursday, May 19, 2005

TSSAA rulings: Part II

I've been following with interest the influence the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) has on students lives. There was an incident last week where one player spent five minutes playing with a local recreational team and his whole team was kicked out of tournament play per a TSSAA rule and now we have another incident where coaches came to a compromise about a baseball game in Greene County, but TSSAA in Nashville has the last word.

Joe Byrd of The Greenville Sun provides details and a good question.

The situation seemed pretty evident as early as about the second inning Monday night that there was a problem. Knowing it was unlikely a full seven innings could be played and a one-run game with youngsters’ seasons on the line, could the umpires have not suspended the game after four innings where it would not have been complete?

If the South Greene — who beat Unicoi County 13-8 during the regular season — had been trailing by eight or nine runs, it might have been a little easier to take, but it was a tie game in the middle of the sixth thanks to some heroics by the Rebels.

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