Hours ago, I posted about the wrestler that was barred from weighing in at the CIF-LACS Finals for doing some sit-ups in the pre-weigh-in area. I have an update on that story.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of all coaches in attendance, the wrestler was not allowed to weigh in and as a result was unable to wrestle and possibly missed out on the opportunity to go to the CIF State Championships.
A lot of readers have shared the outrage the coaches displayed in the accompanying video to the original post but some have asked if maybe the Weight Assessor was in the right.
The NFHS Wrestling Rule book states the following: Rule 4, Section 4, Article 3
At anytime the use of sweat boxes; hot showers; whirlpools; rubber, vinyl and plastic-type suits; or similar artificial heating devices; diuretics; or other methods for quick weight reduction purposes is prohibited and shall disqualify an individual from competition.
Do a few sit-ups fall under that rule?
NFHS Rule 4, Section 5, Article 3 states:
For any event, all contestants shall be present in and remain in the designated weigh-in area at the time established by the meet administration. Contestants shall not leave the designated weigh -in area unless permission is granted by the meet administration . Dual meet weigh-in shall proceed through the weight classes beginning with the random draw selected weight class, continue through the weight classes, wrap around to the 106-pound weight class and end immediately upon the completion of the highest weight class preceding the random draw selected weight class. When all wrestlers for a weight class have had an opportunity to weigh in and the next class is called, that weight class is closed. Tournament weigh-in may proceed by team( s) with the lowest weight class to the highest and end immediately upon the completion of the highest weight class. A contestant shall weigh in for only one weight class during the weigh-in period. If only one scale is available, a contestant may step on and off that scale two times to allow for mechanical inconsistencies in the scale. If multiple scales are available, a contestant may step on and off the first scale two times to allow for mechanical inconsistencies in that scale. If the contestant fails to make weight on the first scale, the contestant shall immediately step on each available scale one time in an attempt to make weight. During time off the scale( s), activities that promote dehydration are prohibited.
Being that the wrestler had not stepped on any scale, “During time off the scale( s), activities that promote dehydration are prohibited.” does not apply to her
Furthermore, the LACS own Gold Book states the following: Article 310 Wrestling, section 3102 Weigh-ins. subsection E
The use of laxatives, emetics, excessive food and liquid restriction, self-induced vomiting, hot rooms, hot boxes, saunas, and steam rooms is prohibited for any purpose. The use of diuretics at any time is prohibited. Regardless of the purpose, the use of vapor-impermeable suits (e.g. rubber or rubberized nylon) or any similar devices used solely for dehydration is prohibited. Artificial means of rehydration (i.e. intravenous hydration) are also prohibited. Violators of these rules shall be suspended for the competition(s) for which the weigh-in is intended. A second violation would result in suspension for the remainder of the season. (Revised May 2010 Federated Council)
Again, do a few sit-ups violate LACS own regulations?
Maybe the LACS 2016-17 Finals Bulletin would shed some light into the issue. But all it states is the following:
Compliance to NFHS Rule 4, Section 5 will be strictly enforced. Weigh-in will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, no one will be admitted or permitted to weigh-in after the doors to the weigh-in area have closed without the approval of the tournament director.
In the video, when Mr. Ramos asks where the scales are at and follows up by stating that it is not the weigh-in room, you can hear Mr. Jones say, “no, it is not,” in agreement before asking the coaches to leave the room. Which means the wrestler was not in violation of any of the above cited rules.
Some will say this is simply a matter of rule interpretation but if that is the case, it is very poor rule interpretation following neither the word nor the spirit of the rules.
If you believe an injustice has been committed and would like never see it happen again in the LACS you can contact the following to let them know how you feel:
Tom Jones, CIF Los Angeles City Section, Certified Assessor and Tom Jones, LACS Section Office Representative and Finals Tournament Director
Mike Castillo, Girl’s & Boy’s Assistant Coordinator
Steve Soltysik, Girl’s & Boy’s Assistant Coordinator
John Aguirre, CIF-LACS Commissioner
Duane Morgan, CIF Central Coast Section Commissioner and Rules Interpreterfor CIF State
You can also contact the sponsors, Gatorade and MaxPreps and let them know how unhappy you are with the situation that has occurred at an event they sponsor.
It may be too late to do anything for the young athlete whose dreams were smashed today but you may be able to prevent it from happening again to someone else.