TUCSON – Tucson Magnet High School boy’s soccer team will forfeit nearly a decad of games after a student-athlete allegedly violated a non-school participation bylaw.
According to Tucson Unified School District, the district’s interscholastics office was advised by a community member that one of the boy’s soccer team members participated in a national soccer tournament after the Arizona Interscholastic Association soccer season began.
This is allegedly in violation of the AIA Bylaw 14.4.1 Non-school Participation, which states “a student who is a member of a school team shall not practice or compete with any other group, club, organization, association, etc., in that sport during the interscholastic season of competition.”
According to TUSD, the high school and the district discovered that the student played in this year’s Fort Lowell Shootout. District officials said this is also in violation of the 14.4.1 bylaw.
The AIA Office has been informed of the violation by both TUSD and THMS. This resulted in the team forfeiting the nine games the student participated in. Of those games, the high school is appealing six, citing AIA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.2.
This bylaw “The member school in violation submits a written request to the AIA Executive Board that a forfeiture(s) be rescinded based on the school’s voluntary withdrawal from all post-season competition.”